As Fiji prepare for Saturday’s all-important Rugby World Cup 2015 Oceania qualifier against the Cook Islands Total Rugby catches up with one of the Island nation’s most famous players, Nicky Little, to hear about his new career in coaching and to look back on events in France 2007 when Fiji shocked the rugby world.
As a 71-cap Fiji international, New Zealand-born Nicky Little appeared in four Rugby World Cups and his tally of 125 points puts him eighth on the competition’s all-time list. Eighteen of those points came in Fiji’s famous 38-34 win over Wales at RWC 2007, when prop Graham Dewes crashed over late on to put the Islanders through to their first quarter-final for 20 years.
Little recalled: “At half-time, when we were four tries up, we looked at each other and thought, ‘what’s happened, man’? “Half of us were thinking that they (Wales) were going to be angry and the other half were like, ‘woo-hoo’ we have got this. Sure enough, they came back and scored four tries.”