England vs Fiji Rugby Match Preview 2016 Fiji winning 49.84%:
England faces Fiji on Saturday 19th November at Twickenham Stadium in the first of four Old Mutual Wealth Series. The game kicks off at 2:30 pm GMT. The match is clearly a clash of Titans, as both teams are highly placed in the Global Rankings.England stands at number two globally, while Fiji stands at tenth place, according to the latest Men’s Rugby World Rankings. Both teams are on form, and it won’t be surprising if the win goes either way.
Winning percentage England vs Fiji Rugby Match:
Fiji 49.84% vs 57.91 % England
England has won its last five international games, against France, Wales, and Australia thrice. Fiji has won against Uruguay and Canada and lost to Wales, Australia, and England, making it three losses and a disappointing two wins in its last five games. England has also received global recognition since three players from the team have been shortlisted for Player of the Year after a hugely successful 2016. The three are Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola, and Maro Itoje. The winner will be announced on Sunday night in London. Itoje also stands to be crowned the breakthrough player of the year 2016.
England is certainly better positioned to win the match, but defeating the strong Fiji team will prove to be a daunting task nonetheless. Both sides are willing to play attacking rugby, and this will be an exciting feature for sure England has won 381 matches, lost 271 and drawn 50 of the 701 matches it has played between 1871 to 2016. This means it has a winning percentage of 57.91 %. Fiji, on the other hand, has played 321 games between 1924 and 2016. Of these matches, it has won 155, lost 156 and drawn 10, winning 49.84% of the matches it has played in this period.
The two sides have met only six times in the last 28 years. England has played Fiji 6 times and has maintained a clean streak of 100 % ever since their first encounter in 1988. Fiji has not once won the England national team. They will be looking for their first victory against the world’s second-best squad.England recently faced Fiji in the World Cup 2015 Opening Match where they won the South Sea Islanders in a 35-11 victory for the hosts.
The England team is endowed with world-class players, including James Graham, who is the most capped player in the current squad. Ryan Hall, with 30 international appearances for the team, has made 30 tries, leading the team towards many victories. Sam Tokins(the Man of Steel award winner of 2012) is the second highest try scorer and a treasured asset in the England national team. The Fiji team also has its fair share of favorites. Nemani Nadolo has garnered 192 points for the Fiji team.
He stands out as an exceptional player in that he scored a hat-trick of tries in 2015 World Cup- Oceania Qualification, equalling the record set by John Kirwan and Christian Cullen of making ten tries in a string of matches. Both England and Fiji have some of the finest players in the world.Most would put their bets on England to win the game, but we can only wait to see whether the tables might turn.