Rugby

8th April

Warren Gatland proposes $10m All Blacks v Lions ‘decider’

Warren Gatland has proposed his British & Irish Lions play the All Blacks in a one-off test ahead of their tour of South Africa next year. With the Lions and All Blacks drawing their 2017 series in New...

7th April

Former Wallaby Quade Cooper shows off his NFL skills

Former Wallaby Quade Cooper has caught the eye of American sports fans, with some behind-the-back magic with an NFL football. In an Instagram post, Cooper showed off his silky skills by throwing a 30-metre flick pass, on the money, to a charging makeshift receiver. That receiver was Brisbane Broncos and Mate Ma’a Tonga enforcer, Tevita...

 2020 Global Rapid Rugby season cancelled

Rapid Rugby CEO Mark Evans has today announced the immediate cancellation of the 2020 Global Rapid Rugby season. Long term travel restrictions in place as part of the worldwide fight against Covid-19 provided the Asia Pacific competition no choice this year. “All of our decisions around Global Rapid Rugby in 2020 have been based on expert health advice; there...

World club championship on the table as rugby eyes fresh start

French rugby boss Bernard Laporte is working on a world club championship he believes would be a “breath of fresh air for the game”. Laporte, who is president of the French Rugby Federation and is eyeing the vice-chairman role at World Rugby’s elections next month, told Midi Olympique the tournament could feature 20 teams playing...

Coronavirus: All Black Richie Mo’unga, other Crusaders caught flouting lockdown rules

All Black Richie Mo’unga and some of his Crusaders team-mates have been filmed flouting the coronavirus lockdown rules and setting a bad example for the rest of New Zealand. Acting on an anonymous tip, Newshub cameras caught Mo’unga and several unidentified players exercising together on a field next to the team’s Rugby Park training ground. At least five different players...

6th April

Coronavirus: ‘Desperate times’ for English rugby as clubs face battle to survive

The majority of English Rugby Premiership players, including England squad members, are expected to be placed on furlough “imminently” to prevent clubs going out of business because of the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The Rugby Football Union, which has already furloughed around 340 of 540 members of staff, is also expected to put...

FRU endorses cost cutting measures

FIJI Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor confirmed that in view of the limited activities and the financial challenges faced by the Union, the Fiji Rugby Union Board has endorsed cost cutting measures to ensure their financial integrity and sustainability to ensure rugby will be ready for kick off when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted....

Two Fiji rugby stars arrested for flouting coronavirus isolation rules

Two Fiji rugby players have been arrested for ignoring coronavirus self-isolation rules with authorities blasting their “irresponsible and unacceptable” behaviour. The players have not been named but AFP reports the Fiji Rugby Union confirmed they were professionals. Local media reported them to be sevens players and internationals. “For those of you that have chosen not...

Israel Folau payout at risk if Rugby Australia folds – report

Axed Wallaby Israel Folau’s multi-million payout from Rugby Australia could reportedly take a major hit if the sport’s governing body is forced into insolvency. The former fullback ace was sacked by RA last year over his homophobic social media posts, including one stating hell awaits homosexuals. The two parties agreed to an out-of-court settlement in...

5th April

Rugby player detained in Nadi

AN overseas-based rugby player has been arrested and placed in isolation at Nadi Hospital after he had violated the 14-day self- quarantine required for every person disembarking from international flights. In his press conference yesterday to announce Fiji’s five confirmed new cases of COVID-19, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said two players returning home broke compulsory...

FRU disappointed with two players

THE Fiji Rugby Chief Executive Officer John O’Connor, has strongly condemned and expressed great disappointment towards the actions and behavior of two rugby players who are believed to have returned to Fiji recently and failed to follow lawful instructions regarding self-isolation to protect other Fijians at risk of catching COVID 19. “We strongly condemn the...

4th April

Family time for Terio

FIJI 7s player Terio Tamani believes the current COVID-19 predicament has been a blessing in disguise which allowed him to focus more time on matters close to his heart, his family. “When you give a lot of time representing the nation, it is great to spend quality time at home with those who matter most,”Tamani...

Ratuniyarawa resigns with Northampton Saints

FLYING Fijian lock forward Api Ratuniyarawa has resigned to stay on with the Northampton Saints franchise for the English Premiership division. The veteran from Nadroga, hopes in his remaining with the club, they can defend the Premiership title which they currently hold. “The club has really developed since I arrived, especially within the squad with...

3rd April

In the line of duty

FIJI 7s men’s team forward Suliano Volivoli isn’t only a representative at the HSBC World Sevens Series but also a frontline in the fight against COVID-19 in the country. The Police officer changed uniform after he returned from his debut in the Las Angeles 7s last month from theinternational rugby arena to the streets of...

Rugby unions engage in crisis talks as Covid-19 pandemic rips through sport

The coronavirus pandemic has left rugby on its knees over the last two weeks and there is the prospect of more pain to come because of the uncertainty over whether leagues, tours and international competitions can resume or go ahead USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy. New Zealand Rugby has slashed staff salaries. The Australians...

2nd April

Why Wales rugby fans still love Jonah Lomu

The late, great Jonah Lomu is still fondly remembered in Wales for giving away boots, a ghetto blaster, a sofa and a television to teammates during a short stint with the Cardiff Blues. The All Blacks legend left an indelible impression after 10 games with Cardiff in 2005. The Wales Online website has published a feature...

Steve Hansen urges rugby post-coronavirus to make most of second shot at global season

Former All Blacks coach Sir Steve Hansen believes rugby will get a second crack at a true global season post the COVID-19 pandemic and he’s calling on the sport not to drop the ball this time. Hansen was a special guest on the most recent “Pick up the Pace” podcast out of Wellington and during...

Manumā Samoa test negative for Covid-19 during extended stay in NZ

A Samoan national representative rugby team is having an extended stay in New Zealand after being caught in the lockdown on their way home from Australia. The Manumā Samoa had gone into self-isolation in Auckland after returning from their Rapid Rugby season opener in Perth last March. However once New Zealand’s lockdown was implemented and...

1st April

Deferment to help Baber prepare

FORMER Fiji 7s coach Peni Veidreyaki says the deferment of the Tokyo Olympics is a blessing in disguise for national coach Gareth Baber in his bid to formulate a winning combination to defend the gold medal which the side won at the 2016 Rio Games. The 68-year-old from Namoli was coach of the national team...

Sotutu follow dad’s footsteps

MARK the name Sotutu. RugbyPass reported Hoskins Sotutu could have been another immensely innately talented rugby player who shone like a star then fizzled out as soon as he hit the big leagues. He is following the footsteps of his dad, a former national representative of the Flying Fijians and was part of the 1999...

Mauger: Rugby is finished without pay cuts

FIJIANS Jona Nareki, Kiri Kuridrani and Tevita Nabura and the Highlanders are simply fortunate to be in an industry that has a chance of surviving the coronavirus crisis, says head coach Aaron Mauger who delivered a much-needed dose of realism to the deep pay cuts coming in rugby. The former Crusaders and All Black midfielder...

Rugby Australia cuts 75 per cent of workforce

Rugby Australia (RA) has stood down 75 per cent of its workforce while their remaining staff have been offered salary reductions or reduced hours due to the coronavirus pandemic. Three-quarters of the governing body’s staff will not be working for the next three months from April 1 and those remaining have been offered significant salary...

Rugby AU and Super clubs stand down staff, talks with players ongoing

Rugby Australia has announced it will stand down 75 per cent of its workforce for three months in what the organisation described as the “toughest decision” in the game’s history. Rugby AU CEO Raelene Castle confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that three-quarters of the administration would be stood down from April 1 to June...

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