Fiji has been a hotbed of rugby for over a century. It provides stars to the NRL and to rugby union around the world. In the 1950s northern England was lit up by the talent of its players. And it continues to dominate the world of rugby union sevens. Yet it has always been treated as a second-class citizen by world rugby union, and in today’s globalised world, it looks like the future pf Fijian rugby could be league. For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, follow me on Twitter @collinstony and take a look at

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