Fiji national rugby union team

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Fiji
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Nickname(s)Flying Fijians
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Union Fiji Rugby Union
Head coach Vern Cotter
Captain Dominiko Waqaniburotu
Most caps Nicky Little (71)
Top scorer Nicky Little (670)
Top try scorer Vereniki Goneva (22)
Home stadium ANZ National Stadium
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First colours
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Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current11 (as of 23 November 2020)
Highest8 (2018)
Lowest16 (2012)
First international
Samoa 0–6 Fiji
(Apia, Samoa; 18 August 1924)
Biggest win
Flag of Fiji.svgFiji 120–4 Niue Flag of Niue.svg
(Apia, Samoa; 10 September 1983)
Biggest defeat
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 91–0 FijiFlag of Fiji.svg
(Auckland, New Zealand; 10 June 2005)
World Cup
Appearances8 (First in 1987 )
Best resultQuarter-finals, 1987 and 2007
Website fijirugby.com

The Fiji national rugby union team represents Fiji in men's international rugby union 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.

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Fiji is one of the few countries where rugby union is the main sport. There are approximately 80,000 registered players from a total population of around 950,000. One obstacle for Fiji is simply getting their rugby players to play for the national team, as many have contracts in Europe or with Super Rugby teams where the money is far more rewarding. The repatriated salaries of its overseas stars have become an important part of some local economies.

The cibi (pronounced [ˈðimbi] ) war dance 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.

History

Fiji presenting Cibi before 2011 Rugby World Cup match against South Africa. South Africa vs Fiji 2011 RWC (1).jpg
Fiji presenting Cibi before 2011 Rugby World Cup match against South Africa.

Early years

Rugby was first played in Fiji by European and Fijian soldiers of the Native Constabulary at Ba, on Viti Levu Island in 1884. In 1913 a Union was founded for the European settlers.

In December 1913, the All Blacks, who had been touring so very successfully in California, were on their way back to New Zealand. The Fiji RFU arranged a game with them at Albert Park, the first representative match to be played in the colony. The Fiji team were Europeans. The All Blacks won 67–3; Fiji's points came from a try scored by their captain and coach, PJ Sheehan. By 1914 a 'native competition' was started and in 1915 a Fiji Native Union was begun and became affiliated to the Fiji RFU.

Inter-war period

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Fiji team in 1924

Fiji played their first international against Western Samoa in Apia, Samoa on 18 August 1924. Fiji's 20-man squad came exclusively from the five registered native clubs of the time. The match was played at 7 am to allow the Samoans time to get to work afterwards and was played on a pitch with a large tree on the halfway line. Fiji wore black and won 6–0 despite playing barefoot. The return match was won 9–3 by Samoa to draw the series. The first-ever Fiji test team continued their overseas adventure with a nine-match tour of Tonga. Though Fiji lost the first test played in Nukuʻalofa 9–6, they were not to lose again, taking the second test 14–3 then drawing the decider 0–0. They won all six of the matches against non-test opposition.

Auckland University College were the first overseas side to visit Fiji in 1926, The Kiwi students played the Fiji Europeans and finished the three-match series with a win, loss and draw. Tonga also visited Fiji that year and for the first time Fiji played in their present strip of white jersey, palm tree badge and black shorts. The three match series finished level with Tonga winning the first test 9–6; Fiji winning the second 14–3 and the final game a 0–0 draw.

During the 1927 season, a General Meeting was called for the purpose of arranging a return visit to New Zealand at the invitation of Auckland University. Some 30 players expressed their willingness to make the trip, but after all arrangements had been made, there were insufficient players available so management cancelled the trip, much to the regret of Auckland.

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Fiji team in 1932

Between 1924 and 1938 Fiji and Tonga played three test series every alternate year. During this period this was the only representative rugby union that Fiji played. Matches between the two Pacific nations were hard fought; many have claimed that the ancient feuding wars between the Islanders were transplanted onto the rugby field. Troubles during the third Test of Fiji's 1928 tour to Tonga forced the game to be abandoned with Tonga losing 11–8.

The first New Zealand Māori team to visit Fiji came in 1938. Fijians played in boots for the first time but there was still a tendency to take off boots during the match and throw them to the touch-line. On the five-match tour, the Māori beat Fiji 2nd XV and Fiji Europeans before playing a three match series. The first test ended in a 3–3 draw, the second an 11–5 win for the Fijians and the Māori won the final test 6–3 to square the series.

