Fiji to ‘make their own history’

Date published: September 16 2015

Fiji back-row Dominiko Waqaniburotu has hailed his side's preparation and coaching team as they look to cause a shock at the Rugby World Cup.

The 29-year-old forward, who plays for Brive in the Top 14, has been named in the islanders' starting line-up for the opening game at Twickenham on Friday.

And with greater detail to their game-plan, he believes they can threaten.

"This year is a major change. It starts with the coaching staff. We have really experienced coaches who have come in to help us with different parts of our games. Everyone's got individual jobs to focus on," he said on Wednesday.

"The little things like the set-piece, it's what we need to do before we can use the Fiji flair. It's been a big improvement for us. It's good for the backline as well, when the forwards work, being able to do their thing."

Fiji reached the quarter-finals at the 2007 Rugby World Cup but few expect them to make the knockout stages in 2015 after being drawn in the 'Pool of Death'.

Waqaniburotu, however, has revealed that with a confident and happy mood in the camp, they can give it a real go.

"The change from other years is that everyone mingles together. We try to enjoy our training. We try to enjoy what we do, but we still focus on what we're doing on Friday," he added.

"Now and then they bring it (2007) up. It's history, you can't bring the comparison to this team. What the captain always talks about is we need to make our own history."