Isa Nacewa unsure over World Cup role with Fiji

Isa Nacewa
Nacewa's last minute try secured victory for the Barbarians over Wales

Barbarians hero Isa Nacewa does not know if he will be lining up for Fiji against Wales in the World Cup later this year.

Nacewa scored two tries in the Baa-Baas' 31-28 victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

But the Leinster full-back, capped once by Fiji, has not yet decided whether to make himself available for the World Cup.

"It's been a long season so I've got a few decisions to make," Nacewa said.

"It's a decision I will be making over the next couple of weeks as to whether I get involved or not."

Nacewa was a member of Fiji's World Cup squad in 2003 and won his only cap as a replacement against Scotland.

In 2006 the Auckland-born player tried to switch allegiances from Fiji to New Zealand in order to represent the All Blacks.

However the International Rugby Board deemed his World Cup appearance made him ineligible to represent the country of his birth.

Since 2008 Nacewa has played for Leinster and has twice lifted the Heineken Cup with the Irish province.

And Nacewa has said he doubts whether his commitments with Leinster will allow him to take part in the World Cup.

"They [Fiji] have got a good squad anyway so I'll make an informed decision over the next couple of weeks," he said.

"I have made a huge commitment to Leinster.

"Without our internationals at the start of next season it's going to be a tough ask for a lot of our younger guys.

"I think they are expecting me to be around and it's something I'll uphold if they want me to."

Wales will face Fiji in a World Cup pool match at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on 2 October, hoping history does not repeat itself.

Gareth Jenkins' side were famously eliminated from the competition four years ago after they lost 38-34 against the Fijians in Nantes.

But Nacewa does not foresee Fiji creating another shock result in New Zealand and believes Wales can be World Cup contenders.

"Once the Welsh squad get all their players back and get a bit of time together I think they are going to be a huge force to be reckoned with," added Nacewa.

"There are a lot of players out at the moment. When they come good I think they will be right there come World Cup time."