Fiji failed to emulate the highs of 2007 in New Zealand in 2011. They ended up behind their neighbours Samoa in Pool 'D', winning just one game against Namibia. This result fell far short of expectations and means they will have to qualify for the next Rugby World Cup hosted by England in 2015.
Fiji have appeared in four world cups, progressing to the knock out stages on one of those occasions. If not for a mistake near the end of the 1987 quarter-final against France they would have beaten them and reached the semi-finals of the inaugural competition.
Fiji are well known as the most entertaining side in sevens rugby. They have failed to translate that into success in the fifteen man game. Fiji have always lacked a disciplined enough pack, to launch their skilled backs at the opposition. Do expect to see the Fijians running it from their own goal line and some of the many tricks they have up their sleeves..
Fiji have stayed true to their colour scheme for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The new shirt to be seen in New Zealand this September is available to order now. The shirt is white with black and the alternate is blue. The Fijian Home Rugby Shirt is made by Kooga and has the RWC logo on the right chest. To place your order and view other Fijian shirts visit Fiji Shirts page.
Everyone knows and has seen the New Zealand 'Haka' before the match. Fiji have their own war dance the 'cibi', look out for them attempting to instil fear into the likes of South Africa, Wales, Samoa and Namibia, before their Pool D games.
Fiji were automatic qualifiers for the Rugby World Cup 2011 as they lost to South Africa in the Quarter Finals in France 2007. We expect they will have to settle for third or fourth in their pool behind South africa and Wales, and how they go against Samoa will define third or fourth.