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Tuwai turns down US offer for Japan Olympic Games bid

Fiji 7s virtuoso Jerry Tuwai is putting his country above everything else in his bid to bring back the Olympic Games rugby sevens gold medal in Japan next year. “The aim is to get my...

Nasinu inks 5-year rugby deal

Nasinu Rugby Football Union president Paula Biu said its new five-year sponsorship deal had only furthered the union’s strides to expose untapped talent within Nasinu. After supporting Nasinu Rugby for the past three years, Ram Sami Ltd last week continued its partnership until 2025. “The union has progressed so much in the past three years...

Nabua thumps Lomaiviti

The Nabua Maroons beat Lomaiviti Green 20-3 to claim the inaugural Rauluni Challenge Trophy during the the Digicel Escott Shield round seven at Bidesi ground over the weekend. Suva Rugby Union secretary Tevita Tuiloa said it was a move by the union to commemorate former greats of rugby such as the Rauluni brothers and to...

Maroons savour win

An emotional moment for the Western State Maroons women’s team clinching game one of the Pherrus Vanua State of Origin beating the Eastern State Blues by 12-4 at the ANZ Stadium on the weekend. “We created history and I could never be prouder of the girls,” said Western State Maroons manager Nanise Tuqiri. “To come...

Gray calls for improvement

The chairman of the Western Maroons State rugby league team for the Vanua State of Origin Series vented his frustrations at the Fiji National Rugby League for what he claims as lack of appropriate medical personnel at the ground during the match. Joe Gray claimed players’ safety during the Pherrus Vanua Origin match one at...

Special kids day out

Special Olympics Fiji hosted its first event of the year after a post COVID-19 tournament with their Traditional and Unified Netball and Football tournament at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva yesterday. Hosting 14 teams from around the country, Special Olympics Fiji football coordinator Nischal Karan said winning was not key at this year’s tournament, but...

Marist 7s: Viriviri, Nacuqu amongst big names for Police Blue title defence

Olympian Samisoni Viriviri and Fiji 7s utility Waisea Nacuqu will be among some big names for the Police Blue side that will defend its Marist 7s title this weekend. The duo will be playing alongside Risiate Matai, Livai Ikanikoda, Kitione Taliga, Keponi Paul, Terio Tamani, Manueli Laqai, and Suliasi Volivoli to name a few. Meanwhile...

Lauren Bruce nails national record in hammer, closes in on Olympics spot

It takes a lot to impress athletics super coach Dale Stevenson who tracks the progress of Kiwi shot put great Tom Walsh on a daily basis. But Lauren Bruce achieved that in a performance that puts the young Cantab within touching distance of the Tokyo Olympics. Bruce produced the standout showing of Athletics New Zealand’s...

Silver Ferns’ Constellation Cup series postponed

Netball’s Constellation Cup has been postponed until next year, but a Silver Ferns’ home series against England could be on the cards for November. Netball New Zealand and Netball Australia have made a joint decision to postpone this year’s Constellation Cup due to several factors including Covid-19 requirements and player welfare. The Silver Ferns will...

Fijian players included in Sevens Series ‘Dream Team’

Three Fijian born players have been selected in the World Sevens Series ‘Dream Team’ for the truncated 2019/20 season. Fiji internationals Napolioni Bolaca and Aminiasi Tuimaba were joined in star-studden men’s line-up by Fiji born Tavite Veredamu, who impressive season with France. Bolaca was the top point-scorer on the global circuit last season while Tuimaba...

Kuridrani joins force

Tevita Kuridrani, who has been a mainstay at No. 13 since 2013, isn’t in Dane Rennie’s squad for the first Bledisloe Cup clash trip to New Zealand. But Kuridrani made a move of his own on Monday, leaving the Brumbies for the Force. “This is a top-class signing that further bolsters our midfield,” Force head...

All Blacks a step closer to international rugby return

The return of international rugby in New Zealand took a step closer on Monday with the All Blacks squad assembling for a training camp as the government relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. The All Blacks play Australia in two Bledisloe Cup matches in Wellington on October 11th and in Auckland the following week, the first rugby tests...

Halep to meet Pliskova in Italian Open title clash

ROME (Reuters) – Top seed Simona Halep overcame Spaniard Garbine Muguruza 6-3 4-6 6-4 on Sunday to reach the Italian Open final and stay on course for her third straight WTA title. Halep, who skipped the U.S. Open amid the COVID-19 pandemic, won the Dubai title before the Tour was suspended and lifted the Prague...

Leicester go top, Liverpool claim second win as goals fly in

LONDON (Reuters) – Champions Liverpool and Leicester City maintained their winning starts to the Premier League on Sunday as the second weekend of the new season produced a goal-rush. Sadio Mane scored twice just after the break to give Liverpool a 2-0 victory at Chelsea who played half the game with 10 men after Danish...

Pirlo enjoys winning start to coaching career as Juve thump Sampdoria

TURIN, Italy (Reuters) – Andrea Pirlo got his coaching career off to a winning start as his Juventus side began their quest for a 10th successive Serie A title with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday. Dejan Kulusevski, signed from Atalanta, scored on his debut in the 13th minute with only his sixth touch...

