Nickname: The Bati
Coach: Joe Dakuitoga
Captain: Wes Naiqama
Home Stadium: National Stadium
First International: 1992 v Western Samoa
Biggest Win: 54-6 v Cook Islands, 1992
| James Bukuya||Cronulla Sharks ||2nd Row/Loose Forward/Centre ||4||1/0/0/4 |
|Wes Naiqama || Penrith Panthers||Centre/Full Back/Wing/Stand Off||4||1/14/0/32|
|Ashton Sims || North Queensland Cowboys|| Prop/2nd Row||4|
|Korbin Sims|| Newcastle Knights|| Prop/2nd Row/Loose Forward||0|
|Tariq Sims || North Queensland Cowboys|| 2nd Row/Prop||0|
The 'Fiji Bati' has been participating in international competition since 1992. Members of the team are selected from the domestic Fijian competition, as well as from competitions in New Zealand and Australia. For the 2000 and 2008 World Cups the Bati were captained by Lote Tuqiri and Wes Naiqama respectively.
The game was introduced to Fiji only in 1996 but despite this there has been a long history of Fijian players making their mark in rugby league, most notably back in the 1960s when great players such as Joe Levula and Laitia Ravouvou joined Rochdale Hornets and became household names in the English competition.
Interest and participation in rugby league snowballed throughout Fiji, and as well as continued success in the World Sevens, the Batis began playing full 13-aside games against international teams. By 1994, Fiji had hammered the Great Britain Amateur tourists (40-8) and, captained by mighty front-rower James Pickering, beat France (20-12).
They had also produced their first rugby league superstar after winger Noa Nadruku joined Canberra Raiders and in 1993 became the top try-scorer in the Australian competition.
Fiji took part in their first World Cup in 1995 where, just as the 2000 World Cup, they had the misfortune to be placed in the same group as both England and Australia. But the Batis made a massive impression in their opening World Cup game in which they ran riot against South Africa, 52-6, and had the crowd on their feet at Keighley.
The Fiji Bati qualified for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup held in Australia after finishing second in Pacific qualifying behind Tonga. Fiji's qualification campaign started with a thrilling 30-28 loss to Samoa before reversing the scoreline a few days later with a 30-28 win over the Tongans. Fiji won their final qualifying game against Cook Islands 40-4. Having qualified the Vodafone Fiji Bati team started their Rugby League World Cup 2008 campaign with 42-6 win over France followed by a 2 point defeat to Scotland, however they topped their group with a superior points difference. Beating Ireland in their quarter final they came within one match of the World Cup final, but were defeated by Australia, ending the tournament in 4th place.