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David vs Goliath: Card stacked against Fiji [Stats]

The Flying Fijians go into their opening Rugby World Cup match against England as rank underdogs, failing to win even one of five previous encounters. 2012 Fiji 12 – 54 England 1999 Fiji 24 – 45 England 1991 Fiji  12 – 28 England 1989 Fiji 23 – 58 England 1988 Fiji 12 – 25 England The mood […]

Calvin Prasad

September 14, 2015 4:25 pm

The Flying Fijians go into their opening Rugby World Cup match against England as rank underdogs, failing to win even one of five previous encounters.

2012 Fiji 12 – 54 England
1999 Fiji 24 – 45 England
1991 Fiji  12 – 28 England
1989 Fiji 23 – 58 England
1988 Fiji 12 – 25 England

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Fiji went down 54-12 against England in 2012 in Twickenham. Photo: The Telegraph

The mood of many Fijians is buoyant even though statistics favor the Poms.  A die hard fan Mesake Cokanauto of Nakasi told Newswire:

Most Fijians players ply their trade in the northern hemisphere and nearly all except for a few that may have not played against each other. Therefore, the Fijians will surely be composed in Twickenham hence as underdogs could rewrite rugby history.

Former Flying Fijian trainer Greg Mumm in his article in article for Rear an online publication on sports:

It is easy to write romantically about Fijian rugby; these mysterious yet smiling gods of the running game.

They are richly endowed with talent, and their games have all the excitement of the great underdog battles, with metaphors of the David versus Goliath not uncommon. Their small islands and rugby teams are draped in culture and tradition and are as ethereal in song as they are with ball in hand alike.

Their first game against the host nation is a great example of this story, told at first glance through the comparison of population size, playing numbers and wealth.

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