Fiji at the Rugby World Cup

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Map of nations best results, excluding nations which unsuccessfully participated in qualifying tournaments.

Fiji have played in all but one Rugby World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1987.

Nation Number of appearances First appearance Most recent appearance Streak Best result
 Fiji 6 1987 2011 4 Quarter finals, 1987, 2007

2007 Rugby World Cup[edit]

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 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.

By position[edit]

By match[edit]

1987 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 3 games –

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 190 34 6
 Fiji 3 1 0 2 56 101 2
 Argentina 3 1 0 2 49 90 2
 Italy 3 1 0 2 40 110 2
1987-05-24
Argentina  9–28  Fiji
Try: Penalty try
Con: Porta
Pen: Porta
Tries: Gale
Naivilawasa
Nalaga
Savai
Con: Koroduadua (2)
Rokowailoa
Pen: Koroduadua (2)
Rugby Park, Hamilton
Referee: Jim Fleming Scotland

1987-05-27
New Zealand  74–13  Fiji
Tries: Gallagher (4)
Green (4)
Kirk
Kirwan
Penalty try
Whetton
Con: Fox (10)
Pen: Fox (2)
Try: Cama
Pen: Koroduadua (3)
Lancaster Park, Christchurch
Attendance: 26,000
Referee: Derek Bevan Wales

1987-05-31
Fiji  15–18  Italy
Try: Naivilawasa
Con: Koroduadua
Pen: Koroduadua (2)
Drop: Quro
Tries: Cuttitta
Cucchiella
Mascioletti
Pen: Collodo
Drop: Collodo
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Referee: Keith Lawrence New Zealand

Quarter finals –

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
6 June – Lancaster Park, Christchurch        
  New Zealand  30
14 June – Ballymore, Brisbane
  Scotland  3  
  New Zealand  49
8 June – Ballymore, Brisbane
    Wales  6  
  Wales  16
20 June – Eden Park, Auckland
  England  3  
  New Zealand  29
7 June – Eden Park, Auckland
    France  9
  France  31
13 June – Concord Oval, Sydney
  Fiji  16  
  France  30 Third place
7 June – Concord Oval, Sydney
    Australia  24  
  Australia  33   Wales  22
 Ireland  15     Australia  21
18 June – Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
1987-06-07
Fiji  16–31  France
Tries: Qoro
Damu
Con: Koroduadua
Pen: Koroduadua (2)
Tries: Rodriguez (2)
Lorieux
Lagisquet
Con: Laporte (3)
Pen: Laporte (2)
Drop: Laporte

1991 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool D games –

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 France 3 0 0 82 25 9
 Canada 2 0 1 45 33 7
 Romania 1 0 2 31 64 5
 Fiji 0 0 3 27 63 3
1991-10-05
Canada  13–3  Fiji
Tries: Stewart
Pen: Rees (3)
Drop: Serevi
Stade Jean Dauger, Bayonne
Referee: Kerry Fitzgerald Australia

1991-10-08
France  33–9  Fiji
Tries: Lafond (3), Sella (2), Camberabero
Con: Camberabero (3)
Pen: Camberabero
Tries: Naruma
Con: Koroduadua
Pen: Koroduadua
Stade Lesdiguières, Grenoble
Referee: Derek Bevan Wales

1991-10-12
Fiji  15–17  Romania
Pen: Turuva (2)
Drop: Rabaka (2), Turuva
Tries: Ion, Dumitras, Sasu
Con: Racean
Pen: Nichitean
Parc Municipal des Sports, Brive
Referee: Owen Doyle Republic of Ireland

1995 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Did not qualify

1999 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 3 games –

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 France 3 0 0 108 52 6
 Fiji 2 0 1 124 68 4
 Canada 1 0 2 114 82 2
 Namibia 0 0 3 28 186 0

1999-10-09
Fiji  38–22  Canada
Tries: Viliame Satala (2), Marika Vunibaka, Fero Lasagavibau
Con: Nicky Little (3)
Pen: Nicky Little (3)
Drop: Nicky Little
Tries: Mike James
Con: Gareth Rees
Pen: Gareth Rees (4)
Drop: Gareth Rees
Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Referee: Ed Morrison England

Quarter-final play-offs –

  Quarter-final play-offs Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                     
        
  South Africa  South Africa 44  
    England  England 21  
England  England 45
Fiji  Fiji 24  
  South Africa  South Africa 21  
  Australia  Australia 27  
        
