Fiji captain Akapusi Qera is intent on causing an upset in their World Cup opener against England at Twickenham on Friday evening.
“We’ve been picked for this squad for a reason, and that reason is to play against England and do all we can to topple them on their home ground,” said the back-row forward.
“This World Cup in England is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: we’re not going to let it pass us by. Friday night is a massive, massive opportunity for Fiji.”
The Montpellier star played alongside England’s Ben Morgan and Jonny May during his time with Premiership side Gloucester, before joining Toulouse in 2014.
Qera’s father played cricket for Fiji, and the 31-year-old explained how he became one of the first from his village to quit cricket and push for a career in rugby.
“I would have been expected to continue with cricket and stop rugby, but I convinced them to let my try out rugby, whether it would work or not,” he said.
“No-one really played rugby, but once I started to progress they saw potential,” added Qera, who insists Fiji have not travelled halfway around the globe just to make up the numbers.
“We’ve been together for the last 18 months as a squad now, and we’ve been working hard, always with this World Cup at the back of our minds. And I really do believe we can spoil England’s party.
“We are here to stamp our mark on the tournament and we will be ready for England.”
- Sky Sports