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FIJI 7s men’s team forward Suliano Volivoli isn’t only a representative at the HSBC World Sevens Series but also a frontline in the fight against COVID-19 in the country. The Police officer changed uniform after...

Creativity key for Dame Noeline Taurua’s Silver Ferns

Dame Noeline Taurua is renowned for thinking outside the box and innovative netball ideas. It was Taurua’s brainwave to bring in the New Zealand men’s side for a warm-up series prior to the 2019 Netball World Cup, which also featured a New Zealand All Stars team and Fiji. The Ferns lost both games against the men, but...

Steven Adams uses a Kiwi classic to help ‘keep that immune system strong’

Kiwi NBA star Steven Adams has gone to one of his favourite dishes in a bid to help boost his immune system amid the Coronavirus outbreak. The Oklahoma City Thunder big man has plenty of spare time on his hands due to the NBA suspending its season because of the Covid-19 outbreak. Adams has posted a...

Rugby league: State of Origin to restart the season if NRL gets green light

For years, State of Origin has been referred to as the jewel in rugby league’s thorny old crown. Given the truckloads of revenue it delivers, you can understand why. Now, in these uncertain times, it’s the Hope Diamond. NSW and Queensland players loom as lab rats as the game ramps up plans to play in...

Uefa working to resume European football around July and August

A European plan is being formed to resume football around July and August, with domestic competitions told not to abandon seasons yet due to the coronavirus pandemic The determination to ensure competitions are “decided on the field” to protect their integrity was outlined in a letter that was obtained by The Associated Press. It was signed...

Rugby unions engage in crisis talks as Covid-19 pandemic rips through sport

The coronavirus pandemic has left rugby on its knees over the last two weeks and there is the prospect of more pain to come because of the uncertainty over whether leagues, tours and international competitions can resume or go ahead USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy. New Zealand Rugby has slashed staff salaries. The Australians...

Coronavirus: NRL players open to living on an island together in isolation, says union boss

The NRL players’ union have revealed they’re willing to consider all the game’s stars living in a bubble together to ensure the 2020 season can restart. The NRL have now shifted their attention to getting back on the field, after a pay deal was brokered between them and the Rugby League Players Association on Thursday....

Coronavirus: Postponing Tokyo Olympics will cost at least $3.3 billion but is set to increase

Postponing the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 will make the event more costly for all parties, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) acknowledged on Thursday (Friday NZ time), although it offered few details on what the final bill might be. Four directors of the Olympic body held a conference call three days after Tokyo’s new dates were...

Black Caps grounded for winter

New Zealand Cricket has canned one tour and expects more to follow as the Covid-19 pandemic bites deeper into the world sporting calendar. NZC chief executive David White on Friday confirmed the postponement of the White Ferns’ tour of Sri Lanka, scheduled to start later this month, and said it was “most unlikely” the Black Caps would...

Kumar’s stepping down will be a huge loss, says Fiji FA

FIJI Football Association CEO Mohammed Yusuf says the stepping down on Ba FA President Rishi Kumar will be a huge loss to Fijian football. Yusuf said 17 years isn’t a short time and Kumar has contributed a lot towards football. “He is one of the most successful administrators Fijian football has had. With him Ba...

Irritated Ajax want Dutch league called off

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Ajax Amsterdam technical director Marc Overmars on Wednesday expressed astonishment at plans to try to complete the Dutch league season and compared the country’s football association and UEFA to Donald Trump. His irritated reaction came after the Dutch football association (KNVB) issued a statement saying it would follow UEFA’s direction to attempt...

Mixed martial arts: Nurmagomedov in quarantine, says Ferguson fight off

(Reuters) – UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov says his fight against American Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 is off as he is in quarantine in Russia amid the coronavirus pandemic. Dagestan native Nurmagomedov was scheduled to face Ferguson on April 18 at the Barclays Center in New York but the venue had already been ruled...

No deal yet over wage cuts for Premier League players

C(Reuters) – Talks between the Premier League and the PFA players union over potential wage cuts or deferrals, due to the coronavirus stoppage, failed to reach an agreement on Wednesday, the organisations said in a joint statement. Senior representatives from the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), the Premier League, the EFL (Football League) and the League...

Woods, Mickelson to play coronavirus relief match with Brady, Manning

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will play a coronavirus relief golf match next month with Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, CNBC reported on Wednesday. The report, which sourced an unnamed person familiar with the negotiations, said the charity match would be held at an undisclosed location without fans and is...

Fittipaldi and Deletraz take Haas F1 reserve roles

LONDON (Reuters) – Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi and Swiss racer Louis Deletraz have been appointed official test and reserve drivers for the Haas Formula One team. Both have tested and carried out simulator work for the U.S.-owned team in the past. With the Formula One season yet to start due to the coronavirus pandemic, the pair...

