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26th May

Jasa Veremalua breaks the line of defence during the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team training at the Leichhardt Oval ground in Sydney, Australia on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Olympian Veremalua highlights importance of teamwork

OLYMPIC gold medalist Jasa Veremalua highlights the importance of teamwork as a benefiting factor for the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team to the London ,7s tournament that kicks-off this today. The former Fiji 7s rep...

HSBC London 7s: Fiji qualifies for 2020 Olympics

FIJI beat France 31-10 to qualify for the HSBC London 7s quarterfinals but it was also enough to get them a ticket to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Our national men’s sevens rugby team was the second team to qualify after series leader USA secured their ticket earlier after beating Wales. Congratulations to @fijirugby who...

25th May

Skipper Cup: Suva edges Naitasiri 42-38, remain undefeated

QAQA Suva survived a late comeback from Naitasiri to win  42-38 and remain undefeated during their Skipper Cup match at Suva Grammar School grounds this afternoon. Suva coach Solo Nute commended his team for a gallant effort. “With plenty young players putting up their hand, I thank the boys for their victory and showing they...

Western Force remain unbeaten after defeating Latui, 27-15

THE Western Force remain unbeaten after a hard fought 12 point win 27-15, over Swire Shipping Fijian Latui in Lautoka this afternoon. Both sides scoring three tries apiece but the boot of AJ Alatimu proving the difference. The Western Force took a handy lead into the half-time break scoring two tries to one against Fijian...

London 7s: Baber opts for experience for final 12

FIJI 7s coach GarethBaber has opted to  go with experience naming a  seasoned 12 member squad to fly the colours at the HSBC World  Rugby Sevens  Series  London 7s which  kicks off today. Waisea Nacuqu returns into  the squad and will marshal the backline together with Jerry Tuwai who missed the Singapore 7s last month....

Baber happy with Fiji team depth

COACH Gareth Baber has said the inclusion of Jerry Tuwai, Waisea Nacuqu and Livai Ikanikoda have provided him an added depth to their play especially in filling the positions of halfback and playmaker. Baber said in the absence of Amenoni Nasilasila and Vatemo Ravouvou the three have stood up and showed their capability in filling...

Experience is the key

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber is banking on the experience in his side to lead the way when the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series London 7s kicks off today. Baber said after a positive season and now at the business end, experience would be the key to ending the season on a high...

Fiji’s top player makes semi-final

FIJI men’s number one William O’Connell showed his class at the Denarau Golf Racquet Club courts in Nadi yesterday to qualify for the semi-finals of the Fiji Tattsloto Fiji Open Championship. O’Connell downed Alexandre Blasco in straight sets during the men’s singles quarter-final. He won 6-3, 6-1. Top seed and defending champion Thomas Perrin proved...

Hong Kong downs Fijiana XV

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana XV went down 29-10 to Hong Kong in the first match of the Asia Pacific Tri Nations Championship at Churchill Park in Lautoka last evening. After a tight first half contest, the Fijian lost concentration from the restart which Hong Kong captalised on scoring three quick tries within 15 minutes. Fitness...

Lomani returns

ROBUST scrum half Frank Lomani will boost the Swire Shipping Fijian Latui team against the Western Force in the Global Rapid Rugby Pacific Showcase Series at Churchill Park in Lautoka this afternoon. Lomani, who is the GRR Pacific Showcase marquee player, has recovered from a shoulder injury he sustained playing for Naitasiri in the Skipper...

Stage set for 7s showdown

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team has completed their preparations and are looking forward to the opening match tonight in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series London 7s against Kenya. Coach Gareth Baber, who joined the team in London on Tuesday after his trip was delayed because of sickness, said he was happy with how...

Inaugural Radradra 7s generate interests among local clubs

THE inaugural Radradra 7s tournament is now a case of interest for many local clubs as the organisers confirmed the presence of some renowned players who will be part of the three-day tournament on Taveuni, Vanua Levu, next month. The number of teams in the men’s division has increased from 32 to 40 earlier this...

Fiji Airways 7s player Waisea Nacuqu tests his strength during training at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

London 7s: Nacuqu’s return provides variety of options

THE return of Fiji Airways Fiji 7s playmaker Waisea Nacuqu with Jerry Tuwai and Livai Ikanikoda has provided Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber a variety of options for the playmaker and halfback positions ahead of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series London 7s tournament. Baber said in the absence of Amenoni Nasilasila and Vatemo Ravouvou,...

ITV signs four-year deal to make FA Cup games free-to-air from 2021

(Reuters) – British broadcaster ITV has signed a new four-year deal with the English Football Association (FA) that will make FA Cup matches entirely free-to-air to viewers from the 2021-22 season. ITV, which will share coverage with the BBC, will air more than 20 matches each season during the period and the deal includes live...

After year of shame, stars align for Australia’s title defence

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Following one of Australian cricket’s most humbling years, the stars have aligned for the World Cup champions and Aaron Finch’s team head to England with the form and personnel to mount a successful title defence. After having lost every one-day series in a woeful two-year period dating back to January 2017, Australia...

