Who’s 4th best , Tonga or Fiji .

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  1. Irish-bulldog

    Irish-bulldog Juniors

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    Honestly I think Fiji would beat Tonga, with the new team in the nsw Cup they will only add depth and professionalism in the future, what’s everyone’s thoughts ?, I’d like to see the game.
     
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  2. Arucard

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    Fiji would beat them.
    They’ve been semi finalists 3 straight World Cups for a reason.
    They have never been given the respect that Samoa or Tonga were given though.
     
  3. jim_57

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    Fiji were a bit hard done by after the World Cup, they beat NZ and made the semis, losing by a big score to Australia probably took the gloss off a bit conoared to Tonga would pushed England.

    I think Fiji has genuine potential to be a genuine threat in major tournaments going forward, especially if they get the NSW Cup pathway in place.
     
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  4. Hello, I'm The Doctor

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    I think the WC reactions were because Tonga came from no where with new big defections while Fiji just did what they have always done.
     
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  6. RedVee

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    Bati long term I think
     
  7. NRLMad

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    Tonga don’t have halves, Samoa look far better with Chanel, Jerome, and Milford in the halves, Fiji have traditionally had good backs but I think they’ve got solid forwards across most teams now.

    Just shows that with the rise of the Pacific Islanders in the NRL what can happen to international league...
     
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    8 of the Fijian 17 born in Fiji. The young half from the residents didn’t look out of place either.
     
  9. deluded pom?

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    Have Fiji and Tonga ever met in a full international?
     
  10. Walter sobchak

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    Who was that?
     
  11. Chidge

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    Montoya
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    Ravalawa
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    Kamikamica
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    Kikau
    penioni tagituimua wore 17 I believe
    Coach said he was man of the series vs Tonga residents
     
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  12. Irish-bulldog

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    Not sure actually ?
     
  13. Clarkent

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    I wouldn't say that man Tonga is still a tough team with that forward pack... I still think Tonga is the 4th best team... Fiji and Samoa are pretty even at the moment... But Samoa is the team to watch out for in the future... They've got so much depth in the halves... Dylan Brown (eels), Nu Brown (bulldogs), CHT ( warriors), Anthony Milford ( Broncos), Jarome Luai ( Panthers), Mason Lino (Knights) 1 or 2 of those players might commit to the Kiwis in a few years but we'll wait and see I guess
     
  14. Walter sobchak

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    Dylan brown and maybe CHT are the most likely but even then both are at least 2-3 years away from that.
     
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    Yeah those 2 are future stars in the making... And I know the kiwis are keeping a very close eye at both of them :joy:
     
  16. Walter sobchak

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    Anybody else think that Tonga, Fiji, PNG and Samoa should be touring Europe with maybe a 3 match test series in France or tests against England and Wales with maybe warm up games against Cumbria or a select London/south XIII??
     
  17. Walter sobchak

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    What’s the deal with brown. Is he currently injured or just playing reserve grade rugby?
     
  18. Clarkent

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    He's been injured... He should be back this week for the eels
     
  19. Walter sobchak

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    Ok. Thanks.

    He’s certainly 1 to look out for.
     
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  20. adamkungl

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    Fiji are better and have been better for at least 12 years.

    The difference? Tonga sell tickets in Auckland and Sydney, Fiji don't.

    Fiji got dudded by the Oceania Cup format. On any metric except ticket sales they're in the top group alongside Tonga.
    But then there's 3 more games Aus and NZ have to try and sell tickets to, which they clearly didn't want to bother with.
     

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