Fiji 2011 Rugby World Cup Team

The Fijian rugby team is the most improved of the South Pacific rugby teams, and appears to be building up to the point where it will be able to challenge for a place in the semifinals of the Rugby World Cup. The Fijians have advanced to the knockout stages of the Rugby World Cup more often than any other Pacific island side.

Nickname: N/A
Coach: Illivasi Tabua
Best World Cup Performance: quarterfinals

2011 Rugby World Cup Pool D
 South Africa 4 4 0 0 166 24 21 2 2 18
 Wales 4 3 0 1 180 34 23 4 3 15
 Samoa 4 2 0 2 91 49 10 5 2 10
 Fiji 4 1 0 3 59 167 7 19 1 5
 Namibia 4 0 0 4 44 266 5 36 0 0

2011 Fiji Rugby World Cup Odds

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Winner – 15:42
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Fiji Stage of Elimination -
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Pool Stage1/500
Quarter Final25

World Cup - Fiji v Samoa
Handicap (No Draw) - 03:30
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Samoa-21.5 2-11.5 1/1-10.5 10/11-10.5 1/1-9.5 4/5-9.5 4/5-9.5 5/6-9.5 10/11
Fiji+21.5 1/4+11.5 8/11+10.5 4/5+10.5 4/5+9.5 1/1+9.5 10/11+9.5 10/11+9.5 3/4

2011 Rugby World Cup

Fiji has been drawn in the ultra-competitive Pool D alongside South Africa, Samoa, Wales and Namibia. While the competition is tough, the Fijians have a realistic chance of progressing, and will be targeting a win over Wales.

There have been criticisms of Fiji’s squad selection ahead of the 2011 Rugby World Cup with pundits claiming that a weak team has been sent to the tournament. While time will tell, we can be sure that Fiji will be in the mix come the final round of pool games.

Rugby World Cup History

Fiji put in one of their greatest ever Rugby World Cup performances at the 1987 Rugby World Cup, when they advanced to the quarterfinals at first attempt, and were unlucky not to beat France and progress through to the semifinals.

This promising Rugby World Cup debut was in stark contrast to the performance of the Fijian team at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, where Fiji lost all its matches. This performance heralded a period of decline as Fiji failed to qualify for the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Fiji were back in action at the 1999 Rugby World Cup, and once again qualified for the quarterfinals, coming close to defeating France during the group stages in the process. The Fijians met England in the quarterfinals, but were no match for the disciplined and composed English team, losing 45-24.

The Fijians’ 2003 Rugby World Cup campaign was less successful as they failed to qualify for the quarterfinals despite defeating two lower ranked teams. The 2007 Rugby World Cup was a different story altogether, as Fiji qualified for the quarterfinals by defeating Wales in one of the finest games of the tournament, before losing to eventual champions, South Africa, in their quarterfinal.


Fiji has access to some of the fastest, strongest rugby players in the world, and is able to recruit world-class backs from amongst its star 7s players. In recent years discipline has been successfully instilled in the Fijian team, allowing them to play at the highest level without their game losing its structure.


Fiji’s finest players are frequently poached by New Zealand and Australia, with world-class players like Joe Rokococo, Sitiveni Sivivatu and Lote Tuquri lured to play for the two regional superpowers. The Fijians also have few opportunities to play as a team due to the fact that the majority of the country’s finest players ply their trade in foreign leagues.

Fiji Rugby World Cup Squad


Campese Ma’afu, Deacon Manu, Setefano Samoca, Waisea Daveta, Viliame Veikoso, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Sunia Koto, Seko Kalou, Leone Nakarawa, Wame Lewaravu, Rupeni Nasiga, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Sisa Koyamaibole, Akapusi Qera, Netani Talei, Masi Matadigo, Malakai Ravulo


Nemia Ranuku, Vitori Buatava, Waisea Luveniyali, Seremaia Bai, Nicky Little, Albert Vulivuli, Gabirieli Lovobalavu, Ravai Fatiaki, Vereniki Goneva, Napolioni Nalaga, Michael Tagicakibau, Kini Murimurivalu, Iliesa Keresoni

World Cup - Team Betting
Fiji Top Team Tryscorer -
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Nalaga, N55
Goneva, V87
Murimurivalu, K11/28
VuliVuli, A58
Baikenuku, S-12
Lovobalavu, G1012
Qera, A1216
Keresoni, I2012
Manu, D2020
Tagicakibau, M15/220
Talei, N2014
Fatiaki, R1425
Koyamaibole, S1025
Waqaniburotu, D-33
Little, N4040
Ravulo, M4033
Ma'afu, C5050
Matadigo, M4050
Luveniyali, W6666
Nakarawa, L5066
Nasiga, R6650
Buatava, V5080
Kalou, S8066
Lewaravu, W6680
Ranuku, N1680
Daveta, W80100
Koto, S33100
Leikoso, V-100
Somoca, S80100
Talemaitoga, T50100

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