Friday, September 18, 2015

ENGLAND v FIJI: Rugby World Cup, Pool A


Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)

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Venue: Twickenham

Pool Standings


Following the opening ceremony, the on field action for the 2015 Rugby World Cup finals begins with the England-Fiji clash.

The Fijians will produce some tough tackles and moments of brilliance in the first half and give the hosts an awful fright. But England will be expecting that. Their better fitness and skill levels will pull them through. They should be pulling away by the end of the match.

Fiji’s performances pre tournament have been impressive. Don’t be surprised if the scores are closer but only the wildest optimist would predict a Fiji win. Still test rugby is a funny old game and this is the rugby world cup.

Other Previews

Last Five Encounters
10.11.2012 England 54-12 at Twickenham
20.10.1999 England 45-24 at Twickenham (World Cup, Quarter Final Playoff)
20.07.1991 England 28-12 in Suva
04.11.1989 England 58-23 at Twickenham
17.06.1988 England 25-12 in Suva

The 1988 game was the first full test between these two sides. Thus Fiji has never defeated England in test rugby.

Previous World Cups
20.10.1999 England 45-24 at Twickenham (World Cup, Quarter Final Playoff)

England Last Five P 5, W 4, L 1
05.09.2015 v Ireland W 21-13 at Twickenham ( World Cup Warm Up)
22.08.2015 v France L 20-25 in Paris (World Cup Warm Up)
15.08.2015 v France W 19-15 at Twickenham (World Cup Warm Up)
21.03.2015 v France W 55-35 at Twickenham (6 Nations)
14.03.2015 v Scotland W 25-13 at Twickenham (Calcutta Cup, 6 Nations)

Fiji Last Five P 5, W 3, D 1, L 1
06.09.2015 v Canada W 47-18 in London (World Cup Warm Up)
03.08.2015 v Samoa W 39-29 in Vancouver (Pacific Nations Cup, Final)
29.07.2015 v Japan W 27-22 in Toronto (Pacific Nations Cup)
24.07.2015 v Samoa D 30-30 in Suva (Pacific Nations Cup)
18.07.2015 v New Zealand Maori L 26-27 in Suva

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: England 2nd, Fiji 11th

World Rugby Ranking Points
England 85.04, Fiji 77.04

Prediction: England by 17 points. Score 35-18




15   Michael Brown  London Harlequins
14   Anthony Watson  Bath Rugby
13   Jonathan Joseph Bath Rugby
12   Bradley Barritt London Saracens
11   Jonathan May Gloucester Rugby
10   George Ford  Bath Rugby
9   Benjamin Youngs  Leicester Tigers
8   Benjamin Morgan Gloucester Rugby
7   Christopher Robshaw (Capt.) London Harlequins
6   Thomas Wood Northampton Saints
5   Geofrey Parling Exeter Chiefs
4   Courtney Laws Northampton Saints
3   Daniel Cole  Leicester Tigers
2   Thomas Youngs  Leicester Tigers
1   Joseph Marler  London Harlequins
16   Robert Webber Bath Rugby
17   Marko Vunipola  London Saracens
18   Kieran Brookes  Northampton Saints
19   Joseph Launchbury London Wasps
20   William Vunipola  London Saracens
21   Richard Wigglesworth  London Saracens
22   Owen Farrell London Saracens
23   Samuel Burgess Bath Rugby
    HEAD COACH: Stuart Lancaster



15   Metuisela Talebula Maijaina  Union Bordeaux Bègles, France 
14   Waisea Nayacalevu Vuidravuwalu Stade Français, France
13   Vereniki Goneva  Leicester Tigers, England
12   Gabiriele Lovobalavu Unattached
11   Nemani Nadolo Canterbury Crusaders, New Zealand
10   Benjamin Volavola NSW Waratahs, Australia
9   Nikola Matawalu  Bath Rugby, England
8   Sakiusa Masi Matadigo  Lyon Olympique Universitaire, France
7   Akapusi Qera (Capt.)  Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
6   Dominiko Waqaniburotukula  CA Brive, France
5   Leone Nakarawa Glasgow Warriors, Scotland
4   Apisalome Ratuniyarawa SU Agen, France
3   Manasa Saulo Ramumu  RC Timişoara, Romania
2   Sunia Koto Vuli  RC Narbonne Méditérranée, France
1   Campese Ma'afu  Provence Rugby, France
16   Tuapati Talemaitoga Provence Rugby, France
17   Peni Ravai Nadroga
18   Isei Colati  U S O Nivernaise, France
19   Tevita Cavubati Tasman, New Zealand
20   Peceli Yato Worcester Warriors, England
21   Nemia Kenatale Farul Constanta, Romania
22   Joshua Matavesi Neath Swansea Ospreys
23   Asaeli Tikoirotuma  London Irish, England
    HEAD COACH: John McKee

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