        
  Australia  Australia 24
    Wales  Wales 9  
      
        
  Australia  Australia 35
  France  France 12
        
        
  New Zealand  New Zealand 30
    Scotland  Scotland 18  
Scotland  Scotland 35
Samoa  Samoa 20  
  New Zealand  New Zealand 31
  France  France 43  
        
        
  France  France 47
    Argentina  Argentina 26  
Argentina  Argentina 28
Republic of Ireland  Ireland 24  
1999-10-20
England  45–24  Fiji
Tries: Dan Luger, Neil Back, Nick Beal, Phil Greening
Con: Matt Dawson, Jonny Wilkinson
Pen: Jonny Wilkinson (7)
Tries: Viliame Satala, Meli Nakauta, Imanueli Tikomaimakogai
Con: Nicky Little (3)
Pen: Waisale Serevi
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Clayton Thomas Wales

2003 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Group B games –

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against BP Points
 France 4 0 0 204 70 4 20
 Scotland 3 0 1 102 97 2 14
 Fiji 2 0 2 98 114 2 10
 United States 1 0 3 86 125 2 6
 Japan 0 0 4 79 163 0 0
2003-10-11
France  61–18  Fiji
Tries: Dominici (2), Harinordoquy, Jauzion (3), Ibañez
Con: Michalak (4)
Pen: Michalak (6)
Tries: Naevo, Caucaunibuca
Con: Little
Pen: Little (2)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 46,795
Referee: Alain Rolland Republic of Ireland

2003-10-15
Fiji  19–18  United States
Tries: Naevo
Con: Little
Pen: Little (4)
Tries: van Zyl, Schubert
Con: Hercus
Pen: Hercus (2)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 30,990
Referee: Joël Jutge France


2003-10-23
Fiji  41–13  Japan
Tries: Tuilevu (2), Ligairi (2), Vunibaka
Con: Little (2)
Pen: Little (4)
Tries: Miller
Con: Miller
Pen: Miller
Drop: Miller
Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
Attendance: 17,269
Referee: Nigel Whitehouse Wales

2003-11-01
Scotland  22–20  Fiji
Tries: Smith
Con: Paterson
Pen: Paterson (5)
Tries: Caucaunibuca (2)
Con: Little (2)
Pen: Little (2)
Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 37,137
Referee: Tony Spreadbury England

2007 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool B games –

Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/- BP Pts
 Australia 4 4 0 0 30 215 41 +174 4 20
 Fiji 4 3 0 1 14 114 136 −22 3 15
 Wales 4 2 0 2 23 168 105 +63 4 12
 Japan 4 0 1 3 7 64 210 −146 1 3
 Canada 4 0 1 3 6 51 120 −69 0 2
  AUS CAN FJI JPN WAL
Australia 37 – 6 55 – 12 91 – 3 32 – 20
Canada 16 – 29 12 – 12 17 – 42
Fiji 35 – 31 38 – 34
Japan 18 – 72
Wales


Quarter finals match-

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
6 October – Stade Vélodrome, Marseille        
  Australia  10
13 October – Stade de France, St-Denis
  England  12  
  England  14
6 October – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
    France  9  
  New Zealand  18
20 October – Stade de France, St-Denis
  France  20  
  England  6
7 October – Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
    South Africa  15
  South Africa  37
14 October – Stade de France, St-Denis
  Fiji  20  
  South Africa  37 Bronze Final
7 October – Stade de France, St-Denis
    Argentina  13  
  Argentina  19   France  10
  Scotland  13     Argentina  34
19 October – Parc des Princes, Paris
7 October 2007
15:00
South Africa  37–20  Fiji
Tries: Fourie 13' m
Smit 35' m
Pietersen 51' c
Smith 70' c
James 80' c
Con: Montgomery (3/5)
Pen: Steyn (1/1) 8'
Montgomery (1/2) 63'
Report Tries: Delasau 57' c
Bobo 59' c
Con: Bai (2/2)
Pen: Bai (2/2) 26', 44'
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 55,943
Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)

Hosting[edit]

So far Fiji has not hosted any World Cup games, and has not put in bids for future tournaments. Due to the lack of facilities, and the small size of the island nation, it is unlikely it will do so in the future.

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