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The Fiji national rugby league team, nicknamed the Bati (pronounced [mˈbatʃi]), has been participating in international rugby league football since 1992. The team is controlled by the governing body for rugby league in Fiji, Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL), which is currently a member of the Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation (APRLC). Fiji have thrice reached the semi-finals of the Rugby League World Cup, in 2008, 2013 and 2017, and are currently ranked 5th in the Rugby League International Federation's World Rankings.

Fiji
Badge of Fiji team
Team information
NicknameFiji Bati
Governing bodyFiji National Rugby League
RegionAsia-Pacific
Head coachBrandon Costin [1]
CaptainKorbin Sims
Most capsAkuila Uate (18)
Top try-scorerAkuila Uate (14)
Top point-scorerWes Naiqama (132)
Home stadiumNational Stadium
RLIF ranking5th
Uniforms
First colours
Team results
First international
Samoa Western Samoa 32–18 Fiji 
(Apia, Samoa; 1992)
Biggest win
 Fiji 72–6 Wales 
(Townsville, Australia; 5 November 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Australia 84–14 Fiji 
(Marathon Stadium, Newcastle; 12 July 1994)
World Cup
Appearances5 (first time in 1995)
Best resultSemi-finals, 2008, 2013, 2017

Contents

HistoryEdit

1990sEdit

The game was introduced to Fiji only in 1992 but despite this there has been a long history of Fijian players making their mark in rugby league, most notably back in the 1960s when great players such as Joe Levula and Laitia Ravouvou joined Rochdale Hornets and became household names in the English competition.

Interest and participation in rugby league snowballed throughout Fiji, and as well as continued success in the World Sevens, the Batis began playing full 13-aside games against international teams. By 1994, Fiji had hammered the Great Britain Amateur tourists (40-8) and, captained by mighty front-rower James Pickering, beat France (20-12).

They had also produced their first rugby league superstar after winger Noa Nadruku joined Canberra Raiders and in 1993 became the top try-scorer in the Australian competition.

Fiji took part in their first World Cup in 1995 where, just as the 2000 World Cup, they had the misfortune to be placed in the same group as both England and Australia. But the Batis made a massive impression in their opening World Cup game in which they ran riot against South Africa, 52-6, and had the crowd on their feet at Keighley.

During the Super League war, Fiji, like most countries other countries, aligned itself with Super League. In search of international competition, the Australian Rugby League played a match against a "National Rugby League of Fiji" team in 1996. This match has been granted Test status by the Australian Rugby League, but not by the Rugby League International Federation.

2000sEdit

Coached by Don Furner, Sr. and captained by Lote Tuqiri, Fiji competed in the 2000 World Cup but did not progress past the tournament's group stage.

The Fiji Bati qualified for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup held in Australia after finishing second in Pacific qualifying behind Tonga. Fiji's qualification campaign started with a thrilling 30-28 loss to Samoa before reversing the scoreline a few days later with a 30-28 win over the Tongans. Fiji won their final qualifying game against Cook Islands 40-4. Having qualified the Vodafone Fiji Bati team started their Rugby League World Cup 2008 campaign with 42-6 win over France followed by a 2-point defeat to Scotland, however they topped their group with a superior points difference. Beating Ireland in their quarter final they came within one match of the World Cup final, but were defeated by Australia, ending the tournament in 4th place.

2010sEdit

Fiji automatically qualified for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup after participating in the 2008 tournament. They took on Australia, England and Ireland in the pool stage. In their first match they took on 'the Wolfhounds'. They played at the famous Spotland Stadium, in Rochdale, where Fiji have an historic affiliation with. The Fijians convincingly won by a score of 32-14. As expected Fiji lost to both Australia and England, although they surprised many, as they only conceded 34 points against the teams in each game and they led 2-0 against Australia, and were within a few minutes of taking a half-time lead against England. Fiji would take on 'fierce Pacific rivals' Samoa in the quarter final. They won the, passionate pacific, fixture and they would celebrate with a 22-4 victory. They celebrated even more, as it meant Fiji reached their second consecutive World Cup semi-final. They took on Australia again, but this game was nothing like the group stage fixture. Fiji's errors conceded them 62 points against a classy Australian side. This defeat ended and equalled their best World Cup campaign in their history.

