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Matawalu Warns England Of Fiji’s RWC Upset Plans

Vodafone Flying Fijians team heralded as the best in their history are planning on spoiling England’s World Cup plans on Sunday, flyhalf Nikola Matawalu has warned. The Pacific Nations Cup
15 Sep 2015 09:58
Matawalu Warns England  Of Fiji’s RWC Upset Plans
Vodafone Flying Fijian Nikola Matawalu. Photo: Sky Sports

Vodafone Flying Fijians team heralded as the best in their history are planning on spoiling England’s World Cup plans on Sunday, flyhalf Nikola Matawalu has warned.

The Pacific Nations Cup holders are better prepared than ever and will arrive at the World Cup opening game at Twickenham having spent the summer in training camp together.

Matawalu, whose vision on the field and quick wits place him as the heartbeat of the Fiji team, believes the Islanders are fully capable of opening a fiercely competitive Pool A with a stunning upset.

He insisted the Fijians, renowned for their ball-handling skills and free-flowing approach to the game, can ruin England’s World Cup dreams when they clash in Saturday’s curtain-raiser to the tournament.

“It’s the occasion Fijians love, a party,” the 26-year-old said.

“It will be amazing to be a part of that. Maybe we can spoil England’s party. Game is game, one will win and one will lose. We’ll see.

“The 23 players who are selected will be lucky. It’s the opening game of the World Cup, held at Twickenham and against England – it’s interesting.

“As we can see, we’re in the pool of death. There are top teams there. We’ll come as underdogs and see what happens. We respect all the teams in our group. But when it comes to the games, it will be a different story altogether.”

Matawalu, who scored 22 tries in 59 appearances for Glasgow Warriors since joining in the 2012/13 season, has signed to join Bath after the World Cup.

England are heavy favourites to win against Fiji, despite the Islanders being unbeaten since losing 17-13 to Wales at the Millennium Stadium last November.

And Wales know not to underestimate Fiji, having lost to them in the 2007 World Cup in France, an exceptional result which propelled the Pacific Islanders into the quarter-finals that year, where they lost to eventual tournament winners South Africa.

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