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Fiji playmaker ruled out of World Cup due to ‘devastating’ injury

By Finn Morton
Caleb Muntz of Fiji passes the ball during the Summer International match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on August 26, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Flying Fijians playmaker Caleb Muntz will miss this year’s Rugby World Cup due to a “devastating” knee injury.


Harbouring ambitions of making it out of the pool stage for the first time in 16 years, this injury news is a tough blow for Fiji ahead of their World Cup opener against Wales this weekend.

Fiji head coach Simon Raiwalui revealed on Wednesday that the fly-half has been ruled out of the tournament after picking up the injury “in a non-contact session.”

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“On Monday, Caleb sustained a knee injury in a non-contact session and is out of the Rugby World Cup,” Raiwalui said in a statement.

“It’s most devastating for us as a group and for Caleb. He has worked so hard for the past two years with the Fijian Drua and the Flying Fijians.

“We feel for him as a young man, he misses the opportunity so close to the Rugby World Cup.

“We have got 33 players and we have the utmost confidence in them. Once we name the team for the match against Wales we will have utmost faith in whom we have selected.”

Muntz started in the No. 10 against England at Twickenham late last month and scored half of Fiji’s points as they recorded a famous 22-30 win.


It was the Flying Fijians’ first win over the traditional northern hemisphere heavyweights in seven meetings.

Fiji will be full of confidence ahead of their pool play matchups with Wales, Australia, Georgia and Portugal. An All Blacks legend has tipped the Flying Fijians as a “dark horse” ahead of the sport’s showpiece event.

“Fiji. Fiji, mate,” 1987 Rugby World Cup-winning All Black Sir John Kirwan told RugbyPass last month. “I don’t know if Wales go home (before the knockout stage).

“I think Fiji are really the dark horse just to get out of the pool.”

But the injury to Muntz risks derailing some of Fiji’s momentum.


Raiwalui confirmed that the coaching group are looking at a few payers outside of the current group as Muntz’s replacement. Fiji will make that decision in the next few days.


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