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Australia loose to Fiji 15:22

Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | Australia 15:22 Fiji

In a historic upset, Fiji secured only their third-ever victory over Australia, altering the landscape of Pool C at the Rugby World Cup. Simione Kuruvoli’s precise kicking propelled Fiji to a 12-8 halftime lead, and the momentum continued as Josua Tuisova scored after the restart. Although Lalakai Foketi’s late try narrowed the gap to 22-15, Australia couldn’t muster a comeback.

Fiji’s maiden World Cup win against the Wallabies catapulted them to the second spot in Pool C, ahead of their rivals based on head-to-head results. Fiji’s head coach, Simon Raiwalui, expressed his emotional exhaustion after the game, praising his team’s relentless effort and their remarkable achievement.

The victory was especially critical for Fiji, as only the top two teams advanced to the quarter-finals. After a narrow loss to Wales in their opening pool match, a second defeat would have posed a daunting challenge for Fiji’s knockout stage aspirations. However, Fiji defied the odds with strong early control and Kuruvoli’s precision with penalties.

This victory marked Fiji’s 15th triumph over a tier-one nation and positioned them favorably for a potential quarter-final berth, making their dream of advancing in the World Cup a tangible reality.

Match Summary

Pool C | Australia 15:22 Fiji

Australia Scores:

TRIES Mark Nawaqanitawase (23′), Suli Vunivalu (68′)
CONV Ben Donaldson (70′)
PENS Ben Donaldson (3′)

Fiji Scores:

TRIES Josua Tuisova (43′)
CONV Simione Kuruvoli (44′)
PENS Simione Kuruvoli (12′, 21′, 27′, 33′), Frank Lomani (66′)

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne


Andrew Brace

Man of the match:

Josua Tuisova (Fiji)



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