Rugby

16th January

Baselala works towards dream; believes nothing is impossible with faith in God

“Nothing is impossible when you believe in God and yourself to achieve your dream.” Those were the words of 17-year-old Philip Baselala who hails from Solotavui, Kadavu. “I am blessed to be given the opportunity...

Sevens transition: Gollings gets to know players and management

New national coach Ben Gollings has begun his slow transition into the Fiji 7s system. His first assignment was to communicate and share information with the people around him — players and the management team. He said his time with the team was a case of just observing the players as they had their routine...

Malake organisers call off tournament

The inaugural Fiji Bitter Malake 7s tournament scheduled next week in Rakiraki has been postponed to a later date. It becomes the latest casualty of sporting meets to suffer the same fate because of the rising COVID-19 cases in the country. Tournament media and marketing manager James Vunituraga said the event was cancelled because of the new “no...

15th January

Fiji misses out on Malaga 7s in Spain; some players and management test positive for COVID

The Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) has today confirmed that the Fiji Airways Men’s and Women’s teams will not be traveling to Spain for the Malaga 7s tonight as planned after a few players and management staff returned positive results as part of their 72 hours pre-departure compliance requirements tests. FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor...

FNRL release names for pathway program

The Fiji National Rugby League has selected players for phase two of its elite pathway program. The FNRL said players in the Lautoka-Nadi zone are to contact Vela Tawake on telephone number 8071873 or Solo Ratu on 9215017. Sigatoka zone players are to contact Isimeli Kurisavulevu on 9043366 while Suva-Nasinu zone players are to contact...

Moana Pasifika – the pride of the Pacific

The Moana Pasifika rugby team, debutants with the Fijian Drua in the Super Rugby Pacific, is a team packed with Pacific pride when the inaugural season starts next month. Moana Pasifika head coach Aaron Mauger has included Fijian Timoci Tavatavanawai as an outside back alongside his power pack squad of players from Samoa and Tonga....

14th January

Vakurinabili optimistic for better outing in Spain

The Fiji 7s team has learnt its valuable lesson in Dubai and is raring to go in the second leg of the back-to-back HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Spain. Josua Vakurinabili, who captained the side in the first leg, said it was a big learning curve for the young side. “Big effort in the...

Fuli: Tuwai a true leader

For a team to produce positive results, leadership is vital. The Fiji 7s team welcome Jerry Tuwai back in camp to prepare for the next leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Spain later this month. Saiasi Fuli, who took the men’s team to the Dubai leg, says “Tuwai is a true leader”....

Two new names in Fiji men’s squad for Malaga 7s

Two new players are expected to make their debut for the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s side after being named in the travelling squad to Spain. Army half-back Filipo Bukayaro and Tabadamu forward Jiosavani Soro are the two new debutants named in the traveling squad for Spain. “They are two talented and hardworking players and they...

Gollings up for the challenge

Englishman Ben Gollings has been entrusted with the task of head coach of the Fiji 7s men’s team and says it will be tough, but is ready to take on the challenges. The former England playmaker said he knew the role was “not a sprints, it’s more of a marathon and a journey”. “It’s taking...

Cristiano Ronaldo questions the ‘mentality’ of some of his Manchester United team-mates

Cristiano Ronaldo has warned Manchester United’s “nightmare” season will continue unless the players address their attitude problem. The Portuguese forward believes it will be “impossible” to compete if there is not a drastic change in mindset and hinted that some of the younger players needed to respond better to criticism or advice. Ronaldo has been...

New Zealand 7s teams pull out of Spain events

The New Zealand men’s and women’s 7s teams have pulled out of the Spain leg of the World Sevens Series. According to World Rugby this is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as both New Zealand teams are unable to travel to Spain for the Malaga and Seville events and will be replaced by Germany...

13th January

Fuli optimistic about 7s team preparation

Just a little twist on the players’ mental toughness will boost the Fiji 7s team as they prepare for Spain’s leg for the Malaga and Seville 7s tournaments to be held on January 21-23 and January 28-30, respectively. Saiasi Fuli, who is overlooking the welfare of the Fiji men’s 7s team in the absence of...

Gollings excited to lead Fiji 7s

New Fiji 7s head coach Ben Gollings was officially welcomed at the Fiji Rugby Union office today. In addressing the media, the former England 7s coach said it was a great honour for him to get the top job. “I am honoured to be here and to be appointed in this role,” he said. “I’ve...

England rugby international arrested on suspicion of rape

An England international rugby player has been arrested on suspicion of raping a teenage woman. British media outlets say the player, who is believed to be not in Eddie Jones’ current squad but can not be named for legal reasons, was arrested on Sunday (UK time) following reports of an attack at a nightclub in...

Tuwai and Kunatani in camp

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s double Olympian Jerry Tuwai and 2016 Olympian Semi Kunatani are both training with the side. They are part of the 27-member squad who is in camp. Interim coach Saiasi Fuli said Jerry shows true quality of a great leader. “Jerry is always a leader and a true leader, he is a...

12th January

Boyd praises ‘goal kicking’ Flying Fijians hooker

The impact Flying Fijians’ rep Sam Matavesi is having in his Northampton Rugby Club team is making their director of rugby Chris Boyd commending the livewire hooker, Rugbypass reported. Matavesi played a key role in his team’s 44-8 win over Newcastle. Boyd, the report said, is the club’s second best goal kicker behind England rep...

11th January

Bula Gollings: Fiji Rugby Union welcomes new 7s coach

New Fiji 7s head coach Ben Gollings is in the country getting ready for his new role with the double Olympic Games rugby gold medallists. The former England 7s skipper jetted into the country on the weekend and is undergoing quarantine before stepping into his office at the Rugby House in Suva. Fiji Rugby Union...

Tora aims for Fijian colours

Asivorosi Tora is working overtime to be able to be selected to represent Fiji this year. The Vunimono Village lad in Tailevu who just recently returned from studying overseas is a member of the Vodafone Fiji under-20 squad. He is 19. He is grateful for the assistance he had been given in developing his rugby...

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