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We can beat Wales

Arin Kumar
Thursday, July 03, 2014

FIJI'S most capped player Nicky Little believes the Vodafone Flying Fijians are capable of beating the Welsh rugby side once again when the two sides clash at next year's Rugby World Cup in England.

The prolific fly half was part of the Flying Fijians side that upset Wales 38-34 in France seven years ago. The 37-year-old scored 670 points in 71 Tests in a career which spanned four World Cups between 1999 and 2011.

Little scored 18 points via three conversions and four penalties in that win over Wales.

And he is expecting the current squad to get into form and the mind-set that the 2007 side had when they competed in the RWC in France.

The 108-6 thumping of the Cook Islands last weekend secured Fiji's spot in Pool A of next year's RWC with hosts England, Australia, Wales and another play-off winner which is yet to be decided.

Little told walesonline.com that even though Fiji was in the pool of death, they should go in with a positive attitude.

"This is the pool of death for the big boys — one of them will get knocked out," he was quoted as saying on walesonline.com.

"I think we should have a different attitude to the world cup this time. We are not going there to win it, so let's go there to put bums on seats.

"Of course we knocked Wales out in 2007, but they loved the way we knocked them out.

"If that can happen for any of the minnows this time round, isn't it great for world rugby?"

Little said Fiji's 0-66 loss to Wales in the 2011 RWC was different from the 2007 experience and that the Flying Fijians could do better when the two sides clash on October 1 next year at the Millennium Stadium.

"In 2011, I think we imploded because we were locked down, locked in and told to focus on our rugby.

"We can focus on rugby when we are training and playing. Otherwise, we need to get out there and spread the love.

"Let's spread the message of Fiji rugby and Pacific Islands rugby.

"We might not win against the hosts at Twickenham first up, but I hope England come off the pitch and say we tackled hard and stretched them with ball in hand."

The seven nations that are still in the qualifying race for the last spot in Pool A are Madagascar, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Russia, Uruguay and Hong Kong.








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