Jonny Wilkinson: 'England must not underestimate Fiji'

Wilkinson warns against complacency
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Jonny Wilkinson believes that England must not underestimate Fiji when they kick off the World Cup on Friday.

Jonny Wilkinson has urged England not to underestimate Fiji as they look to kick off their World Cup campaign with a victory at Twickenham.

An upset on Friday evening could make qualification difficult for the hosts, who will also have to face Wales, Australia and Uruguay in a tricky Pool A.

However, Wilkinson believes that Stuart Lancaster's side can make a statement if they produce their best against Fiji.

"It's a huge game," the World Cup winner told Sky Sports News. "There's no other way of looking at it - it's a massive game. England have got to look at it as kind of like a quarter-final very early on.

"Fiji are a great team. They're ranked highly in the world, they've got speed, they've got power, they've got understanding, and they've also got guys that are really dominating European rugby over here and in the Super 15 as well.

"[They] need to be respected - will be respected - but for England, they've got to show that they mean business early on."

England have won all five of their Tests against Fiji.

Anthony Watson of England breaks away from Jonny Sexton of Ireland during the QBE International match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium on September 5, 2015
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