Rugby

National U16 side sets target

THE Fiji U16 team to the Australian Junior Rugby Championship has set its target to focus on their game plan rather than playing individually. Coach Masi Saqanavere was happy with the players that he had...

In the hunt

STILL on the hunt for that elusive first win away from home, the Fiji Airways Drua team once again amends its starting line-up to face Sydney Rays tomorrow in the next round of the National Rugby Championship (NRC). Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula has made eight changes from his starting line-up after last week’s hammering in...

Nadi’s best set for semi-finals

RIO Olympics Fiji 7s gold medallists Samisoni Viriviri and Kitione Taliga will spearhead Dratabu’s campaign in the Jack’s Nadi Rugby Union Super 14 semi-finals to be held at Prince Charles Park this afternoon. The former national 7s reps were in top form in last week’s quarter-finals and are expected to play a huge role against...

FRU names Vanua team for NZ tour

FIJIAN rugby players now have another chance to expose their talents internationally. Thanks to the Fiji Rugby Union and its New Zealand counterpart, a Fijian team called the Vodafone Vanua XV will tour New Zealand in November. Members of the team are players competing in the Vodafone Vanua Championship. After discussions with NZR, the FRU...

Nippon TV, NHK and J SPORTS appointed Japan rights holders for RWC 2019

TOKYO,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (WORLD RUGBY) – Rugby World Cup 2019 is set to deliver a record domestic broadcast audience after World Rugby announced the appointment of Nippon TV, NHK and J SPORTS as broadcaster rights-holders for Japan. The appointment of Japan’s leading sports broadcasters as rights-holders will ensure that the tournament has the widest-possible audience...

World Rugby warns teams, fans to cover tattoos at Japan 2019 RWC

TOKYO,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SPORTS 24) – Teams and supporters at next year’s Rugby World Cup have been warned that they need to cover tattoos in public to avoid causing offence. Players have been asked by World Rugby to wear rash vests when they use public gyms or swimming pools as tattoos are associated in Japan...

Beaumont anticipates special and game-changing RWC 2019 as Japan celebrates one year to go

TOKYO,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (WORLD RUGBY) – World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont believes that Japan 2019 will be “a very special and game-changing Rugby World Cup” as the one year to go milestone was marked with a series of celebrations across the host nation. On 20 September, 2019, the world’s top 20 teams, supported by 1.8...

Hull FC’s injured Tonga skipper to miss test against Australia

LONDON, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (BBC SPORT) – Hull FC’s Tonga international skipper Sika Manu will miss his country’s Test against Australia – and the Black and Whites’ last two Super League games – with a medial cruciate ligament injury. Manu, 31, suffered the knee damage in Friday’s 38-12 defeat at St Helens. “Sika is the...

Fiji U16 rugby team to play as a unit

MEMBERS of the Fiji Under-16 team to the Australian Junior Rugby Championship have set their target to play as a unit when they meet top teams from Australia and New Zealand. Coach Masi Saqanavere was happy with the players that he had selected and thanked the parents for their support towards their child’s welfare for...

Veitokani to start at fullback against Sydney Rays

FIJI Airways Drua star Alivereti Veitokani will start at fullback against Sydney Rays in the National Rugby Championship on Sunday, September 23. In a statement issued today, the Fiji Rugby Union said Johnny Dyer, Jone Manu, Tevita Naqali and Seru Vularika have all earned their first starts for the season, with Alifereti Rabukawaqa and Asaeli...

2018 FUSA Games: Mixed results in rugby union on day one

MIXED results were recorded on day one in rugby union at the Fiji Inter-Tertiary Competition that continues in Suva today. In the senior 15s grade, FNU West went down to the FNU2 team 8-nil, USP Lautoka beat FNU Labasa 5-nil, FNU West edged APTC 12-5, while University of Fiji Lautoka and FNU Labasa played to...

McKee eyes Veitokani

FIJI Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee is closely monitoring the performance of nippy playmaker Alivereti Veitokani in his quest to select the strongest team for the Europe Tour in November. McKee said the Fiji Airways Drua playmaker had the calibre and the talent to secure a spot in the Flying Fijians team, but...

University rugby champion loses opening game

THE Fiji inter-tertiary sports competition continues to grow after a massive turnout on the first day of competition at USP Laucala Campus grounds in Suva yesterday. Participants include students from universities in Labasa who also took part in competitions which started yesterday. Competition ends tomorrow. USP sports president Gabriel Qoro said these years competition had...

Drua leaving no stone unturned

THE Fiji Airways Drua is leaving no stone unturned as they prepare for their National Rugby Championship fourth round match against the Sydney Rays on Sunday. Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula has put the team through some intensive training sessions this week at their training camp in Lennox Head, New South Wales, Australia. “Training has been...

Former Fiji Drua player signs contract with French Top 14 club

FORMER Fiji Airways Drua player Peceli Nacebe has secured a new and lucrative contract with the Brive Rugby Union in France. The Mavua, Nadroga native who came to Fiji last week said he was fortunate enough to have signed the two years deal after finishing from his former club the Bordeaux Rugby Union. Nacebe joins...

Test for Fiji U18 rugby team

THE Fiji rugby under-18 are focused on improving their game structure before they play their first friendly match next week in Wellington, New Zealand. This was revealed by team head coach Noca Baleitoga yesterday at Bidesi ground in Suva. Baleitoga said they had been working on their set pieces and how they could execute them...

Fiji U16 tests scrum

THE Fiji under-16 and U18 rugby teams have conducted their first scrimmage sessions together at Bidesi ground in Suva yesterday. The purpose of this drill was to review and analyse the areas that both teams need to improve on before they leave for the New Zealand and Australia tour. Fiji under-16 coach Masi Saqanavere said...

Baber’s new target: Making this season a winning one

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s coach has set his target for the new sevens season starting with the 2018 Oceania Rugby 7s Championship in Suva in November. And the former Hong Kong 7s coach has kept his selection doors wide open after scouting players at the Fiji National Rugby League 9s tournament held at Bidesi Ground...

Drua to rectify mistakes

SECOND placed Fiji Airways Drua targets another win this weekend in its National Rugby Championship round four match against the seventh placed Sydney Rays at Lennox Heads, NSW, Australia on Sunday. Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula says the lessons learnt from last weekend will be the driving force towards their next match in the 2018 National...

Tovata braces for tough challenge

THE new Ram Sami Nasinu Rugby Union weekly challenge champion Tovata is expected to face a tough battle when they face challengers Nadera this weekend. Tovata defeated former champion Tacirua 15-5 in a tough encounter last weekend at the St Marcellin Primary School ground in Vatuwaqa. It was the opening challenge of the season. Former...

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