Rugby

Cotter eyes ‘better control’ – Fijians brace for wounded Aussies

Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter is not resting on his laurels after thrashing Tonga 36-0 in the start of the World Rugby-sanctioned 2022 Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday. Australia A, which lost 26-31 to...

Ratuniyarawa inks new deal

Flying Fijians lock Api Ratuniyarawa is ready to join his London Irish club next season. Ratuniyarawa is part of the Vodafone Flying Fijians team participating at the Pacific Nations Cup 2022. He came off the bench during the Vern Cotter-coached side’s 36-0 thrashing of the Ikale Tahi Tonga at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva...

Exposure good for the islands

Tongan coach Toutai Kefu said he was impressed with the latest additions into the Super Rugby competition, the Moana Pasifika and the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua team. The former Wallaby sang praises of the Fijian Drua which proved critics wrong in their first season. “I was really impressed with the Drua,” Kefu said. “They played...

Doge rates young guns

Vodafone Flying Fijians prop Mesake Doge believes the inclusion of the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua team in the Super Rugby Pacific competition is a breath of fresh air for Fijian rugby. Doge, who is now considered a veteran among Fijian rugby props, said it was good to be home and among some young and rising...

Nagasau, Tuwai get new role

Olympians Seremaia ‘Jerry’ Tuwai and Rusila Nagasau have been appointed as ambassadors of the Get Into Rugby Plus program. This was announced by the Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor last week. “It would be hard to find two better role models than Rusila and Jerry for a program like Get Into Rugby...

Tailevu uplifts brand

The Tailevu Rugby Union marketing team signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Fexco Fiji Ltd last week to try and improve the union. TRU marketing president Ratu Filimoni Cakobau said the idea was to promote Tailevu rugby as a brand. “Being a former player, we know why this is important because you playing for...

U20 sets target

The Fiji national under-20 side will have to dig deep going into their second match tomorrow night against the Australia under-20 side at Sunshine Coast Stadium Field 1 in Brisbane at 6pm in the U20 Oceania Rugby Championship. The Ifereimi Rawaqa-coached side suffered a major setback on Friday losing 74-5 to a well-developed New Zealand...

3rd July

Nadroga retains Farebrother Trophy

The Nadroga rugby side has successfully defended the Innk Farebrother Trophy after defeating Rewa 20-10 Lawaqa Park yesterday. It was an intense affair which saw Nadroga come out strongly and holding on with a stubborn defence towards the end. Nadroga fullback Jack Volavola had a busy afternoon as he kicked the first points from a...

Naitasiri wins at home

It was a close battle between the Naitasiri rugby team and Tailevu at Naluwai ground in Naitasiri yesterday. The home side won the physical encounter 29-23.Fijian Drua lock Chris Minimbi played for the Naitasiri team and flyhalf Alifereti Veitokani wore the number 10 jersey for Tailevu. Naitasiri manager Maciu Koroi thanked the players for fighting...

Mapusua proud of players’ performance

Manu Samoa head coach Vaovasamanaia Seilala Mapusua said he was proud of his players’ performance against Australian A in what was a quick game of exchange of tries at the HFC Bank Stadium yesterday. After beating Australia A 31-26 in the start of the 2022 Pacific Nations Cup, the former rugby international said he knew...

Samoans contain Australians in opener

Manu Samoa came out victorious in a thrilling match against Australian A at the HFC Bank Stadium at Laucala Bay, Suva, yesterday. Fans turned up in numbers to pack the stands and embankments before the match started at 1pm in what became a bone-crushing game in the 2022 Pacific Nations Cup opener. Manu Samoa took...

Folau suffers injury

Injury is part of a sport, says Isileli (Israel) Folau. The former Australian rugby star was taken off the field in his Ikale Tahi Tonga side’s 0-36 loss to the Vodafone Flying Fijians at the HFC Bank Stadium at Laucala Bay, Suva, yesterday. “Obviously unfortunate with a hamstring injury, but like I said, it happens...

Feel ‘unreal’ – Folau describes first tournament in Fiji

“The feeling was unreal.” Those were the words of Ikale Tahi Tonga winger Isileli (Israel) Folau as he described the opening matches of the Pacific Nations Cup 2022. With much rugby entertainment, the players lived up to expectation in producing world-class display in Suva yesterday. The newly named HFC Bank Stadium, formerly called ANZ Stadium,...

Coach, skipper react

The outcome of the first Pacific Nations Cup game for the Vodafone Flying Fijians received mixed reactions from coach Vern Cotter and skipper Waisea Nayacalevu. The home side defeated Ikale Tahi Tonga 36-0 in the first round of the PNC competition yesterday. Cotter said the objective was to win. “We’re happy with a win,” Cotter...

Folau’s test return short-lived as Fiji blank Tonga 36-0

Israel Folau’s return to international rugby lasted only half an hour as his Tonga team were thrashed 36-0 by a clinical Fiji in their Pacific Nations Cup opener in Suva on Saturday. The former Wallabies outside back was playing his first test since he was sacked by Rugby Australia in 2019 for social media posts...

