Fiji national rugby union team

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Fiji
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Flying Fijians
Emblem Palm
Union Fiji Rugby Union
Head coach John McKee
Captain Akapusi Qera
Most caps Nicky Little (71)
Top scorer Nicky Little (670)
Top try scorer Sanivalati Laulau (20)
Home stadium ANZ National Stadium
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current 10 (as of 6th October 2016)
Highest 9 (2015)
Lowest 16 (2012)
First international
Samoa 0–6 Fiji
(Apia, Samoa; 18 August 1924)
Biggest win
Fiji 120–4 Niue
(Apia, Samoa; 10 September 1983)
Biggest defeat
New Zealand 91–0 Fiji
(Albany, New Zealand; 12 October 2005)
World Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1987)
Best result Quarter-finals, 1987, 2007
Website www.fijirugby.com

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.

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 of the problems for Fiji is simply getting their rugby players to play for Fiji as a country, 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[edit]

Fiji presenting Cibi before 2011 Rugby World Cup match against South Africa.

Early years[edit]

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[edit]

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.

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.

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[edit]

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.

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[edit]

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 about to beat France, the

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. [1] 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[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 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 sides success.[citation needed]

2011 Rugby World Cup[edit]

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 couldn't 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[edit]

Record[edit]

Top 30 rankings as of 6 August 2017[2]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 94.78
2 Steady  England 90.14
3 Steady  Ireland 85.39
4 Steady  Australia 84.63
5 Steady  South Africa 84.16
6 Steady  Scotland 82.47
7 Steady  Wales 81.73
8 Steady  France 79.63
9 Steady  Argentina 79.50
10 Steady  Fiji 79.48
11 Steady  Japan 73.79
12 Steady  Georgia 73.41
13 Steady  Tonga 71.72
14 Steady  Italy 71.00
15 Steady  Romania 70.27
16 Steady  Samoa 69.67
17 Steady  United States 65.84
18 Steady  Uruguay 63.15
19 Steady  Spain 63.15
20 Steady  Russia 63.13
21 Steady  Namibia 61.40
22 Steady  Germany 59.78
23 Steady  Canada 59.47
24 Steady  Hong Kong 58.66
25 Increase1  Kenya 57.55
26 Decrease1  Portugal 57.26
27 Steady  Belgium 56.94
28 Steady  Chile 54.76
29 Steady  Brazil 54.50
30 Steady   Switzerland 53.63
*Change from the previous week
Fiji's historical rankings
Fiji IRB World Rankings.png
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 20 February 2017[2]

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Fiji national XV at test level up until 17 July 2017.[3]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 4 1 3 0 25.00% 96 130 −34
 Australia 21 2 18 1 9.52% 248 611 −363
Barbarian 2 0 2 0 0.00% 26 83 −57
 Belgium 1 1 0 0 100.00% 76 0 +76
British and Irish Lions 1 1 0 0 100.00% 25 21 +4
 Canada 10 7 3 0 70.00% 314 191 +123
 Canada XV 1 1 0 0 100.00% 13 3 +10
 Chile 1 1 0 0 100.00% 41 16 +25
 Classic All Blacks 1 1 0 0 100.00% 33 14 +19
 Cook Islands 2 2 0 0 100.00% 161 13 +148
 England 7 0 7 0 0.00% 109 303 −194
 England XV 3 0 3 0 0.00% 38 92 −54
 France 9 0 9 0 0.00% 111 359 −248
 France XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 4 13 −9
 Georgia 2 1 1 0 50.00% 27 33 −6
 Hong Kong 3 3 0 0 100.00% 155 33 +122
 Ireland 3 0 3 0 0.00% 31 149 −118
 Ireland XV 2 0 2 0 0.00% 0 61 −61
 Italy 11 6 5 0 56.00% 265 263 +2
 Japan 17 14 3 0 82.35% 467 312 +155
 Māori All Blacks 29 7 20 2 24.14% 383 517 −134
 Namibia 2 2 0 0 100.00% 116 43 +73
 New Zealand 5 0 5 0 0.00% 50 364 −314
 New Zealand XV 5 0 5 0 0.00% 25 155 −130
 Niue 1 1 0 0 100.00% 120 4 +116
 Papua New Guinea 3 3 0 0 100.00% 253 3 +250
 Portugal 2 2 0 0 100.00% 62 30 +32
 Romania 3 2 1 0 66.67% 70 42 +28
 Samoa 51 28 20 3 54.90% 1015 896 +119
 Scotland 7 2 5 0 28.57% 172 204 −32
 Scotland XV 2 0 2 0 0.00% 22 53 −31
 Solomon Islands 2 2 0 0 100.00% 199 13 +186
 South Africa 3 0 3 0 0.00% 41 129 −88
 Spain 1 1 0 0 100.00% 39 20 +19
 Tonga 90 61 26 3 67.78% 1761 1191 +570
 United States 6 5 1 0 83.33% 143 97 +46
 Uruguay 2 2 0 0 100.00% 86 39 +47
 Wales 11 1 9 1 9.09% 145 329 −184
 Wales XV 2 0 2 0 0.00% 33 59 −26
Total 329 160 159 10 48.63% 6990 6851 +139

