Rugby

NZ 7s: Ikanikoda starts in match against South Africa

FIJI is expected to fight until the end of the New Zealand Sevens despite being dethroned by Argentina 10-26. While Fiji’s relegation could be noticed on empty seats on stands with most Fijian fans heading home,...

NZ 7s: Fiji to face South Africa in 9th place playoff

THE Fiji 7s team, after being relegated by Argentina in their last pool match of the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton, will play South Africa in the ninth place play-off. Fiji lost the Hamilton 7s title after losing 10-26 to Argentina. England and France meet in the first semi-final while New Zealand and Australia face...

NZ 7s: Fijian fans support 2023 plan

PLANS to move the 2023 New Zealand Sevens to Fiji has been received well by Fijian rugby fans in the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton. A Fijian seasonal worker in New Zealand, Natasha Waqa, who is supporting Fiji in the Hamilton tournament, was among those who welcomed the move to stage the tournament possibly in...

NZ 7s: Three in a row

THE Fiji 7s team has lost the New Zealand 7s title. Fiji’s 10-26 loss to Argentina relegated itself from the cup running after beating Australia and Samoa last year. Fiji coach Gareth Baber said Argentina was the better team. His counterpart Santiago Gomez Cora said he told his players to respect Fiji and work hard...

NZ 7s: Argentina leads Fiji

Argentina is leading Fiji in the last pool match this morning at the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton. Argentina scored three tries in the first half to Fiji’s lone try to Sevuloni Mocenacagi. Fiji trails 5-21.

NZ 7s: Baber sticks with lineup that beat Australia

FIJI 7s team coach Gareth Baber has stuck to the team that beat Australia at the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton, yesterday. This is to ensure of an unbeaten run in our pool when the team plays Argentina in its last pool match this morning. While France and England have been named to meet in the...

NZ 7s: Support for Jerry Tuwai

A GROUP of seasonal workers from Fiji will be among the vocal Fijian crowd at the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton. They will cheer for Jerry Tuwai. Stay tuned for more updates from Hamilton. Watch video:

NZ 7s: Draw good enough

FIJI needs a win in the final pool match against Argentina this morning to confirm a spot in the New Zealand 7s semi-finals. However, a draw against the Pumas will still ensure the Gareth Baber-coached side go through to the last four. Fiji was the only undefeated team in Pool D after wins over Samoa...

Tailevu sets plan for 2020 season

THE Tailevu Rugby Union aims to achieve high results as they prepare for another rugby season. Secretary Josefa Turaganivalu said they hoped to finish on top of the Skipper Cup competition and try to win the Farebrother trophy. The association kicked off with their U20s competition at Ratu Cakobau Park ground two yesterday. “For the...

NZ 7s: Fijiana go down fighting in Hamilton

THE Fijiana 7s team held their heads high when they walked off the FMG Waikato Stadium this morning after losing 21-38 to world champion and hosts New Zealand in heir last pool match at the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton. New Zealand scored six tries to Fiji’s tries from Luisa Tisolo in the third minute,...

25th January

World 7s series could move to Fiji in 2023

GOOD news today for Fiji 7s rugby supporters following the annual World Rugby Sevens Series Fiji is in a strong position now to host one of the tournaments in the Oceania leg of the 2023 series. This was announced this morning at the NZ  Sevens by New Zealand Rugby chief rugby officer, Nigel Cass. He...

NZ 7s: Keep on working hard, says Baber

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber has asked his players to keep on working hard in the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton. Despite beating Australia 19-12 and Samoa 19-12 today, Baber is not intending to slow down. “We are not there yet,” he said after beating Australia. Crowd favourite Fiji opened the scoring when Asaeli Ratuvuaka...

NZ 7s: Fiji lead Australia at halftime

THE Fiji 7s team led Australia 5-0 at halftime at the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton, thanks to no slip tackles from the Fijians. Asaeli Ratuvuaka scored Fiji’s try in the 3rd minute. Stay tuned for more updates from Hamilton.  

NZ 7s: Ratuvuaka starts against Australia

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber has brought in Asaeli Ratuvuaka in Fiji’s next game against Australia in the New Zealand Sevens. Team: 1. Sevuloni Mocenacagi, 4. Asaeli Ratuvuaka, 6. Meli Derenalagi, 7. Vilimoni Botitu, 9. Jerry Tuwai, 10. Napolioni Bolaca, 11. Aminiasi Tuimaba. Bench: 2. Josua Vakurinabili, 3. Kavekini Tabu, 5. Apenisa Cakaubalavu, 8. Waisea...

NZ 7s: China upsets Fijiana

THE Fijiana 7s team’s chance of reaching the women’s final of the New Zealand Sevens looked bleak after losing to China 12-7 at the FMG Waikato Stadium this afternoon. China upset the Saiasi Fuli -coached side 17-12. Fiji beat England 26-19 but indiscipline cost them to progress into the playoffs after Roela Radiniyavuni was red...

