Rugby

NRL hope shattered – Injury spoils Ratuva Jr’s rugby league season, remains with Warriors

ILIESA Ratuva Jr’s hope of participating in this year’s NRL competition was cut short after a pec injury (chest muscle strains or tear). He was in the Warriors’ 30-member roster for this season. “The Warriors...

Sevens tourney in Levuka

WITH the theme “Rise Fiji Rise” still intact, the Suva Rugby Union is taking a 7s tournament to Levuka as a way of giving back to the community. The two-day tournament will be held at Nasau Park tomorrow and Saturday. Tournament co-ordinator and union executive committee Naca Radravu said it was vital for the union...

Police to continue investigation on rugby assault

POLICE will continue its probe on a Police player who assaulted Raiwasa Taveuni player Manueli Maisamoa over the weekend despite publicly announcing that he had forgiven his assailant. Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu yesterday revealed that the assailant, Manueli Sevutia, was no longer part of the Police 7s team and that four other players...

Wallabies star Koroibete set to make multi-million dollar move abroad

SYDNEY, 04 MARCH 2021 (SMH) – Rugby Australia and the Melbourne Rebels face a serious fight to keep Marika Koroibete from making a multi-million dollar move abroad at the end of the year. Koroibete, who is off contract at the end of this year, has already started preliminary discussions with clubs in Europe and Japan,...

HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021 plans unveiled

DUBLIN, 04 MARCH 2021 (WORLD RUGBY) – Rugby sevens fans around the world can mark their calendars and begin to look forward to the highly anticipated return of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series as plans are unveiled for the 2021 Series. Given the unique circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic, together with...

England call up Ribbans to replace injured Lawes

(Reuters) – Northampton Saints lock David Ribbans has been called up to the England squad for the rest of the Six Nations following the withdrawal of Courtney Lawes, Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Wednesday. Lawes was ruled out of the rest of the tournament last week after suffering damage to his pectoral muscle in...

3rd March

Tough challenge

THE third leg of the Fiji Rugby Union’s Super 7s Series in Savusavu will be a key battle ground to determine the winner of the inaugural event. The result of the tournament to be held at Savusavu’s Ganilau Park on March 19-20 will likely give a glimpse of what to expect in the final event....

Gau Kacau ready to participate in 7s event

GAU Kacau team manager Apenisa Nodrayaca said for the team it was duty that drove them to take part in this weekend’s Suva Rugby Union Rise Fiji Rise 7s tournament. “When we heard about the 7s appeal, there was no way we were not getting involved,” Nodrayaca said. This weekend’s Rise Fiji Rise 7s tournament...

Show no fear, says Lenoa

FIJI Rugby 7s women squad members who are hoping to participate at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were encouraged “to show no fear.” Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) president, Makarita Lenoa made the comment during a visitation to the women’s training camp along with vice-president, Iowane Naivalurua and Tokyo 2020 chef...

‘Team Up’ sports program launches in Pacific

The Australian Government has launched the latest phase of its sport for development program in the Pacific Islands. Team Up supports 30 sporting partnerships in Fiji, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu across 13 different sports: Australian rules, basketball, badminton, cricket, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union, swimming, table tennis and volleyball....

Charles Piutau poised to finally complete Tongan switch

Former All Black Charles Piutau’s long-held dream of representing Tonga could finally become reality at the upcoming Olympic Sevens qualifier in Monaco. Players with dual eligibility can switch their international allegiance by participating in Olympic qualifying events provided they had a passport for the second country and have completed a stand down period of three...

2nd March

Fiji 7s review – Baber looking at best options for Olympic games bid

Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber is looking at the best options to prepare the national squad to the Olympic Games in Japan this year. Baber and the team management will review its participation at the 34th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s in Nadi last weekend before deciding on which step to take next in preparing the...

Baber to review national teams’ participation locally

THE national 7s team management will review its participation at the 34th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s last weekend with plans to look at the viability of participating in other club tournaments apart from the Fiji Rugby Union Super Sevens Series. The Fiji shadow teams, Fiji Warriors and Fiji Barbarians featured in the two-day event eventually...

Nawaka success

THE 34th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s proved to be a success with the two Fiji shadow teams, Fiji Barbarian and Fiji Warriors featuring in the cup final. Nawaka Rugby Club executive Jeff Tamata said it was a fitting finale as both the Fiji teams fought against each other. “This is what the fans who came...

Blues clear latest health check, relocate to Cambridge for bye week

The Blues have passed the requisite health checks and will spend their Super Rugby Aotearoa bye week in Cambridge as they await further developments in the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown. In a planned response to the situation the country was thrown into on Saturday night when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the latest Covid restrictions (level...

