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 11 (as of 31 May 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 is the men's representative side of Fiji in rugby union. Despite the relatively small size of their represented country, in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Fiji defeated Wales 38–34 to claim a quarter final spot (theoretically placing them in the top 8 teams in the world) and proceeded to give eventual winners South Africa a scare eventually going down 37–20.

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. In addition a significant number of players eligible to play for Fiji end up representing Australia or New Zealand; two notable examples are the Fiji-born, but New Zealand-raised, cousins and All Blacks Joe Rokocoko and Sitiveni Sivivatu and Wallabies Wing Lote Tuqiri.

Fiji has won the most Pacific Tri-Nations Championships of the three participating teams. 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]

Main article: Rugby union in Fiji
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.

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 11 July 2016[2]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 96.10
2 Steady  England 89.49
3 Steady  South Africa 86.32
4 Steady  Australia 84.43
5 Steady  Wales 82.49
6 Steady  Ireland 81.67
7 Steady  France 80.75
8 Steady  Scotland 80.44
9 Steady  Argentina 80.20
10 Steady  Fiji 75.49
11 Steady  Georgia 75.23
12 Steady  Japan 74.95
13 Steady  Italy 72.23
14 Steady  Samoa 71.37
15 Steady  Tonga 69.47
16 Steady  Romania 68.74
17 Steady  United States 65.60
18 Steady  Canada 64.53
19 Steady  Uruguay 63.56
20 Steady  Namibia 62.28
21 Steady  Russia 61.91
22 Steady  Hong Kong 59.03
23 Steady  Spain 58.79
24 Increase2  Kenya 58.58
25 Decrease1  Belgium 57.94
26 Decrease1  Germany 57.71
27 Steady  Ukraine 56.95
28 Steady  Chile 55.73
29 Steady  South Korea 54.85
30 Steady  Portugal 54.29
*Change from the previous week
Fiji's Historical Rankings
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Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 1 November 2015[2]

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Fiji national XV at test level up until 24 June 2016.[3]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 4 1 3 0 25.00% 96 130 −34
 Australia 20 2 17 1 10.00% 234 574 −340
Barbarian 1 0 1 0 0.00% 19 43 −24
 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 6 0 6 0 0.00% 94 245 −245
 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% 15 24 −9
 Italy 10 5 5 0 50.00% 243 244 −1
 Japan 16 13 3 0 81.25% 429 287 +142
 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 50 27 20 3 54.00% 977 880 +97
 Scotland 6 1 5 0 16.67% 145 182 −37
 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 89 60 26 3 67.42% 1747 1181 +566
 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 321 155 156 10 48.29% 6815 6624 +191

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

Current squad[edit]

On 20 May, Head Coach John McKee announced a 28-man squad ahead of Fiji's June test against Georgia and 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifying matches against Samoa and Tonga in the 2016 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup.[4]

On 7 June, Samisoni Viriviri joined the squad.[5]

Winger Adriu Delai and lock Savenaca Tabakanalagi were late additions to the squad ahead of the Tongan fixture on 11 June.