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Fiji team in 1939

In 1939 Fiji toured New Zealand for the first time. Fiji's captain for that tour, Ratu Sir George Cakobau, decided that his side should have a war dance to rival the haka. He approached Ratu Bola, the high chief of the warrior clan of Navusaradave in Bau, who taught them the cibi which has been Fiji's pre-match ritual ever since. With many players still preferring to play barefoot, the Fijians played with a care-free spirit and created history by becoming the first team to go through a full tour of New Zealand unbeaten, winning seven and drawing one, a record that stands to this day. They played and beat the Māori again 14–4.

Post-war era

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Fiji team in 1948

Fiji successfully toured New Zealand again in 1951. They beat the New Zealand Māori 21–14. Fiji's first tour of Australia helped the Australian Rugby Union recover from the brink of bankruptcy in 1952. The Test series was drawn 1–1 in front of record crowds. Australia won the first test 15–9 but the Fijians took the second with a 17–15 win.

A second tour of Australia took place in 1954 and again drew record crowds. Again Australia won the first test but only by 22–19. The test series was drawn 1–1 after Fiji won the second test 18–16. The same year Fiji played host to Western Samoa. Fiji toured New Zealand again in 1957 and beat the Māoris 36–13 in Dunedin and 17–8 in Wellington, then defeated a strong Auckland team 38–17.

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Fiji team in 1964

In 1964 Fiji toured Europe for the first time, they played five memorable games in Wales, culminating in a classic encounter in Cardiff that was talked about for years. Wales won 28–22 but conceded six tries for just the second time in their history. In 1970 a rampant Fijian side destroyed the Barbarians 29–9 at Gosforth. A last-minute try saw New Zealand safely through 14–13 over Fiji in Suva in 1974.

In August 1977 the British Lions made a stopover in Fiji on the way home from their tour of New Zealand. Fiji beat them 25–21 at Buckhurst Park, Suva. In 1982 Fiji beat Vancouver XV to begin a 15-match winning streak through to 1984.

Modern era

Fiji played their first full test against Wales in Cardiff in 1985, the home pack dominating in a 40–3 win with two tries to Phil Davies. Fiji were also heavily beaten by Llanelli and Cardiff, but lost by just one point in their test with Ireland.

Wales visited Suva the following year, where captain Dai Pickering's summer tour was to a premature end when he suffered concussion. Richard Moriarty took over and saw his side's 13–0 lead cut to a single point before Wales pulled away for a 15–22 win.

In 1987 Fiji made the quarter-final of the Rugby World Cup and seemed close to beating France according to the match referee, at one point even leading 4-3, but were eventually ground down by the French 31-16. [1]

In 1991 Rugby World Cup Fiji lost all three of its matches and finished bottom of its pool. Wales' third test win over Fiji came in Suva in 1994. The tourists fielded a weakened line-up to allow all their squad a game, but they were good enough to run out 23–8 victors.

Fiji had a troubled tour of Wales and Ireland in 1995, losing six of nine games with defeat to Neath, Cardiff and Pontypridd. However, they managed to run Wales close at the Arms Park, losing only 15–19 win. They failed to qualify for the 1995 World Cup having lost to Tonga and Western Samoa.

Fiji rebuilt ahead of the 1999 World Cup, new coach Brad Johnstone instilling discipline and determination into their set-piece play. They made a winning start by beating Canada and Namibia and again seemed about to beat France in Toulouse when things went wrong. A controversial refereeing performance from Paddy O'Brien was felt to have cost them a win over France, Fiji losing 28–19. They did make the quarter-final play-off but lost 45–24 to England at Twickenham. Soon after the tournament Johnstone departed for Italy.

In 2001 Fiji were crowned Pacific Rim champions, defeating Samoa 28–17 in the final in Tokyo. Fiji's played Wales again at the Millennium Stadium in November 2002. Two tries and 21 points from the boot of Stephen Jones helped the home side to a comfortable 58–14 win.

