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‘Be clinical’: It should be another step up against Australia – Tuqiri

Dual rugby international Lote Tuqiri says the Flying Fijians should be clinical if they want to stop Australia A in the second round of the 2022 Pacific Nations Cup this weekend. The Vern Cotter-coached Fijians...

4th July

Cotter eyes ‘better control’ – Fijians brace for wounded Aussies

Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter is not resting on his laurels after thrashing Tonga 36-0 in the start of the World Rugby-sanctioned 2022 Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday. Australia A, which lost 26-31 to Manu Samoa at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva, will be a wounded pack looking for redemption this weekend in...

Labasa holds Rewa

Rewa football team coach Marika Rodu is calling for fair control from referees in the Digicel Premier League competition. The former national rep claimed some decisions made by the referee yesterday in their match against Labasa affected how they played. Rewa and Labasa drew 0-0. Rodu said the referee was not fair in his decisions...

Nasinu, Tailevu Naitasiri in a 1-all draw duel

Nasinu and Tailevu Naitasiri will need to pull up their socks if they want to continue playing in the Digicel Premier League next year. They drew nil-all in the 11th round of the competition at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday. Tailevu Naitasiri coach Nigel Khan said they could have won the match. “They gave...

Ba thrashes Suva

Ba thrashed Suva 3-0 in the 11th round of the Digicel Premier League at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday. The ‘Men In Black’ were unstoppable as they took every opportunity in defending their territory. Ba scored the first goal by Saula Waqa after a rebound from Savenaca Nakalevu to give Waqa the opportunity to...

Ratuniyarawa inks new deal

Flying Fijians lock Api Ratuniyarawa is ready to join his London Irish club next season. Ratuniyarawa is part of the Vodafone Flying Fijians team participating at the Pacific Nations Cup 2022. He came off the bench during the Vern Cotter-coached side’s 36-0 thrashing of the Ikale Tahi Tonga at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva...

Exposure good for the islands

Tongan coach Toutai Kefu said he was impressed with the latest additions into the Super Rugby competition, the Moana Pasifika and the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua team. The former Wallaby sang praises of the Fijian Drua which proved critics wrong in their first season. “I was really impressed with the Drua,” Kefu said. “They played...

Doge rates young guns

Vodafone Flying Fijians prop Mesake Doge believes the inclusion of the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua team in the Super Rugby Pacific competition is a breath of fresh air for Fijian rugby. Doge, who is now considered a veteran among Fijian rugby props, said it was good to be home and among some young and rising...

Nagasau, Tuwai get new role

Olympians Seremaia ‘Jerry’ Tuwai and Rusila Nagasau have been appointed as ambassadors of the Get Into Rugby Plus program. This was announced by the Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor last week. “It would be hard to find two better role models than Rusila and Jerry for a program like Get Into Rugby...

Tailevu uplifts brand

The Tailevu Rugby Union marketing team signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Fexco Fiji Ltd last week to try and improve the union. TRU marketing president Ratu Filimoni Cakobau said the idea was to promote Tailevu rugby as a brand. “Being a former player, we know why this is important because you playing for...

U20 sets target

The Fiji national under-20 side will have to dig deep going into their second match tomorrow night against the Australia under-20 side at Sunshine Coast Stadium Field 1 in Brisbane at 6pm in the U20 Oceania Rugby Championship. The Ifereimi Rawaqa-coached side suffered a major setback on Friday losing 74-5 to a well-developed New Zealand...

Tourney a success

Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League president Naisa Cama has praised the standard of competition shown by schools in the annual Vodafone Cup competition. He made the comment after the grand finals on Saturday at Ratu Cakobau Park at Nausori. “This shows that our long term development plan has come to fruition because it has been...

Knights rule school league

Queen Victoria School under-15 players celebrated at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori with tears after winning the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League U15 final on Saturday. The lads from Vulinituraga beat Nasinu Secondary School Panthers 28-6. Victoria Knights coach Isireli Mataitoga said they were determined to win. “This is our youngest team filled with boys...

Rova: Event a platform to find young and raw talented swimmers

Fiji Swimming is heading into calmer waters after the fall of seven records during the National Schools Swimming Championship at the Suva Olympic Pool on the weekend. Fiji Swimming is happy with the result, saying more talented swimmers are expected to be unearthed in the near future. FS president Ben Rova said the event was...

3rd July

Nadroga retains Farebrother Trophy

The Nadroga rugby side has successfully defended the Innk Farebrother Trophy after defeating Rewa 20-10 Lawaqa Park yesterday. It was an intense affair which saw Nadroga come out strongly and holding on with a stubborn defence towards the end. Nadroga fullback Jack Volavola had a busy afternoon as he kicked the first points from a...

Naitasiri wins at home

It was a close battle between the Naitasiri rugby team and Tailevu at Naluwai ground in Naitasiri yesterday. The home side won the physical encounter 29-23.Fijian Drua lock Chris Minimbi played for the Naitasiri team and flyhalf Alifereti Veitokani wore the number 10 jersey for Tailevu. Naitasiri manager Maciu Koroi thanked the players for fighting...