1st March

Suspended – Axe falls on Police White team after 7s punch-up

THE Police White 7s rugby team has been suspended indefinitely by the Fiji Police Force from participating in any 7s rugby tournament. The order was issued by the Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu yesterday after members of the team were involved in a scuffle during the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s in Nadi on Saturday....

Clubs call for answers

SOME affiliate clubs of the Namosi Rugby Union claim they have been unfairly treated over the administration and running of the union. Namosi Highlanders representative for the union and St Peter Rugby Club head coach Simione Marika claims members of eight clubs located in the highlands of Namosi are not happy with the operation of...

Baber raises alarm over high card issues, 7s players’ indiscipline

AN alarming number of cards were flashed during the 34th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s last weekend highlighting the need for more mentoring of players in regards to their discipline level. A total of 102 matches were played on day one which recorded 58 yellow cards and nine red cards. On day two, 106 matches were...

Police team to face 7s probe

THE axe has fallen on the Fiji Police White 7s team from participating in any rugby tournament until further notice. Fiji Police Force Acting Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu issued the order yesterday to suspend the team after its players were involved in a scuffle againt members of the Raiwasa Taveuni team during their cup quater-final match...

Boost for rugby academy

Rugby Academy Fiji received a major boost last week after Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes, handed over rugby training equipment to the academy to help develop young rugby players in Fiji. The academy which is run by former Flying Fijian, Seremaia Bai, helps to develop and inspire young local kids who are enthusiastic...

Crusaders fullback Will Jordan in doubt to face Hurricanes

The Crusaders could again be without standout fullback Will Jordan when they host the Hurricanes at a Covid-19 enforced empty Orangetheory Stadium on Saturday night. Coach Scott Robertson will make a call on his status after his rib injury is assessed early this week, but it’s clear he won’t be risked unless he’s touching 100...

Wales reap the benefits of Pivac’s first-year experiments

CARDIFF (Reuters) – The knives were being sharpened for coach Wayne Pivac after his first year in charge of Wales ended with a paltry three wins from 10 games but a matter of weeks later he is being feted as his team eye what would be an extraordinary Grand Slam. Saturday’s 40-24 victory over England...

Return of rugby to Yarrow Stadium delayed until 2022

The return of professional rugby to Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth has been delayed until 2022. The two quakeprone two covered stands at Yarrow have been closed in 2017 and 2018 respectively and its owner — the Taranaki Regional Council — is spending $50 million repairing and upgrading the facility. It was initially hoped to...

28th February

Refereeing decisions spark furious debate after Wales win

CARDIFF (Reuters) – England’s coach and captain remained tight-lipped over the controversial decisions that gave Wales two early tries in Saturday’s 40-24 Six Nations victory in Cardiff on Saturday but there was no shortage of debate among pundits. Wales scored four tries against England for the first time in 23 years and ran out deserved...

Wales beat England 40-24 in controversial Six Nations clash

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Revitalised Wales remained on course for the most unlikely of Six Nations Grand Slams after they beat an indisciplined England 40-24 in a controversial match in Cardiff on Saturday. Josh Adams and Liam Williams scored hotly-disputed tries for the hosts but the game was level going into the final quarter after tries...

Ireland hammer Italy to secure first 2021 Six Nations win

ROME (Reuters) – Ireland scored six tries in a 48-10 bonus-point victory over Italy on Saturday to earn their first win of this year’s Six Nations and condemn the hosts to a 30th consecutive defeat in the tournament. Tries from Garry Ringrose, Hugo Keenan and Will Connors gave the visitors a seemingly unassailable 24-point first-half...

27th February

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Warriors defeat Barbarians to win title

The 34th edition of the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s has come to a close. In a closely-contested cup final match, the Fiji Warriors has defeated the Fiji Barbarians 7s. The national 7s reps make up the playing squad for both teams. The Fiji Warriors team led Fiji Barbarians by 14-7 going into the break. The...

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Tabadamu wins plate final

Tabadamu 7s team has beaten Police White by 17-12 during the Plate Final of the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s. The Tabadamu 7s team led Police White by 5-0 going into the break. The Police White team scored two tries in the second half but it wasn’t enough to secure them the win. Full time score...

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Police White players cop yellow cards

The last cup Quarterfinal match between Police White and Raiwasa Taveuni came into the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Two red card was flashed to two Police White players as a direct result of an ugly brawl that occurred in the second half of the match. Another four separate yellow cards was flashed to...

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Raiwasa Taveuni goes down to Fiji Barbarians

The Fiji Barbarians 7s team has defeated Raiwasa Taveuni in the second cup semifinal fixture at the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s this afternoon. The Gareth Barber-coached side led Raiwasa Taveuni by 17-0 going into the break. A Fiji Barbarians player was shown the yellow card in the first half of the match. Both teams scored...

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