Rugby League - Fiji unconcerned by underdog tag

Fiji hooker James Storer says the Bati's faith will inspire them to upset the overwhelming odds in Saturday's World Cup semi-final against Australia at Wembley.

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Fiji fans will be hoping to celebrate at Wembley

The Pacific Islanders are into the last four for the second consecutive World Cup they but are still rated the 100-1 outsiders to lift the trophy at the expense of the big three at Old Trafford next Saturday.

However, that will be of no concern to the Fijiians because it is forbidden to worry under their religion.

"We will approach Australia the same way we approach everything else," Storer said. "We are a very spiritual team and one of the biggest things I have learned on this tour is that worrying is a sin and that is something I have been holding onto.

"We are not worrying. We will prepare as best we can and give it everything we can.

"We have been blessed with our group to be drawn with Australia and England. Playing those sides early is exactly what we needed before we played Samoa.

"Samoa are a very good team. They are very strong with a lot of NRL players, so we were lucky to play those hard teams first. We set our benchmark early. We didn't have any easy wins and that has prepared us well for this stage."

Storey's presence in the semi-finals is the latest in a series of uplifting stories to come out of the most successful World Cup ever staged.

The 31-year-old quit professional r ugby league in 2008 to become a coal miner but proved he could still play at the highest level during his country's trials for the World Cup.

"I don't play footy much any more," he said. "I am playing for the local team back home but I was fit enough and lucky enough to play well in the trial to come out here. It is unbelievable, it is a great feeling.

"Just to be playing alongside the likes of Petero Civoniceva is big enough for me so to step onto the pitch at Wembley is massive."

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