Fiji national under-20 rugby union team

The Fiji national under 20 rugby team is for Fijian rugby union players aged 20 or under on January 1 of the year during which they are selected.

Fiji Under 20
UnionFiji Rugby Union
Nickname(s)Baby Flying Fijians
Emblem(s)the Palm
Coach(es)Viliame Gadolo
Team kit
Change kit

Under 20 age grade rugby came into existence, as a result of the IRB combining the Under 19 Rugby World Championship and Under 21 Rugby World Championship into a single IRB Junior World Championship tournament.[1]

Since 2014, the Fiji under-20 team has been invited to compete at the Australian Under 20 Rugby Championship.

Junior World Championship / Trophy edit

Overview edit

2008 edit

In June 2008 Wales hosted the 2008 IRB Junior World Championship. Fiji lost all of its pool matches, going down to England 41-17 then losing to Australia by 53-17 before going down in a close match against Canada by 10–17. In the 13th-16th Places Playoffs, Fiji beat USA before going down to Tonga and finishing 14th overall out of 16.

2009 edit

In June 2009, Japan hosted the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship. Fiji lost its first two matches against South Africa (36-10) and France (48-25) before defeating Italy by 20–14 with tries to Ledua and Matawalu. Fiji lost out to Scotland in the semifinal playoffs and then losing to Argentina in the 11th place play off and finished overall at 12th position and due to its 12th finish, qualified for the next championship in 2010 which was reduced to 12 teams.

2010 edit

In June 2010, Argentina hosted the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship. Fiji played its first game against 2 times winners New Zealand going down 44–11 with tries to Christopher Nasiganyavi and 2 penalties to Josh Matavesi. They were thumped 31-13 by Wales but accounted for Samoa beating them 15–12. In the 5th place play-off, Fiji were beaten 44-9 by France before losing to Wales again in the 7th place play off by 39-15 and finishing 8th overall.

2011 edit

In June 2011, Italy hosted the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship. Fiji played its first game against France losing 24-12 before getting thrashed 50-25 by Australia. Fiji then went on to beat Tonga 36–18. In the 5th-8th place play-off, Fiji thrashed Wales by 34-20 before getting thrashed by South Africa by 104-17 who scored 14 tries to 2. Even after the loss, Fiji finished at its best ever position of 6th.

Squads edit

2015 edit

Squad to the 2015 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy:[2]

  1. Pateresio Beramaisuva
  2. Timoci Bulitavu
  3. Jone Jordan Cama
  4. Kaveni Dabenaise
  5. Waisea Vasuitoga Daroko
  6. Filipo Daugunu
  7. Rupeni Laganikoro
  8. Ratu Josefa Logavatu
  9. Eroni Mawi
  10. Serupepeli Momo
  11. Seveci Nakailagi
  12. Peniami Narisia
  13. Leone Nawai
  14. Ilisavani Nasemira
  15. Mateo Qolisese
  16. Josaia Raboiliku
  17. Tevita Ratuva
  18. Viliame Ravouvou
  19. Jone Seuvou
  20. Asaeli Sorovaki
  21. Lekima Tagitagivalu
  22. Sela Toga
  23. Vatiliai Tuidraki
  24. Manuele Tuiqali
  25. Seremaia Turagabeci
  26. Filimoni Savou

Team Management

  • Coach – Viliame Gadolo
  • Assistant coach – Kele Leawere
  • Technical Trainer – Mosese Rauluni
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach - Mathew Dooley
  • Team Doctor – Dr Josefa Dakuinamako
  • Physio – Talisa Whippy
  • Manager – Jone Nute

2014 edit

Notable former coaches edit

Notable former players edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ IRB announces restructure of age grade tournaments Archived 2012-10-07 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ (12 May 2015). "Oceania Rugby News: Fiji and Tonga Squads for World Rugby Trophy in Portugal". Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  3. ^ "International Rugby Board". Archived from the original on 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-05-16.