Fiji national rugby league team

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Fiji
Badge of Fiji team
Nickname Fiji Bati
Governing body Fiji National Rugby League
Region Asia-Pacific
Head coach Mick Potter
Captain James Storer
Most caps Wes Naiqama (14)
Top try-scorer Akuila Uate (13)
Top point-scorer Wes Naiqama (132)
Home stadium National Stadium
RLIF ranking 7th
Colours
First international
Samoa Western Samoa 32–18 Fiji 
(Apia, Samoa; 1992)
Biggest win
 Cook Islands 6–54 Fiji 
(Suva, Fiji; 1992)
Biggest defeat
 Australia 84–14 Fiji 
(Marathon Stadium, Newcastle; 12 July 1994)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (first time in 1995)
Best result Semi Final 2008, 2013

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 come within one victory of the Rugby League World Cup final twice (in 2008 and 2013) and are currently ranked 7th in the Rugby League International Federation's World Rankings.

History[edit]

1990s[edit]

The game was introduced to Fiji only in 1992 but despite this there has been a long history of Fijian players making their mark in rugby league, most notably back in the 1960s when great players such as Joe Levula and Laitia Ravouvou joined Rochdale Hornets and became household names in the English competition.

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.

Fiji took part in their first World Cup in 1995 where, just as the 2000 World Cup, they had the misfortune to be placed in the same group as both England and Australia. But the Batis made a massive impression in their opening World Cup game in which they ran riot against South Africa, 52-6, and had the crowd on their feet at Keighley.

During the Super League war, Fiji, like most countries other countries, aligned itself with Super League. In search of international competition, the Australian Rugby League played a match against a "National Rugby League of Fiji" team in 1996. This match has been granted Test status by the Australian Rugby League, but not by the Rugby League International Federation.

2000s[edit]

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.

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.

2010s[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Players[edit]

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see Fiji national rugby league team players.

Current squad[edit]

The Fiji national team squad selected for the end of year test match against Samoa.[2] (caps and points apply for before the test match began):

  • Saimon Lomaloma was named as the 18th man. He was selected as a replacement player to fill in for any injury, suspension or a late tactical change before the test-match began.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Pts. Club
FB Kevin Naiqama (1989-02-04) 4 February 1989 (age 27) 9 8 Australia Wests Tigers
FB Tyrone Phillips (1994-01-05) 5 January 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Australia Canterbury Bulldogs
FB Henry Raiwalui (1989-02-24) 24 February 1989 (age 27) 0 0 Australia Wentworthville Magpies
WG Marcello Montoya (1996-02-17) 17 February 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Australia Canterbury Bulldogs
CE Waqa Blake (1994-10-26) 26 October 1994 (age 21) 0 0 Australia Penrith Panthers
CE Sitiveni Moceidreke (1994-11-27) 27 November 1994 (age 21) 1 4 Australia North Sydney Bears
CE Pio Seci (1993-08-19) 19 August 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Fiji
CE Brayden Wiliame (1992-12-17) 17 December 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Australia Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
PR Kane Evans (1992-01-09) 9 January 1992 (age 24) 7 0 Australia Sydney Roosters
PR Tui Kamikamica (1994-05-18) 18 May 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Australia Melbourne Storm
PR Viliame Kikau (1995-04-05) 5 April 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Australia Penrith Panthers
PR Ben Nakubuwai (1996-03-15) 15 March 1996 (age 20) 1 0 Australia Melbourne Storm
PR Junior Roqica (1991-02-13) 13 February 1991 (age 25) 7 4 Australia Cronulla Sharks
PR Korbin Sims (1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 24) 5 4 Australia Newcastle Knights
PR Eloni Vunakece (1987-05-27) 27 May 1987 (age 29) 8 8 Australia Sydney Roosters
HK Apisai Koroisau (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 23) 5 6 Australia Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
HK James Storer (1982-02-16) 16 February 1982 (age 34) 10 8 Australia Port Kembla Blacks[3]

Tournament history[edit]

Rugby League World Cup[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
United Kingdom 1995 Group Stage 6/10 3 1 2 0
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 2000 Group Stage 12/16 3 1 2 0
Australia 2008 Semi-finals 4/10 4 2 2 0
EnglandWalesRepublic of IrelandFrance 2013 Semi-finals 4/14 5 2 3 0
AustraliaNew Zealand 2017 To Be Determined
Total 0 Titles 4/13 15 6 9 0

Four Nations[edit]

Four Nations record
Year Round Position GP W L D
EnglandFrance 2009 Not Invited
AustraliaNew Zealand 2010 Failed to Qualify
EnglandWales 2011 Not Invited
AustraliaNew Zealand 2014 Failed to Qualify
EnglandScotland 2016 Not Invited
Total 0 Titles 0/5 0 0 3 0

Pacific Cup[edit]

Pacific Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
New Zealand 1992 Group Stage 9/10 4 1 3 0
Fiji 1994 Second Place 2/10 6 4 2 0
New Zealand 1997 Group Stage 5/6 3 0 2 1
New Zealand 2004 Group Stage 4/6 2 1 1 0
New Zealand 2006 Second Place 2/6 3 2 1 0
Papua New Guinea 2009 Semi-finals 3/5 2 1 1 0
Total 0 Titles 6/12 20 9 10 1

