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Sera’s ultimate test

In his series on players reflecting on their debuts for Australia, Rupert Guiness speaks with Wallaroo lock Sera Naiqama who first played for Australia in the 2019 Oceania Championship. When Naiqama first stood on-field in the Australian jersey, she was...

Club hosts annual ‘Balls and Beards’ tournament

The Suva Golden Oldies Rugby Club (SGORC) hosted its annual Balls and Beards rugby tournament at Albert Park last Saturday. The Suva Golden Oldies one, Suva Golden Oldies two, Lautoka Legends, Nadi Classics, Marist Women’s Rugby Club, the Striders and the Fijiana one and Fijiana two teams came together for a day of social rugby....

Navy team bounces back in style

The Navy Rugby Club bounced back to top form taking round two of the Tau Sports and Digicel Suva Club 10s championship to win beating Covenant 7-0 in the final at Buckhurst ground over the weekend. Navy finished the previous round one with a 7-5 loss to Jussi Buinivai in the bowl final but returned...

Moves underway to promote women’s rugby

The chief executive officer of the Fiji Rugby Union, John O’Connor, has confirmed the introduction of a separate women’s competition next year to promote and enhance the sport among females in the country. O’Connor said the concept would come to life sooner than expected. “We’re planning to run a separate competition for the women,” he...

FNRL board re-elected

The Fiji National Rugby League has re-elected its current board to run for the next three years in the aim of keeping the the federation consistent and achieving its policies towards the Rugby League World Cup in 2025. The current members were re-elected during the FNRL annual general meeting at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort...

Drua team maps out game plan

Fijian Drua Super Rugby team head coach Mick Byrne is mapping out a game plan that is based around fast, powerful and adventurous players. In a statement by Fiji Rugby Union, the Swire Shipping-sponsored side’s coach said the side needed a fly half with experience at the top level who would be able to keep...

Redemption round: Fiji, France, Spain and Argentina in Dubai 7s Pool C

The Fiji 7s team get an early chance to settle the score this weekend, after being drawn in Pool C with third place winners Argentina for the second round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Fiji is in Pool C alongside France and Spain and Argentina who goes top seed. Gold medal winners South...

Fiji’s rising 7s stars

The Fiji 7s team fell short of a bronze medal after a hard fought contest losing to Argentina 19-12 in the third and fourth place play-off during the Dubai 7s tournament yesterday. Debutant and second placed DHL impact player of the tournament, Joseva Talacolo said they were proud of their first performance, especially as the...

Tuivuaka calls on new reps to work together

Olympic Games gold medallist Asaeli Tuivuaka has called on the new members of the Fiji 7s team to work together if they want to win this weekend in the Dubai 7s. He said teamwork was important on the international rugby stage, especially in the World Rugby Sevens Series. “We had a good start, but more teamwork and commitment to each other would be the key to...

Islanders’ games postponed through Nov. 30 due to COVID-19

 New York Islanders’ games will be postponed at least through Nov. 30 due to a growing number of players in COVID-19 protocol, the National Hockey League (NHL) said on Saturday. The NHL said in a statement that with up to eight players potentially unavailable due to COVID-19 protocol, as well as the possibility of additional...

Late goals ensure Barcelona win away at Villarreal

Barcelona scored twice in the closing stages for a 3-1 triumph at Villarreal on Saturday as they won away for the first time this season and handed new coach Xavi Hernandez a second successive LaLiga triumph. Memphis Depay calmly went around goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli to score a dramatic 88th-minute goal that restored their lead and...

Juve’s season goes from bad to worse with home defeat by Atalanta

Juventus suffered another setback as they lost 1-0 at home to Atalanta after a Duvan Zapata goal on Saturday, with a fifth defeat in 14 Serie A games leaving them in eighth place. The hosts struggled to create any openings of note in the first half, with their defending not up to the required standard...

Lille squander late penalty and held at home by Nantes

Champions Lille failed to convert a late penalty and remained in the bottom half of the Ligue 1 table when they were held to a 1-1 home draw by 10-man Nantes on Saturday. The result left Lille stuck in 12th spot, with 18 points from 15 matches, one point behind their visitors who remained in...

28th November

McGregor expects to resume sparring by April

Conor McGregor, who underwent surgery for a broken leg suffered during a July fight, said on Saturday he expects to fully resume sparring by April, at which point the former UFC two-weight champion expects a return to the Octagon will be imminent. McGregor’s competitive future was in doubt after he suffered the injury during a...

Brighton frustrated in goalless home draw with Leeds

Brighton & Hove Albion extended their winless run in the Premier League to eight games when they were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Leeds United on Saturday. The hosts dominated the first half, in which they spurned some glorious chances, and carved out the best opportunities in the second half but...

Palmeiras win Copa Libertadores with Deyverson extra-time goal

Palmeiras won the Copa Libertadores for the second year in a row when an extra-time goal from Deyverson gave them a 2-1 win over Flamengo in an absorbing all-Brazilian final on Saturday. It is the third time the Sao Paulo club have won South America’s equivalent of Europe’s Champions League following victories in 1999 and...

