Editorial: Flying Fijians soaring to new heights

The Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2023 has been a spectacle of skill, strength, and sportsmanship, captivating fans from all corners of the globe. While the tournament showcased remarkable performances from
03 Oct 2023 10:22
Editorial: Flying Fijians soaring to new heights
Flying Fijians lock Temo Mayanavanua during training in Pornic, France. Photo: FRU Media

The Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2023 has been a spectacle of skill, strength, and sportsmanship, captivating fans from all corners of the globe.

While the tournament showcased remarkable performances from traditional rugby powerhouses, teams from Tier Two nations have captured the hearts of fans. The same can be said for our FIJI Water Flying Fijians.

Their journey to the tournament, achievements leading up to it and the promising future for Fiji and rugby in the Pacific are stories worth celebrating.

Our rugby history is a testament to our passion and talent for the sport.

For a country with a population of just over 900,000, Fiji’s rugby prowess is nothing short of astonishing.

Over the years, we have produced some of the most electrifying and dynamic players making them a force to be reckoned with in the international rugby arena.

In the lead-up to the RWC 2023 Fiji Rugby displayed its commitment to rugby development by investing in grassroots programmes, coaching clinics, and talent scouting initiatives.


These efforts unearthed raw talent and instilled deep sense of pride and unity among the Fijian rugby fraternity.

The Flying Fijians’ achievements leading up to the tournament are noteworthy.

Their remarkable performances in the Pacific Nations Cup, stunning victories over Wales in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, France in 2018, England at Twickenham recently and the Wallabies, after 69 years, during Pool play at the RWC, displayed our potential.

A key catalyst for Fiji’s rugby resurgence has been our participation in Super Rugby Pacific.

It has provided a platform for Pacific Island nations to compete regularly against some of the world’s best teams. It has honed their skills, improved rugby infrastructure and facilitated exposure to top-tier competition. Super Rugby Pacific’s inclusion has proven to be a game-changer for Fiji and the Pacific region, and it deserves continued support from World Rugby.

At least 19 members from the Fijian Drua club are members of the Flying Fijians RWC squad.

As the RWC 2023 progresses, the Flying Fijians’ performances have been nothing short of exhilarating.

Their attacking flair, fearless tackling, and unwavering team spirit have been a joy to watch.


The progress of our Flying Fijians is a testament to what can be achieved with the right investment, opportunities, and dedication to the sport. It is essential for World Rugby to continue its commitment to the development of Tier Two rugby nations, like Fiji.

Allowing more test matches with Tier One nations will bridge the gap between rugby powerhouses and emerging nations.

World Rugby should explore innovative ways to promote more frequent encounters between top teams and the rising stars, potentially creating a more equitable playing field.

The Flying Fijians’ progress and achievements are a source of immense pride for Fiji and the entire Pacific region.

The world of rugby should recognise the value of nurturing emerging nations and continue to promote growth and development in regions like the Pacific.

This not only makes the sport more inclusive, but it ensures that the RWC remains a thrilling and competitive showcase of rugby talent from all corners of the globe.


Feedback: naisak@fijisun.com.fj

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