FORMER Flying Fijians speed merchant Marika Vunibaka says Fiji can beat any team in the world if they defend aggressively.
And leading up to the one-off Test match against England at Twickenham tomorrow morning, the Vione flyer urged the Flying Fijians not to be lazy when it comes to defending.
He is optimistic that Fiji can beat England. He said if Fiji could upset the British and Irish Lions, then the England team could be another victim for the Flying Fijians.
"Nothing is impossible in this game. We have a good mix of players with Deacon Manu leading the front. He has been there for quite some time and I believe we can give England a good game," Vunibaka said.
"If we can beat the Lions then why can't we beat England. We just need to defend well.
"The boys should not be lazy to defend, that is always the case for our Fijian players. Once we score a try we tend to relax and allow the opposition to attack us.
"This is something that the boys should be mindful of, defend very aggressively because attack will automatically come. We have no problem in attack. We are the best team in the world when it comes to attack.
"If we defend well we can beat any team."
The former Crusaders winger said defence would be the key element for Fiji. While players are adapting to the weather, Vunibaka said it was an advantage having overseas-based players in the team.
"The cold weather at Twickenham is always a setback for local players. But we have an advantage with this team that most players are overseas-based and they are used to the cold weather," Vunibaka added.
Fiji last played England during the 1999 Rugby World Cup playoff, where our team lost 24-45.