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2010-10-25 19:51

Captain: Deacon Manu

Coach: Sam Domoni

RWC Appearances: 5 (First in 1987)

Best result: Quarter Finals, 1987, 1999, 2007

Although Fiji is considered a second tier nation by the International Rugby Board, the team have deserved reputation for being tough competitors and punching above their weight.

The flying Fijians have played in all but one of the six Rugby World Cups that have taken place so far, and developed a habit of upsetting higher ranked opponents at the tournament.

The archipelago has less than 1 000 000 inhabitants and only 8 000 senior men playing rugby, but has been a well spring of world class rugby players in recent years.

However, one of the major stumbling blocks in Fiji's rugby development has been the inavailability of thei players for most of the teams games.

Several of Fiji's best players now play in cash-rich European competitions, or for New Zealand or Australian provincial and Super Rugby teams.

The European players are mostly unavailable for most Test matches between World Cups and top-class Fijian players often end up representing Australia and New Zealand. Wingers Joe Rokocoko and Sitiveni Sivivatu are Fijian born cousins who have represented the All Blacks, and Lote Tuqiri and Radike Samo have represented the Wallabies.

Fiji began their over-achieving at the first World Cup in 1987 when they qualified for the quarter-finals. But their fairytale run ended when they were knocked out by France. The team then lost all three of their games at the next tournament in 1991 and failed to qualify for the 1995 tournament.

They were back to their giant-killing ways in 1999 when they qualified for the quarterfinals after two victories and narrow defeat to France in the group stage. But another close defeat was follow for the team, this time against England.

The 2003 tournament was less successful for the Flying Fijians. They could only manage two victories, against Japan and the USA, out of their four group games and were knocked out in the first round.

The next World Cup in 2007 was one of Fiji's most succesful, with victories against Japan, Canada and Wales earning the team qualification for the next round. Fiji were then knocked out by eventual champions South Africa in a tightly contested match.

Besides their giant-killing efforts, Fiji are also famous for the "Cibi" war dance, which is performed by the Fiji rugby team before each Test match. It has been used on the rugby field since 1939, though its origins date back to the country's warring times with its Pacific neighbours.

The 2011 World Cup will be another opportunity for Fiji to show that it can compete at the highest level, and they will certainly be capable of upsetting the major nations.


Forwards: Campese Ma'afu, Deacon Manu, Setefano Somoca, Waisea Daveta, Viliame Veikoso, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Sunia Koto, Seko Kalou, Leone Nakarawa, Wame Lewaravu, Rupeni Nasiga, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Sisa Koyamaibole, Akapusi Qera, Netani Talei, Masi Matadigo, Malakai Ravulo.
Backs: Nemia Ranuku, Vitori Buatava, Waisea Luveniyali, Seremaia Bai, Nicky Little, Albert Vulivuli, Gabirieli Lovobalavu, Ravai Fatiaki, Vereniki Goneva, Napolioni Nalaga, Michael Tagicakibau, Kini Murimurivalu, Iliesa Keresoni .

Key Players

Nicky Little
Height: 1.83m
Weight: 96kgs

Flyhalf is Fiji's main creative source and also the teams top points scorer.


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