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Soccer – Honda keen for Victory kickoff after ‘weird’ off-season

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda is itching to kick off his Australian adventure with Melbourne Victory on Saturday after a long wait through the A-League’s “weird” and “unique” pre-season. As the league’s...

Jet-setting substitute helps Cruzeiro lift Copa do Brasil

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Uruguayan Giorgian de Arrascaeta scored just hours after returning from international duty to help Cruzeiro secure their sixth Copa do Brasila triumph with 2-1 second leg victory over Corinthians on Wednesday. The goal gave the Belo Horizonte club a 3-1 aggregate victory after they edged the first leg 1-0 at home...

Soccer – U.S. Women claim CONCACAF title over Canada

(Reuters) – The United States women’s soccer team won their eighth CONCACAF Championship with a 2-0 over Canada on Wednesday in Frisco, Texas as both sides continued to build toward next year’s World Cup. Rose Lavelle scored a goal in the opening minutes and Alex Morgan added another late on to give the Americans the...

Rugby – England’s Hughes has ban hiked to six weeks after ‘joke’ tweet

(Reuters) – England number eight Nathan Hughes will miss tests against South Africa, New Zealand and Japan after having a striking ban extended to six weeks for describing his disciplinary hearing as a “joke” on Twitter. The 27-year-old Wasps forward had earlier received a four-week ban for striking Gloucester’s Lewis Ludlow during the Oct. 6...

Victorians rugby challenge enters fourth year

THIS year marks the fourth year of this annual event of the Kontiki Finance Battle of the Victorians Rugby Challenge. The QVSOB RC (Suva) will host and they aim to make it a “bigger, better and memorable occasion”, and double it up as the last match of this year’s rugby season. Secretary Tevita Tuiloa thanked...

Kamea resigns as FNRL board member

FORMER Teivovo Magazine manager Culden Kamea has resigned as a board member of the Fiji National Rugby League. Kamea along with Petero Civoniceva and former board member Tomi Finau were elected into the office during their first annual general meeting in April this year. Kamea cited personal reasons for his resignantion. Speaking from Auckland in...

Fiji women footballers shift camp ahead of Samoa clash

THE Vodafone Fiji Football women’s side has shifted camp to Ba ahead of the two matches against Samoa next week. The side was camping in Suva but moved yesterday and will train at the Fiji FA Academy grounds in Ba. Coach Marika Rodu said 14 players were in camp this week with the rest to...

Suva Golden Oldies club receives campaign boost

SUVA Golden Oldies Rugby club (SGORC) received a boost of $3000 towards their support on the awareness of prostate cancer among men from Beiersdorf, a company manufacturer of Nivea at the Digicel House in Nabua, Suva. The sponsorship amount will go towards helping the club pay for prostate cancer testing, assisting in awareness programs and...

Vanuatu boxer gunning for a win

ROY Ser of Vanuatu will take on Buca Bay Boxing club’s prize gem Rakuro Daunivavana in the scheduled eight round super welterweight contest main supporting bout in the Best Boxing Promotion at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday. “Roy has got an aim and that is to win,” Ser’s father and manager Amos Warsal....

Turnbull 7s: Star studded DM 7s side wins first game

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s players started their Turnbull Namamanuca 7s campaign with a bang thumping Vunibaka 28-5 at Namamanuca Primary School ground in Yanuya this morning. Star players such as Kalione Nasoko, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Vatemo Ravouvou, Kitione Taliga, Waisea Nacuqu, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Terry Tamani and new find Napolioni Ratu played for the DM 7s. The...

Boost for tourney

THE Fiji Football Association has promised to increase the funding for the Vodafone-sponsored Fiji Primary School Football Association (FPSFA) Inter District Championship next year with the addition of providing uniforms for all participating teams. This was announced by Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel during the opening of the 43rd edition of the IDC which...

Ratu ready to pounce in 7s

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s training squad member Napolioni Ratu Nasalo is expected to be at his best at this weekend’s Turnbull Namamanuca Primary School 7s at Yanuya, Malolo in the Mamanuca Group. The Wadigi Salvo 7s team playmaker has been knocking on the Fiji 7s selection door for the past two years and is on...

Historic deed – Paralympics get annual $100k help

FIJI Water and the Paralympic Committee signed a historic agreement yesterday at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. This was after Fiji’s most world renowned label signed on as the official sponsor of the Paralympic committee and team as preparations begin for the 2020 Paralympic Games which will be held in Tokyo, 2020. “I am...

Olympism breaks sports barriers

STAKEHOLDERS of Fijian sports are working towards using sports to unite, help, motivate and keep Fijians safe. As Fiji leads the charge against the global problem of climate change, some of our sports executives are doing the same in ensuring that sports run on a fair play platform. This was heard when Fiji officials Carl...

Fijians making inroads

RUGBY union continues to rise above other sports in the country with the Fiji Airways Drua winning performance in the Australian National Rugby Championship the latest success story. Last Saturday in rugby Town Sigatoka the Sannix Secondary Schools world rugby champion Ratu Kadavulevu School under-18 team, celebrated its victory with families and former students marching...

Australia vs Tonga Test sold out

FOX SPORTS – AUSTRALIA’S historic first rugby league Test against Tonga will attract a sellout crowd, with the final tickets for the match being sold on Wednesday morning. After less than 13,000 fans attended New Zealand’s defeat of the Kangaroos last weekend, the NRL has confirmed the same 30,000-seat stadium is already booked out. “The...

Tonga Test value outweighs financial cost for Kangaroos after pay cut

AUCKLAND, 18 OCTOBER 2018 (SMH) – Kangaroos players have placed more value in the Test against Tonga than the $17,000 pay cut they’ve taken to ensure Saturday’s historic match proceeds. One of Australia’s stars even declared he would have happily played for free. After pocketing the standard $20,000 for last Saturday’s match against New Zealand...

Taveuni to host Chow Games for northern athletes

THE Northern district will not be part of this year’s FMF Chow Games National Finals and will have their own meet at the Wairiki Secondary School in Taveuni on Vanua Levu. Association general secretary Patrick Bower said the national games was a few days after election day, which would make it difficult for the athletes...

Fiji FA attempts to get Mauritius to play on homeground

THE Fiji Football Association is trying to get the Mauritius side to play the national team in February next year. The African side was supposed to play in Fiji next month but Fiji FA cancelled the fixture because of the 2018 General Elections scheduled to take place in the country on November 14. Fiji FA...

Champions vs champions series rescheduled

THE dates for this year’s Pillay Garments Champion versus Champion Series have been rescheduled. Fiji FA competitions manager Amitesh Pal confirmed this saying the dates were moved after a request from major sponsor Pillay Garments. “The sponsors were occupied on the dates released earlier so we managed to get bookings on separate dates,” Pal said....

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