Fiji began their 2003 Rugby World Cup qualifying campaign in June 2002 when the three leading Pacific Island nations faced each other in a round robin in the second round of the Oceania zone qualifiers. The Fijians started with defeats of Samoa and Tonga, but their loss to Samoa on home soil meant that they had to beat Tonga by more than 20 points to finish top of the pool. This they duly did with a 47–20 win in Nadi. At the World Cup they beat Japan 41–13 and narrowly survived a scare against the US Eagles winning 19–18. However a 20–22 loss against Scotland and an 18–61 beating by France saw them finish third in their pool and fail to qualify for the knock-out stage.

Results since have been mixed for Fiji. Although they have traditionally been the strongest of the Pacific Nations, they were beaten 29–27 by New Zealand Maori in 2004 and went down 91–0 by the All Blacks. In July 2006, five Fiji internationals were banned from playing international rugby for the rest of the year following a drunken brawl in Japan after a Pacific Five Nations match. Their 2007 season started off as one of Fiji's worst seasons. They had a very inexperienced team and lost to both pacific rivals Tonga and Samoa, and suffered heavy defeats to Australia and the Junior All Blacks. The only win for Fiji at the 2007 "Pacific 6 Nations" was against Japan, however they did manage an unexpected 14–14 draw against Australia A. With most of Fiji's more experienced players back in the team Fiji slowly improved in the 2007 world cup to qualify for the quarter finals for the first time in 20 years.

2007 Rugby World Cup

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Fiji vs South Africa.

Fiji were placed in Pool B of the 2007 Rugby World Cup along with Wales, Canada, Japan and Australia. After beating Japan and Canada in close matches, Fiji rested several key players against Australia for the crucial game against Wales. Australia defeated Fiji by 55–12. Fiji's fate in the tournament came down to a "winner advances" game against Wales which Fiji won 38–34 and qualified for the quarter-finals for the second time. Former Wallaby great Michael Lynagh described the see-sawing match as one of the best matches "of all time". Fiji lost their quarter final match against South Africa, however their above expectations performance in the tournament resulted in them moving up to 9th in the world rankings – their highest ever position. Shannon Fraser and Gregg Mumm from Australia acted as assistant coaches for the period leading up to the world cup and were accredited for much of the Fijians side's success.[ citation needed ]

2011 Rugby World Cup

Fiji was placed in Pool D of the 2011 Rugby World Cup along with South Africa, Wales, Samoa and Namibia. Fiji won their first match against Namibia with 49–25. But it could not manage to repeat 2007 World Cup performance. They lost to South Africa, Wales, Samoa with a huge margin. Final scores were 3–49 against South Africa, 7–27 against Samoa & 0–66 against Wales.[8]

