Fiji has a good chance to pick up a bonus point win against Uruguay. Photo: Planet Rugby
Fiji will fancy their chances of picking up their first win of Rugby World Cup 2015 in tomorrow morning’s (Tuesday UK time) clash with Uruguay in Milton Keynes.
Fiji and Uruguay have met each other on one occasion in which they both awarded caps, a 1999 Test match in L’Aquila, Italy which Fiji won 39-24.
Tabai Matson (middle) trains the Fijian backline. Photo: Fiji Rugby
Fiji is clinging to the slim hope for a string of upsets in the congested Pool A as they prepare for their third leg of an arduous opening to the World Cup.
In the space of five days they played and lost to England and Australia and now face Wales meaning clashes with the second, third and sixth ranked sides in the world in their first three games.
“It is tough,” said assistant coach Tabai Matson, who played for Fiji in the 1999 World Cup and later played 10 games for the All Blacks.
Coach John McKee names the Fiji team to take on England in the RWC opener at the Oatlands park Hotel in London. Photo: Fiji Rugby
The naming of Ben Volavola as flyhalf by head coach John McKee against England in the opening game of Rugby World Cup 2015 means Fiji will be looking at an all out attacking game.
Volavola who looks more fragile on defence looks good on attack with deft handling and kicking skills to complement the hard running centres Gabriele Lovobalavu and Vereniki Goneva.
Joining in the attacks will be fullback Metuisela Talebula who is lethal joining the centres with his abilities in scything through defences to open up running lines for the wings.
The props work on the scrum machines during training for Fiji at the London Irish Rugby Club grounds. Photo: Fiji Rugby
The Wallabies play their opening match of the Rugby World Cup against the flamboyant Fijians in Cardiff on September 23.
Ironically, it is this very flamboyancy that will bring Fiji undone.
There is no doubt that if Fiji wins their fair share of possession they can threaten any side in the world, including the Wallabies.
Coach john McKee faces the media during training last week with the Fiji team. Photo: Fiji Rugby
Fiji head coach John McKee has urged his charges to play to their “absolute best” when they kick-off the Rugby World Cup against England on Friday.
The islanders go into the tournament on the back of a Pacific Nations Cup win and an emphatic 47-18 victory over Canada, which has pleased boss McKee.
Despite their results though, the coach knows that Pool A will be tough.