No deal yet over wage cuts for Premier League players

(Reuters) – Talks between the Premier League and the PFA players union over potential wage cuts or deferrals, due to the coronavirus stoppage, failed to reach an agreement on Wednesday, the organisations said in a joint statement. Senior representatives from the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA), the Premier League, the EFL (Football League) and the League...

Newlands aftermath helped Australia improve behaviour – Paine

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Player behaviour has significantly improved throughout Australian cricket after the 2018 Newlands scandal and the scrutiny that followed the episode, test captain Tim Paine said. Australia’s ill-tempered tour of South Africa exploded in a ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town two years ago, leading to a review of the team culture among other...

UEFA suspends Champions League, Europa League until further notice

(Reuters) – UEFA bowed to the inevitable on Wednesday and suspended all Champions League and Europa League soccer matches “until further notice” due to the coronavirus pandemic. European soccer’s governing body also said all national team games scheduled for June have been postponed, including playoff matches for Euro 2020, which has been moved to 2021....

Leverkusen players agree pay cut amid virus pandemic

BERLIN (Reuters) – Bayer Leverkusen players, staff and management on Wednesday unanimously agreed to accept an unspecified pay cut as the Bundesliga remains suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bundesliga rivals Hoffenheim later followed suit, with club bosses saying success for the small club in recent years had created a cushion and it was now time...

2nd April

FILE PHOTO: Cricket – ICC Cricket World Cup Final – New Zealand v England – Lord’s, London, Britain – July 14, 2019 England’s Eoin Morgan in action Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

(Reuters) – England coach Eddie Jones is on the verge of agreeing a new contract through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the BBC has reported. The Australian’s current deal does not expire until August next year but his future has been the subject of speculation since he guided England to the World Cup final...

Sport on TV can lift spirits during coronavirus lockdown: Morgan

(Reuters) – England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan says giving fans the chance to watch live cricket on television, even if the matches took place without spectators, would help boost morale during the coronavirus pandemic. The England and Wales Cricket Board has suspended all professional cricket until May 28 but is looking at the possibility of...

Kumar calls for athletes to continue training

JET Runners Club president Abhinesh Kumar has urged athletes to continue with their training program in a bid to maintain their fitness despite the cancellation of the annual Coca-Cola Games and the Fiji National Athletics Championship. According to Kumar many school athletes are disappointed with the cancellations because of the COVID-19 pandemic but it was...

Plans for FIFA projects

THE Fiji Football Association’s FIFA funded projects will continue despite the trying times caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Fiji FA’s sponsors have already indicated a halt in sponsorship funds until the end of the year which may have a big impact on the sport if the major tournaments like the upcoming Vodafone Fiji...

Netball funding

WITH the current situation, funding of our programs could be affected, says Netball Fiji president RubyAnn Sorovaki. The newly elected Netball Fiji boss told this newspaper that it was work in progress, though. “With the current situation, funding of our programs might be on hold,” RubyAnn said. “It will require another approach. We will wait...

Why Wales rugby fans still love Jonah Lomu

The late, great Jonah Lomu is still fondly remembered in Wales for giving away boots, a ghetto blaster, a sofa and a television to teammates during a short stint with the Cardiff Blues. The All Blacks legend left an indelible impression after 10 games with Cardiff in 2005. The Wales Online website has published a feature...

Steve Hansen urges rugby post-coronavirus to make most of second shot at global season

Former All Blacks coach Sir Steve Hansen believes rugby will get a second crack at a true global season post the COVID-19 pandemic and he’s calling on the sport not to drop the ball this time. Hansen was a special guest on the most recent “Pick up the Pace” podcast out of Wellington and during...

NZ Rugby slashes salaries, offers rescue grants for Super Rugby teams

New Zealand Rugby has slashed its own staff salaries and offered to bail out its Super Rugby franchises with a $1.25 million (US$739,000) rescue package as the sport continues to grapple with the financial implications of Covid-19. Chief executive Mark Robinson, who is refusing to give up on its premier club competition resuming at some...

NRL CEO Greenberg agrees to take same pay deal as players

NRL’s agreement with the RLPA is set to be sealed after CEO Todd Greeberg agreed to take the same pay deal as the players. The RLPA was presented on Wednesday with a revised proposal regarding player salary cuts due to the postponed 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Following the earlier announcement in the week...

Manumā Samoa test negative for Covid-19 during extended stay in NZ

A Samoan national representative rugby team is having an extended stay in New Zealand after being caught in the lockdown on their way home from Australia. The Manumā Samoa had gone into self-isolation in Auckland after returning from their Rapid Rugby season opener in Perth last March. However once New Zealand’s lockdown was implemented and...

Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since World War Two

LONDON (Reuters) – The Wimbledon championships were cancelled for the first time since World War Two on Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic struck another blue-riband sports event off the calendar and wiped out the entire tennis grasscourt season. While the decision had looked inevitable for some time, since the virtual shutdown of world sport and...

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