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22nd November

Fiji Aiways Fijiana players during the second day of the HSBC World Sevens Series Sydney 7s tournament at the Allianz Stadium on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Picture-JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Fijiana includes two new players for Dubai 7s

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana rugby 7s team has included two new players into their 12 member side that will be competing at the Dubai 7s tournament next weekend. Joma Robuti makes her return to the...

Sebastian Singh during training at Samabula gym yesterday. Picture ATU RASEA

Kiwi to host Sebastian

FIJIAN Super welterweight boxing champion Sebastian Singh has secured a bout against New Zealand’s best in the category, Bowyn Morgan. Morgan has a decorative record of 18 wins, 8 by knockout in his 19 bout career. The 29-year-old Kiwi will host Sebastian in Christchurch on December 15, 2018.

Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship: Fijiana to meet Samoa in final

DEFENDING champions Fiji and Samoa will meet to determine the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship 2018 winners on Saturday after both enjoyed emphatic victories over Papua New Guinea and Tonga respectively in the second round of matches on Tuesday as reported by World Rugby. Hosts, The Fiji airways Fijiana ran out 96-0 winners over Papua New...

21st November

Ryan bets on Fiji to cause 2019 RWC upset

OLYMPICS 7s winning coach Ben Ryan gave the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians his nod of approval after last Saturday’s 7-68 thrashing of Uruguay in Hartpury near Gloucester. “Out of everybody outside the top nations that are looking to cause an upset at next year’s Rugby World Cup, Fiji looks like they have the best chance...

2018 Sukuna Bowl: Ratu advances into boxing final

PAULIASI Ratu is through to the final of the 69kg category in boxing of the 2018 Sukuna Bowl competition. Ratu representing Police defeated another Police opponent Semi Mosese. The referee stopped the bout in the 2nd round awarding the match to Ratu. Exhibition matches and finals will be held this evening at the Queen Elizabeth...

Basketball Fiji present their itatau

YOU are Fiji’s ambassadors on and off the field, you represent the country and your families and I don’t have any doubt that you will represent your country well. Jioji Konrote said this while receiving the Basketball Fiji today as they presented their ‘i tatau’ at the State House. President Konrote reminded the team of...

Renowned boxing trainer helps Hill

LEGENDARY boxing trainer Johnny Lewis landed a helping hand to Fijian amateur boxing welterweight champion Winston Hill in his preparation for the upcoming Fiji Nationals and Pacific Games, Oceania and World Championship next year. The 74 year old Australian boxing trainer has trained six world champions like Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Harding, Gairy St...

2018 Pacific Cup football tournament kicks off today

THE Rams Cleaning Services 2018 Pacific Cup football tournament kicks off in Australia today. In the first match at 8pm (FT) Melbourne takes on Auckland, Western Sydney plays Rewa at 9:15pm, Nadi battles USA All Stars at 10.30pm while Sydney All Stars plays Lautoka at 11.45pm. Fiji’s Suva is bye on day one of the...

Cricket Fiji focus on 2020 women’s world competition

CRICKET Fiji will begin its preparations for the upcoming 2020 Women’s World T20 Qualifiers next year. The Women’s Elite Player League will kick-start in Lautoka and will see the country’s top female cricketers compete in a three-day tournament in Lautoka and Suva before shifting focus to the Women’s National League in December. Following the two...

Sau charm – Hat trick delight on test debut

FIJI 7s star Eroni Sau enjoyed a hat-trick of tries on his Test debut as the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians demolished Uruguay 68-7 at Hartpury College near Gloucester on Sunday. Also chipping in with three tries and strong all-round play was No.8 Peceli Yato as part of a 10-try haul in front of an encouraging...

Lautoka sings the Blues

THE Lautoka football team received a boost ahead of the Pacific Cup with the kind sponsors of Jack’s Fiji in Nadi yesterday. The Blues were handed three sets of playing kits and also fostered a new partnership with Jack’s Fiji – the main supplier of the Qaqa uniform. Jack’s of Fiji marketing officer Biu Tadranu...

Police officers eye boxing dominance

THE gloves were on as the annual Sukuna Bowl boxing program began yesterday at Tuvasu Hall at Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua. “It is a contest that always brings the best out of the two forces in one of the most intense engagements of the competition, second to the Sukuna Bowl challenge itself,” said Police...

Army dominates Sukuna Bowl netball and volleyball tournaments

IT was a day of fun and tough competition for the two security forces in the start of the 67th Sukuna Bowl Challenge at the National Netball Centre in Suva. For netball Police won the title in the service women category while Army won in the wives veteran category. The Army team dominated in the...

New caps likely for Dubai

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s squad is expected to have some new faces for the start of the 2018-2019 World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. In the 18-member training squad, seven new players continue to impress coach Gareth Baber. They are Napolioni Ratu, Filimoni Botitu, Ilikena Vuduolo and Beniamino Vota. Veterans Kalione Nasoko, Jerry Tuwai,...

Fijiana in top form, forces clash

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana XVs team thumped Papua New Guinea 96-0 in the Oceania Women’s Rugby 15s Championship at Lautoka’s Churchill Park yesterday. The Fijians were unstoppable and proved too strong for the visitors to record their second win of the competition. The side also demonlished Tonga 56-0 in its opening game and will face...