  • Caps Updated: 24 June 2016
Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Koto, SuniaSunia Koto (c) Hooker (1980-04-15) 15 April 1980 (age 36) 49 France Narbonne
Sassen, JaleJale Sassen Hooker (1992-09-06) 6 September 1992 (age 23) 0 Fiji Suva
Veikoso, ViliameViliame Veikoso Hooker (1982-04-04) 4 April 1982 (age 34) 33 England Doncaster
Atalifo, Lee RoyLee Roy Atalifo Prop (1988-03-10) 10 March 1988 (age 28) 6 Italy Rovigo Delta
Doge, MesakeMesake Doge Prop (1993-04-01) 1 April 1993 (age 23) 1 Fiji Naitasiri
Koroi, TanielaTaniela Koroi Prop (1990-02-08) February 8, 1990 (age 26) 6 Italy Mogliano
Ma'afu, CampeseCampese Ma'afu Prop (1984-12-19) 19 December 1984 (age 31) 42 France Provence
Ravai, PeniPeni Ravai Prop (1990-06-16) 16 June 1990 (age 26) 16 Fiji Nadroga
Cavubati, TevitaTevita Cavubati Lock (1987-08-12) 12 August 1987 (age 28) 15 England Worcester
Nakarawa, LeoneLeone Nakarawa (vc) Lock (1988-04-02) 2 April 1988 (age 28) 37 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Tabakanalagi, SavenacaSavenaca Tabakanalagi Lock (1986-08-31) 31 August 1986 (age 29) 2 France Strasbourg
Ratuniyarawa, ApiApi Ratuniyarawa Lock (1986-07-11) 11 July 1986 (age 30) 19 France Agen
Ravulo, MalakaiMalakai Ravulo Flanker (1983-09-22) 22 September 1983 (age 32) 38 Romania Steaua București
Soqeta, NemiaNemia Soqeta Flanker (1985-03-04) 4 March 1985 (age 31) 12 France Biarritz Olympique
Dawai, NauliaNaulia Dawai Flanker (1987-06-26) 26 June 1987 (age 29) 3 New Zealand Otago
Voka, MoseseMosese Voka Flanker 1 Fiji Suva
Radrodro, EremasiEremasi Radrodro Number 8 3 Fiji Nadroga
Kenatale, NemiaNemia Kenatale Scrum-half (1986-01-21) 21 January 1986 (age 30) 39 Romania Farul Constanța
Seniloli, HenryHenry Seniloli Scrum-half (1989-06-15) 15 June 1989 (age 27) 13 Fiji Tailevu
Vularika, SerupepeliSerupepeli Vularika Scrum-half 2 Fiji Suva
Bai, SeremaiaSeremaia Bai Fly-half (1979-01-04) 4 January 1979 (age 37) 53 England Leicester Tigers
Volavola, BenBen Volavola Fly-half (1991-01-13) 13 January 1991 (age 25) 12 New Zealand Crusaders
Goneva, VerenikiVereniki Goneva (vc) Centre (1984-04-05) 5 April 1984 (age 32) 42 England Leicester Tigers
Vasiteri, EroniEroni Vasiteri Centre (1989-05-21) 21 May 1989 (age 27) 2 France Agen
Delai, AdriuAdriu Delai Wing (1984-06-11) 11 June 1984 (age 32) 14 France Stade Montois
Masilevu, BenitoBenito Masilevu Wing (1989-10-07) 7 October 1989 (age 26) 3 France Brive
Nayacalevu, WaiseaWaisea Nayacalevu Wing (1990-06-26) 26 June 1990 (age 26) 14 France Stade Français
Osborne, PatrickPatrick Osborne Wing (1987-06-14) 14 June 1987 (age 29) 3 New Zealand Highlanders
Rawaca, SavenacaSavenaca Rawaca Wing (1991-08-20) 20 August 1991 (age 24) 1 Fiji Fiji Sevens
Viriviri, SamisoniSamisoni Viriviri Wing (1988-04-25) 25 April 1988 (age 28) 2 France Montauban
Murimurivalu, KiniKini Murimurivalu Fullback (1989-05-15) 15 May 1989 (age 27) 13 France La Rochelle

Individual all-time records[edit]

Most caps[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
1. Nicky Little Fly-half 1996–2011 71 60 11 670 2 117 140 2 37 34 0 52.11
2. Akapusi Qera Flanker 2005– 51 42 9 45 9 0 0 0 24 25 2 49.01
3. Seremaia Bai Centre 2000–2013 50 48 2 297 5 58 53 1 25 23 1 51.00
4. Jacob Rauluni Scrum-half 1995–2006 49 40 9 30 6 0 0 0 26 23 0 53.06
Joeli Veitayaki Prop 1994–2003 49 45 4 15 3 0 0 0 26 23 0 53.06
6. Emori Katalau Lock 1995–2003 48 39 9 20 4 0 0 0 25 23 0 52.08
Sisa Koyamaibole Number 8 2001–2013 48 36 12 15 3 0 0 0 21 26 1 44.79
8. Norman Ligairi Fullback 2000–2010 47 39 8 80 16 0 0 0 25 22 0 53.19
9. Ifereimi Tawake Flanker 1986–1999 46 38 8 25 4 0 2 0 16 29 1 35.86
Sunia Koto Hooker 2005- 46 39 7 5 1 0 0 0 24 21 1 53.26

