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Whitelock ready to help new ABs captain Cane

Sam Whitelock says missing out on the All Blacks captaincy doesn’t mean he can’t have an impact as a leader in the New Zealand side. Tipped by many as the successor to Kieran Read, the...

Officials agree to one referee system

The ARL Commission and match officials have reached an agreement to resolve their dispute, clearing the way for the NRL to resume on Thursday with one referee per game. The referees’ union has agreed to trial the competition’s plan to revert to one on-field official in matches this year in conjunction with the new six-again...

SANZAAR, Six Nations in talks over global rugby calendar

The Covid-19 enforced shutdown of sport may help rugby solve one of its biggest issues. Southern hemsiphere rugby body SANZAAR and the Six Nations have entered a consultation process aimed at creating an aligned global rugby calendar “in total transparency with unions, clubs and players”. The hope is to have international windows that are aligned...

Osaka becomes world’s highest-earning female athlete

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, raking in US $37.4 million (NZ $61.4 million) in prize money and endorsements over the last year, according to Forbes. The 22-year-old twice Grand Slam champion’s total is the most ever earned by a female athlete in a 12-month period. She earned...

Premier League boss optimistic about June return

The Premier League is “as confident as we can be” about restarting in June, says chief executive Richard Masters. Players resumed training on Tuesday, the day it was announced there had been six positive tests for coronavirus across three clubs. The Premier League, suspended on 13 March, had previously identified 12 June as a possible...

Spain’s La Liga gets green light to resume

Spanish football’s top flight division La Liga can return to action from 8 June after being disrupted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said. All organised football in Spain was provisionally suspended on 12 March although clubs in the top two divisions have since returned to group training. La Liga has yet...

NBA hoping to resume season at Disney World

The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company about restarting its suspended season at Disney World in Florida in late July after it was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The potential plan would see the league hold games at a single site, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a sprawling athletic...

Two more positive tests in UK Premier League

Two people from two English Premier League clubs have tested positive for coronavirus after a second batch of testing. It takes the number of positive tests to eight from England’s top-flight football clubs, whose players returned to limited group training on Tuesday. “The Premier League can today confirm that on Tuesday 19 May, Thursday 21 May and...

NRL makes rule change to help Warriors

The Warriors have been granted special dispensation to loan players from rival clubs less than a week out from the resumption of the NRL season. The Auckland club has been asking the Australian Rugby League Commission for extra support, having lost three players to long-term injuries since arriving in Australia. The Warriors need relief in...

Two more positive coronavirus tests in Premier League

LONDON (Reuters) – Two people from two Premier League clubs have tested positive for the coronavirus after a second batch of testing, the Premier League said on Saturday. Since the players returned to limited group training on Tuesday, eight positive tests for the virus have been confirmed from England’s top-flight clubs. “The Premier League can...

Door still open for Sunwolves; talks on over new TV deal

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The door was not quite closed on Japan’s Sunwolves joining an Australian domestic competition involving Super Rugby teams, while negotiations for a new broadcast agreement had been “fruitful”, Rugby Australia (RA) said on Saturday. Super Rugby was postponed after seven weeks in mid-March as governments imposed travel bans due to the novel...

French Open organisers working with authorities to avoid U.S. Open clash

PARIS (Reuters) – French Open director Guy Forget said he was working hand in hand with tennis authorities to make sure the dates of the claycourt Grand Slam tournament and those of the U.S. Open do not clash, adding that Flushing Meadows would make an announcement next month. The French Open had originally been due...

24th May

Tietjens takes time off to reflect journey

WITH the love and passion for 7s rugby injected into his veins for the past two and half decades, former Samoa and New Zealand head coach Sir Gordon Tietjens has called it time out from coaching duties to set his plans before he makes a decision on his next move. Tietjens has proved to be...

FRU sets date

THE Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor has marked July 11, as the scheduled date for local rugby competition to kick-start however that would only be possible once the Government gives the green light. However, the Return to Play Protocol will come in place four weeks before the kick-off date to ensure the...

NBA hoping to resume season at Disney World

The NBA is in talks with The Walt Disney Company about restarting its suspended season at Disney World in Florida in late July after it was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The potential plan would see the league hold games at a single site, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a sprawling athletic...

Spain’s La Liga gets green light to resume

Spanish football’s top flight division La Liga can return to action from 8 June after being disrupted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said. All organised football in Spain was provisionally suspended on 12 March although clubs in the top two divisions have since returned to group training. La Liga has yet...