In May 2014, Fiji took on Samoa in the 2014 Pacific Rugby League Test at Penrith Stadium. The International was created as a qualifier for the final 2014 Four Nations spot. It was also a chance for the Four Nations team (winner of this international) to warm-up before the event kicked off later in the year. Fiji failed to qualify with their fierce pacific rivals getting the better of them by 32-16.

In May 2015, Fiji took on Papua New Guinea in the 2015 Melanesian Cup test at Cbus Super Stadium. Fiji won the match and the inaugural Melanesian Cup title.[2] Fiji never looked like losing the match after an easy first half performance, leading 18-0 at the break. They went on to win the test match by 22-10.

In May 2016, Fiji took on Papua New Guinea in the 2016 Melanesian Cup test at Pirtek Stadium. Fiji had a similar situation in this year's Melanesian Cup with a half-time score of 16-8 but this time around they conceded too many second half points allowing the Kumuls to make a shock comeback and win the match 24-22.

2020sEdit

Fiji automatically qualified for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup having reached the semi finals of the previous Rugby League World Cup. The 2021 tournament will take place in England.

KitEdit

 
 
 
 
 
Primary
 
 
 
 
 
 
1992–1995
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1995 World Cup
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2008 World Cup

PlayersEdit

Tournament historyEdit

Rugby League World CupEdit

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
  1995 Group Stage 6/10 3 1 2 0
    2000 Group Stage 12/16 3 1 2 0
  2008 Semi-finals 4/10 4 2 2 0
   2013 Semi-finals 4/14 5 2 3 0
    2017 Semi-finals 4/14 5 4 1 0
Total 0 Titles 4/13 20 10 10 0

Four NationsEdit

Four Nations record
Year Round Position GP W L D
   2009 Not Invited
   2010 Failed to Qualify
   2011 Not Invited
   2014 Failed to Qualify
   2016 Not Invited
Total 0 Titles 0/5 0 0 3 0

Pacific CupEdit

Pacific Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
  1992 Group Stage 9/10 4 1 3 0
  1994 Second Place 2/10 6 4 2 0
  1997 Group Stage 5/6 3 0 2 1
  2004 Group Stage 4/6 2 1 1 0
  2006 Second Place 2/6 3 2 1 0
  2009 Semi-finals 3/5 2 1 1 0
Total 0 Titles 6/12 20 9 10 1

Other competitionsEdit

Fiji have also participated in:

Results and fixturesEdit

Below are the previous 5 matches of the national team."

Melanesian CupEdit

23 June 2018
16:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Papua New Guinea   26 – 14   Fiji
Try: Rau (2), Olam, Page
Goal: Martin (5/5)
Report Try: Montoya, Phillips, Vunivalu
Goal: Moceidreke (1/2), Raiwalui (0/1)

