Rugby

Tuwai turns down US offer for Japan Olympic Games bid

Fiji 7s virtuoso Jerry Tuwai is putting his country above everything else in his bid to bring back the Olympic Games rugby sevens gold medal in Japan next year. “The aim is to get my...

Nasinu inks 5-year rugby deal

Nasinu Rugby Football Union president Paula Biu said its new five-year sponsorship deal had only furthered the union’s strides to expose untapped talent within Nasinu. After supporting Nasinu Rugby for the past three years, Ram Sami Ltd last week continued its partnership until 2025. “The union has progressed so much in the past three years...

Nabua thumps Lomaiviti

The Nabua Maroons beat Lomaiviti Green 20-3 to claim the inaugural Rauluni Challenge Trophy during the the Digicel Escott Shield round seven at Bidesi ground over the weekend. Suva Rugby Union secretary Tevita Tuiloa said it was a move by the union to commemorate former greats of rugby such as the Rauluni brothers and to...

Marist 7s: Viriviri, Nacuqu amongst big names for Police Blue title defence

Olympian Samisoni Viriviri and Fiji 7s utility Waisea Nacuqu will be among some big names for the Police Blue side that will defend its Marist 7s title this weekend. The duo will be playing alongside Risiate Matai, Livai Ikanikoda, Kitione Taliga, Keponi Paul, Terio Tamani, Manueli Laqai, and Suliasi Volivoli to name a few. Meanwhile...

Fijian players included in Sevens Series ‘Dream Team’

Three Fijian born players have been selected in the World Sevens Series ‘Dream Team’ for the truncated 2019/20 season. Fiji internationals Napolioni Bolaca and Aminiasi Tuimaba were joined in star-studden men’s line-up by Fiji born Tavite Veredamu, who impressive season with France. Bolaca was the top point-scorer on the global circuit last season while Tuimaba...

Kuridrani joins force

Tevita Kuridrani, who has been a mainstay at No. 13 since 2013, isn’t in Dane Rennie’s squad for the first Bledisloe Cup clash trip to New Zealand. But Kuridrani made a move of his own on Monday, leaving the Brumbies for the Force. “This is a top-class signing that further bolsters our midfield,” Force head...

All Blacks a step closer to international rugby return

The return of international rugby in New Zealand took a step closer on Monday with the All Blacks squad assembling for a training camp as the government relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. The All Blacks play Australia in two Bledisloe Cup matches in Wellington on October 11th and in Auckland the following week, the first rugby tests...

21st September

Irish rugby chief sounds warning over future of sport unless fans return

DUBLIN, 21 SEPTEMBER 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) chief executive Philip Browne has warned the “very existence of professional rugby” is under threat unless fans can return to stadiums. Browne outlined a bleak future for the sport in an appearance in front of an Irish Parliamentary COVID-19 response committee, where...

Barbarian Brothers to focus on talent display at Marist 7s

The star-studded Barbarian Brothers 7s team will focus on showcasing talent at this year’s Fiji Bitter Marist 7s. Led by Fiji 7s star Jerry Tuwai, he says the mission will be to expose some of the best players on offer in the abbreviated code. “There are a lot of players out there who don’t have...

Lions outclass Auckland

Wellington’s bounced back from a heavy opening defeat in the Mitre 10 Cup to beat an All Black-bolstered Auckland at Eden Park. Eight days after being humbled 52-28 by Waikato, the Lions have outclassed Auckland 39-21, outscoring their hosts six tries to three. Wellington took charge in the first half, with Vince Aso, Wes Goosen,...

Tuivasa-Sheck limps off in Warriors defeat

The Warriors have slumped to their third straight defeat in the NRL and have lost their captain to injury. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck limped off midway through the second-half of the Warriors’ 26-14 loss to the Raiders in Canberra with a hamstring strain. It’s expected to keep him out of their final round match against the Manly...

20th September

Auckland Storm knocked over a home

The Counties-Manukau Heat have knocked over perennial contenders the Auckland Storm at Eden Park. The Heat have beaten last year’s Farah Palmer Cup runners-up 36-22, after leading 12-5 at halftime. Counties-Manukau picked up a bonus point in the process and now sit third in the north pool, one point behind Auckland, who have played an...

Brumbies hang on to win Super Rugby AU title

The ACT Brumbies confirmed their domestic superiority in Australian rugby with a 28-23 victory over the Queensland Reds to clinch the Super Rugby AU title in Canberra. The victory ensured the Brumbies’ third title at Super Rugby level, having won the broader international Super Rugby competition in 2001 and 2004. Hooker Folau Fainga’a, winger Andy...

The Log o’ Wood is on the move

The Ranfurly Shield is returning to Taranaki. Taranaki’s beaten Canterbury 23-22 in an absorbing Shield match in Christchurch, with All Blacks fullback Jordie Barrett kicking the match-winning penalty goal from 50 metres out in the 74th minute. Chiefs flanker Lachlan Boshier then forced a turnover in the closing moments when Canterbury was inside the Taranaki...

Farah Palmer Cup champions run riot

Canterbury’s flexed its muscle in its second game of the Farah Palmer Cup season. The reigning champions have run away with a resounding 85-10 win over Otago in Christchurch, outscoring their southern neighbours 13 tries to two. Canterbury led 47-5 at halftime. The Red and Blacks joined the Wellington Pride at the top of the...

