|Governing body||Fiji National Rugby League|
|Head coach||Brandon Costin|
|Most caps||Akuila Uate (18)|
|Top try-scorer||Akuila Uate (14)|
|Top point-scorer||Wes Naiqama (132)|
|Home stadium||National Stadium|
(Apia, Samoa; 1992)
(Townsville, Australia; 5 November 2017)
(Marathon Stadium, Newcastle; 12 July 1994)
|Appearances||5 (first time in 1995 )|
|Best result||Semi-finals, 2008, 2013, 2017|
The Fiji national rugby league team, nicknamed the Bati (pronounced [mˈbatʃi] ), has been participating in international rugby league football since 1992. The team is controlled by the governing body for rugby league in Fiji, Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL), which is currently a member of the Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation (APRLC). Fiji have thrice reached the semi-finals of the Rugby League World Cup, in 2008, 2013 and 2017, and are currently ranked 5th in the Rugby League International Federation's World Rankings.
Rugby league football is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.
The Fiji National Rugby League is the governing body for rugby league in Fiji. They are based in the capital Suva, the League has suffered financially due to member leagues not paying affiliation fees.
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Interest and participation in rugby league snowballed throughout Fiji, and as well as continued success in the World Sevens, the Batis began playing full 13-aside games against international teams. By 1994, Fiji had hammered the Great Britain Amateur tourists (40-8) and, captained by mighty front-rower James Pickering, beat France (20-12).
They had also produced their first rugby league superstar after winger Noa Nadruku joined Canberra Raiders and in 1993 became the top try-scorer in the Australian competition.
Noa Nadruku is a Fijian former rugby footballer of the 1980s and 1990s. After representing Fiji in rugby union, he switched to play rugby league in Australia for the Canberra Raiders and was named as one of the best 25 players for the Raiders' 25-year anniversary.
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Coached by Don Furner, Sr. and captained by Lote Tuqiri, Fiji competed in the 2000 World Cup but did not progress past the tournament's group stage.
Lote Daulako Tuqiri is a Fijian-Australian former professional dual-code rugby footballer who last played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL. He represented Australia in both rugby league and rugby union, and Fiji in rugby league. He usually played as a winger in both codes. Tuqiri first rose to prominence as a professional rugby league footballer for the Brisbane Broncos and Queensland Maroons, as well as the Fiji and Australia national sides. He was therefore a high-profile signing for rugby union in 2002, winning 67 caps for Australia and being a part of their 2003 and 2007 World Cup squads. He played rugby union for the Waratahs in the Super 14 and Leicester Tigers in England in season 2009–10. Tuqiri's contract with the Australian Rugby Union was terminated on 1 July 2009. No immediate reason was given, and Tuqiri returned to rugby league in 2010, playing for the Wests Tigers of the NRL. In September 2013, he signed a short-term contract with Irish rugby union giants, Leinster to play in the Pro12 in a three-month deal. Just 6 weeks out from the 2014 NRL season, Tuqiri signed with his third NRL club, the South Sydney Rabbitohs on a one-year deal.
The Fiji Bati qualified for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup held in Australia after finishing second in Pacific qualifying behind Tonga. Fiji's qualification campaign started with a thrilling 30-28 loss to Samoa before reversing the scoreline a few days later with a 30-28 win over the Tongans. Fiji won their final qualifying game against Cook Islands 40-4. Having qualified the Vodafone Fiji Bati team started their Rugby League World Cup 2008 campaign with 42-6 win over France followed by a 2-point defeat to Scotland, however they topped their group with a superior points difference. Beating Ireland in their quarter final they came within one match of the World Cup final, but were defeated by Australia, ending the tournament in 4th place.
Fiji automatically qualified for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup after participating in the 2008 tournament. They took on Australia, England and Ireland in the pool stage. In their first match they took on 'the Wolfhounds'. They played at the famous Spotland Stadium, in Rochdale, where Fiji have an historic affiliation with. The Fijians convincingly won by a score of 32-14. As expected Fiji lost to both Australia and England, although they surprised many, as they only conceded 34 points against the teams in each game and they led 2-0 against Australia, and were within a few minutes of taking a half-time lead against England. Fiji would take on 'fierce Pacific rivals' Samoa in the quarter final. They won the, passionate pacific, fixture and they would celebrate with a 22-4 victory. They celebrated even more, as it meant Fiji reached their second consecutive World Cup semi-final. They took on Australia again, but this game was nothing like the group stage fixture. Fiji's errors conceded them 62 points against a classy Australian side. This defeat ended and equalled their best World Cup campaign in their history.
In May 2014, Fiji took on Samoa in the 2014 Pacific Rugby League Test at Penrith Stadium. The International was created as a qualifier for the final 2014 Four Nations spot. It was also a chance for the Four Nations team (winner of this international) to warm-up before the event kicked off later in the year. Fiji failed to qualify with their fierce pacific rivals getting the better of them by 32-16.
