Rugby

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...

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,...

24th May

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...

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...

Another tough outing for Latui

SWIRE Shipping Fijian Latui coach Senirusi Seruvakula knows it will not be an easy game when they take on the Western Force during the Global Rapid Rugby Pacific Showcase match tomorrow. Seruvakula said they needed to tighten their game this weekend to avoid a replay of last week’s 38 -32 come from behind victory against...

Fiji in WR Council

THE Fiji Rugby Union created history yesterday being appointed a member of the World Rugby Council and attended its first meeting in Dublin, Ireland yesterday. With a new governance model paving the way for wider representation on World Rugby’s council, Fiji alongside Pacific Island neighbours Samoa were warmly welcomed by the council, which now comprises...

Tough defence

FORMER Fiji rugby 7s team rover Donasio Ratubuli believes that Fiji’s strength comes from their rugged defence and countering rucks with their physicality and it will be a boost to their performance in the last leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. The Galoa lad from Serua said Fiji needed to be sharp in...

Baber joins team

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber has joined the team at their base camp in London and was impressed with their performance despite his absence. Baber arrived later after suffering a slight illness which initially delayed his travelling with the team for the final leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop in...

Key elements in London

EXPERIENCE and physicality will be crucial and interesting elements at Twickenham this weekend as Gareth Baber’s gladiators defend the Matriot London Sevens. Last year we had forwards Josua Vakurinabuli, Jasa Veremalua, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Paula Dranisinukula, Kalione Nasoko and in the backs we had Jerry Tuwai, Vatemo Ravouvou, Amenoni Nasilasila, Semi Radradra, Josua Tuisova, Eroni Sau...

Dakuwaqa at home to face country men

FIJI 7s Olympic gold medallist Masivesi Dakuwaqa will feature for the Western Force in the Global Rapid Rugby Pacific Showcase Series against the Fijian Latui at Churchill Park in Lautoka tomorrow. The Force coached by Tim Sampson arrived in the country last night. The Force recorded a clean sweep in the Global Rapid Rugby Asia...

Crusader’s Fiji omission could leave door open for All Blacks call-up

SUVA, 24 MAY 2019 (RUGBY PASS) – Fiji announced their World Cup training squad today, and it is a team that looks to be a genuine threat to Australia and Wales in their pool. Both the forwards and backs have some truly world class players, as John McKee’s team is littered with some of the...

23rd May

Fiji and Samoa join World Rugby Council meeting in Dublin

DUBLIN, 23 MAY 2019 (RUGBY PASS) – Fiji and Samoa have participated in their first World Rugby Council meeting, while Algeria was accepted as an associate member on a historic Wednesday for the sport in Dublin. With a new governance model paving the way for wider representation on World Rugby’s Council, Fiji and Samoa were...

Agreement reached on Deans rugby matter; Competition set to begin

THE Fiji Secondary School Rugby Union and the Fiji Rugby Union have come into an agreement in relation to the Deans competition scheduled to kick start next week. The FSSRU and the FRU had a meeting at the rugby house this afternoon concerning the Fiji Secondary School rugby event and its operation that was agreed...

McKee: Some key players could miss out on test matches

SOME key Fiji Airways Flying Fijian players could miss out on the two test matches against the Maori All Blacks in July. Flying Fijians coach John McKee said players who were playing in the Top 14 competition in France would miss out if their team reached the final. The T14 final is scheduled for July...

Coach McKee names Flying Fijians squad

FIJI Drua and Fijian Latui players Johnny Dyer and Luke Tagi have forced their way into the 50-member Flying Fijians wider training group to prepare for the upcoming Pacific Test Series incorporating the Maori All Blacks and Pacific Nations Cup as well as the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year. Head coach John...

London 7s: Nacuqu’s inclusion brings needed ammunition, says Serevi

THE ‘King of sevens’ Waisale Serevi has highlighted Waisea Nacuqu’s timely inclusion brings needed ammunition to Fiji’s backline heading into the business end of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series this weekend in London. Serevi said the return of the nippy playmaker will help lighten the load for the players as they look forward to...

London 7s: Serevi cautions team

RUGBY 7s wizard Waisale Serevi believes discipline and patience will be vital ingredients for Fiji as they prepare to defend their title this weekend at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series London 7s tournament. “I believe the key to winning the tournament is focusing on one game at a time, discipline and patience,” said Serevi....

Uprising Beach Resort ground given thumbs up

THE Uprising Beach Resort Ground in Pacific Harbour has been given a thumbs up by players and officials who tested the ground yesterday. Three rugby teams played in a short tournament in the afternoon. England-based Scot Guards, Deuba and host Dubai took part in the three-match round-robin tournament. Scot Guards captain Charlie Longstaff was impressed...

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