2nd July

Yasawa edge Bua in semi-final match

The undefeated Cakaunitabua (Bua) rugby players fought back tears as the team lost for the first time in this year’s Vodafone Vanua Cup Challenge bowing out with a 21-20 semi-final score against Yasawa. Bua coach Epeli Kalou thanked his boys for a terrific season. “We’ve played our best and we thank God for his protection...

Flying Fijians lead Tongans, 22-0

The Vodafone Flying Fijians lead 22-0 against Tonga in their Pacific Nations Rugby 2022 match. Teti Tela was given a yellow card. Tries to lock Tevita Ratuva, Jiuta Wainiqolo and Drua star Kalaveti Ravouvou and conversions from Tela was enough for the early lead. Setareki Tuicuvu also registered his name on the score sheet with...

Macuata qualifies for Skipper after defeating Ba in sudden death

Macuata has qualified for next year’s Skipper Cup Challenge after defeating Ba 19-14 in a sudden death semi final match held at Subrail Park. Emotional Macuata coach Meli Tabanicala thanked God for his blessings of victory. “I won’t cry today but I will in the final match and I take my hat off for the...

Tabadamu leads Savusavu 7s race

Fijian 7s champion Tabadamu leads the race to the main prize of the Fiji Bitter Savusavu 7s tournament in the next fortnight. The star-studded Tabadamu team is the defending champion on the annual event. “The defending champion of the Fiji Bitter Savusavu 7s has now been included in the tournament after three men’s teams which...

Samoa leads Australia in their PNC clash

Tries to hooker Seilala Lam, winger Nigel Aw Wong, inside centre D’Angelo Leuila gave Samoa the lead 19-7  in their Pacific Nations Rugby 2022 clash against Australia. The two sides were given water breaks as they played under the hot sun at the HFC Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva. Australia’s lone try was through flanker...

Ba leads Macuata at the breather

Ba currently leads the Vodafone Vanua Cup Challenge against Macuata by 7-6 at half-time. Rugby officials have had to close the gates as rugby fans flocked into the park to cheer for their respective teams. About 5000 fans gathered at the five pavilions, sat on footpaths and crowded the embankment to watch the game. Ba...

Cotter’s battle plan

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter will have to devise a strategic plan to defuse the threats of the Tongan team this afternoon at the HFC Bank Stadium (formerly ANZ Stadium) in Suva. The Toutai Kefu-coached Tonga side has players who can attack from any part of the field and Cotter is aware of...

Ravouvou, Fekitoa face-off

Vodafone Flying Fijians inside centre Kalaveti Ravouvou is ready to make his family and nation proud as he runs out for the national side at 3.30pm this afternoon to take on Tonga in the opening round of the Pacific Nations Cup at the HFC Bank Stadium in Laucala Bay. “I am thankful and proud of...

‘The Bossman’ ready to lead pack

Vodafone Flying Fijians winger Vinaya Habosi will make a run-on debut today for the national side today lining up against one of the best finishers in world rugby, former Wallaby and dual-international Israel Folau as the Flying Fijians take on Tonga at the HFC Bank Stadium this afternoon. The Sanasana, Nadroga lad with maternal links...

Ala’alatoa backs Samoa for PNC opener

Manu Samoa captain Michael Ala’alatoa said his team mates had been jelling well for the past few days and were ready to take on the Australia A team today at 1pm in the opening round of the Pacific Nations Cup tournament at the HFC Bank Stadium at Laucala Bay, Suva. “The players have been forming...

Stolz gets a chance of a lifetime

Meeting your favourite rugby players and talking to them is something many Fijian youngsters dream of but for teenager Jesse Stolz, sharing a selfie with Flying Fijians players Vinaya Habosi and Kalaveti Ravouvou is something he will cherish for a long time. It was a busy Vodafone Triangle in Suva during Vodafone Fiji’s 28th birthday...

Daugunu aware of Samoan threat

Australia-A and Queensland Reds winger Filipo Daugunu and his teammates are aware of the firepower in the Samoan team when they meet this afternoon in the start of the 2022 Pacific Nations Cup at the HFC Bank Stadium at Laucala Bay in Suva. Daugunu said their focus was to get their game plans right. “The...

QVS Knights win U15 title

Queen Victoria School Knights Under 15 team powered to a convincing win over Nasinu Secondary School Panthers 28-6 in the finals of the Fiji Secondary School Rugby League at Ratu Cakobau Park this morning. The boys from Vulinitu walked away with a prize money of $1000. Nadi lad Isikeli Bari who is the only son...

Stage set for thrilling Pacific Nations Cup

The 2022 Pacific Nations Cup is the 15th edition of the Pacific Nations Cup. It is an annual international rugby union competition and the first since 2019, with a two-year lay-off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Background of PNC Fiji, Samoa and Tonga return to the competition with the addition of Australia A which rejoins...

1st July

Fainga’anuku brothers named for debuts for All Blacks, Tonga on huge weekend for parents

Leicester Fainga’anuku’s biggest supporters will be in the stands at Eden Park to watch him make his debut against Ireland – his parents. Fainga’anuku was named in the famous All Blacks No 11 jersey on Thursday after a standout campaign for the Crusaders in Super Rugby. That means flights have been booked for his proud...

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