John McKee (Gallo)
London - Fiji will look to end their World
Cup campaign with a flourish when they face Uruguay in their final Pool A
fixture in Milton Keynes on Tuesday.
Amidst all the talk of the 'Pool of Death'
it has been easy to ignore the Fijians' punishing schedule that has seen them
obliged to play England, Australia and Wales in the space of 13 days.For a major side that would be a gruelling
programme; for a team with Fiji's relatively meagre resources it seems
They have lost all three matches so far but
have made life tough for all of the 'big three' in their group.
Indeed the Pacific islanders' centre
Vereniki Goneva scored one of the tries of the tournament when he crowned an
85-metre free-running move typical of Fijian rugby that brought the crowd at
Cardiff's Millennium Stadium to their feet during a 23-13 defeat by Wales.
Fiji coach John McKee said the challenge
for his side was to maintain their intensity throughout the course of a game.
"We have not been consistent enough
though in our play of the 80 minutes to get a win," McKee said. "This
will be our challenge come Tuesday.
"The mood in the camp has remained
positive and the players have trained well in preparation for this game and are
very focused towards making their mark for Fiji Rugby in our final game."
Significantly, powerhouse flyer Nemani
Nadolo returns from suspension and replaces Asaeli Tikoirotuma, who moves to
the right wing.
With an average age of 29 years and 108
days, this will be Fiji's oldest starting XV since their 41-13 win against
Japan at the 2003 World Cup in Australia.
For minnows Uruguay, Tuesday's match offers
hope of what would be a celebrated win for the South Americans.
"It is our best opportunity and,
without disrespect to Fiji, it is the only tier-two team we will play against
at the England 2015 Rugby World Cup," said Uruguay coach Pablo Lemoine.
Tuesday's other match is another 'World Cup
final' of sorts, with both Canada and Romania, who've each enjoyed moments to
remember in Pool D, in search of their first win of the competition when they
meet in Leicester.