Fiji national rugby union team

The Fiji national rugby union team represents Fiji in men's international rugby union 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
Nickname(s)Flying Fijians
EmblemPalm
UnionFiji Rugby Union
Head coachVern Cotter
CaptainSemi Radradra
Most capsNicky Little (71)
Top scorerNicky Little (670)
Top try scorerVereniki Goneva (22)
Home stadiumANZ National Stadium
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current11 (as of 23 November 2020)
Highest8 (2018)
Lowest16 (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
(Auckland, New Zealand; 10 June 2005)
World Cup
Appearances8 (First in 1987)
Best resultQuarterfinals (1987, 2007)
Websitefijirugby.com

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 obstacle for Fiji is simply getting their rugby players to play for the national team, 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.


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