Actor Ligairi inspires youths

DANIEL Ligairi Badham has bought to Fiji over 157 kilograms worth of training gear to help develop rugby in Fiji. Badham is the son of former Special Air Service (SAS) veteran Colonel Ilisoni Ligairi and has been hosting rugby clinics for youths and rugby enthusiasts all over Fiji. After reconnecting with his father Badham now...

Western Division earmarked for major football tournaments: Fiji FA

TWO major football tournaments will be held in the Western Division next year. This has been confirmed by Fiji Football Association CEO Mohammed Yusuf who said Ba and Lautoka would host either the Vodafone Fiji FACT or the Courts Inter District Championship. Yusuf, however, said that that depended on whether or not Govind Park would...

Tonga hopeful of joining World Rugby Council

TONGA remains hopeful of one day joining neighbours Samoa and Fiji on the World Rugby Council. The Pacific Island nations were unanimously elected onto the Council last week after meeting new governance criteria. The Tonga Rugby Union have their own challenges, with ‘Ikale Tahi players regularly paid late and head coach Toutai Kefu earlier this...

Football districts warned to hold local leagues next year

ALL districts have been warned by the Fiji Football Association to ensure their local league competitions take place next year. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said all senior districts would have to complete at least three rounds of matches before the senior league begin next year. He said the premier districts would need...

PNG Palais 15s feeling prepared for Fijiana test

AFTER falling just short of a shock victory against Samoa, Papua New Guinea believe an extra few days preparation will give them a real chance at beating Fiji in the second round of the Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship this afternoon. PNG opened the scoring and were leading the Manu Sina at half-time but three yellow...

Sharks release NRL star Valentine Holmes to pursue NFL dream

(TVNZ) – Cronulla have granted Valentine Holmes a release from his NRL contract so the representative ace can pursue a career in the NFL. The Sharks released a statement today saying under the terms of the release Holmes will not be permitted to play for any other NRL club in 2019 should his American plans...

‘Lucky’ Sam Cane grateful for progress after breaking neck, targeting May return

(TVNZ) – All Blacks flanker Sam Cane has opened up about his frightening neck injury, suffering a fracture against South Africa in Pretoria last month, saying he’s targeting a return in May 2019. Cane, 26, came off in the first half of the All Blacks’ 32-30 win, and it was later revealed that he’d suffered a...

All Blacks ‘paid for their lack of another plan’ – British rugby scribe sticks boot into Steve Hansen’s side

(TVNZ) – European rugby writer and famed All Blacks critic Stephen Jones hasn’t waited long to stick the boot into Steve Hansen’s side, in the wake of yesterday’s 16-9 defeat to Ireland in Dublin. In an inspired performance from Joe Schmidt’s Ireland, the All Blacks were made to look ordinary, kept try-less for the first...

All Blacks flanker Ardie Savea ‘refocused’ for Italy Test, still ‘sore’ after Ireland loss

(TVNZ) – The All Blacks are still feeling the hurt after losing to Ireland 16-9 last Sunday in Dublin, but flanker Ardie Savea says his side are have shifted their focus to the next task at hand – Italy. The 25-year-old told media during a press conference in Rome today that his body is still...

Sheikh Ahmad steps aside as IOC member pending outcome of Ethics Commission hearing

LAUSANNE, 20 NOVEMBER 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has stepped aside temporarily from his roles and responsibilities as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member and chairman of the Olympic Solidarity Commission, pending the outcome of an IOC Ethics Commission hearing over the alleged forging of videos. It comes with the official...

20th November

IOC warns Taiwan name-change could cost country right to compete at Tokyo 2020

TAIPEI, 20 NOVEMBER 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has warned Taiwan could lose its right to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games if a referendum seeking to change its name for the event passes. Taiwan is due to vote on Saturday (November 24) on whether the island should compete...

Manu Samoa left to rue untimely injuries

APIA, 20 NOVEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – Injuries and concussion conspired to thwart the Manu Samoa rugby team’s hopes of a first victory in Georgia. The tourists led 19-3 just before the interval in Tbilisi, following tries from Filo Paulo, JJ Taulagi and Ahsee Tuala, but failed to scored in the second spell as the...

OFC Women’s Nations Cup: Positive start for Fiji, New Zealand

NOUMEA (OFC) – Fiji snatched their first win in Group B of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup with a 3-0 victory against Cook Islands this evening at Stade Numa Daly in Noumea. Meanwhile New Zealand showed they will be leaving nothing to chance, seeing off Tonga in determined fashion with an 11-0 win. Heading into...

Fiji Bati residents introduced to yoga for post-game recovery

FIJI Bati residents have taken a different step into injury prevention and recovery post-games by yoga sessions conducted by Nadi-based Ashtanga Yoga Team manager Chris Tomlinson said yoga was a popular recovery method for rugby. “Yoga is increasing in popularity with all the rugby codes and it is something I was keen to introduce during...

2018 Sukuna Bowl: Gloves on at annual boxing program

THE gloves were on as the annual Sukuna Bowl boxing program began today at Tuvasu Hall, Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua. “It is a contest that always brings the best out of the two forces in one of the most intense engagements of the competition, second to the Sukuna Bowl challenge itself,” said Police team...

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