Historic match on the table for All Blacks and Fiji for 2024

Historic match on the table for All Blacks and Fiji for 2024

By Mosese Raqio
Monday 15/05/2023
[Photo: Getty Image]

NZ Rugby CEO Mark Robinson has revealed that discussions are underway for a historic first Test between the All Blacks and the Fiji Water Flying Fijians in Fiji next year.

Robinson confirmed that the All Blacks will host England for two Tests in July and Fiji for one more, but floated the possibility of a rematch back in Fiji which would be a historic first.

Robinson says they are working on the possibility of reciprocating and playing in Fiji which would be an amazing occasion.

Fiji has played the All Blacks in New Zealand, the last of which was in 2021 with two Tests, but a sanctioned Test fixture has not occurred on Fijian soil.

A New Zealand XV team played Fiji in Fiji in 1974, 1980 and 1984, but they were not considered full internationals.

A roadblock to the fixture is that it will have to be played outside the sanctioned July window, with Fiji potentially losing some of their European-based players.

The form of the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua when playing at home illustrates just how hard it is going to be to beat a Pacific side on their home soil.

The Drua defeated the Crusaders and Hurricanes at home while last season pushed the Chiefs and Highlanders to the brink of defeat.

[Source: RugbyPass]


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