‘We’re not going to get this’: Joseph Parker’s trainer feared defeat against Dereck Chisora

As the scorecards were being read out, Andy Lee admits he feared the worst. His new charge, Joseph Parker, had just battled through 12 gruelling rounds with veteran British heavyweight Dereck Chisora, climbing off the canvas after being floored seven seconds into their absorbing contest at Manchester Arena in May. At ringside, opinion was divided on...

Players’ boss Rob Nichol pushes World Rugby to fix Folau Fakatava eligibility ‘anomaly’

Highlanders halfback Folau Fakatava’s All Blacks eligibility status could be determined in the next few weeks as NZRPA chief executive Rob Nichol pushes World Rugby to pass a “simple fix” that would clarify the positions of players stuck in rugby’s equivalent of no-man’s land. Tongan-born Fakatava is currently in the curious position of being deemed...

Black Caps face uphill task after batting collapse versus India in first test

New Zealand were four balls away from enjoying lunch in a healthy situation on day three of the first test against India. At 197-1 and with two of the country’s most prolific batters in their test history ensconced at the crease, the visitors would have been thinking about planning during the break how to ramp...

Liverpool toys with Southampton in latest attacking clinic

Diogo Jota celebrated scoring the quickest goal in the English Premier League this season by sitting on the Anfield turf, crossing his legs and pretending to play on a gaming console. Liverpool simply toyed with Southampton on Sunday (NZT). In another masterful display by the best attack in the league, Liverpool swept to a 4-0...

Wellington Phoenix men claim first win of season, holding off Central Coast Mariners

A missed penalty didn’t even matter, as the Wellington Phoenix extended their club-record unbeaten run by chalking up their first win of the A-League Men season on Saturday night, with a 2-1 result against the Central Coast Mariners in Wollongong. Ben Waine never looked confident on the 86th minute spot kick – there was major...

Barbarians v Samoa match at Twickenham called off 90 minutes before kickoff

The rugby international between the Barbarians and Samoa was called off only 90 minutes before kickoff at Twickenham on Sunday (NZ time) due to six confirmed cases of the coronavirus among the Barbarians players and staff. The decision was made following a recommendation by the Professional Game Testing Oversight Group, the Rugby Football Union said....

27th November

Dubai 7s: Fiji men’s side lose to USA in Cup semis

The Fiji men’s side has been bundled out of the Cup competition at the Dubai 7s. Fiji lost to USA 21-19 in the Cup semi-final. Fiji had a good first half as they led 19-7. USA dominated possession in the second spell and scored two unanswered tries. USA will play South Africa in the Cup...

Dubai 7s: Fijiana to face Australia in final

The Fijiana 7s side has secured a spot in the final of the women’s division at the Dubai 7s. Fijiana defeated Great Britain 28-5 in their final pool match. Fijiana, Russia and Great Britain were all tied on 10 points each however Fijiana qualified on a better points differential. Fijiana will face Australia in the...

Dubai 7s: Fiji books semi-final spot

The Fiji men’s 7s side will face USA in the Cup semi-final of the Dubai 7s. This after the Saiasi Fuli coached side beat Kenya 19-5 in their quarterfinal. Kenya scored first but Fiji replied with tries from Joseva Talacolo and Filipe Sauturaga as Fiji led 14-5 at halftime. Panapasa Qeruqeru scored the only try...

‘Strong financial reserves’

Fiji Football Associations strong financial reserves ensured the organisation survived the effects of COVID-19, states chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf in the 2020 annual report that will be presented to the 83rd Congress on 12 December in Lautoka. He said Fiji FA lost a sponsorship of $600,000 in this period. “We had to defer the...

Naevo cautions players to maintain discipline

Man-mountain Semisi Naevo has urged the Fiji 7s and Fijiana 7s teams to maintain discipline at all times while playing in this weekend’s Dubai 7s. The former national 7s and 15s lanky forward said discipline on the field was important to avoid being flashed yellow and red cards. “It’s vital to have discipline on the...

Tamani set to join side

The Fiji 7s team has become the talk of the town at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, especially with its entirely new outfit for the 2021/2022 season. “There has been a lot of talk,” Fuli said. “From teams that we are camping together and chats with other coaches, there has been a lot of...

Born to lead

New Fiji 7s captain Josua Vakurinabili has a huge responsibility on his shoulders. The seasoned 7s rugby campaigner and Olympic Games gold medallist, shoulders the burden of steering Fiji forward when the World Rugby Sevens Series resumes in Dubai this weekend. Vakurinabili, a young chief from the Nadroga Province, last night led a new look...

Italy and Portugal on collision course in World Cup playoffs

The last two European champions, Italy and Portugal, could face each other for a spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after they were drawn in the same path for the playoffs in Zurich. The 12 teams -10 of which finished runners-up in their groups – were split into three four-team paths, each with...

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