Fiji and Uruguay met each other on one occasion in which they were both awarded caps, a 1999 Test match in Italy which Fiji won 39-24. But, can Uruguay throw another twist into Pool A by beating the Pacific Islanders leaving them bottom of the group? Lemoine wants his team to score their first RWC try of the tournament, which would also be the first World Cup try since he crossed the line in the 111-13 defeat by England in 2003.
Fiji beat Wales at the 2007 World Cup, their only win over the Welsh in 10 meetings, but McBryde said the mentality in the side now was completely different.
It will not be easy for Uruguay, particularly as their opponents will be hugely bolstered by the return of their giant wing Nemani Nadolo, who was suspended from their game against Wales last Thursday in Cardiff.
That was my main driver when I took this job that a few time in the future or when I leave that Fiji can play anyone in the world.
Pablo Lemoine will fly home to Uruguay with one prize from Rugby World Cup 2015 but the Los Teros coach has an eye on another one. “I think the crowd will enjoy seeing that”. He is alsothe player most feared by Uruguay. He is one of only four professional players in this squad.
Fiji coach John Mckee believes Nadolo can be a very risky player if the team can set up a field position for winger.
“Until they’re willing to give up power, nothing will change”, he told the New Zealand Herald, railing against the “colonialist” mindset of the sport’s hierarchy.
“Our aim is to develop a team that can qualify for the RWC and which has better ability on the pitch, as well as growing the sport of rugby”. We are doing everything to make sure we get it right.
Fiji: Kini Murimurivalu, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Vereniki Goneva, Lepani Botia, Nemani Nadolo, Ben Volavola, Nemia Kenatale; Campese Ma’afu, Sunia Koto, Leroy Atalifo, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Leone Nakarawa, Dominiko Waqaniburotu, Akapusi Qera (captain), Sakiusa Matadigo.
Uruguay: G Mieres; S Gibernau, J Prada, A Vilaseca, R Silva; A Duran, A Ormaechea; A Nieto, M Beer, JM Gaminara, J Zerbino, S Vilaseca (capt), M Sagario, C Arboleya, A Corral.
Replacements: 16 German Kessler, 17 Oscar Duran, 18 Mateo Sanguinetti, 19 Mathias Palomeque, 20 Franco Lamanna, 21 Juan De Freitas, 22 Jeronimo Etcheverry, 23 Francisco Bulanti.