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
Australia/New Zealand 1987 Quarter-final 4 1 0 3 72 132 Automatically qualified
France/Ireland/UK 1991 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 27 63
South Africa 1995 Pool Stage Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 26 34
Wales 1999 Quarter-final playoff 4 2 0 2 148 113 2 2 0 0 73 17
Australia 2003 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 98 114 4 3 0 1 123 80
France 2007 Quarter-final 5 3 0 2 134 173 4 3 0 1 74 83
New Zealand 2011 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 59 167 Automatically qualified
England 2015 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 84 101 1 1 0 0 108 6
Japan 2019 To be determined To be determined
Total 7/8 28 10 0 18 622 863 13 10 0 3 404 220

Kit history[edit]

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[edit]

On 9 May, John McKee named an extended squad ahead of Fiji's 2017 June tests against Australia (10 June), Italy (17 June) and Scotland (24 June) and their 2017 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup / 2019 RWC Oceania qualification campaign in July.[4]

With injury to Nemani Nadolo, Benito Masilevu was called up to the squad ahead of the Australian test.

  • Head Coach: New Zealand John McKee
  • Caps Updated: 17 July 2017
Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Koto, SuniaSunia Koto Hooker (1980-04-15) April 15, 1980 (age 37) 56 France Mâcon
Sassen, JaleJale Sassen Hooker (1992-09-06) September 6, 1992 (age 24) 1 Fiji Fijian Drua
Tuapati, TalemaitogaTalemaitoga Tuapati Hooker (1985-08-16) August 16, 1985 (age 32) 38 France Provence
Atalifo, Lee RoyLee Roy Atalifo Prop (1988-03-10) March 10, 1988 (age 29) 9 Unattached
Ducivaki, MoseseMosese Ducivaki Prop (1991-02-28) February 28, 1991 (age 26) 1 Fiji Fijian Drua
Ma'afu, CampeseCampese Ma'afu Prop (1984-12-19) December 19, 1984 (age 32) 47 England Northampton Saints
Ravai, PeniPeni Ravai Prop (1990-06-16) June 16, 1990 (age 27) 22 France Aurillac
Saulo, ManasaManasa Saulo Prop (1989-04-06) April 6, 1989 (age 28) 33 England London Irish
Tawake, KalivatiKalivati Tawake Prop (1988-11-16) November 16, 1988 (age 28) 5 Fiji Fijian Drua
Veitayaki Jr., JoeliJoeli Veitayaki Jr. Prop (1986-03-14) March 14, 1986 (age 31) 6 Fiji Fijian Drua
Nakarawa, LeoneLeone Nakarawa Lock (1988-04-02) April 2, 1988 (age 29) 44 France Racing 92
Cavubati, TevitaTevita Cavubati Lock (1987-08-12) August 12, 1987 (age 30) 20 England Worcester Warriors
Ratuniyarawa, ApiApi Ratuniyarawa Lock (1986-07-11) July 11, 1986 (age 31) 26 England Northampton Saints
Nabou, SikeliSikeli Nabou Lock (1988-03-05) March 5, 1988 (age 29) 1 France Biarritz Olympique
Dawai, NauliaNaulia Dawai Flanker (1987-06-26) June 26, 1987 (age 30) 8 Ireland Connacht
Mata, ViliameViliame Mata Flanker (1991-10-22) October 22, 1991 (age 25) 4 Scotland Edinburgh
Qera, AkapusiAkapusi Qera (c) Flanker (1984-04-24) April 24, 1984 (age 33) 59 France Montpellier