Other competitions[edit]

Fiji have also participated in:

Results and fixtures[edit]

For all past match results, see the team's results page.
Official Rankings as of June 2016[4]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 855.00
2  Australia 751.00
3  England 655.00
4  Samoa 280.00
5  France 209.00
6  Ireland 162.00
7  Fiji 149.00
8  Wales 132.00
9  Scotland 121.00
10  United States 101.00
11 Increase  Papua New Guinea 78.00
12 Decrease  Serbia 70.00
13  Italy 65.00
14  Canada 62.00
15 Increase  Tonga 58.00
16 Decrease  Russia 45.00
17 Steady  Belgium 40.00
18  Malta 32.00
19 Increase  Cook Islands 29.00
20 Steady  Lebanon 29.00
21  Spain 26.00
22 Decrease  Germany 23.00
23 Steady  Ukraine 21.00
24  Greece 21.00
25  Denmark 20.00
26  Norway 19.00
27  Jamaica 16.00
28 Increase  Sweden 15.00
29  Czech Republic 14.00
30 Decrease  Netherlands 14.00
31 Steady  South Africa 13.00
32 Increase  Philippines 9.00
33 Decrease  Niue 4.00
34  Hungary 2.00
35  Latvia 2.00
36  Morocco 0.00
  • Fiji def. Samoa 24 - 4 (2 June 2010) [5]
  • Fiji def. Tonga 26 - 16 (31 October 2009)
  • Cook Islands def. Fiji 24 - 22 (24 October 2009) [6]
  • Australia def. Fiji 52 - 0 (16 November 2008)
  • Fiji def. Ireland 30 - 14 (10 November 2008)
  • Fiji def. France 42-6 (1 November 2008)
  • Tonga def. Fiji 14-12 (19 October 2007)
  • Junior Kangaroos def Fiji 15-14 (5 October 2007)
  • Fiji def. Cook Islands 58-12 (26 January 2007)
  • Fiji 40 def. Cook Islands 4 (7 October 2006)
  • Fiji 30 def. Tonga 28 (4 October 2006)
  • Samoa 30 def. Fiji 28 29 September 2006)
  • Tonga def. Fiji 22-4 (2006)
  • Fiji def. Cook Islands 40-18 (2006)
  • Fiji def. Samoa 26-4 (2006)
  • Fiji tied Cook Islands 20-20 (February 2005)
  • Fiji def. Niue 34-24 (23 October 2004)
  • Cook Islands def. Fiji 20-12 (21 October 2004)
  • Tonga def. Fiji 56-6 (17 October 2004)
  • Cook Islands def. Fiji 36-24 (17 August 2004)
  • Fiji def. England "A" 44-8 (11 November 2002)
  • England def. Fiji 66-4 (4 November 2000)
  • Australia def. Fiji 66-8 (1 November 2000)
  • Fiji def. Russia 38-12 (29 October 2000)
  • Fiji def. Tonga 10-6 (3 June 2000)
  • Tonga def. Fiji 23-20 (27 May 2000)
  • New Zealand Māoris def. Fiji 70-0 (29 April 2000)
  • New Zealand Māoris def. Fiji 28-12 (25 April 2000)
  • New Zealand Māoris def. Fiji 44-14 (22 April 2000)
  • Fiji def. Samoa 30-4 (1999)
  • Fiji def. Samoa 22-16 (1999)
  • Samoa def. Fiji 6-1 (1999)
  • Papua New Guinea def. Fiji 16-14 (1998)
  • Papua New Guinea def. Fiji 34-12 (1998)
  • Fiji def. Papua New Guinea 14-10 (1998)
  • Fiji def. Tonga 22-14 (1998)
  • Cook Islands def. Fiji 22-14 (1997)
  • New Zealand Māoris def. Fiji 32-22 (1997)
  • Fiji drew with Tonga 14-14 (1997)
  • Fiji drew with Tonga 22-22 (1997)
  • Australia def. NRL of Fiji 84-14 (1996)
  • Fiji def. Cook Islands 14-8 (1996)
  • Great Britain def. Fiji 72-4 (5 October 1996)
  • Australia def. Fiji 66-0 (14 October 1995)
  • England def. Fiji 46-0 (11 October 1995)
  • Fiji def. South Africa 52-6 (8 October 1995)
  • Fiji def. France 20-12 (9 July 1994)
  • Papua New Guinea def. Fiji 35-24 (1993)
  • Fiji def. Cook Islands 54-6 (1992)
  • Tonga def. Fiji 23-20 (1992)
  • Niue def. Fiji 14-10 (1992)
  • Western Samoa def. Fiji 32-18 (1992)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fiji vs. PNG 2015 Melanesian Cup". Nrl.com. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fiji name side to face Samoa". nrl.com. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Club Source
  4. ^ RLIF Rankings.
  5. ^ http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=147843
  6. ^ http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=132229

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