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Rugby league: New Oceania Cup tournament to be introduced

THE Rugby League International Federation Board has approved in principle a rolling calendar of matches for the next eight years. This will see an introduction of an Oceania Cup in which Fiji will feature in a...

13th November

Tuicuvu out, Tuisova ‘The Bus’ in

FLYING Fijians coach John McKee reflected on the heavy defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield on the weekend, and provided an update on the injury to debutant full-back Setareki Tuicuvu. “Tuicuvu fractured one of the bones in his foot midway through the first half, so sadly he’s out for the rest of the tour,” McKee said....

Te Nana: Mind-set change needed

ONE of the greatest names in rugby 7s, Karl Te Nana believes the key to the growth of women’s rugby is a mind-set change. “There needs to be a mind-set change in terms of women’s rugby,” he said. “The numbers have grown in terms of the women’s game whether it is participation or viewership, and...

Rugby development begins at the grassroots level

THE most renowned name in the 7s game, Sir Gordon Tietjens believes all rugby development for both men and women begin at the grassroots level. “Schools are the best place to begin developing rugby players,” Sir Tietjens said. He believes that at the young stage, children are more akin to naturally learn the sport which...

Golfers eye top title

LAUTOKA Golf Club will be a hive of activities on Saturday during the Gaffar Ali-sponsored 18 holes Pro-Am Western Open tournament. The tournament will be in memory of his late wife, Indra Ali. Club official Raymond Singh yesterday confirmed the event would be a prelude to the 87th Geotech Drilling International Services/ Islands Electric-sponsored Lautoka...

Kunatuba reminisces of competition days

TUVALU men’s rugby coach and former Fijiana 7s coach Elenoa Kunatuba recalls when in her playing days how her team would be jeered at during rugby matches. “They were different times” said Kunatuba. “Rugby was Fiji’s sport, but it was very disheartening to see how the acceptation was different to men and women although we...

Vodafone National Club Championship: Nadi qualifies for finals

DEFENDING champions Nadi’s Blues FC have qualified to the finals of the Vodafone National Club Championship to be played in Suva this weekend. After the playoff rounds last weekend, Blues have qualified from the western zone with Ba’s Nailaga and Yalalevu and FC City United of Lautoka. Friends United of Nasinu,Rewa’s Kasavu FC, Suva’s Bureta...

Fiji Bati gear up for Aussie match this Thursday

THE Vodafone Fiji Bati Residents plays the visiting Australian States side in the first of two matches this Thursday at Prince Charles Park. The Fijian squad comprise players from across the Fiji National Rugby League competition and the first week of training involved some team bonding activities, high-intensity training in the gym and a number...

Davis joins camp for OFC Women’s Nations Cup

VODAFONE Fiji women’s football USA based sensation Trina Davis has arrived in the country for the OFC Women’s Nations Cup to be played next week. Davis was received at the Nadi International Airport by her family members and national football coach Christophe Gamel. She will now join camp with the rest of the Vodafone National...

12th November

New committee appointed to run Fiji Weightlifting Association

NEW committee members have been appointed to run the Fiji Weightlifting Association after its annual general meeting over the weekend. Association general secretary Peni Tawai said a five-year plan for the association would soon be set out by the new committee. “The new weightlifting committee will soon draft out their five year strategic plans for...

We are taking Japan seriously, says Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – It should come as no surprise to learn that Eddie Jones, the man who led Japan to the biggest shock in rugby history, is planning to pay his former team full respect when they play England at Twickenham for the first time on Saturday. Under Jones, Japan stunned South Africa in the...

Resurgent Real maintain winning run under Solari at Celta

VIGO (Reuters) – Real Madrid notched a fourth straight win under interim coach Santiago Solari by winning 4-2 at Celta Vigo on Sunday to move to within four points of La Liga leaders Barcelona. Karim Benzema gave the European champions the lead in the 20th minute with an irresistible piece of control and finish after...

Sport grab vital point in battle to avoid drop in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Recife club Sport grabbed a vital away point in a 0-0 draw at Fluminense on Sunday to keep their hopes alive of avoiding the drop in Brazil’s Serie A. Luciano had the ball in the net for Fluminense six minutes from time but the goal was correctly chalked off for...

Ventura offers resignation at Chievo after four games

MILAN (Reuters) – Chievo coach Gian Piero Ventura offered his resignation on Sunday immediately after his side had picked up their first point in their four games under his leadership, a club director said. The Flying Donkeys, who are bottom of the Serie A table and have yet to win a league match this season,...

Messi returns with double but Barca lose at home to Betis

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi scored twice on his eagerly-awaited return but La Liga leaders Barcelona were still left shell-shocked by a scintillating Real Betis side, who beat them at their own game of possession football to win 4-3 at the Nou Camp on Sunday. The club from Seville began the match in 16th place...