Australia vs FijiEdit

24 November 2017
19:00 AEDT (UTC+10)
Australia   54 – 6   Fiji
Tries:
Holmes (18', 24', 42', 51', 65', 75') 6
Gagai (31', 69') 2
Slater (14', 48') 2
Goals:
Smith 7/10
(15', 19', 33', 43', 49', 53', 67')
1st: 22 – 2
2nd: 32 – 4
Report
Tries:
1 (59') Vunivalu
Goals:
1/2 Koroisau
(7' pen)
Brisbane Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 22,073
Referee: Gerard Sutton (Australia)
Man of the Match: Cameron Smith (Australia)
Team lists:
FB 1 Billy Slater
WG 2 Dane Gagai
CE 3 Will Chambers
CE 4 Josh Dugan
WG 5 Valentine Holmes
FE 6 Michael Morgan
HB 7 Cooper Cronk
PR 8 Aaron Woods
HK 9 Cameron Smith (c)
PR 10 David Klemmer
SR 11 Boyd Cordner
SR 12 Matt Gillett
LK 13 Josh McGuire
Substitutes:
IC 14 Wade Graham
IC 15 Jordan McLean
IC 16 Reagan Campbell-Gillard
IC 17 Tyson Frizell
Coach:
  Mal Meninga
FB 1 Kevin Naiqama (c)
WG 2 Suliasi Vunivalu
CE 3 Taane Milne
CE 4 Akuila Uate
WG 5 Marcelo Montoya
FE 6 Jarryd Hayne
HB 7 Henry Raiwalui
PR 8 Ashton Sims
HK 9 Apisai Koroisau
PR 10 Eloni Vunakece
SR 11 Viliame Kikau
SR 12 Brayden Wiliame
LK 13 Tui Kamikamica
Substitutes:
IC 14 Joe Lovodua
IC 15 Jacob Saifiti
IC 16 Junior Roqica
IC 17 Ben Nakubuwai
Coach:
  Michael Potter

New Zealand vs FijiEdit

18 November 2017
19:30 NZDT (UTC+13)
New Zealand   2 – 4   Fiji
Goals:
Shaun Johnson 1/1
(45' pen)
1st: 0 – 2
2nd: 2 – 2
Report[5]
Goals:
1/1 Apisai Koroisau
(15' pen)
1/1 Taane Milne
(62' pen)
Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 12,713
Referee: Matt Cecchin (Australia)
Man of the Match: Kevin Naiqama (Fiji)

Fiji v ItalyEdit

Friday, 10 November
7:40pm (AEDT)
Fiji   38 – 10   Italy
Tries:
Suliasi Vunivalu (60', 63', 68') 3
Kevin Naiqama (28') 1
Henry Raiwalui (40') 1
Brayden Wiliame (54') 1
Marcelo Montoya (75') 1
Goals:
Apisai Koroisau 3/4
(29', 40', 61')
Taane Milne 2/3
(64', 69')
Sin Bins:
Jarryd Hayne (34')
1st: 12 – 4
2nd: 26 – 6
Tries:
1 (20') Josh Mantellato
1 (43') Nathan Milone
Goals:
1/2 Josh Mantellato
(44')
Sin Bins:
(12') Jayden Walker
(34') Joey Tramontana
Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Attendance: 6,733
Referee:   Robert Hicks
Man of the Match:   Apisai Koroisau

Fiji v Wales (Inter-Group)Edit

Sunday, 5 November
6:30pm (AEST)
Fiji   72 – 6   Wales
Tries:
Suliasi Vunivalu (14', 51', 61') 3
Viliame Kikau (22', 40') 2
Taane Milne (31', 56') 2
Eloni Vunakece (6') 1
Henry Raiwalui (16') 1
Salesi Faingaa (27') 1
Marcelo Montoya (33') 1
Jarryd Hayne (42') 1
Joe Lovodua (65') 1
Ben Nakubuwai (70') 1
Goals:
Apisai Koroisau 4/7
(7', 17', 23', 28')
Taane Milne 3/5
(40', 43', 52')
Suliasi Vunivalu 1/2
(66')
1st: 42 – 6
2nd: 30 – 0
Report[6]
Tries:
1 (11') Morgan Knowles
Goals:
1/1 Courtney Davies
(12')
Townsville Stadium, Townsville
Attendance: 7,732
Referee:   Chris Kendall
Man of the Match:   Akuila Uate

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.fbcnews.com.fj/sports/rugby-league/brandon-costin-is-the-new-fiji-bati-coach/
  2. ^ "Fiji vs. PNG 2015 Melanesian Cup". Nrl.com. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Fiji vs Lebanon". NRL.com. 22 June 2019.
  4. ^ "2018 Pacific Test Invitational schedule finalised". NRL.com. 15 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Fiji stun Kiwis to make World Cup semis". Nrl.com. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  6. ^ Morris, Dylan (5 November 2017). "Flying Fiji breeze past Wales". NRL.com.

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