The 2015 Rugby World Cup has reached its penultimate rounds in the group stage. The first dead-rubber match of the tournament will be played between Fiji and Uruguay on Tuesday at the Stadium MK in Milton Keynes.
Before the start of the tournament, Fiji was considered one of the dark horses in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Unfortunately, Fiji could not live up to the expectations of its fans. Fiji was severely thumped and thrashed by England, Australia and Wales in three consecutive group matches. Now, Fiji will be looking forward to end their 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign on a high-note by overpowering Uruguay in Tuesday's game.
"When you look at the games we've played - three games in 13 days - it's a challenge for any team. From that point of view, I cannot fault the effort of the players. We want to be serious challengers to these top nations. That was my main driver when I took this job, that at some time in the future or when I leave, Fiji can play anyone in the world, " Fiji head coach John McKee told reporters ahead of Tuesday's encounter against Uruguay.
"We are making a lot of progress, there are a lot of challenges ahead to make sure that the next young crop of players is grounded in the skills needed at this level. The pleasant thing for me is that a lot of these players will be available for selection in 2019," McKee added.
On the other hand, Uruguay will still have a faint mathematical chance to make it to the knock-out round. This is possible if they beat Fiji and England, rather a tough task. Fiji is doable but outclassing the Englishmen in their own backyard is a challenge.
Uruguay too faced crushing defeats in their first two encounters against Wales (54-9) and Australia (65-3). The numbers say it all for the Uruguayan side ahead of the Tuesday's match against Fiji. Uruguay have made six changes to their side which will take on Fiji.
"It is our best opportunity [to win] and, without disrespect to Fiji, it is the only tier two team we will play," Uruguay head coach Pablo Lemoine told mediapersons ahead of their second last game of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Where to Watch Live:
Fiji vs Uruguay is scheduled for an 8 pm BST (12:30 am IST, 3pm EST) start. Indian viewers can watch the game live on Sony Six.
UK and Ireland viewers can watch Fiji vs Uruguay live on ITV1, with the live stream option on ITV Player.
Sky Sport will cover Fiji vs Uruguay live in New Zealand, while the action can also be watched via live streaming on Sky Go NZ.
USA viewers can watch the Rugby World Cup match live on Universal Sports, while the big game can also be live streamed on Universal Sports Online.
Fiji vs Uruguay will be shown live in South Africa on SuperSport, while the live stream option is on SuperSport Live Video.