Voka, MoseseMosese Voka Flanker (1985-06-07) June 7, 1985 (age 32) 4 Fiji Fijian Drua
Waqaniburotu, DominikoDominiko Waqaniburotu Flanker (1986-04-20) April 20, 1986 (age 31) 35 France Brive
Yato, PeceliPeceli Yato Flanker (1993-01-17) January 17, 1993 (age 24) 9 France Clermont Auvergne
Nagusa, NemaniNemani Nagusa Number 8 (1988-06-21) June 21, 1988 (age 29) 10 Fiji Nadroga
Lomani, FrankFrank Lomani Scrum-half (1996-04-18) April 18, 1996 (age 21) 1 Fiji Fijian Drua
Matawalu, NikolaNikola Matawalu Scrum-half (1989-03-08) March 8, 1989 (age 28) 32 England Exeter Chiefs
Seniloli, HenryHenry Seniloli Scrum-half (1989-06-15) June 15, 1989 (age 28) 16 Romania Timișoara Saracens
Vularika, SerupepeliSerupepeli Vularika Scrum-half (1990-04-29) April 29, 1990 (age 27) 9 Fiji Suva
Volavola, BenBen Volavola Fly-half (1991-01-13) January 13, 1991 (age 26) 19 Australia Melbourne Rebels
Botia, LevaniLevani Botia Centre (1989-03-14) March 14, 1989 (age 28) 8 France La Rochelle
Goneva, VerenikiVereniki Goneva Centre (1984-04-05) April 5, 1984 (age 33) 46 England Newcastle Falcons
Stewart, JohnJohn Stewart Centre (1988-02-17) February 17, 1988 (age 29) 1 Fiji Fijian Drua
Tikoirotuma, AsaeliAsaeli Tikoirotuma Centre (1986-06-24) June 24, 1986 (age 31) 21 England London Irish
Vatubua, JaleJale Vatubua Centre (1991-08-30) August 30, 1991 (age 25) 5 France Pau
Vasiteri, EroniEroni Vasiteri Centre (1989-05-27) May 27, 1989 (age 28) 4 Fiji Fijian Drua
VuliVuli, AlbertAlbert VuliVuli Centre (1985-05-26) May 26, 1985 (age 32) 16 France Racing 92
Masilevu, BenitoBenito Masilevu Wing (1989-10-07) October 7, 1989 (age 27) 9 France Brive
Nadolo, NemaniNemani Nadolo Wing (1988-01-31) January 31, 1988 (age 29) 26 France Montpellier
Nagusa, TimociTimoci Nagusa Wing (1987-07-14) July 14, 1987 (age 30) 28 France Montpellier
Osborne, PatrickPatrick Osborne Wing (1987-06-14) June 14, 1987 (age 30) 6 New Zealand Highlanders
Tuisova, JosuaJosua Tuisova Wing (1994-02-04) February 4, 1994 (age 23) 3 France Toulon
Murimurivalu, KiniKini Murimurivalu Fullback (1989-05-15) May 15, 1989 (age 28) 18 France La Rochelle
Talebula, MetuiselaMetuisela Talebula Fullback (1991-05-24) May 24, 1991 (age 26) 22 France Bordeaux Bègles

Individual all-time records[edit]

Most caps[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Won Lost Draw %
1 Nicky Little Fly-half 1996–2011 71 60 11 37 34 0 52.11
2 Akapusi Qera Flanker 2005- 58 49 9 28 28 2 50.00
3 Sunia Koto Hooker 2005- 55 47 8 29 25 1 53.63
4 Seremaia Bai Centre 2000–2016 53 50 3 27 25 1 51.88
5 Jacob Rauluni Scrum-half 1995–2006 49 40 9 26 23 0 53.06
Joeli Veitayaki Prop 1994–2003 49 45 4 26 23 0 53.06
7 Emori Katalau Lock 1995–2003 48 39 9 25 23 0 52.08
Sisa Koyamaibole Number 8 2001–2013 48 36 12 21 26 1 44.79
9 Norman Ligairi Fullback 2000–2010 47 39 8 25 22 0 53.19
10 Ifereimi Tawake Flanker 1986–1999 46 38 8 16 29 1 35.86
Campese Ma'afu Prop 2010- 46 37 9 22 22 2 50.00

