Rugby

Dranisinukula shares experience

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s captain Paula Dranisinukula reminisced on the struggles he faced as a Year Nine border at Ratu Kadavulevu School while delivering his keynote address at the Nakaikogo Sanatan Dharam School graduation in...

Police ready to end Sukuna Bowl losing streak

THE Fiji Police cricket side is hoping to end its Ratu Sukuna Bowl losing streak and secure a win in this year’s cricket event. Team manager Inspector Viliame Soko said they had been able to recruit impressive cricket players who they believed would be able to take the team to victory. “We were able to...

Measles suspect at rugby event

HEALTH Minister Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete has confirmed that a member of the Tonga Women’s XV team was reported to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to have suspected symptoms of measles. As a result, the round one of the Women’s Championships game between Australia and Tonga that was scheduled to take place yesterday was...

Kiwis too strong

The Fiji Airways Fijiana XV was taught a rugby lesson by the NZ Black Ferns Development XV succumbing to a 53-0 whitewash in the feature match of the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship which kicked off at Lautoka’s Churchill Park today. Played in humid conditions the visitors easily acclimatised to the weather running to a handsome...

Australia’s devastating bushfires reflect God’s wrath, rugby star preaches

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Pentecostal prime minister on Monday rebuked a former national rugby star who claimed recent deadly bushfires and a devastating drought were God’s punishment for the country allowing same-sex marriage and abortion. Israel Folau, who was sacked from a multi-million dollar rugby contract in May after posting on Instagram that hell awaited...

17th November

Flying Fijians beat Barbarians to win Killik Cup

THE Fiji airways Flying Fijians upset the World Barbarians 33-31 to win the Killik Cup in England this morning. The Fijians displayed open style rugby and entertained fans with hard hitting tackles. Man of the match John Dyer scored two tries for Fiji while Enele Malele, Teti Tela and Temo Mayanavanua scored a try each....

Vugakoto inks deal

FRESH from the Rugby World Cup, Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto has secured a deal with the Utah Warriors Rugby team. The US-based club announced his inclusion as a hooker after coming off his debut for the Flying Fijians in the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The Daviqele, Kadavu native made his international debut leading the Fiji under-20...

16th November

Fijian rugby on display

FANS of Fijian rugby all over the world still regard us as the best entertainers in the oval ball game and they never seem to tire from watching our boys play. That alone is an honour and should be appreciated by local fans, still disillusioned by our Rugby World Cup performance in Japan. The unorthodox...

15th November

All Blacks 7s signings bolster squad for new season

THREE weeks out from the start of the All Blacks Sevens’ 2019/2020 season, Coach Clark Laidlaw is putting the finishing touches on a 24-strong squad. According to AllBlacks.com, Bay of Plenty rugby product, and Red Bull Ignite7 alumni, William Warbrick joins the All Blacks Sevens for the first time, signing a two-year contract, after spending...

Flying Fijians to face Barbarians named

FIVE debutants have been named in the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians starting line-up which will face the infamous Barbarians at Twickenham this Saturday. Fresh from Japan, young loose head prop Eroni Mawi will spearhead the front row alongside fellow RWC team mate Veremaula Vugakoto and Samuela Tawake. Counties Manukau based Sikeli Nabou returns to the...

Marika Koroibete named Australian Rugby Player of the Year

FIJI born Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete has made history as the former NRL player claimed Australian Rugby’s biggest prize — the John Eales Medal last night. Rugby Australia reports Koroibete won the battle of the Fijian-born backs to see off Samu Kerevi and claim the John Eales Medal at awards in Sydney. Koroibete’s stunning form...

Coach calls in Kunavula

FORMER Fiji Airways Fiji 7s rep Mesulame Kunavula is the only Northern Hemisphere-based player to face the Eddie Jones-coached Barbarians side on Sunday. Despite John McKee’s hope to include a majority of French-based players he told RNZ he only ended up including Kunavula as the only call-up from the northern hemisphere who will join the...

Seruvakula optimistic of Fiji’s chances

THE Flying Fijians assistant coach Senirusi Seruvakula has witnessed a bond within the players that could determine a positive outcome on their historical match against the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday morning. Despite the short period of preparation as a team and the numerous debutants gunning to stamp their first international Test match for...

Fijians ready to retaliate

COACH John McKee has expected a competitive clash against the Barbarians side on Sunday. Responding to RNZ, he said the game would suit them because the Barbarians wanted to play rugby — there would be a lot of ball movement, a lot ball in play, probably less kicking than we normally see when we come...

Leone Nakarawa suspended by Racing 92

PARIS, 15 NOVEMBER 2019 (WIRES) – Flying Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa, a fans’ favourite during his three seasons at Glasgow Warriors has been suspended by his current club, Racing 92, and could be sacked. The 31-year-old lock was late in rejoining his club after representing Fiji at the World Cup in Japan, where he played...

