They’ve always had the flair, but now Fiji coach John McKee says they have the muscle, and the confidence, to topple a Tier One nation.
Fiji, who won its first Olympic medal in Sevens last year, has the upperhand in broken play, with offloads and ball-carrying their specialties across the park.
They’ll have two players from that Rio team on Saturday with lock Leone Nakarawa in the starting team and Viliame Mata set for a debut off the bench.
Mata is one of three debutants in the Fijian 23, with mammoth centre Jale Vatubua and prop Kalivate Tawake in their maiden Test.
Flyhalf Ben Volavola will be a familiar face to many, the former Waratahs now with the Rebels.
While at times in the past, Fiji might have been accused of looking like a Sevens team in the XVs realm, with a growing number of players featuring in Europe, that is beginning to change.
“I think maybe the way we used to play was too much like Sevens than XVs and we know that to play the top nations and to be competitive and to win big Test matches you need elements of your play, your set play,” McKee said.
“You do need some organisation to get out of your own end.”
McKee said his team was growing to understand the need for structure, but that structure would be to help his team play to its strengths.
“Certainly if we can create opportunities, I'd back our players,” he said.
“We don't even need an overlap, two-on-two or three-on-three in a 15-20 metre channel, we can cause some problems.
“I think the other advantage is we've got such athletic forwards that if we get players in the wider channels of the game, it doesn't matter what number they've got on their back.
“We've got prop forwards, who've got footwork and can offload as well as some of our backs.”
It’s a danger of which Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is all too aware, emphasising the importance of developing his side’s defence.
“They're unbelievable in creating something out of nothing and that's where - the things that we like to do, which is attack as well, we'll have to take that as a given for a little bit and focus on our defence,” he said.
“I think that's an area in Super Rugby where we've struggled a bit this year and we want to improve that.
“We know that in our team - if we want to be great attackers we've got to be great defenders because that's our insurance policy.”
The Wallabies take on Fiji on Saturday, kicking off at 3pm AEST LIVE on FOX SPORTS. Buy tickets here.
Fiji to take on the Wallabies
1. Campese Maáfu
2. Sunia Koto
3. Peni Ravai
4. Tevita Cavubati
5. Leone Nakarawa
6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu
7. Naulia Dawai
8. Akapusi Qera ©
9. Nikola Matawalu
10. Ben Volavola
11. Vereniki Goneva
12. Jale Vatubua
13. Albert Vulivuli
14. Timoci Nagusa
15. Kini Murimurivalu
16. Tuapati Talemaitoga
18. Kalivati Tawake
19. Api Ratuniyarawa
20. Viliame Mata
21. Nemani Nagusa
22. Seurpepeli Vularika
23. Benito Masilevu