In May 2015, Fiji took on Papua New Guinea in the 2015 Melanesian Cup test at Cbus Super Stadium. Fiji won the match and the inaugural Melanesian Cup title.Fiji never looked like losing the match after an easy first half performance, leading 18-0 at the break. They went on to win the test match by 22-10.
In May 2016, Fiji took on Papua New Guinea in the 2016 Melanesian Cup test at Pirtek Stadium. Fiji had a similar situation in this year's Melanesian Cup with a half-time score of 16-8 but this time around they conceded too many second half points allowing the Kumuls to make a shock comeback and win the match 24-22.
The Fiji national team squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Pts.||Club|
|Fullback||Jarryd Hayne||15 February 1988||9||20|
|Wing||Marcelo Montoya||17 February 1996||7||12|
|Wing||Pio Seci||19 August 1993||1||0|
|Wing||Akuila Uate||6 October 1987||17||52|
|Wing||Suliasi Vunivalu||27 November 1995||6||38|
|Wing||Brayden Wiliame||17 December 1992||7||8|
|Centre||Taane Milne||19 May 1995||6||30|
|Centre||Kevin Naiqama (Captain)||4 February 1989||15||20|
|Centre||Mikaele Ravalawa||9 November 1997||0||0|
|Five-eighth||Sitiveni Moceidreke||27 November 1994||3||12|
|Halfback||Henry Raiwalui||24 February 1989||4||4|
|Prop||Kane Evans||9 January 1992||10||4|
|Prop||Ben Nakubuwai||15 March 1996||8||8|
|Prop||Junior Roqica||13 February 1991||13||4|
|Prop||Jacob Saifiti||1 May 1996||7||0|
|Prop||Ashton Sims||26 February 1985||12||0|
|Prop||Eloni Vunakece||27 May 1987||15||12|
|Hooker||Apisai Koroisau||7 November 1992||16||38|
|Hooker||James Storer||16 February 1982||12||8|
|Second-row||Salesi Junior Fainga'a||19 August 1998||1||4|
|Second-row||Tui Kamikamica||May 18, 1994||8||0|
|Second-row||Viliame Kikau||5 April 1995||8||16|
|Lock||Joe Lovodua||18 March 1998||4||4|
|Lock||Korbin Sims||2 January 1992||7||4|
|World Cup record|
|Four Nations record|
|Failed to Qualify|
|Failed to Qualify|
|Pacific Cup record|
Fiji have also participated in:
| Papua New Guinea ||26 – 14|
|Try: Rau (2), Olam, Page |
Goal: Martin (5/5)
|Report||Try: Montoya, Phillips, Vunivalu |
Goal: Moceidreke (1/2), Raiwalui (0/1)
| Australia ||54 – 6|
Holmes (18', 24', 42', 51', 65', 75') 6
Gagai (31', 69') 2
Slater (14', 48') 2
(15', 19', 33', 43', 49', 53', 67')
|1st: 22 – 2|
2nd: 32 – 4
1 (59') Vunivalu
| New Zealand ||2 – 4|
Shaun Johnson 1/1
|1st: 0 – 2|
2nd: 2 – 2
1/1 Apisai Koroisau
1/1 Taane Milne
Friday, 10 November
| Fiji ||38 – 10|
Suliasi Vunivalu (60', 63', 68') 3
Kevin Naiqama (28') 1
Henry Raiwalui (40') 1
Brayden Wiliame (54') 1
Marcelo Montoya (75') 1
Apisai Koroisau 3/4
(29', 40', 61')
Taane Milne 2/3
Jarryd Hayne (34')
|1st: 12 – 4|
2nd: 26 – 6
1 (20') Josh Mantellato
1 (43') Nathan Milone
1/2 Josh Mantellato
(12') Jayden Walker
(34') Joey Tramontana
Sunday, 5 November
| Fiji ||72 – 6|
Suliasi Vunivalu (14', 51', 61') 3
Viliame Kikau (22', 40') 2
Taane Milne (31', 56') 2
Eloni Vunakece (6') 1
Henry Raiwalui (16') 1
Salesi Faingaa (27') 1
Marcelo Montoya (33') 1
Jarryd Hayne (42') 1
Joe Lovodua (65') 1
Ben Nakubuwai (70') 1
Apisai Koroisau 4/7
(7', 17', 23', 28')
Taane Milne 3/5
(40', 43', 52')
Suliasi Vunivalu 1/2
|1st: 42 – 6|
2nd: 30 – 0
1 (11') Morgan Knowles
1/1 Courtney Davies
The Papua New Guinea national rugby league team represents Papua New Guinea in the sport of rugby league football.
