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Cricket mission

Lakeba Cricket will look to secure its spot to the elimination round when they take on Komo Cricket today during their Cricket Fiji Associations Cup Challenge match today. After beating Cicia in their first match...

Boost for Savusavu 7s

An extra boost for the 13th Fiji Bitter Savusavu 7s with apparel sponsors BKL coming on board to outfit officials at next week’s tournament. “We are privledged and honoured and give a small sponsorship to the Savusavu 7s,’ said BLK sales consultant team leader central Suka Taufa. “We are grateful to the organising body for...

Doviverata: We learn valuable lesson ahead of top flight return

The Ro Alivereti Doviverata coached Rewa team has learnt valuable lessons in the Vodafone Vanua Championship this season which will help in their transition back into the Skipper Cup next year. Rewa defeated Nanukuloa 22-13 in the semi-final at Garvey Park in Tavua last Saturday to gain automatic promotion to the top flight together with...

Lakeba ready to learn

The Lakeba Rugby Union is eager to learn all they can when they host Vodafone Vanua Championship finalist Rewa on Lakeba in December. Lakeba Rugby Union president Seniteteva Diloi said they had accepted an approach from the Rewa Rugby Union for the 2021 Skipper Cup entrants to tour the island. “It is a great initiative...

Suva clubs to crown new rugby winner

A new Escott Shield champion will be crowned in this year’s 2020 Suva Rugby Union club games. Defending champion Army Green was bundled out of the competition going down to a strong Ratu Kadavulevu School Old Boys Rugby Club )RKSOB) by 17-12. Suva Rugby secretary Tevita Tuiloa said the results at this year’s club games...

FNRL targets women’s tourney in new season

The Fiji National Rugby League plans to set up the women’s competition next year. This is after the introduction of the women’s competition in the 2020 Pherrus State of Origin proved to be a success. The concept of the competition will be similar to the National Rugby League Women’s Premiership in Australia. FNRL acting chief...

Panthers v Storm: Kikau back on deck; Melbourne unchanged

SYDNEY, 21 OCTOBER 2020 (NRL) – Is a fairytale finish looming for arguably the greatest player of all time, or will youthful exuberance and confidence take a special group of kids to the top? Melbourne and Penrith will meet in the 2020 Telstra Premiership decider having been the two best teams all year, finishing second...

Fijian George Bower and Du’Plessis Kirifi brought into All Blacks squad for Rugby Championship in Australia

AUCKLAND, 21 OCTOBER 2020 (NZ HERALD) – The All Blacks have revealed their squad for the Rugby Championship in Australia – and it includes two somewhat surprising additions. Otago prop and Fijian George Bower and Wellington loose forward Du’Plessis Kirifi, who are both uncapped will join as cover. The moves come due to the head...

Fijian XV coach Seruvakula ready for the challenge

SUVA, 21 OCTOBER 2020 (FRU) – Fijian XV coach Senirusi Seruvakula is ready to take up the challenge and lead our first national 15’s women’s team to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand next year. After his appointment this week, Seruvakula said: “It’s something new for me as a coach.” He added: “I have...

Flying Fijians half-back Frank Lomani ready for the task in Europe

SUVA, 21 OCTOBER 2020 (FRU) – Flying Fijians star half-back Frank Lomani has regarded himself as one of the fortune players who have been given a chance to play in the Autumn Nations Cup in Europe next month. Lomani said “It was a dream of so many former Flying Fijians reps to play in this...

Pacific battle in rugby series

RAROTONGA, 21 OCTOBER 2020 (COOK ISLANDS NEWS) – Cook Islands Rugby Union will host a Tri Series between Cook Islands, Samoa and Fiji, starting mid of next month. The top players from these countries residing in Rarotonga will be battling each other in the three-match series to be played weekly. Simiona Teiotu, the president of...

Forwards called into All Blacks squad for Tri Nations

Two new players have been called into the All Blacks squad for the Tri Nations tournament in Australia. Otago and Crusaders prop George Bower and Wellington loose forward and captain Du’Plessis Kirifi will join the squad as prop and loose forward cover respectively, with prop Joe Moody going through HIA (head injury assessment) protocols and fellow prop Nepo Laulala...

Cook Islands Games to return in 2022

The revived Cook Islands Games will be back in 2022, after staging the biggest event in the Pacific this year. The multi-sport event returned for the first time since 2015, as a way to bolster sporting competition in the country in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Almost 4,000 locals took part in the event,...

Rugby: Women’s World Cup holders NZ top seeds for 2021 draw

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand, England and Canada were confirmed as the top three seeds for the women’s 2021 Rugby World Cup after the game’s governing body opted to use rankings from the start of the year with southern hemisphere teams unable to play due to COVID-19 curbs. The draw for the tournament will be...

Bristol can step in if Wasps can’t play Premiership final

(Reuters) – Bristol Bears Director of Rugby Pat Lam has said they are ready to step in and play in the Premiership final if Wasps are unable to do so due to an outbreak of COVID-19. Wasps, who thrashed Bristol 47-24 in the semi-final earlier this month, have recorded 11 COVID-19 positives in two rounds...