NZ 7s: Fiji anticipates tough match against Aussies

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber knows Australia will offer a bruising encounter against his boys in the second pool match of the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton this evening. With the match scheduled for this evening in what could be a chilly atmosphere for the Fijians, especially the new players, Baber said the boost was...

NZ 7s: Fuli makes a change against China

FIJIANA 7s team coach Saiasi Fuli has made one change from the 26-19 win against England. He has placed Asinate Savu on the bench for Roela Radiniyavuni in this next game against China. The game kicks off at 2:36pm (NZ time). Fiji: 1. Vasiti Solikoviti, 3. Raijieli Daveua, 4. Rusila Nagasau, 7. Roela Radiniyavuni, 9....

NZ 7s: Tuwai achieves milestone

JERRY Tuwai achieved a milestone of becoming Fiji 7s all-time top try scorer. This is after their 19-12 win against Samoa during the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Hamilton 7s today. The 2019 World Rugby Sevens player of the year scored a try to bring his overall try tally to 126...

NZ 7s: Fiji pips Samoa in first pool match

THE Fiji men’s managed to outplay a determined Samoa side in their first pool match at the FMG Waikato Stadium. Fiji scored through Jerry Tuwai for his 128th try in the series, Vilimoni Botitu and Aminiasi Tuimaba. Fiji led 12-7 at halftime. Coach Gareth Baber said the win came because the players’ were able to...

NZ 7s: Fiji leads at breather

THE Fiji sevens team leads Samoa at the breather 12-7. Jerry Tuwai scored first to tie Samoa’s lead. Vilimoni Botitu added the second before half-time. Half-time: Fiji 12-7 Samoa. Stay tuned for more updates from Hamilton.

NZ 7s: Fiji levels score

FIJI has settled to a 7-all tie with Samoa with six minutes into the first half. Jerry Tuwai scored for Fiji. Stay tuned for more updates from Hamilton.  

NZ 7s: Game on for Fiji men’s team

THE Fiji 7s team has made its way into FMG Waikato Stadium for its match against Samoa. Fiji: Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Kavekini Tabu, Meli Derenalagi, Vilimoni Botitu, Jerry Tuwai, Napolioni Bolaca, Aminiasi Tuimaba. Reserves: Josua Vakurinabili, Asaeli Ratuvuaka, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Waisea Nacuqu, Livai Ikanikoda. Samoa’s Tomasi Alosio scored the first try – Samoa 7-0 Fiji.

NZ 7s: Fijiana registers first win

THE Fijiana 7s team have started on a winning note by beating England 26-19 at the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton. And Coach Saiasi Fuli is calling for support on the national women’s team. Fiji scored four tries to England’s three.  

NZ 7s: Fijiana off to a great start

The Fijiana 7s team started with a bang with two quick tries to lead 14-5 against England. Ana Maria fended off an England defender to score the first try while veteran Rusila Nagasau scored 55 seconds later for the second try. Fiji leads 14-5 at halftime.    

NZ 7s: Fiji 7s fans flock into Waikato stadium on day one

FIJIAN rugby 7s fans are spilling slowly into FMG Waikato Stadium on day one of the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton. Fiji soccer referee and former radio personality Aiyaz Khan and his family was among the early arrival. He is confident Fiji will win again. Watch video:  

NZ 7s: Game day in Hamilton

IT’S game day and the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton has been blessed with sunshine and a good day. Fijian fans are spilling in slowly to FMG Waikato Stadium but at the Fiji Village beside the ground, Fijians in Hamilton are ready to watch the games and welcome fans, says Troy Wihongi. Stay tuned for...

24th January

Fijians receive warm welcome in Hamilton

FIJI had the biggest cheer from the crowd at the Hamilton City Centre this afternoon during the New Zealand Sevens team parade. Fijians and the crowed gave the biggest welcome as members of the Fijian 7s team led our sides to the main stage. More in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.  

Team parade starts at Hamilton 7s

THE Hamilton Garden Centre is pilling up with fans to meet their 7s rugby players who will be playing in the New Zealand Sevens this weekend. Fun activities and events had been planned to make the afternoon an exciting one. The Fiji 7s and the Fijiana 7s teams are expected to join the event with...

Fuli names squad for Hamilton 7s

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s coach Saiasi Fuli’s final 12-member squad for the Hamilton 7s sees Ana Maria Roqica named the 13th player for the tournament this weekend. Roqica missed the the Dubai and Cape Town legs due to injury and will be ready to step in, if needed in Hamilton. Fuli said “The competition...

Nakosi defies odds

FIJIANA 7s rep Aloesi Nakosi was sternly warned by those closest to her when she decided years ago to play rugby. But watch her play this weekend at the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton as she will prove all her critics wrong, says her coach Saiasi Fuli. The Burelevu, Ra, Fijiana 15s rep and former...

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