Private meeting brings one-time ‘loose cannon’ Koroisau back to Penrith

SYDNEY, 15 NOVEMBER 2019 (NRL) – Ivan Cleary once enlisted Api Koroisau to help him break down a language barrier to sign Fijian gun Viliame Kikau. But the Panthers coach wanted to make sure Koroisau had left his old “loose cannon” ways behind before bringing the No.9 back to Penrith. Koroisau spurned interest from Canterbury...

14th November

Springboks’ World Cup winner Brits calls time on career

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa hooker Schalk Brits announced his retirement from all forms of rugby on Wednesday, the second time the 38-year-old has brought down the curtain on his career. Brits retired in May 2018 after leaving Saracens but was lured back by Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus and helped them lift the Rugby...

Jones regrets not changing lineup for World Cup final

(Reuters) – England coach Eddie Jones says he got his team selection wrong for the Rugby World Cup final and should have brought in fresh legs to face South Africa. Jones fielded the same starting 15 against South Africa that had stunned defending champions New Zealand in the semi-final but England were unable to cope...

Vuniwaqa: You are wonderful ambassadors

“YOU are wonderful ambassadors for young women and girls in Fiji and also in the Pacific.” These were the sentiments of Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa at the morning team hosted by the French Embassy to celebrate women empowerment and the successful qualification of the women’s sevens team to the Olympic...

Spain to host game; Fiji’s Lomani among high profile graduates

THE age-grade competition will be organised in the Valencia region at the Campo de El Pantano, a rugby stadium located in Villajoyosa, from 14-27 September. It will be the first time Spain and the Federación Española de Rugby (FER) organise the tournament. The World Rugby U20 Trophy has provided a platform for the future stars...

Jones regrets not changing lineup for World Cup final

(Reuters) – England coach Eddie Jones says he got his team selection wrong for the Rugby World Cup final and should have brought in fresh legs to face South Africa. Jones fielded the same starting 15 against South Africa that had stunned defending champions New Zealand in the semi-final but England were unable to cope...

13th November

Spain to host World Rugby U20 Trophy in 2020

VALENCIA, 13 NOVEMBER 2019 (WORLD RUGBY) – World Rugby has announced that Spain will host the 13th edition of the World Rugby U20 Trophy in September 2020. The age-grade competition will be organised in the Valencia region at the Campo de El Pantano, a rugby stadium located in Villajoyosa, from 14-27 September. It will be...

Wales’ Patchell and Davies to undergo surgery

(Reuters) – Wales duo Rhys Patchell and Jonathan Davies face months out of action as they prepare to have surgery for injuries sustained in the Rugby World Cup, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) said on Tuesday. Flyhalf half Patchell injured his shoulder in Wales’ 40-17 defeat by New Zealand in the third place playoff while...

French Embassy celebrates Fijiana 7s team’s achievement

MEMBERS of the Fijiana 7s team was hosted to a morning tea by the French Embassy to celebrate women empowerment and the successful qualification of the women’s sevens team to the Olympic Games. Also present was the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa, who thanked the women’s team for being role models...

Tonga declares Friday  public holiday to celebrate rugby league win

NUKU’ALOFA, 13 NOVEMBER 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) – Tonga is to have a public holiday this Friday to mark the achievements of the Tonga Invitational XIII rugby league team. In a statement, the Prime Minister’s Office said the day was in recognition of the team’s achievements at the recent Oceania Cup against Australia and Great Britain....

Five Pacific internationals among NZ Super Rugby squads

AUCKLAND, 13 NOVEMBER 2019 ( RNZ PACIFIC) – Tongan flanker Zane Kapeli is one of 46 rookies named in the New Zealand Super Rugby squads after impressing for the ‘Ikale Tahi at the Rugby World Cup. The 27-year-old, who only made his test debut 12 months ago, started all four of Tonga’s pool games in...

Four join Fiji 15s

FOUR players who featured for the Flying Fijians rugby team in the Rugby World Cup in Japan will participate in the match against the Barbarians on Sunday. Eroni Mawi, Mosese Voka, Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto, and Frank Lomani are the only players who are available from the RWC squad while other players who make up the...

12th November

Fiji Bati eye rugby league’s top table

CHRISTCHURCH, 12 NOVEMBER 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The Fiji rugby league team are already looking ahead to next year after earning promotion to Pool A of the Oceania Cup. The Bati came from behind to beat Papua New Guinea 22-20 in Christchurch at the weekend, which secured top spot in Pool B and a place...

David Fifita Bali jail: Brisbane Broncos forward released

SYDNEY, 12 NOVEMBER 2019 (NRL) – Broncos forward David Fifita said he learned “a big lesson” from the events that led to his three-day incarceration in a Bali jail cell as he spoke to media on his arrival at Brisbane International Airport on Tuesday morning. The 19-year-old will now provide the NRL integrity Unit with...

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