Top Czech FA official quits, others dismissed in match-fixing case

PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech Football Association dismissed its referee commission on Monday, including chairman Jozef Chovanec, three days after police raided the FA’S headquarters and other locations around the country and charged 20 people with corruption. Deputy Czech FA chief Roman Berbr, who was among the 20 people charged with match fixing last Friday,...

U.S., Britain call out Russian hacking spree, cyberattacks against Olympics

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Britain and the United States on Monday condemned what they said were a litany of malicious cyberattacks orchestrated by Russian military intelligence, including attempts to disrupt next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. British and U.S. officials said the attacks were conducted by Unit 74455 of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency,...

20th October

Eight positive in latest Premier League COVID-19 tests

(Reuters) – The Premier League said on Monday that eight people had returned positive results in its latest round of COVID-19 tests conducted on players and staff last week. The league said the individuals who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus would now self-isolate for 10 days. “The Premier League can today confirm that...

Chelsea must tighten up at the back to take pressure off attack – Azpilicueta

(Reuters) – Chelsea must cut out the individual errors and make better decisions to stop leaking goals and putting pressure on their attack, skipper Cesar Azpilicueta has said. Frank Lampard’s side have kept only one clean sheet in the Premier League this season and dropped points in high-scoring draws against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton....

Players may withdraw from tours due to bubble burnout: Morgan

(Reuters) – England’s players can withdraw from tours if they feel playing in bio-secure bubbles during the COVID-19 pandemic will take a toll on their mental health, limited overs captain Eoin Morgan has said. England hosted West Indies, Pakistan and Australia after cricket’s restart in July, with the teams restricted to playing in Manchester and...

Japan emphasises Olympics cybersecurity, condemns ‘malicious’ hacks

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Tuesday it would emphasize cybersecurity around the Tokyo Olympics and condemned “malicious cyberattacks” after Britain and the United States called out Russian military intelligence for trying to disrupt next year’s Games. Olympics organisers reported no significant impact on their operations for the Games, which were originally set for this...

Boost for young team

A non-government organisation – Healing, Counselling and Development Ministry, Fiji – has come onboard as the sponsor of a local rugby sevens team which also includes a business development program for the team members in the long run. Members of the Infinity Nabouwalu Selection Rugby sevens team yesterday received a timely boost from the NGO...

Namosi plots game plan for Nadi in double-header

The Namosi rugby team will ensure that the players are prepared well to successfully defend the coveted Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy against Nadi this Saturday. The match will serve as a double-header in the penultimate round of the Skipper Cup competition. Namosi goes into the fixture on a high note after defeating Lautoka 20-16 at Churchill Park...

Tuisova tears up defence

Flying Fiijan winger Josua Tuisova will enter the Autumn Nations Cup in rampaging form after scoring a hat-trick for Lyon thrashing Bayonne 62-10 at home during the French Top 14 on Sunday. The Votua Village in Ba native scored two tries in the first half and a third in the second and set up two...

Raj leads top team

The Anant Raj captained Olosara Club jumped to join the Simla Dragons on second position in the Phill’s Autoport North West Billiards and Snooker Association 2020 League after defeating South Seas Warriors 4-3 in an exciting fixture. Olosara led 3-1 before Chung Lee secured a hard fought 121-118 win against Ronald Singh in the billiards...

Fiji starts bid

Cricket Fiji has begun its preparation towards two international events that will take place next year. CF starts the journey by staging the Associations Cup which began yesterday at Albert Park in Suva. Federation president Alex Konrote said during the week-long tournament, players to represent the men’s and women’s national teams towards the East Asia-Pacific...

West golfers brace for tourney

THE Lautoka Golf Club is once again all geared up to host the 2020 Shop N Save supermarket sponsored 18 holes Individual stroke Pro-Am championship at the golf Links on Sunday. Club president Chong Lee has confirmed a bonanza sponsorship of $3000. He said the amateurs would compete for $1500 worth of prizes in the...

Tony Brown replaces Aaron Mauger at Highlanders

Tony Brown has been named as the Highlanders new coach. Brown replaces Aaron Mauger who left after Super Rugby Aotearoa last month following the completition of his three year contract. The former Otago, Highlanders and All Black first five, who was an assistant under Mauger this year, has signed a two year contract. Brown was...

Olosara snooker club confident of reaching semis

The Olosara Club is confident of reaching the semi-finals of the Phil’s Autoport-sponsored North West Billiards and Snooker Association (NWBSA) 2020 League. The side with homegrown talents such as Salvin Shalendra, Ronald Singh, Navin Datt and Manav Raj defeated Simla Warriors 4-3 to move up to second position on the NWBSA 2020 League points table....

Vanua Championship: Lakeba Rugby eager to host Rewa for two-match exhibition

The Lakeba Rugby Union is looking forward to host 2021 Skipper Cup entrants Rewa in December for a two match exhibition on the island. “We had approached our weka in Rewa in the hopes of lifting the game in Lakeba, as well as strengthening the bonds between our two vanuas,” said Lakeba Rugby Union president Seniteteva...

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