Rugby

Hamilton 7s: Fans flock to team training

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s popularity is gripping Hamilton with Fijian fans spilling to the Marist Rugby Club ground during this morning’s training session. Fans cheered the team during training and coach Gareth Baber is...

Kerevi named Reds captain

FIJIAN Samu Kerevi has today been named by the Queensland Rugby Union to captain the Reds in this year’s Vodafone Super Rugby competition. The Viseisei, Lautoka lad will be playing his sixth season with the Queensland Reds. While he has already captained Queensland on a few occasions in the past, this time he has been...

Hamilton 7s: Nasoko, best in off-loads

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s captain Kalione Nasoko is expected to lead by example when the Hamilton 7s defending champion start their campaign against Wales on Saturday. The Yasawa man is the leader in the number of off-loads in the first two tournaments of the 2018/2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with 13 off-loads. Some of...

Maloney: Sevens goldmine

WORLD Rugby Sevens Series commentator Sean Maloney says Fiji is a goldmine in 7s rugby players. He made the comment during the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament which ended at Sigatoka on Saturday. Maloney feasted on some of Fiji’s best rugby 7s games in the four-day annual tourney which was played under humid and...

Hamilton 7s: Fijian storm looms

FIJI’S win in New Zealand last year is the drawcard for many Fijians who are expected to take Hamilton by storm this weekend in support of the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team. Fiji Society Hamilton president Ilaijia Tuwere said they expected many more Fijians to visit Hamilton this year. “Now that we are defending the...

22nd January

Rugby: Ireland’s Beirne to miss Six Nations start with knee injury

(Reuters) – Ireland forward Tadhg Beirne is out of the first two rounds of the Six Nations championship with a knee injury and Quinn Roux has been called up as a replacement, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) said on Monday. Munster lock Beirne was injured during their European Champions Cup win over Exeter on...

Rugby: Scotland call up uncapped Crosbie and Smith for Six Nations

(Reuters) – Scotland added four new players to their squad for the Six Nations championship on Monday, including uncapped loose forwards Luke Crosbie and Matt Smith, but they have lost first-choice flanker Hamish Watson to a hand injury. Centre Alex Dunbar and lock Rob Harley have also been called up by coach Gregor Townsend, who...

Former 7s rep Volavola selected Yasawa rugby head coach

FORMER national 7s rep Mosese Volavola has been selected head coach of the Yasawa rugby team. Volavola, who guided Malolo to secure a spot in the major union competition a few years ago, has been shouldered the responsibility to lead Yasawa to new heights. The former Nadroga rep will be assisted by former national prop...

Fijians perform well with no distractions : Baber

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team is not under any pressure as the side flew out to New Zealand yesterday to defend the Hamilton 7s title this weekend. Fiji is grouped with Wales, Australia and Argentina at the tournament. Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber said they won five tournaments last year, so they were going...

Tabadamu’s secret ingredient

“When we’re winning we keep competing like we’re losing.” This is the secret ingredient revealed by the Tabadamu team manager Leo Naikasau Sr when they participate in a local rugby sevens tournament. After an epic final in the McDonalds Coral Coast sevens tournament between the defending champions Police and Tabadamu, Naikasau Sr reminded the boys...

21st January

Baber happy with experience, leadership qualities

FIJI Airways Fiji Sevens coach Gareth Baber is hopeful that the experience and leadership qualities in the squad will play an important role during the second leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series which starts this week. Baber said pressure on him and his players especially as they head into Hamilton as defending champion...

Rugby Union – Six out of six for Saracens, Racing clinch top spot

(Reuters) – Holders Saracens ensured themselves a home tie in the Champions Cup quarter-finals as they beat Glasgow Warriors 38-19 at home on Saturday to finish with a 100 percent pool stage record. A thrilling first half saw three tries apiece with Ben Spencer, Vincent Koch and Billy Vunipola going over for the hosts while...

20th January

Farrell has thumb surgery but should be fit to face Ireland

LONDON (Reuters) – England captain Owen Farrell has had surgery on an injured thumb just two weeks before their Six Nations opener with champions Ireland in Dublin but is still expected to be fit to play. Farrell was withdrawn from Saracens’ home European Champions Cup match against Glasgow on Saturday to have a minor procedure...

Fourth win: Police retains Coral Coast 7s title

THE Police 7s team has become the first side to win the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament four times. They retained the title they wrested from First Light Taveuni last year by beating Tabadamu 17-0 in the final at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Despite the slippery and very wet conditions, team captain Livai...

Serevi vouches for Fiji in NZ

RUGBY 7s wizard Waisale Serevi believes Fiji can win the Hamilton 7s in New Zealand next week. Serevi who arrived at the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s  tournament yesterday from the US commended Fiji Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber for selecting a strong team. “We have a good team and Baber has done...

Goneva: Focus on what is ahead

FIJI Airways Flying Fijian veteran winger Vereniki Goneva believes Fiji’s 21-14 historic win over France last year has proven Fiji will be a major first at the Rugby World Cup in Japan this year. The flyer from Nagado Village in Nadi currently plies his trade with the Newcastle Falcons in the Gallagher Championship. “That game...