Wins against Tier 1 nations

9 August 1952 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg15–17Flag of Fiji (1924-1970).svg  Fiji Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney Cricket Ground  
Try: Cox
Shehadie
Stapleton
Windon
Drop: Solomon
Report Try: Ralagi
Salabogi
Con: Vatubua
Pen: Vatubua
Ranavue
Drop: Ranavue
Attendance: 42,004
Referee: Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furness (Australia)
26 June 1954 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg16–18Flag of Fiji (1924-1970).svg  Fiji Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney Cricket Ground  
Try: Cross
Shehadie
Con: Barker (2)
Pen: Barker (2)
Report Try: Saukuru
Seruvatu
Pen: Nawalu
Ranavue (3)
Attendance: 33,099
Referee: Flag of Australia (converted).svg Don Furness (Australia)
14 June 1980 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg16–3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Fiji.svg National Stadium, Suva  
24 May 1987 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg9–28Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of New Zealand.svg Rugby Park, Hamilton  
Try: Travaglini
Con: Porta
Pen: Porta
Report Try: Gale
Naivilawasa
Savai
Nalaga
Con: Koroduadua (2)
Rokowailoa
Pen: Koroduadua
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Flag of Scotland.svg Jim Fleming (Scotland)
26 May 1998 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg51–26Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Fiji.svg National Stadium, Suva  
Try: Lasagavibau (3)
Naevo
Veitayaki
Waqabitu
Con: Little
Serevi (4)
Pen: Little
Serevi
Report Try: Bulloch
Gilmour
Con: Lee (2)
Pen: Lee (4)
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Flag of New Zealand.svg Paul Honiss (New Zealand)
28 August 1999 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg32–50Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of Italy.svg Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L'Aquila  
Try: Checchinato
Martin
Pucciariello
Con: Domínguez
Pen: Domínguez (5)
Report Try: Satala (2)
Serevi
Tiko
Vunibaka
Con: Little (5)
Pen: Little (5)
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Flag of England.svg Stewart Piercy (England)
15 July 2000 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg43–9Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Fiji.svg Churchill Park, Lautoka  
Try: Ligairi
Little
Raiwalui
Satala
Vunibaka
Con: Little (3)
Pen: Little (4)
Report Pen: Mazzariol
Pez (2)
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Flag of South Africa.svg Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
17 July 2006 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg29–18Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Fiji.svg Churchill Park, Lautoka  
Try: Caucaunibuca
Ligairi
Rauluni
Salabogi
Con: Bai (3)
Pen: Bai
Report Try: Lo Cicero
Parisse
Con: Pez
Pen: Pez (2)
Referee: Flag of South Africa.svg Marius Jonker (South Africa)
29 September 2007 Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg34–38Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of France.svg Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes  
Try: Popham 34' c
S Williams 45' c
G Thomas 48' m
M Jones 51' c
M Williams 73' m
Con: Hook (1/1)
S Jones (2/4)
Pen: S Jones (1/2) 5'
Report Try: Qera 16' c
Delasau 19' m
Leawere 25' c
Dewes 77' c
Con: Little (3/4)
Pen: Little (4/5) 21', 24' 54', 60'
Attendance: 37,080
Referee: Flag of Australia (converted).svg Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
7 June 2014 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg25–14Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Fiji.svg National Stadium, Suva [2]  
15:10 FJT (UTC+12)Try: Nadolo 19' m
Waqaniburotu 66' c
Nalaga 79' c
Con: Ralulu (0/1)
Nadolo (2/2) 62', 79'
Pen: Ralulu (0/1)
Nadolo (2/2) 65', 71'
Report
(In Italian)
Try: Penalty Try (2) 9' c, 76' c
Con: Orquera (2/2) 10', 76'
Pen: Orquera (0/2)
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: JP Doyle (England)
17 June 2017 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg22–19Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Fiji.svg National Stadium, Suva  
14:40 FJT (UTC+12)Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
24 June 2017 Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg27–22Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Fiji.svg ANZ National Stadium, Suva  
14:30 FJT (UTC+12)Try: Yato 37' m
Seniloli 62' c
Con: Volavola (1/2) 63'
Pen: Volavola (5/6) 25', 36', 46', 56', 68'
Try: Ford 30' c
Jackson 53' c
Brown 75' m
Con: Jackson (2/3) 31', 54'
Pen: Jackson (1/1) 61'
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
24 November 2018 France  Flag of France.svg14–21Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of France.svg Stade de France, Saint-Denis  
21:05 CET (UTC+1)Try: Guirado 25'c, 45' c
Con: Serin (2/2) 25', 46'
Pen: Serin (0/1)
Try: Radradra 21' c
Tuisova 31' m
Con: Volavola (1/2) 21'
Pen: Volavola (3/4) 44', 58', 82'
Attendance: 42 200
Referee: Matthew Carley (England)

Record

Men's World Rugby Rankings
Top 20 rankings as of 29 March, 2021 [3]
RankChange*TeamPoints
1Steady2.svgFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 094.20
2Steady2.svgFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 088.95
3Increase2.svg 1Flag of England.svg  England 085.44
4Increase2.svg 1IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 084.69
5Decrease2.svg 2Flag of France.svg  France 084.27
6Steady2.svgFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 083.44
7Steady2.svgFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 083.08
8Increase2.svg 1Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 082.02
9Decrease2.svg 1Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 080.31
10Steady2.svgFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 079.29
11Steady2.svgFlag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 076.87
12Steady2.svgFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 073.73
13Steady2.svgFlag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 071.44
14Steady2.svgFlag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 070.72
15Steady2.svgFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 070.65
16Steady2.svgFlag of the United States.svg  United States 068.10
17Steady2.svgFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 067.02
18Steady2.svgFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 066.22
19Steady2.svgFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 064.82
20Steady2.svgFlag of Russia.svg  Russia 062.71
21Increase2.svg 3Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 062.10
22Decrease2.svg 1Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 061.23
23Decrease2.svg 1Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 061.11
24Decrease2.svg 1Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 061.04
25Steady2.svgFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 060.09
26Steady2.svgFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 057.71
27Steady2.svgFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 057.17
28Steady2.svgFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 054.12
29Steady2.svgFlag of Chile.svg  Chile 053.81
30Steady2.svgFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 053.13
*Change from the previous week
Fiji's historical rankings

See or edit raw graph data.

Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 29 March 2021 [3]

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Fiji national XV at test level up until 5 December 2020. [4]

OpponentPlayedWonLostDrawnWin %ForAgaDiff
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 413025.0%96130−34
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 22 21919.0%269650−381
Barbarian 312033.37%59114−55
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1100100.0%760+76
British and Irish Lions 1100100.0%2521+4
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 1293075.0%409221+188
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada XV 1100100.0%133+10
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 1100100.0%4116+25
  Classic All Blacks 1100100.0%3314+19
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 2200100.0%16113+148
Flag of England.svg  England 70700.0%109303−194
Flag of England.svg  England XV 30300.0%3892−54
Flag of France.svg  France 10 19010.0%132371−239
Flag of France.svg  France XV 10100.0%413−9
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 541075%14782+65
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 3300100.0%15533+122
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 40400.0%51172−121
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland XV 20200.0%1524−9
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 12 66050.0%275282−7
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 18 144077.8%488346+142
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 2200100.011643+73
Flag of New Zealand.svg  Māori All Blacks 29720224.1%383517−134
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 50500.00%50364−314
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand XV 50500.00%25155−130
Flag of Niue.svg  Niue 1100100.0%1204+116
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 3300100.0%2533+250
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 2200100.0%6230+32
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 321066.7%7042+28
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 53 3020359.4%1049921+128
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 8 26025.0%189258−69
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland XV 2 0200.0%2253−31
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 2200100.0%19913+186
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 30300.0%41129−88
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 1100100.0%3920+19
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 926227367.4%18091237+572
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 651083.3%14397+46
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 431075.0%18176+105
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 12 11018.33%162358−196
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales XV 3 0300.0%3367−34
Total3471691681048.55%74647240+224

World Cup record

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
YearRoundPWDLFAPWDLFA
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 1987 Quarter-finals 410372132Automatically qualified
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg IRFU flag.svg Flag of France.svg 1991 Pool Stage 30032763
Flag of South Africa.svg 1995 Did not qualify21012634
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 1999 Play-off 420214811322007317
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2003 Pool Stage 420298114430112380
Flag of France.svg 2007 Quarter-finals 530213417343017483
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2011 Pool Stage 410359167Automatically qualified
Flag of England.svg 2015 Pool stage 41038410111001086
Flag of Japan.svg 2019 Pool stage 4103110108440010160
Flag of France.svg 2023 QualifiedAutomatically qualified
Total9/103211021732971171403505280

Kit history

Fiji traditionally plays with a home kit consisting of a white shirt, black shorts and black and white hooped socks. The away kit traditionally used to be a white and black hooped shirt with white shorts and hooped socks, although since KooGa's tenure as supplier, colours such as light blue or black were used.

Kit Suppliers:

Sponsors:

Current squad

Fiji named a 32-man squad on 12 October for the 2020 Autumn Nations Cup. [5]