Rusty Real Madrid draw La Liga opener with Sociedad

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (Reuters) – Real Madrid had an underwhelming return to La Liga as they could only draw 0-0 away to Real Sociedad on Sunday in the first game of their title defence. The champions looked rusty and particularly toothless up front, barely creating any chances of note in either half as Karim Benzema...

21st September

Irish rugby chief sounds warning over future of sport unless fans return

DUBLIN, 21 SEPTEMBER 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) chief executive Philip Browne has warned the “very existence of professional rugby” is under threat unless fans can return to stadiums. Browne outlined a bleak future for the sport in an appearance in front of an Irish Parliamentary COVID-19 response committee, where...

Five players out of French Open qualifying due to COVID-19

(Reuters) – Five players have been withdrawn from the French Open qualifying tournament after two players and a coach tested positive for COVID-19, organisers have said. The qualifiers will begin later on Monday, with the main draw set to commence on Sept. 27. “The Roland Garros tournament directors can confirm that two players competing in...

Pillay reigns

Sheraton bowler Kushal Pillay is keen to win a medal for Fiji at the next World Singles Champion of Champions after claiming the Masters Singles Championship title for the third year in a row. Pillay made a three peat after defeating fellow Sheraton teammate Rajnesh Prasad 21-7 in the final of the First Pacific Investment...

Promoter plans big show

The Kiran Boxing Promotions plans to stage four programs in the country next year which will feature local and overseas boxers. KBP launched its lone program for this year in Nadi last week which is set to take place at Prince Charles Park on November 28. It will feature Jese Ravudi and Ronald Naidu battling...

Nadi beats Nasinu

The Nadi football team changed its pace in the second-half to beat Nasinu 3-1 in the Vodafone Premier League fixture at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. The Kamal Swamy-coached side scored its first goal through Rusiate Matarerega in the 40th minute to lead Nasinu 1-0 at the break. Both sides came back strongly in...

Football lesson for Navua team

The Suva football team played smart football to outclass Navua 4-1 during the Vodafone Premier League fixture at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. The Capital City side had an experienced pack that held off the Navua forwards from their multiple attempts at the goalmouth. Remueru Tekiate scored Suva’s first goal in the first-half from a free...

Lautoka tames Ba

Lautoka football team goalkeeper Joela Biuvanua put on a man of the match performance to help his side secure a scoreless draw against defending champions Ba in the Vodafone Premier League at the Fiji Football Academy ground in Namosau, Ba yesterday. Biuvanua showed his class blocking a penalty and saved few attempts to save the...

Ingles determined to end Australia’s basketball medal drought with Tokyo 2020 gold

SYDNEY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – The pursuit of Tokyo 2020 success has taken Australia’s basketball team to the “next level”, according to guard Joe Ingles. The Boomers have yet to reach the podium at a World Cup or Olympic Games but have come within touching distance in recent years. Australia fell agonisingly...

‘It is what it is’: Wolff settles for second after charmed U.S. Open run

MAMARONECK, N.Y. (Reuters) – American Matthew Wolff’s howl was reduced to a whimper in the final round of the U.S. Open on Sunday, as his charmed run for a maiden major golf title came up short. Locked in a two-man race with hard-hitting Bryson DeChambeau in his first-ever U.S. Open, the 21-year-old couldn’t match his...

Barbarian Brothers to focus on talent display at Marist 7s

The star-studded Barbarian Brothers 7s team will focus on showcasing talent at this year’s Fiji Bitter Marist 7s. Led by Fiji 7s star Jerry Tuwai, he says the mission will be to expose some of the best players on offer in the abbreviated code. “There are a lot of players out there who don’t have...

2020 Police Ratu Sukuna Bowl football squad named

A strong 28-member Police squad for the 2020 Ratu Sukuna Bowl football competition in November has been named. The Police football team is the defending champions of the Ratu Sukuna Bowl football competition. The side came from a goal down to win 3-1 against Army. The dates for the annual Ratu Sukuna Bowl competitions will...

Netball World Youth Cup in Fiji moved to December 2021

SUVA, 21 SEPTEMBER 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – The Netball World Youth Cup has been moved to December 2021, the International Netball Federation (INF) has announced. Fiji is due to host the event, which was originally planned for June of next year. It was postponed in July over COVID-19 concerns. Exact start and finish dates...

DeChambeau wins US Open by six shots

A bulked-up Bryson DeChambeau bashed his way to a six-shot U.S. Open victory, silencing any lingering questions as to whether his brawny game could translate to the major stage. World number nine DeChambeau, who began the day two shots back of U.S. Open debutant Matthew Wolff, used a mix of jaw-dropping drives and clutch putts...

NRL star Curtis Scott to sue Australian police for more than A$100k over ‘unlawful’ arrest

Curtis Scott is set to sue the NSW Police for more than A$100,000 (NZ$108,000) in damages after being wrongfully arrested on Australia Day weekend. The Raiders centre was charged with seven offences, including assaulting two police officers, after falling asleep in Moore Park following a night out at the Ivy nightclub. The charges, however, were...

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