In the inaugural Pacific Rugby Cup in 2006, the Air Pacific Fiji Warriors finished runners-up after going out to Savaii Samoa in the final 10-5 at Apia Park. In 2007, the Warriors had the chance to make the final again, but threw it away in injury time of their last pool match against eventual champions Upolu Samoa when they conceded a needless penalty and lost the match 29-27 with the last kick of the game. Though they defeated Savaii Samoa and the Fiji Barbarians, the Warriors ended up fifth.
Some high-calibre players have come through the Warriors ranks before going on to play professionally in Europe, including Napolioni Nalaga (Clermont Auvergne, France), Akapusi Qera (Gloucester, England), Kameli Ratuvou (Saracens, England), Sunia Koto (London Welsh, England), and Gabiriele Lovobalavu (Toulon, France). Fiji Test reps Sisa Koyamaibole, Norman Ligairi and Isoa Domolailai have also represented the Warriors whilst off contract. And from the RWC 2007 squad, Alefoso Yalayalatabua and Waisea Luveniyali remain part of the Warriors set-up.
This year’s squad is of equally high quality, with several players of promise expected to go much further. Those to look out for might be Nadroga flanker Rupeni Nasiga (who has represented the Digicel Fiji 7s team), centre pairing Saula Radidi (Tailevu) and Epeli Vuicuvu (Nadroga), young wings Patrick Osborne (Suva) and Timoci Nagusa (Tailevu), and fullback Iliesa Keresoni (Tailevu).
Vuicuvu, Osborne and Nagusa are all still 20, whilst Keresoni has just turned 21.