World Cup Match Preview: England Vs Fiji

The 2015 Rugby World Cup begins on Friday with hosts England facing underdogs and fan favourites Fiji. Many people are expecting a classic and hopefully this match will be able to set the tone for the rest of the tournament. 

The Opener......
The Opener……

Build up

England  come into to this match having drawn 1-1 in a series with France and beaten Ireland in Twickenham. Fiji played one warm-up match and destroyed Pool D side Canada 47-18. The South Pacific team will come into the World Cup with confidence having created some surprising results in the past World Cups. While the English outfit are looking stronger than ever by pulling off some great results against Ireland and France. Many people are expecting the hosts to cruise past the Flying Fijians but they can’t be too confident against a very strong Fijian team.

England playing France in a World Cup warm-up game.
England playing France in a World Cup warm-up game.

The teams

Fiji: Fiji have picked a very strong team to face the hosts. They have included on form Crusaders player Nemani Nadolo on the wing who will pose an extreme threat to the English wings in both offense and defense. Akapusi Qera will captain the very exciting side with other star players like Leone Nakarawa and Nikola Matawalu. These players are quite able to capitalise if England don’t show up.

Here is the team in full:

Forwards

1: Campese Ma’afu

2: Sunia Kota

3: Manasa Saulo

4: Apisalome Ratuniyarawa

5: Leone Nakarawa

6: Dominiko Waqaniburotu

7: Akapusi Qera (c)

8: Sakiusa Masi Matadigo

Backs

15: Metuisela Talebula

14: Waisea Nayacalevu

13: Vereniki Goneva

12: Gabiriele Lovobalavu

11: Nemani Nadolo

10: Ben Volavola

9: Nikola Matawalu

Replacements

16: Tuapati Talemaitoga

17: Peni Ravai

18: Isei Colati

19: Tevita Cavubati

20: Peceli Yato

21: Nemia Kenatale

22: Joshua Matavesi

23: Aseli Tikoirotuma.

Will Nadolo cause carnage for the hosts?
Will Nadolo cause carnage against the hosts?

England: England come into the tournament with a full strength side having been lucky not to have star men injured in the build up. The world no.4 team are second favourites for the grand prize and aren’t taking any chances against the South Pacific outfit. Lancaster has picked a full strength squad and has left big hitters Mako and Billy Vunipola and Sam Burgess on the bench. The experienced English side should be able to beat the Fijians but will need a flawless performance to keep them out of the game for the full 80 minutes.

Here is the team in full:

Forwards

1. Joe Marler
2. Tom Youngs
3. Dan Cole
4. Geoff Parling
5. Courtney Lawes
6. Tom Wood
7. Chris Robshaw (Capt.)
8. Ben Morgan

Backs

15. Mike Brown
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Brad Barritt
11. Jonny May
10. George Ford
9. Ben Youngs

Replacements

16. Rob Webber
17. Mako Vunipola
18. Kieran Brookes
19. Joe Launchbury
20. Billy Vunipola
21. Richard Wigglesworth
22. Owen Farrell
23. Sam Burgess

Is he the next 10 to guide England to World Cup Glory?
Is he the next 10 to guide England to World Cup Glory?

-Admin Paul

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