By Rich Cowley, Date: 30/11/17 (Photo Credit NRLPhotos)
Fijian Rugby League came of age during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup tournament. The Bati captured the public's imagination not only back in Fiji but across the rugby league world.
Fiji Bati proved their three consecutive Rugby League World Cup semi-final appearances were no fluke. Their offloading and powerful edge running – with back-rowers Viliame Kikau and D’Rhys Miller especially prominent – wreaked havoc as the underdogs raced to a shock 24-0 lead in even time. Toa Samoa temporarily stemmed the Bati’s flow and centre Tim Lafai belatedly put them on the scoreboard, but Kikau’s second barnstorming try gave Fiji an imposing 30-6 halftime advantage.
Brandon Costin, head coach of the Fiji Bati Rugby League team is convinced that a Pacific nation will win one of the next three Rugby League World Cups. Costin, who has started his role as full-time head coach of the Bati, was outlining why he is so ambitious for the sport in Fiji and also across the wider Pacific region.
Fiji have released their team to take on Lebanon this Sunday (October 19th) at Remondis Stadium Cronulla.
The NRL has donated $50,000 to the UNICEF appeal for Fiji after the worst storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, Cyclone Winston, tore through the region.
Fiji have named their test line-up for the 2015 Pacific Test double header taking place this Saturday 2nd of May on the Gold Coast.
Fiji played in the Pacific test for the first time in 2014 when they went up against Samoa. That time the Test also doubled as a Four Nations qualifying match. Samoa were to good that day defeating Fiji 32 - 16.
By Richard Cowley, Date: 20/10/13
Fiji Bati have warmed up in style ahead of their opening world cup match against Ireland by running riot against Championship 1 side Rochdale Hornets 0-78.
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5:40pm Fiji v Lebanon
Date: 22nd June
Venue: Leichhardt Oval, Sydney, Australia
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