19th September

Pherrus Vanua State of Origin: Eastern State Blues wins opener

The Eastern State Blues walked away with game one in the bag beating Western State Maroons 10-8 during the Pherrus Vanua State of Origin opener at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. The Blues scored a try through Ilisavani Jegesa with centre Jone Nabetelevu adding the conversion and two penalties. Maroons impact substitute centre Meli Nabura...

Namosi defends Farebrother Sullivan Trophy

Namosi defended the Farebrother Sullivan trophy from Nadroga 15-6 at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori this afternoon. The Stallions drew first blood in the third minute of play from fullback Apisalome Waqatabu kicking three points to lead Namosi 3-0. In the 11th minute, Waqatabu extended the lead with an additional three points to put them...

Western State Maroons wins first Pherrus Vanua State of Origin game for westerners

The Western State Maroons women’s team created history clinching game one of the Pherrus Vanua State of Origin beating the Eastern State Blues by 12-4 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon. “We created history today and I could never be prouder of the girls,” said manager Nanise Tuqiri. “To come away from home,...

Farebrother Sullivan trophy: Namosi lead Nadroga at half time break

Namosi lead Nadroga 8-6 in the halftime break at Ratu Cakobau Park for the Farebrother Sullivan trophy challenge. The Stallions obtained their its first points from a successful kick by fullback Apisalome Waqatabu and led Namosi 3-0. In the 11th minute, Waqatabu extended the lead with another three pointer taking them up 6-0. In the...

Skipper Cup: Nadroga U19 defeats Namosi

The Nadroga under 19 team defeated Namosi 14-7 to maintain the lead in the points table on the Skipper Cup competition at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori. Both teams were locked nil-all in the halftime break but the baby Stallions built momentum to award themselves with two tries and Namosi managed one. Nadroga was down...

Warriors unveil multi-national NRLW squad

Five Kiwi Ferns have been named in a multi-national Warriors women’s side to contest the National Rugby League Womens (NRLW) competition. The squad also features Australian rugby league internationals and two Australian Olympic gold medal-winning rugby union sevens players. New Zealand based Madison Bartlett, Georgia Hale, Hilda Peters, Crystal Tamarua and Kanyon Paul are nearing...

‘He could be one of the greats’: Tonga coach lavishes praise on new Wallaby

SYDNEY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2020 (AAP)—Wallabies great Toutai Kefu believes Dave Rennie should roll the dice on a Harry Wilson Test debut in New Zealand next month, declaring the No.8 could be “one of the greats”. Queensland Reds rookie Wilson stormed into Rennie’s first Wallabies squad on Sunday and will vie for a berth in two...

Black Ferns to play opening Rugby World Cup 2021 match at Eden Park

AUCKLAND, 19 SEPTEMBER 2020 (WORLD RUGBY)—World Rugby and hosts New Zealand Rugby (NZR) have today confirmed the Black Ferns will play their opening match of Rugby World Cup 2021 at Auckland’s Eden Park . Eden Park, a venue steeped in Rugby World Cup history having hosted the men’s finals in 1987 and the opening match...

18th September

Skipper Cup: Tailevu leads Lautoka at half time break

Tailevu leads Lautoka 10-0 in the halftime break in the nineth round of the Skipper Cup competition at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori. From the experience of Tailevu fullback Simeli Koniferedi, the home team scored their first try and converted by flyhalf Seru Vaniqi halfway into the first spell. Five minutes later, Vaniqi kicked another...

Ex-Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd accused of mind games by rival after ‘weird comment’

Former Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has been accused of playing “mind games” by another rival coach in England ahead of the European Champions Cup quarterfinals this weekend. Boyd, Northampton’s director of rugby, criticised European rugby officials after an injury crisis led Northampton to draft in emergency cover because four of their senior loosehead props are...

Former test referee Glen Jackson hired as Fiji assistant for test rugby’s return in Europe

Fiji have appointed three more Kiwi coaches to assist head coach Vern Cotter for Europe’s Autumn Nations Cup in November and December. Crusaders assistant Jason Ryan and former All Black Daryl Gibson, who was with the Crusaders before his last coaching roles with the Waratahs in Sydney, have joined Cotter with ex-Kiwi test referee Glen...

Shooting at Georgia Rugby Union HQ

The vice-president of the Georgia Rugby Union has reportedly been arrested after a shooting at the union’s headquarters in Tbilisi. Merab Beselia is alleged to have shot Ramaz Kharazishvili, the 32-year-old former captain of the Georgian national 7s team in the left leg. Kharazishvili was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery. “Kharazishvili received injuries to...

17th September

Battle of the forwards as scrum a worry for Nadroga in challenge

If there is something the Namosi and Nadroga rugby sides will have to work on before they meet in this weekend’s double header, it’s their front rows and scrum. Namosi will host Nadroga in a repeat of the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy challenge and Skipper Cup clash this weekend. They faced each other in the first round...

Suva sets benchmark

The Suva rugby team has set its match against Nadroga last weekend as a benchmark to build up to its next game against Yasawa. After its loss to Lautoka in the sixth round, the Capital City side has made some positional changes and a boost in their preparation to prepare them in the second round....

‘Play with pride’

Tui Bua, Ratu Makutu Nagagavoka has reminded the Bua provincial rugby team to never lose sight of God. He said victory came from above. He urged the players to play their best when they take on Ovalau in this weekend’s Vodafone Vanua Championship. He told them to wear their rugby jerseys and “play with pride”...

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