QVS makes history

Queen Victoria School created history yesterday by winning all the Fiji secondary schools rugby league grade finals at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday. The boys from Vulinituraga scooped the under-15 title beating Nasinu Panthers 28-6. In the U17 grade, they beat Marist Brothers High school 20-18 and scooped the top title of the competition,...

Munro Leys Namosi Marathon 2022: Mataivalu savours race opportunity

The Namosi Marathon had a different setting in terms of how it was organised. A good example was the finish line at the compound of Navunikabi villager Paula Mataivalu. Mataivalu said this was the second time for him to host the event’s finishing stage. “I am proud to do that,” he said. “In 2020 it...

Munro Leys Namosi Marathon 2022: Barefoot runner wins marathon

Christopher Iowane stormed down the last 50 metres at a frantic pace to win the 10 kilometres race in the Namosi Marathon yesterday. It was when he crossed the finish line that spectators realised he was not wearing any running shoes. It came as a shock to many as the tracks and route at the...

Munro Leys Namosi Marathon 2022: Students’ experience

It was a great experience for nine athletes of Xavier College who took part at the Namosi Marathon yesterday. The team, preparing for the Coca-Cola Games next month, had the opportunity to test their skills on the higlands of Namosi. Team coach Krishneel Singh said it was always great to run on the hills. “For...

Nadi’s Mudunasoko sets swimming record

Kelera Mudunasoko set a record by being the youngest athlete in the Fiji Swimming squad for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England. The Year 10 student of Swami Vivekananda College in Nadi was on fire this weekend during the 2022 National Schools Swimming Championships at the Olympic Pool in Suva. Originally from Lakeba, Lau, with...

Test for students

The National Schools Swimming Championships was filled with loud cheers from the huge crowd that turned up at the Olympic Pool in Suva while swimmers battled it out in the hot Saturday sun at the Capital City. Meet director Patrick Bower said the competition was a good test for swimmers who qualified for the Commonwealth...

Mapusua proud of players’ performance

Manu Samoa head coach Vaovasamanaia Seilala Mapusua said he was proud of his players’ performance against Australian A in what was a quick game of exchange of tries at the HFC Bank Stadium yesterday. After beating Australia A 31-26 in the start of the 2022 Pacific Nations Cup, the former rugby international said he knew...

Samoans contain Australians in opener

Manu Samoa came out victorious in a thrilling match against Australian A at the HFC Bank Stadium at Laucala Bay, Suva, yesterday. Fans turned up in numbers to pack the stands and embankments before the match started at 1pm in what became a bone-crushing game in the 2022 Pacific Nations Cup opener. Manu Samoa took...

Folau suffers injury

Injury is part of a sport, says Isileli (Israel) Folau. The former Australian rugby star was taken off the field in his Ikale Tahi Tonga side’s 0-36 loss to the Vodafone Flying Fijians at the HFC Bank Stadium at Laucala Bay, Suva, yesterday. “Obviously unfortunate with a hamstring injury, but like I said, it happens...

Feel ‘unreal’ – Folau describes first tournament in Fiji

“The feeling was unreal.” Those were the words of Ikale Tahi Tonga winger Isileli (Israel) Folau as he described the opening matches of the Pacific Nations Cup 2022. With much rugby entertainment, the players lived up to expectation in producing world-class display in Suva yesterday. The newly named HFC Bank Stadium, formerly called ANZ Stadium,...

Coach, skipper react

The outcome of the first Pacific Nations Cup game for the Vodafone Flying Fijians received mixed reactions from coach Vern Cotter and skipper Waisea Nayacalevu. The home side defeated Ikale Tahi Tonga 36-0 in the first round of the PNC competition yesterday. Cotter said the objective was to win. “We’re happy with a win,” Cotter...

Folau’s test return short-lived as Fiji blank Tonga 36-0

Israel Folau’s return to international rugby lasted only half an hour as his Tonga team were thrashed 36-0 by a clinical Fiji in their Pacific Nations Cup opener in Suva on Saturday. The former Wallabies outside back was playing his first test since he was sacked by Rugby Australia in 2019 for social media posts...

2nd July

Yasawa edge Bua in semi-final match

The undefeated Cakaunitabua (Bua) rugby players fought back tears as the team lost for the first time in this year’s Vodafone Vanua Cup Challenge bowing out with a 21-20 semi-final score against Yasawa. Bua coach Epeli Kalou thanked his boys for a terrific season. “We’ve played our best and we thank God for his protection...

Clean sweep for QVS at the FSSRL finals

The Fiji Secondary School Rugby League finals concluded this afternoon with Queen Victoria School winning all their grades. The U19 grade defeated Ba Provincial Dragon 28-14, the U17 grade beat Marist Brothers High School Stormers 20-18, while  the QVS Knights won the U15 final against Nasinu Secondary School Panthers. Principal Ratu Josefa Gavidi said hats...

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