Rugby

22nd January

Rugby-Two Champions Cup games called off due to COVID

(Reuters) -The Champions Cup clash between Toulouse and Cardiff on Saturday has been cancelled due to a number of positive COVID-19 cases in the French side, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) said on Friday. Cardiff...

England suffer blow to Six Nations preparations with Farrell injury

(Reuters) – England captain Owen Farrell suffered an injury in training earlier this week, his club Saracens said on Friday, casting doubt on his ability to lead England in the Six Nations. The flyhalf was named captain of the England squad by head coach Eddie Jones on Tuesday, despite not having played since November due...

21st January

Gearing up: Coach Gollings watches players and learns

Men’s national 7s coach Ben Gollings’ priority is to “understand how the players play” as the team has a final hurdle to clear before being given the green light to be part of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Spain. Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said they were waiting for the...

Nagusa captains Fijian Drua

Former Fiji 7 and Nadroga hitman Nemani Nagusa has been named as the inaugural captain of the Fijian Drua team in the Super Rugby Pacific championship. Nagusa was announced by Fijian Drua chief executive officer Brian Thorburn and head coach Mick Bryne this morning. “I am happy to announce my right-hand man,” Bryne said in...

Fiji pulls out of Spain 7s; several team members test positive for COVID-19

Fiji has pulled out of the Seville 7s in Spain. The Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) confirmed today that the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team will no longer be departing for Spain – the team was scheduled to leave today and arrive on Saturday, January 22. The FRU said in a statement that several other players...

19th January

‘We are hugely excited that Albert has opted to join us’

Albert Tuisue’s time at London Irish will not continue as Gloucester Rugby confirmed the Fijian international joining the club for the 2022-23 season. The club’s website confirmed the 28-year-old as the new member of the loose forward department who “will add some serious fire power to the Cherry and Whites and is known for his...

Drua hopes high

Hopes are high that Fijian fans will get some exciting rugby action at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on April 30. With the confirmation of the Highlanders v Fijian Drua blockbuster on the said date and venue, a ban on spectators at sporting events “will ultimately be decided by COVID-19,” Stuff.co.nz reported. “We now aim...

Six Nations: England retain Owen Farrell as captain with Dan Biggar to lead Wales

England and Wales will both be led by flyhalves in the Six Nations. The teams announced their enlarged squads for the upcoming competition on Tuesday, with Owen Farrell retained as England captain despite not playing any rugby since November when he sustained an ankle injury in the win over Australia. Dan Biggar, another No. 10,...

18th January

Sydney start for Drua

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua team will play its inaugural match In Super Rugby against the Waratahs at the CommBank Stadium in Parramatta, Western Sydney on Friday, February 18. The team management is calling on Fijian supporters locally and abroad to rally behind the young Fijian side in the Super Rugby Pacific competition. Fijian Drua...

17th January

Fiijan Drua confirms venue; first match against Waratahs

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua has today put out a rallying call to fans for support in their first-ever Super Rugby Pacific match against the Waratahs at CommBank Stadium in Parramatta, Western Sydney on Friday, February 18, 2022. Chief executive officer Brian Thorburn says although this is an ‘away match’ for them, both the Drua...

Fijiana 7s players retained for world series

The Fijiana 7s side has maintained its core players who played in the Dubai 7s last month. Savusavu lass Verenaisi Bari and Nadroga first five-eighth Ivamere Nabura are the two new faces who have been roped into the travelling squad for the Malaga 7s in Spain. The team withdrew its participation on the weekend because...

16th January

Baselala works towards dream; believes nothing is impossible with faith in God

“Nothing is impossible when you believe in God and yourself to achieve your dream.” Those were the words of 17-year-old Philip Baselala who hails from Solotavui, Kadavu. “I am blessed to be given the opportunity to wear the national jersey. I know the road doesn’t end there. My plan is to one day wear the...

Sevens transition: Gollings gets to know players and management

New national coach Ben Gollings has begun his slow transition into the Fiji 7s system. His first assignment was to communicate and share information with the people around him — players and the management team. He said his time with the team was a case of just observing the players as they had their routine...

Malake organisers call off tournament

The inaugural Fiji Bitter Malake 7s tournament scheduled next week in Rakiraki has been postponed to a later date. It becomes the latest casualty of sporting meets to suffer the same fate because of the rising COVID-19 cases in the country. Tournament media and marketing manager James Vunituraga said the event was cancelled because of the new “no...

15th January

Fiji misses out on Malaga 7s in Spain; some players and management test positive for COVID

The Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) has today confirmed that the Fiji Airways Men’s and Women’s teams will not be traveling to Spain for the Malaga 7s tonight as planned after a few players and management staff returned positive results as part of their 72 hours pre-departure compliance requirements tests. FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor...

FNRL release names for pathway program

The Fiji National Rugby League has selected players for phase two of its elite pathway program. The FNRL said players in the Lautoka-Nadi zone are to contact Vela Tawake on telephone number 8071873 or Solo Ratu on 9215017. Sigatoka zone players are to contact Isimeli Kurisavulevu on 9043366 while Suva-Nasinu zone players are to contact...

Moana Pasifika – the pride of the Pacific

The Moana Pasifika rugby team, debutants with the Fijian Drua in the Super Rugby Pacific, is a team packed with Pacific pride when the inaugural season starts next month. Moana Pasifika head coach Aaron Mauger has included Fijian Timoci Tavatavanawai as an outside back alongside his power pack squad of players from Samoa and Tonga....

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