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England v Fiji - the vital stats

09 November 2012

  • All the facts and stats on England v Fiji
  • Get up to speed on where and when to watch and who to look out for  
Tuilagi will provide a physical presence for England

Photo Credit: Getty Images

Matches against the Pacific Islands teams are often physical encounters and England’s clash with Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday looks set to be no different. It will be the first time since 1999 that the two teams have met and Stuart Lancaster has opted for a powerful starting line-up in anticipation of a bruising 80 minutes. Check out all the stats and facts ahead of what should be an explosive QBE International opener this weekend at the home of English rugby.

When? Saturday, November 10

Where? Twickenham, Middlesex

Kick-off? 2.30pm (UK time)

How to keep up with the action

  • Live on Sky Sports 1 from 2pm
  • Live commentary on BBC 5 live Sports Extra and online
  • Highlights on BBC Three & Online, Saturday 7-8pm
  • Live text commentary on the free RFU iPhone app (search the app store for Official RFU)
  • Live score updates from @Official_RFU on Twitter
  • Match report, post-match interviews and highlights on

The teams


15 Alex Goode (Saracens); 14 Charlie Sharples (Gloucester); 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers); 12 Brad Barritt (Saracens); 11 Ugo Monye (Harlequins); 10 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers); 9 Danny Care (Harlequins); 1 Joe Marler (Harlequins); 2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers); 3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers; 4 Tom Palmer (London Wasps); 5 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers); 6 Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs); 7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain); 8 Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)

Replacements: 16 David Paice (London Irish); 17 David Wilson (Bath); 18 Mako Vunipola (Saracens); 19 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps); 20 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints); 21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); 22 Owen Farrell (Saracens); 23 Mike Brown (Harlequins)


15 Simeli Koniferedi (King Country Rams); 14 Samu Wara (Western Force); 13 Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers); 12 Sireli Naqelevuki (Exeter Chiefs); 11 Watisoni Votu (Vuda Blues); 10 Metuisela Talebula (Bordeaux Begles); 9 Nikola Matawalu (Glasgow Warriors); 1 Benji Makutu (Cuvu); 2 Vili Veikoso (Navoci); 3 Deacon Manu (captain, Llanelli Scarlets); 4 Leone Nakarawa (Army Green); 5 Api Ratuniyarawa (North Harbour); 6 Api Naikatini (Toyota Verblitz); 7 Malakai Ravulo (North Harbour); 8 Akapusi Qera (Gloucester)

Replacements: 16 Sete Somoca (Sigatoka Bulls); 17 Seremaia Naurere (Sigatoka Bulls); 18 Manasa Saulo (Navy); 19 Seko Kalou (Kaikorai); 20 Iliesa Ratuva (Ravuka Sharks); 21 Kelemedi Bola (Kadavu); 22 Ravai Fatiaki (Worcester Warriors); 23 Josh Matavesi (Worcester Warriors)

Head to head:

  • Played 4, England won 4 (average winning margin of 21.25 points)
  • Highest score – England 58-23 in 1989
  • Biggest win – England 58-23 in 1989

Previous four meetings:

  • 1988 Fiji 12- 25 England
  • 1989 England 58-23 Fiji
  • 1991 Fiji 24-28 England
  • 1999 England 45-Fiji 24

England key facts:

  • IRB world ranking: 4th
  • Most capped player in history: Jason Leonard (114 caps, 1990-2004)
  • Most capped player in the Test squad: Toby Flood (50 caps, 2006-2012)
  • Most consecutive Test wins: 14 (2002 to 2003)

Fiji key facts:

  • IRB world ranking: 14th
  • Most capped player: Nicky Little (71 caps, 1996-present)
  • Fiji have won just once in 22 efforts away from home against a Six Nations team, beating Italy in 1999

Did you know?

  • Toby Flood (50 caps) is seven away from notching up 250 points at international level and 14 points away from scoring 150 for England at Twickenham. He would be the sixth England player to pass 250 points in the history of the sport.
  • Sireli Naqelevuki is one of three players to have shrugged off 24 tackles in the Premiership this season.  His average of four defenders beaten per game is the highest in the league.
  • England have won five of their last six matches at Twickenham (losing one) and have conceded less than 20 points in each of them. 
  • Fiji were runners-up in this year’s edition of the IRB Pacific Nations Cup, winning all of their games except a narrow 26-29 defeat against eventual champions Samoa, a game officiated by Wayne Barnes.
  • England captain Chris Robshaw ranked third amongst top tacklers in the 2012 Six Nations, he completed 66 and missed one during his five appearances.