19th January

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police first team to win title four times

POLICE have become the first team to win the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s title four times after beating Tabadamu 17-0 in the cup final this evening. Police scored through Joseva Kuricuri and a double to Rusiate Matai. First Light Taveuni won the plate after beating Sigatoka River Safari Henibua 15-10. The NFA team won...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police in the lead in cup final

POLICE look good to retain the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s title as they lead Tabadamu 15-0 in the cup final. Police scored three tries on a slippery Lawaqa ground as the second half gets underway. Stay with us as we get you the latest from Sigatoka.

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police and Tabadamu to clash for main prize

POLICE and Tabadamu will clash for the main prize of the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s. Suva-based Tabadamu edged Ratu Filise 7-5 while the defending champions, the lawmen from Suva beat Australia Development 22-7. Other finals: Shield: Suva Stallions vs BLK. Bowl: Dratabu vs NFA. Plate: Sigatoka River Safari Henibua vs First Light Taveuni. Meanwhile,...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police downs Australia Development

POLICE have booked a place in the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament after ousting a physical Australia Development side 22-7 in the semi-finals at Lawaqa Park this afternoon. Police scored four tries to one and await the winner of the second semi between Tabadamu and Ratu Filise. In other semis: Shield: Suva Stallions...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Ratu Filise ousts First Light Taveuni

FIRST Light Taveuni is out of the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s after it was beaten by  Ratu Filise 12-17 in the last cup quarter-finals at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Amenoni Nasilasila got a yellow card allowing the islanders to strike with two tries and a conversion. Results so far: Cup quarters: Tabadamu 26-...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Dratabu wins first bowl quarters

DRATABU won the first bowl quarter final after beating Suva Stallions at Lawaqa Park this morning. Vatemo Ravouvou and Samisoni Viriviri’s Nadi-based team won 19-17. Nasaunivalu currently leads Lokalevu 12-7 in the second quarter. Other draws: Hong Kong vs Outrigger, BLK vs NFA. Cup quarters: Police vs Coastal Brothers, Sigatoka River Safari Henibua vs Australia...

7s hunt: Champion in the quarter

CORAL Coast 7s defending champion Police are in the hunt to retain their title today after winning three matches in the start of the men’s competition of the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Police will meet Coastal Brothers in the start of the quarter-fInals this morning. Police won...

2019 Super Rugby kicks off in four weeks time

THE 2019 Super Rugby tournament kicks-off in four weeks time on Friday, February 15, in Hamilton, New Zealand with a Kiwi derby between two of last year’s quarter-finalists as the Chiefs host the Highlanders. It is followed that same evening by the Aussie derby between the Brumbies and Rebels in Canberra. The remainder of the opening weekend will...

Joe Ravouvou of New Zealand 7's team at the hotel in Hong Kong yesterday. New Zealand team is pooled together with Fiji,Russia and Samoa.Picture: RAMA

Ravouvou returns to All Blacks Sevens squad

JOE Ravouvou has made a return to the All Blacks Sevens squad as they prepare to host the third stopover of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton, New Zealand. It will be Ravouvou’s first appearance back on the world stage since they lifted the Rugby Sevens World Cup last year. Fellow Fijians Vilimoni...

Rugby – Hartley’s halo slipping as Jones omits skipper

LONDON (Reuters) – The official line is that Dylan Hartley has been omitted from England’s Six Nations squad due to injury but the fact that he is also absent from next week’s training camp, having already lost his starting berth, suggests it might be a tough road back. Three caps short of a century, the...

Rugby – I’m serious, says Jones after tipping Nowell as England flanker

LONDON (Reuters) – What do you do if you are blessed with an abundance of talented wingers but face a perennial problem at flanker? The obvious answer, if England coach Eddie Jones isn’t taking the media for a ride, is to put Jack Nowell in the number seven shirt. Even more radically, the Australian suggested...

Rugby – Talk of deploying Nowell as flanker an ‘own goal’: Woodward

(Reuters) – England coach Eddie Jones has scored a “huge own goal” ahead of next month’s Six Nations opener against Ireland by suggesting winger Jack Nowell could be deployed at number seven, former coach Clive Woodward said. Jones, after naming a 35-man squad on Thursday for the opener away to Ireland on Feb. 2, said...

18th January

Uluinakauvadra awarded Oceania Rugby’s Most Valued Team Member Award

OCEANIA Rugby’s Participation and Pathway manager Tihrani Uluinakauvadra was awarded the Oceania Rugby’s Most Valued Team Member Award at the 2018 Staff Planning Workshop held in Sydney, Australia on Thursday. “It came as a surprise to me,” Uluinakauvadra said. “I am honoured to be the first recipient of the award. “I am very grateful and thankful to...

Baber names 13-men squad for Hamilton and Sydney

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber has named the 13-men Fiji Airways Fijian Sevens touring team to Hamilton and Sydney for the next two legs of the World Rugby HSBC World Sevens Series. Notable inclusion for the side looking to add to their Cape Town success is the return of Paula Dranisinukula who has...

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