The Fiji national rugby union team competes every four years at the Rugby World Cup, and their best performances were the 1987 and 2007 tournaments when they defeated Argentina and Wales respectively to reach the quarterfinals. Fiji also regularly plays test matches during the June and November test windows. Fiji also plays in the Pacific Tri-Nations, and has won the most Pacific Tri-Nations Championships of the three participating teams.
The Tonga national rugby league team is represents Tonga in rugby league football. They are currently the 4th ranked team in the world, and the highest ranked tier-two nation. The team was formed to compete in the 1986 Pacific Cup, and have competed at five Rugby League World Cups, starting in 1995 and continuing consecutively until the most recent tournament in 2017, where they achieved their best ever result as semi-finalists.
The Cook Islands national rugby league team has been participating in international rugby league football competition since 1986. The team is controlled by the governing body for rugby league in Cook Islands, Cook Islands Rugby League Association (CIRLA), which is currently a member of the Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation (APRLC). They are currently ranked 43 in the RLIF World Rankings.
The Samoa national rugby league team represents Samoa in rugby league football and has been participating in international competition since 1986. Known as Western Samoa prior to 1997, the team is administered by Rugby League Samoa and are nicknamed Toa Samoa.
Daryl Millard is a Fiji international rugby league footballer who last played for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL. He previously played for the Catalans Dragons, Bulldogs and the St George Illawarra Dragons.
Apia Park is a multi-function sports complex located in Apia, the capital of Samoa. Primarily used for rugby union events, Apia Park is the home stadium of the Samoa national rugby union team, Manu Samoa. It is also a venue for association football.
The Junior Kangaroos side represents Australia in the sport of rugby league. They are commonly known as the Junior Kangaroos, after the native marsupial of that name.
The Rugby League Four Nations, known as the Ladbrokes Four Nations for sponsorship, is a biennial rugby league football tournament run in partnership between the Australian Rugby League Commission, Rugby Football League and New Zealand Rugby League representing the top three nations in the sport: Australia, England and New Zealand. The tournament replaced the previous Tri-Nations format by including a fourth nation that qualifies by winning their respective regional competition in a rotation between Europe and the South Pacific. France accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural tournament in 2009. The tournament is sponsored by Ladbrokes and therefore officially known as the Ladbrokes Four Nations. No tournament was contested in 2012 to allow teams to prepare for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
The 2009 Pacific Cup, known as the 2009 SP Brewery Pacific Cup due to sponsorship, was a rugby league competition held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The competing teams were the Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga.
Kevin Naiqama is a Fiji international rugby league footballer who plays as a fullback, wing and centre for St Helens in the Super League. He previously played for the Newcastle Knights, Penrith Panthers and the Wests Tigers in the NRL. On the 22 May 2018 Naiqama signed a three year contract with St Helens RLFC.
Vitale Junior Roqica pronounced born 13 February 1991) is a Fijian international rugby league footballer who plays for the Newcastle Knights in the National Rugby League. He plays as a prop or second-row.
Marika Koroibete is a dual-code international rugby league and rugby union footballer. He has been capped for Australia's national rugby union team, and plays as a winger for the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby. Koroibete previously played rugby league for the Melbourne Storm and Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League, and was a member of the Fijian national rugby league team.
The Pacific Rugby League International is a rugby league test match that has been played between two Pacific Island nations during the National Rugby League's annual representative weekend since 2013. The fixture was held at Penrith Stadium for the 2013 and 2014 test matches. In 2015, two fixtures were held; Samoa and Tonga competed for the Polynesian Cup while Fiji and Papua New Guinea competed for the Melanesian Cup at Cbus Super Stadium. In 2016 the fixtures returned to New South Wales and were held at Parramatta's Pirtek Stadium.
Viliame (Billy) Kikau is a Fijian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a prop and second-row forward for the Penrith Panthers in the NRL. Kikau is a Fiji international.
The 2016 Samoa vs. Fiji rugby league test match was played between Samoa and Fiji at Apia Park.
The 2017 Pacific Rugby League Tests, known commercially as the Mesh & Bar Pacific Tests, are a group of rugby league test matches that were played on 6 May 2017 at Campbelltown Stadium in Sydney, Australia. Papua New Guinea played against the Cook Islands; Fiji against Tonga; and England against Samoa.
The 2014 Pacific Rugby League International was played between Samoa and Fiji. The fixture was a qualifier for the 2014 Four Nations. Samoa won the test match by 32–16 after being behind 16–12 at half-time. Samoa's Penani Manumalealii won the man of the match award, scoring 3 tries in the match.
The 2015 Pacific Rugby League International was split into two games. The first was the Melanesian Cup between Papua New Guinea and Fiji. The second was the Polynesian Cup between Samoa and Tonga.
The 2016 Pacific Rugby League International was again split into two games. The first was the Melanesian Cup between Papua New Guinea and Fiji. The second was the Polynesian Cup between Samoa and Tonga.