Fiji’s majestic, attacking brand of rugby has won them fans the world over, but their organisation’s lack of funds often means that rugby politics get in the way of their well-deserved development. The one time they do get to shine on the world stage is at Rugby World Cups, and real Union fans will want to follow their every move.
Coach John McKee doesn’t get a lot of time with his strongest group of players as they are contracted to major teams all over the world. By the time Fiji play their first game against Australia on Saturday 21, he will have had the longest time with his elite players since the last tournament in 2015. McKee will be hoping that this prolonged period will allow the team to gel and hit some form in a tough Pool D that also contains the Wallabies and European giants Wales.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 TV Preview – Can Fiji get to the knock-out phases?
No one can ever question the talent that this small group of islands has produced over the years, the problem seems to be keeping hold of it. Fiji has lost lots of quality players to established nations due to the residency rule, and it is this constant export of wonderfully talented stars that holds them back.
They go into this year’s Rugby World Cup as the strongest team from the Pacific Islands. This rugby-mad nation will be hoping to again mix it with the big boys and reach the quarter-final stages for the fourth time.
To do that they will have to overpower two rugby giants in the shape of Australia and Wales, something even England was unable to do in the last world cup. They will also need big games from players such as Leone Nakarawa, Semi Kunatani and Filipo Nakosi, all of whom play at an elite level in the French Top 14, if they want to go deep.
Review of Fiji’s Group Matches
Fiji vs Australia: A tough opening game against Australia will be a great measure of what this Fiji team really has. The Wallabies have one of the best attacks in world rugby and Fiji’s defence will be severely put to the test. Expect a win for the Aussies.
Fiji vs Uruguay: Fiji has too many gifted players to come out of this game against Uruguay’s Los Teros with anything other than a victory. It will be a great platform to make a push for the quarter-finals and give confidence to the team.
Fiji vs Georgia: This has all the makings of a classic encounter. Fiji’s Flying Fijians and Georgia’s the Lelos, two teams that should be given more opportunities to prove themselves on the international stage will be hoping the bigwigs at World Rugby take note.
Fiji vs Wales: You feel that the winner of this one will progress to the quarter-finals with Australia. Fiji will have to put in one of the best performances in a World Cup against a Wales side that have their sights set on the Webb Ellis Trophy.
How to stream every Fiji game at The Rugby World Cup 2019™
Kayo Sports will have every match of The Rugby World Cup 2019™ LIVE with no ad-breaks during play. You’ll also get access to a range of great features, including SplitView (which lets you watch up to four different sporting events simultaneously on the same screen, on compatible devices) as well as No Spoilers (hides the scores) and Key Moments (lets you jump to the most important moments of the match – available for selected sports and matches), all of which greatly enhance the viewing experience for those watching on-demand.
Take a moment to review the Kayo 14 days free trial, and then check out The Rugby World Cup 2019™ fixture list below. You can then start streaming team Fiji rugby live to a variety of eligible devices, also listed below.
Please note: Kayo requires internet & compatible device. Data charges may apply. Kayo service available in Australia only.
Devices supported on Kayo
– PC/Mac: Yes – MacOS 10.12+ (Chrome, Safari, Firefox) & Windows 10 (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); web browser only
– iOS/Android Phones/Tablets: Yes – Via native apps (iOS 11+ and Android 6+)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Chromecast Ultra, 3rd Generation and Chromecast with Google TV for optimal streaming
– Telstra TV: Yes – Split View not available; Telstra TV1 limited to 720p
– Android TV: Yes – Via
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 and later models
– PS4 and Xbox One: Soon – App in development
– Apple TV: Yes – tvOS 11+, 4th Generation or higher
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What time does Fiji Play? Live TV Fixtures
TV fixtures are shown as Sydney time, so you may need to adjust the hour depending on where you live. The Rugby World Cup 2019™ on-demand match replays will be made available following the conclusion of each game – so you will need to consult your Kayo TV listings Guide during the tournament for exact times.
Fiji Group Games Live TV (Sydney time)
|Sat 21 Sept||Fiji vs Australia||2:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Wed 25 Sept||Fiji vs Uruguay||3:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Thu 3 Oct||Fiji vs Georgia||3:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Wed 9 Oct||Fiji vs Wales||7:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 19 Oct||England v Australia||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sat 19 Oct||New Zealand v Ireland||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 20 Oct||France v Wales||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sun 20 Oct||Japan v South Africa||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 26 Oct||Semi Final 1||6:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 27 Oct||Semi Final 2||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Fri 1 Nov||Bronze Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 2 Nov||Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / TenPlay|