Player Position Date of birth (age)CapsClub/province
Mesu Dolokoto Hooker (1995-01-21) January 21, 1995 (age 26)9 Flag of Scotland.svg Glasgow Warriors
Sam Matavesi Hooker (1992-01-13) January 13, 1992 (age 29)15 Flag of England.svg Northampton Saints
Tevita Ikanivere Hooker (1999-09-06) September 6, 1999 (age 21)1 Fijian Latui
Mesake Doge Prop (1993-01-04) January 4, 1993 (age 28)2 Flag of France.svg Brive
Haereiti Hetet Prop (1997-07-10) July 10, 1997 (age 23)1 Flag of New Zealand.svg Bay of Plenty
Jone Koroiduadua Prop (1999-03-10) March 10, 1999 (age 22)0 Fijian Latui
Eroni Mawi Prop (1996-06-02) June 2, 1996 (age 24)13 Flag of England.svg Saracens
Peni Ravai Prop (1990-06-16) June 16, 1990 (age 30)34 Flag of France.svg Clermont
Samu Tawake Prop (1996-09-11) September 11, 1996 (age 24)1 Flag of the United States.svg New York
Temo Mayanavanua Lock (1997-11-09) November 9, 1997 (age 23)1 Flag of New Zealand.svg Northland
Chris Minimbi Lock (2000-01-24) January 24, 2000 (age 21)1 Fijian Latui
Leone Nakarawa Lock (1988-04-02) April 2, 1988 (age 33)62 Flag of Scotland.svg Glasgow Warriors
Tevita Ratuva Lock (1995-05-08) May 8, 1995 (age 25)7 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Scarlets
Albert Tuisue Lock (1993-06-06) June 6, 1993 (age 27)8 Flag of England.svg London Irish
Johnny Dyer Back row (1992-02-06) February 6, 1992 (age 29)2 Flag of France.svg Biarritz
Kitione Kamikamica Back row (1996-04-27) April 27, 1996 (age 25)0 Flag of France.svg Brive
Mesulame Kunavula Back row (1995-10-31) October 31, 1995 (age 25)1 Flag of Scotland.svg Edinburgh
Manueli Ratuniyarawa Back row 1Nadroga
Lekima Tagitagivalu Back row (1995-12-04) December 4, 1995 (age 25)0 Flag of France.svg Pau
Simione Kuruvoli Scrum-half (1999-01-02) January 2, 1999 (age 22)1 TAILEVU
Frank Lomani Scrum-half (1996-04-18) April 18, 1996 (age 25)16 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne Rebels
Peni Matawalu Scrum-half (1997-07-08) July 8, 1997 (age 23)0 NAMOSI
Tuidraki Samusamuvodre Fly-half (1998-02-16) February 16, 1998 (age 23)0 Flag of the United States.svg Dallas Jackals
Ben Volavola Fly-half (1991-01-13) January 13, 1991 (age 30)37 Flag of France.svg Perpignan
Levani Botia Centre (1989-03-14) March 14, 1989 (age 32)19 Flag of France.svg La Rochelle
Waisea Nayacalevu Centre (1990-06-26) June 26, 1990 (age 30)23 Flag of France.svg Stade Français
Semi Radradra (c) Centre (1992-07-13) July 13, 1992 (age 28)11 Flag of England.svg Bristol Bears
Serupepeli Vularika Centre (1990-04-29) April 29, 1990 (age 30)12 Fijian Latui
Nemani Nadolo Wing (1988-01-31) January 31, 1988 (age 33)30 Flag of England.svg Leicester Tigers
Setariki Tuicuvu Wing (1995-09-07) September 7, 1995 (age 25)2 Flag of France.svg Brive
Josua Tuisova Wing (1994-02-04) February 4, 1994 (age 27)14 Flag of France.svg Lyon
Kini Murimurivalu Fullback (1989-05-15) May 15, 1989 (age 31)31 Flag of England.svg Leicester Tigers

Player records

Most caps

#PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubWonLostDraw%
1 Nicky Little Fly-half 1996–20117160113734052.11
2 Akapusi Qera Flanker 2005–2018645593230251.56
3 Campese Ma'afu Prop 2010–20196252103129251.61
Leone Nakarawa Lock 2009–present625753328154.03
5 Vereniki Goneva Centre 2007–20195949102829249.15
6 Sunia Koto Hooker 2005–20175747103026153.50
7 Seremaia Bai Centre 2000–2016535032725151.88
8 Dominiko Waqaniburotu Flanker 2010–present514922823054.90
9 Jacob Rauluni Scrum-half 1995–2006494092623053.06
Joeli Veitayaki Prop 1994–2003494542623053.06

Last updated: Georgia vs Fiji, 5 December 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries

#PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubPtsTries
1 Vereniki Goneva Centre 2007–201959491011022
Nemani Nadolo Wing 2010–present3028223722
3 Sanivalati Laulau Wing 1980–1985323208020
4 Norman Ligairi Fullback 2000–2010473988517
5 Timoci Nagusa Wing 2008–2018332678016
Viliame Satala Centre 1999–2005292728016
7 Fero Lasagavibau Wing 1997–2002232037515
8 Leone Nakarawa Lock 2009–present625756513
Metuisela Talebula Wing 2012–present242227313
Aisea Tuilevu Wing 1996–2004191816513

