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Fiji have Wales’ number – Seru Rabeni believes Fiji will have a psychological edge over Wales when they meet at the World Cup.
The Fiji centre featured in his country’s 38-34 win over Wales at the 2007 tournament, and was prominent when the islanders drew 16-16 in Cardiff in 2010.
Rabeni also played for the Barbarians in the 4 June win against the Dragons, and so has good reason to believe Fiji can upset Wales later this year to advance to the World Cup knockout stage.
‘We’d like to say mentally now we have an edge and we know that on our day we can beat Wales,’ said Rabeni. ‘And we’ll take that on board and I think having a good preparation will help that as well.’
While Rabeni is confident, he admitted that Wales have some impressive players, particularly in the midfield.
‘I know Jamie Roberts is a very big man and I think the Wales team will come in with a point to prove because they want to do the same to us as we did to them [in 2007].
‘[Gavin] Henson – you didn’t seen the best of him [against the Barbarians], but on his day he can do some damage. I know it was his first game after a while and I know he’ll pick up from here and he’ll want to prove the critics wrong and he’ll want to prove the public wrong and he will be a big hit in New Zealand if he does make it there.
‘But looking at it from our side, hopefully we can come up trumps when we face them.’