By Richard Cowley, Updated: 27/10/13
Teams: Fiji v Ireland
Venue: Spotland Stadium, Rochdale, England. Capacity 10,249
Date: Monday 28th October 2013
Kick-off time: 8pm (Local Time)
Sydney (Australia – New South Wales) Tuesday, 29 October 2013 at 7:00:00 AM
Brisbane (Australia – Queensland) Tuesday, 29 October 2013 at 6:00:00 AM
Auckland (New Zealand) Tuesday, 29 October 2013 at 9:00:00 AM
Dublin (Ireland) Monday, 28 October 2013 at 8:00:00 PM
Suva (Fiji) Tuesday, 29 October 2013 at 9:00:00 AM
2013 RLWC Ticket information: http://www.rlwc2013.com/tickets
2013 RLWC TV viewing information: Channel Seven will broadcast all RLWC2013 matches live in Australia on the 7mate channel. In the UK the BBC will show all England games along with the RLWC Final while Premier Sports will broadcast all other RLWC games.
Overview: The Bati will kick off their world cup campaign in Rochdale which is the second home for Fijians living in the UK. The 2008 RLWC semi-finalists will need to win this game to have any chance of progressing to the quarter-finals. The Fijians are expected to field a pretty strong team with players like Petero Civoniceva leading the Bati.
Fiji Bati defeated Championship 1 side the Rochdale Hornets 78 – 0 in their world cup warm-up match at Rochdale. They will be looking to inflict the same sort of pain when they meet Ireland at Spotland Stadium.
Ireland were the surprise packets of the 2008 RLWC. They will be looking to go one better in 2013 and their mission will be to beat Fiji first up. If the Irish can conquer the Fijians they will book their place in the quarter-finals. Pat Richards will represent Ireland and his goal kicking skills might be the difference between the two sides.
Ireland will go into the match against Fiji without a warm-up match under their belt. With the likes of Pat Richards in their side Ireland won’t be easy beats in this match.
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2013 RLWC Fiji v Ireland teams
Fiji team to take on Ireland
Head coach: Rick Stone
Ireland 2013 RLWC Squad to take on Fiji:
Head coach: Mark Aston