Osaka becomes world’s highest-earning female athlete

LONDON (Reuters) – Japan’s Naomi Osaka has surpassed Serena Williams as the world’s highest-paid female athlete, raking in $37.4 million in prize money and endorsements over the last year, according to Forbes. The 22-year-old twice Grand Slam champion’s total is the most ever earned by a female athlete in a 12-month period. She earned $1.4...

U.S. to exempt foreign athletes from coronavirus-related entry bans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will exempt some foreign athletes who compete in professional sporting events in the United States from entry bans imposed because of the novel coronavirus epidemic, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said on Friday. “In today’s environment, Americans need their sports. It’s time to reopen the economy and...

Premier League confident about June restart

(Reuters) – The Premier League is “as confident as we can be” about England’s top-flight soccer league restarting in June, its chief executive Richard Masters was quoted as saying by the BBC on Friday. The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 amid the COVID-19 crisis and June 12 has been identified as a...

23rd May

A time to get back to lifestyle basics

FIJIANA 7s head coach Saiasi Fuli believes the COVID-19 situatuion in the country has allowed people to get back in touch with the basics of everyday Fijian lifestyle. “This pandemic helps us to go back to basic lifestyle,” Fuli said. “For me, this difficult time creates a perfect opportunity to re-live basic lifestyles.” Fuli said...

Fiji to implement new FIFA rules

THE Fiji Football Association is cherishing the announcement by the sport’s governing body, FIFA in amending Law 3 regarding the laws of the game by introducing the new five substitutes rule. “For Fiji FA, we are ready to implement the new rules, as soon as the ‘green light’ is given by the relevant authorities to...

Premier League boss optimistic about June return

The Premier League is “as confident as we can be” about restarting in June, says chief executive Richard Masters. Players resumed training on Tuesday, the day it was announced there had been six positive tests for coronavirus across three clubs. The Premier League, suspended on 13 March, had previously identified 12 June as a possible...

COVID-19: Kiribati para-athletes stranded in Fiji

Three para-athletes from Kiribati are stranded in Fiji for nearly three months due to the global impact of COVID-19. The trio,  Ongiou Timeon and Karae Tioti and their coach Karotu Bakae, had flown down to Australia in February to attend the international classification at the Queensland State Championships. They managed to reach Fiji as countries...

Reds trio terminate contracts after refusing pay cuts, manager slams Queensland union

Izack Rodda, Harry Hockings and Isaac Lucas have officially parted ways with the Queensland Reds and the group is adamant the Super Rugby franchise had no legal grounds to stand them down after they refused a short-term pay cut. On Monday, the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) issued a statement saying Rodda, Hockings and Lucas were stood...

Coates says Tokyo Games face ‘real problems’ due to COVID-19

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Tokyo Games organisers face “real problems” staging the Olympics next year as coronavirus infections continue to soar, senior international Olympic official John Coates said. Coates, Australia’s Olympic chief and head of the International Olympic Committee’s inspectorate for Tokyo, said organisers had to assume there would be no vaccine for COVID-19, or none...

Bruce ‘in the dark’ over proposed Newcastle takeover

LONDON (Reuters) – Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce says he is ‘in the dark’ about a proposed Saudi-backed takeover of the Premier League club but would hope to stay on under any new owners. Former Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who took Liverpool to Champions League glory in 2005, and ex-Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino are...

UEFA chief Ceferin optimistic about Euros going ahead next year

(Reuters) – UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin expects the postponed Euro 2020 tournament to take place as scheduled next year, he told Spanish newspaper El Mundo. The Euros, which were to be held across 12 host cities between June and July, were postponed in March until 2021 as the novel coronavirus ravaged the global sporting calendar....

FINA postpones 2020 World Swimming Championships to December 2021 due to COVID-19

(Reuters) – This year’s World Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi, scheduled to take place in December, have been pushed back by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, swimming’s world governing body FINA said on Thursday. The competition will now be held from Dec. 13-18, 2021. The World Aquatics Convention will also take place in...

Cricket: Need practice to break saliva habit, says India’s Ashwin

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Ravichandran Ashwin says he will need practice to break the habit of applying saliva to shine the ball, an age-old ploy which faces a potential ban when cricket resumes after the coronavirus shutdown. The International Cricket Council’s cricket committee has said players can still use sweat to help shine the...

Bok star Du Toit commits to Stormers after change of heart

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – World Rugby Player of the Year Pieter-Steph du Toit has confirmed he will stay at South African Super Rugby side the Stormers after initially giving notice he would terminate his contract. Players in South Africa had a 21-day window to opt out of their current contracts and become free agents in...

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