England dream of ending 44 years of World Cup hurt

New Delhi (Reuters) – England’s relationship with the Cricket World Cup has been one of frustration, disappointment and even embarrassment but they host this year’s tournament as the top-ranked 50-over team and favourites to lift the trophy for the first time. From hosting the first three tournaments and reaching the final in 1979, 1987 and...

Ronaldo heads Portugal squad for Nations League

LISBON (Reuters) – Hosts Portugal named their squad for next month’s inaugural Nations League finals on Thursday with Cristiano Ronaldo heading the bill and an inclusion for Benfica teenager Joao Felix. Portugal will kick off the new competition with a semi-final against Switzerland in Porto on June 5, with the winners playing either England or...

24th May

Tokyo 2020 organisers welcome IOC boxing decision

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo 2020 organisers welcomed on Thursday the International Olympic Committee’s recommendation to include boxing at next year’s Games. The IOC executive board recommended on Wednesday that boxing should keep its place at the Tokyo Games but recognition of AIBA, the governing body of the sport’s amateur version, should be suspended. The recommendations...

Premier League to discuss racism with Man City’s Sterling

(Reuters) – The Premier League will welcome discussions with Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and other players to tackle racism in the game, the league said on Thursday. Sterling, 24, who is leading the fight against racism in soccer, said on Tuesday that he hoped to speak to officials at England’s Football Association and the...

Argentina name nine professionals in women’s World Cup squad

(Reuters) – Argentina announced its squad for the women’s World Cup on Wednesday, with coach Carlos Borrello calling up nine professional players and drafting in the rest from the country’s domestic amateur league. Argentina does not have a professional women’s league of its own but several players, including forward Sole Jaimes, veteran midfielder Mariela Coronel...

Relaxed Japan hoping to peak at women’s World Cup

TOKYO (Reuters) – A fun and relaxed atmosphere prevailed at Japan’s training camp on Wednesday as Asako Takakura’s team began their final preparations for the women’s World Cup in France. The “Nadeshiko” head to France on Monday hoping to reach their third consecutive final of the tournament they won in 2011. Takakura is keen to...

Carlsberg extends sponsorship deal with Liverpool FC

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Danish brewer Carlsberg said on Thursday it had agreed with Liverpool FC to extend its sponsorship deal with the soccer club until the 2023-24 season, marking the longest running partnership in England’s Premier League. Liverpool, which ended second behind Manchester City in the domestic English league this season and will play Tottenham...

World Cup will be won and lost in middle overs – Bichel

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – With quality bowling attacks, Australia and India may have the edge at the World Cup in England where fortunes are likely to be made or marred in the middle overs, former Australia paceman Andy Bichel has said. England’s home series against Pakistan provided a glimpse of what to expect, with the...

Fiji Bati selects strong Fiji Residents squad

VODAFONE Fiji Bati coach Brandon Costin has selected a strong Fiji Residents squad to take on the Mate Mae Tonga development side next month in a three test series here at home. Twenty-five local players have been selected after strong performances during the Vodafone Cup competition. “We do believe that series will be key to...

QVS and Cuvu College sponsored $6k worth of uniform

A TOTAL of $6000 worth of new jerseys were given to Queen Victoria School and Cuvu College ahead of the Fiji Secondary School Deans competition next week. Sponsored by Capital Insurance and done by ICON Sporting apparel, the two schools were overjoyed to receive their new set of uniforms. Capital Insurance acting CEO Paula Ralulu...

New buses handed over to FRU to ease expenses

THE city of Guangzhou in the province of Guangdong, China, provided a 50 seater and 30-seater bus worth more than $500,000 to the Fiji Rugby Union. Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O’Connor said the hiring of buses to transport players were one of the major expenses for the federation and the donation was one step...

Team Chandra rules Ba Ambrose event

TEAM Chandra with the combination of Jamie and Vikrant took out the Property Destinations (Fiji)-sponsored the 18 holes two-player Ambrose event at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai course in Ba. The Chandra’s scored seven under par. Abdul Jalal and Asish Kumar were second with six under par while Rajen Singh and Darshal Kumar finished third...

Members of the Fiji Pearls netball side at the Nadi International Airport yesterday before flying to New Zealand. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Boost for Fiji Pearls

FORMER Silver Ferns analyst Dr Bobby Willcox has joined the Fiji Pearls ahead of the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England. Coach Vicki Wilson said Dr Bobby Willcox contribution to the team had boosted the morale of the girls. “We have tremendous growth this year because we’ve got onboard now our performance analyst Dr Bobby...

O’Connor to clear information

FIJI Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor has confirmed they will release a statement in regards to the alleged dismissal of Flying Fijians defence coach Peter Ryan. Ryan a former ACT Brumbies contact coach and currently Queensland Reds defensive coach announced on social media platform that he would no longer be working with FRU...

McKee wants better performance

FIJI Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee expects the Swire Shipping Fijian Latui players to step up against the Western Force in the second match of the Global Rapid Rugby Pacific Showcase Series at Churchill Park in Lautoka tomorrow. McKee expressed disappointment with the performance of the Fijian Latui in their come from behind 38-32...

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