Last updated: Georgia vs Fiji, 5 December 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points

#PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubPtsTriesConvPensDrop
1 Nicky Little Fly-half 1996–201171601167021171402
2 Seremaia Bai Centre 2000–201653503321558591
3 Severo Koroduadua Fullback 1982–199127270268056475
4 Nemani Nadolo Wing 2010–present302822372232210
5 Ben Volavola Fly-half 2015–present37316234459311
6 Waisale Serevi Fly-half 1989–20033823152211140273
7 Vereniki Goneva Centre 2007–201959491011022000
8 Taniela Rawaqa Fullback 2007–201117134103419150
9 Norman Ligairi Fullback 2000–2010473988517000
103 players on 80 points

Last updated: Georgia vs Fiji, 5 December 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points in a match

#PlayerPosPtsTriesConvPensDropOppositionVenueDate
1. Severo Koroduadua Fullback 3601800Flag of Niue.svg  Niue Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 10 September 1983
2. Semesa Sikivou Scrum-half 2711200Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands Flag of Papua New Guinea (1965-1970).svg Port Moresby21 August 1969
3. Nicky Little Fly-half 250550Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Italy.svg L'Aquila 28 August 1999
4. Tevita Makutu Wing 246000Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea Flag of Fiji.svg Suva 30 August 1979
Sanivalati Laulau Wing 246000Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 8 September 1983
Nicky Little Fly-half 240640Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg  Hong Kong Flag of Hong Kong 1959.svg Hong Kong 29 September 1996
7. Nicky Little Fly-half 231340Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Fiji.svg Lautoka 15 July 2000
Nicky Little Fly-half 230170Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo 8 July 2001
Ben Volavola Fly-half 231900Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Flag of England.svg Hartpury17 November 2018
10.6 players on 22 points

Last updated: Georgia vs Fiji, 5 December 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries in a match

#PlayerPosPtsTriesConvPensDropOppositionVenueDate
1. Tevita Makutu Wing 246000Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea Flag of Fiji.svg Suva 30 August 1979
Sanivalati Laulau Wing 246000Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands Flag of Samoa.svg Apia 8 September 1983
3. George Sailosi Wing 155000Flag of Papua New Guinea (1965-1970).svg  Papua New Guinea Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Port Moresby18 August 1969
4.9 players on 4 tries

Last updated: Georgia vs Fiji, 5 December 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most matches as captain

#PlayerPosSpanMatWonLostDraw%PtsTries
1 Akapusi Qera Flanker 2011–2018382215159.21204
2 Greg Smith Hooker 1996–2003301713056.6651
3 Esala Teleni Number 8 1983–198919811042.10287
4 Mosese Rauluni Scrum-half 2004–200817107058.8251
5 Dominiko Waqaniburotu Flanker 2010–present1688050.00102
6 Epi Bolawaqatabu Number 8 1969–19731265154.16217
Deacon Manu Prop 2010–20121238129.1600
8 Alifereti Doviverata Number 8 2001–20071147036.3651
Simon Raiwalui Lock 1999–20061174063.6351
102 players on 10 caps

Last updated: Georgia vs Fiji, 5 December 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Notable players

Nat Uluiviti, who also played for the Fiji national cricket team.

Coaches

YearsCoach
1954 Flag of New Zealand.svg William Goodsir
1964 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Douglas Walkden-Brown
1987 Flag of Fiji.svg Jo Sovau
1989–1991 Flag of Fiji.svg Samisoni Viriviri Sr
1996 Flag of Fiji.svg Meli Kurisaru
1996–1999 Flag of New Zealand.svg Brad Johnstone
2000–2001 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Greg Smith
2001–2002 Flag of Fiji.svg Ifereimi Tawake (caretaker)
2002–2003 Flag of New Zealand.svg Mac McCallion
2004–2007 Flag of New Zealand.svg Wayne Pivac
2007–2008 Flag of Fiji.svg Ilivasi Tabua
2009–2010 Flag of New Zealand.svg Mike Brewer
2010–2011 Flag of Fiji.svg Sam Domoni
2012–2014 Flag of Fiji.svg Inoke Male
2014–2019 Flag of New Zealand.svg John McKee
2020–present Flag of New Zealand.svg Vern Cotter

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