Last updated: Fiji vs Uruguay, 6 October 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Sanivalati Laulau Wing 1980–1985 32 32 0 80 20 0 0 0
2. Nemani Nadolo Centre 2010– 23 21 2 192 17 25 19 0
3. Fero Lasagavibau Wing 1997–2002 23 20 3 80 16 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
6. Vereniki Goneva Centre 2007– 39 34 5 75 15 0 0 0
7. Timoci Nagusa Wing 2008– 24 19 5 70 14 0 0 0
8. Aisea Tuilevu Wing 1996–2004 19 18 1 65 13 0 0 0
9. Manasa Bari Wing 1995–1999 18 14 4 60 12 0 0 0
10. 2 players on 11 tries

Last updated: Fiji vs Uruguay, 6 October 2015. 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 2000–2013 50 48 2 297 5 55 53 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– 23 21 2 192 17 25 19 0
6. Taniela Rawaqa Fullback 2007–2011 16 12 4 103 4 19 15 0
7. 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: Fiji vs Uruguay, 6 October 2015. 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: Fiji vs Uruguay, 6 October 2015. 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: Fiji vs Uruguay, 6 October 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most matches as captain[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Greg Smith Hooker 1996–2003 30 17 13 0 56.66 5 1 0 0 0
2. Akapusi Qera Flanker 2011– 25 14 10 1 58.00 20 4 0 0 0
3. Esala Teleni Number 8 1983–1989 19 8 11 0 42.10 28 7 0 0 0
4. Mosese Rauluni Scrum-half 2004–2008 17 10 7 0 58.82 5 1 0 0 0
5. Deacon Manu Prop 2010–2012 13 3 9 1 26.92 0 0 0 0 0
6. Epi Bolawaqatabu Number 8 1969–1973 12 6 5 1 54.16 21 7 0 0 0
7. Alifereti Doviverata Number 8 2001–2007 11 4 7 0 36.36 5 1 0 0 0
Simon Raiwalui Lock 1999–2006 11 7 4 0 63.63 5 1 0 0 0
9. Mosese Taga Prop 1991–1993 10 2 8 0 20.00 0 0 0 0 0
Ifereimi Tawake Flanker 1991–1998 10 3 7 0 30.00 6 0 0 2 0

Last updated: Fiji vs Uruguay, 6 October 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Youngest players[edit]

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Josh Matavesi Fullback 19 years and 40 days  Scotland Scotland Murrayfield 14 November 2009
2. Meli Radrekusa Lock 19 years and 46 days  Tonga Fiji Nadi 8 October 1988
3. Nicky Little Fly-half 19 years and 131 days  South Africa South Africa Pretoria 2 July 1996
4. Jone Qovu (Number 8) 19 years and 166 days  Māori Fiji Suva 3 June 2005
5. Fili Seru Wing 19 years and 308 days  Tonga Tonga Nuku'alofa 24 March 1990
6. Rasolosolo Bogisa Fullback 20 years and 4 days  Japan Japan Tokyo 15 May 1994
7. Jason McLennan Scrum-half 20 years and 57 days  Māori New Zealand Christchurch 4 June 1994
8. Noa Nadruku Centre 20 years and 64 days  Tonga Samoa Apia 31 May 1988
9. Isoa Domolailai Lock 20 years and 159 days  Italy Italy Treviso 10 November 2001
10. Max Olsson Number 8 20 years and 175 days  Tonga Samoa Apia 31 May 1988

Last updated: Fiji vs Uruguay, 6 October 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Oldest players[edit]

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Sireli Bobo Wing 38 years and 144 days  Samoa Fiji Suva 21 June 2014
2. Epeli Naituivau (Prop) 37 years and 151 days  England EnglandTwickenham 20 October 1999
3. Ifereimi Tawake Number 8 37 years and 29 days  England England Twickenham 20 October 1999
4. Joeli Veitayaki Prop 36 years and 293 days  Scotland Australia Sydney 1 November 2003
5. Inoke Male Number 8 36 years and 36 days  Samoa Japan Tokyo 8 July 2001
6. Sunia Koto Hooker 35 years and 174 days  Uruguay England Milton Keynes 6 October 2015
7. Waisale Serevi Fly-half 35 years and 156 days  Japan Australia Townsville 23 October 2003
8. Kele Leawere Lock 35 years and 67 days  Japan Fiji Suva 3 July 2009
9. Nicky Little Fly-half 35 years and 19 days  Wales New Zealand Hamilton 2 October 2011
10. Ilivasi Tabua Flanker 35 years and 16 days  France France Toulouse 16 October 1999

Last updated: Fiji vs Uruguay, 6 October 2015. 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]

[6]

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]