Last updated: Tonga vs Fiji, 8 July 2017. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries
1 Sanivalati Laulau Wing 1980–1985 32 32 0 80 20
2 Nemani Nadolo Centre 2010– 26 24 2 217 19
3 Vereniki Goneva Centre 2007– 45 38 7 85 17
4 Fero Lasagavibau Wing 1997–2002 23 20 3 80 16
Norman Ligairi Fullback 2000–2010 47 39 8 80 16
Viliame Satala Centre 1999–2005 29 27 2 80 16
7 Timoci Nagusa Wing 2008– 27 22 5 70 14
8 Aisea Tuilevu Wing 1996–2004 19 18 1 65 13
9 Manasa Bari Wing 1995–1999 18 14 4 60 12
Metuisela Talebula Wing 2012– 22 19 3 68 12

Last updated: Tonga vs Fiji, 8 July 2017. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Nicky Little Fly-half 1996–2011 71 60 11 670 2 117 140 2
2 Seremaia Bai Centre 2000–2016 53 50 3 321 5 58 59 1
3 Severo Koroduadua Fullback 1982–1991 27 27 0 268 0 56 47 5
4 Waisale Serevi Fly-half 1989–2003 38 23 15 221 11 40 27 3
5 Nemani Nadolo Centre 2010– 26 24 2 217 19 31 20 0
6 Taniela Rawaqa Fullback 2007–2011 16 12 4 103 4 19 15 0
7 Ben Volavola Fly-half 2015- 18 14 4 93 2 13 1 18
8 Vereniki Goneva Centre 2007- 45 38 7 85 17 0 0 0
9 Fero Lasagavibau Wing 1997–2002 23 20 3 80 16 0 0 0
Sanivalati Laulau Wing 1980–1985 32 32 0 80 20 0 0 0
Norman Ligairi Fullback 2000–2010 47 39 8 80 16 0 0 0
Viliame Satala Centre 1999–2005 29 27 2 80 16 0 0 0

Last updated: Tonga vs Fiji, 8 July 2017. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points in a match[edit]

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. Severo Koroduadua Fullback 36 0 18 0 0  Niue Samoa Apia 10 September 1983
2. Semesa Sikivou Scrum-half 27 1 12 0 0  Solomon Islands Papua New Guinea Port Moresby 21 August 1969
3. Nicky Little Fly-half 25 0 5 5 0  Italy Italy L'Aquila 28 August 1999
4. Tevita Makutu Wing 24 6 0 0 0  Papua New Guinea Fiji Suva 30 August 1979
Sanivalati Laulau Wing 24 6 0 0 0  Solomon Islands Samoa Apia 8 September 1983
Nicky Little Fly-half 24 0 6 4 0  Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong 29 September 1996
7. Nicky Little Fly-half 23 1 3 4 0  Italy Fiji Lautoka 15 July 2000
Nicky Little Fly-half 23 0 1 7 0  Samoa Japan Tokyo 8 July 2001
9. 6 players on 22 points

Last updated: Tonga vs Fiji, 8 July 2017. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries in a match[edit]

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. Tevita Makutu Wing 24 6 0 0 0  Papua New Guinea Fiji Suva 30 August 1979
Sanivalati Laulau Wing 24 6 0 0 0  Solomon Islands Samoa Apia 8 September 1983
3. George Sailosi Wing 15 5 0 0 0  Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Port Moresby 18 August 1969
4. 9 players on 4 tries

Last updated: Tonga vs Fiji, 8 July 2017. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most matches as captain[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries
1 Akapusi Qera Flanker 2011– 32 18 13 1 57.81 20 4
2 Greg Smith Hooker 1996–2003 30 17 13 0 56.66 5 1
3 Esala Teleni Number 8 1983–1989 19 8 11 0 42.10 28 7
4 Mosese Rauluni Scrum-half 2004–2008 17 10 7 0 58.82 5 1
5 Deacon Manu Prop 2010–2012 12 3 8 1 29.16 0 0
Epi Bolawaqatabu Number 8 1969–1973 12 6 5 1 54.16 21 7
7 Alifereti Doviverata Number 8 2001–2007 11 4 7 0 36.36 5 1
Simon Raiwalui Lock 1999–2006 11 7 4 0 63.63 5 1
9 Mosese Taga Prop 1991–1993 10 2 8 0 20.00 0 0
Ifereimi Tawake Flanker 1991–1998 10 3 7 0 30.00 6 0

Last updated: Tonga vs Fiji, 8 July 2017. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Notable players[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

[5]

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]