Federer falls flat against Nishikori, Anderson off to flyer

LONDON (Reuters) – Roger Federer was handed the Sunday night prime time slot for the opening match of his 16th ATP Finals but fluffed his lines in an error-strewn 7-6(4) 6-3 defeat by Kei Nishikori. After Kevin Anderson had beaten Dominic Thiem in the day’s supporting act, the crowds packed into the O2 Arena and...

Underhill philosophical about ‘the one that got away’

LONDON (Reuters) – For a few glorious moments on Saturday, Sam Underhill’s place in rugby folklore was assured — until the TMO stepped in to ruin England’s day and deprive their flanker of an after-dinner story that would have kept him in comfortable retirement. Trailing world champions New Zealand by a point with four minutes...

Athletics – IAAF reverts to qualifying standards for Doha championships

(Reuters) – The IAAF will continue to use qualifying standards, not a new world rankings system, for the 2019 Doha world championships, athletics’ global governing body said on Sunday. Feedback from athletes and members of the athletics community led to the decision to delay implementation of the ranking system, the IAAF said. “We believe strongly...

Inter’s seven-match winning run ended at Atalanta

MILAN (Reuters) – Inter Milan’s run of seven successive league wins was abruptly ended on Sunday when they were crushed 4-1 at Atalanta in rain-sodden conditions. Atalanta captain Alejandro Gomez capped the win by scoring with a spectacular dipping shot in stoppage time seconds after Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic had been sent off for a...

Miller and Du Plessis hit tons as South Africa seal series

SYDNEY (Reuters) – David Miller and Faf du Plessis scored sparkling centuries in a partnership of 252 runs as South Africa beat Australia by 40 runs in a one-day international in Hobart on Sunday to win the three-match series 2-1. The Proteas skipper contributed 125 to South Africa’s 320 for five but it was Miller’s...

Chiefs to meet Crusaders at home for the third time

GALLAGHER Chiefs has announced their 2019 Investec Super Rugby round 16 home match against the Crusaders which will be played on June 1 at the ANZ stadium in Laucala bay, Suva. This will be the third time the teams will be clashing in Fiji’s capital. Super Rugby steering committee chair Litiana Loabuka said it was...

Boks enjoy return of winning feeling after recent setbacks

PARIS (Reuters) – After two narrow defeats, South Africa were able to reverse their fortunes and snatch a last-gasp victory of their own against France in Paris on Saturday, even if coach Rassie Erasmus felt they had not been at their best. Substitute hooker Bongi Mbonambi rumbled over well after the final hooter to help...

Shoulder injury adds more pain to terrible year for Williams

LONDON (Reuters) – Sonny Bill Williams’ wretched year went from bad to worse on Saturday as the two-times Rugby World Cup winner for New Zealand appears likely to have finished an injury-plagued campaign with a shoulder issue. The 33-year-old lasted just 30 minutes of the All Blacks’ 16-15 victory over England at Twickenham before he...

South Africa snatch stoppage-time win in France

PARIS (Reuters) – South Africa scored a try in stoppage time to edge to a dramatic 29-26 win over France at the Stade de France on Saturday, with hooker Bongi Mbonambi surging over to secure an unlikely victory. The Springboks stole possession with less a minute left and went almost the entire length of the...

Biggar penalty sees Wales end horror losing streak against Australia

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Replacement fullback Dan Biggar kicked a late penalty as Wales ended a 13-match losing streak against nemesis Australia with an error-strewn 9-6 victory at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, boosting their confidence ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup. Australia lock Ned Hanigan was penalised for not rolling away after making a...

11th November

Mothers, wives win sports tournament

THE Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Territorial Force wives, and mothers teams were overall winners in the 2018 Army Wives and Mothers Sports competition on Friday in Suva. The three-day tournament ended with the TF Brigade Club scooping the netball A grade and the veteran netball titles this year. Tournament chief guest, the Minister...

All Blacks beats England

NEW Zealand learned valuable lessons in a hostile environment as they came from behind to eke out a 16-15 win over England at a rain-lashed Twickenham on Saturday. The world champions trailed 15-0 after England scored two early tries and although the All Blacks never threatened to cut loose with their usual flowing rugby, they...

Scotland thumps Fiji

WING Tommy Seymour scored a hat-trick of tries but it was Scotland’s forward dominance that laid the platform for a comfortable 54-17 victory over ill-disciplined Fiji in their November international at Murrayfield on Saturday. The Pacific islanders, at one stage reduced to 13 players, looked dangerous with ball in hand but Scotland starved them of...

10th November

George ready to go in for the kill against All Blacks

LONDON (Reuters) – England’s Jamie George is happy to be among coach Eddie Jones’s “finishers” with the potential to close out a famous victory over the All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday. Jones has taken to describing his replacements as finishers to highlight their equal importance to starters in his side, even suggesting on Thursday...

Oceania 7s: Fiji defends title

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s side has successfully defended the Oceania 7s title defeating New Zealand 17-12 in extra time today. Josua Vakurunabili scored the first try after some good work by nippy sweeper Jerry Tuwai. Fiji led 5-nil. New Zealand replied with a try to Andrew Newstubb and led 7-5 with the conversion going...

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