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2020 Tokyo Olympics: Dominant Fijiana thump Canada

The Fijiana side defeated Canada 26-12 in their second match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Fijiana dominated the first spell running in three tries through Reapi Ulunisau, Ana Maria Naimasi and Viniana Riwai to lead...

‘Fiji’s time’: How world media reacted to the men’s Olympic sevens finals

Comment – Surely, we’re all Fijian supporters now. Yes, we’d have loved New Zealand to have won the men’s sevens gold, but deep down we like the Fijians out here in amateur Olympic watching land. They look great. They pray after every try. They have cool jerseys. They were down to fly to Tokyo on...

We did it – Fiji Beats NZ To Claim Gold At Olympics

The Fiji 7s team retained the Olympics rugby 7s gold medal after beating arch rivals New Zealand 27-12 in a hard fought final at the Tokyo Stadium in Japan last night. Fiji gave all its best, even debutant Sireli Maqala managed to score a try in his first Olympics rugby final. Tries to Meli Derenalagi,...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fijiana lose first match

The Fijiana side was edged 12-5 by France in its first match at the Tokyo Olympics today. Fiji started the match well with a try to Viniana Ravai as they led 5-nil. France replied with a try to take a slender 7-5 lead at halftime. The French added another try in the second spell to...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fijiana to face France and Canada today

The Fijiana 7s side will play France and Canada in their two pool matches at the Tokyo Olympics today. The Saiasi Fuli coached side plays France at 12pm after which they play Canada at 7.30pm. Fiji’s last pool match is against Brazil at 12pm tomorrow.    

Fijians think of home after gold medal win over All Blacks Sevens at Olympics

Even as triumphant sevens players Jerry Tuwai and Sireli Maqala celebrated an Olympic victory over the All Blacks Sevens team, their thoughts were with their people in COVID-ravaged Fiji. Fiji were far too good for New Zealand at Tokyo Stadium on Wednesday night, the comprehensive 27-12 victory securing another gold medal to go with the...

Rugby-Gatland praises Itoje but also gets in a dig

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland praised Maro Itoje’s man of the match performance last weekend, but not before delivering a barb at a news conference as he named the giant lock among the starters for Saturday’s second test against South Africa. The England international fought an attritional physical battle...

Olympics-Rugby-New Zealand’s Mikkelson proud despite coming up short

TOKYO (Reuters) – New Zealand had plenty of confidence but lacked a clinical edge in their Rugby Sevens final defeat by Fiji, co-captain Tim Mikkelson said after his side lost 27-12 on Wednesday. Reaching the final was at least an improvement for New Zealand after their quarter-final exit in Rio five years ago, but Mikkelson...

Olympics-Rugby-Argentina’s passion fires them to “dream” bronze

TOKYO (Reuters) – Argentina had to do it the hard way, but Wednesday’s Olympic Rugby Sevens bronze medal showcased their passion and skill, and made up for the disappointment of missing out in Rio in 2016, said their dazzling wing Marcos Moneta. The South Americans defeated Britain 17-12 in the third-place play-off to cap an...

28th July

Olympics-Rugby-Fiji retain title with emphatic win over New Zealand

TOKYO (Reuters) -Fiji maintained their dominance of the Olympic Rugby Sevens on Wednesday with a comprehensive 27-12 gold medal win over New Zealand at the Tokyo Stadium, retaining the title they won in Rio five years ago. Argentina claimed the bronze with a 17-12 victory over Britain, sparking wild scenes of celebration, and plenty of...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fiji 7s successfully defends Gold medal

The Fiji 7s men’s side has won Gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Gareth Baber-coached side beat New Zealand 27-12 in the Gold medal final. Meli Derenalagi, Sireli Maqala and Jiuta Wainiqolo scored a try each as Fiji led 19-12 at half-time. Asaeli Tuivuaka scored the only try of the second spell while Waisea...

Exits won’t stop global crusade: Taumalolo

SYDNEY, 27 JULY 2021 (7 NEWS.COM.AU) – A disappointed Jason Taumalolo insists Australia and New Zealand’s World Cup withdrawals won’t stop his crusade to grow international rugby league. Taumalolo confirmed on Tuesday he still intended to play for Tonga in this year’s World Cup, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to linger over the tournament. The...

Rugby-Conan says Lions feeling the pressure with series win in sight

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Number eight Jack Conan says there is even more pressure on the British & Irish Lions ahead the second test against South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday as they seek to replicate their impressive 22-17 first-test win and wrap up the series. The Lions were full value for their victory...

Lift game: Veidreyaki not impressed with performance

Former Fiji 7s coach Peni Veidreyaki expects the Fiji men’s 7s team to lift their intensity by playing a more structured game in their bid to defend the Olympics gold medal. Veidreyaki, who coached the national side during the inaugural World Rugby Sevens Series in 1999-2000, said despite defeating Great Britain 33-7 in the final...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fiji through to Gold medal final

The Fiji 7s men’s side is through to the Gold medal final of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This as the Gareth Baber coached side beat Argentina 26-14 in the second semifinal. Fiji started well with tries to Sireli Maqala and Meli Derenalagi as they led 12-nil. Argentina replied with two quick tries to take a...

Fiji rugby boys restore hopes of Team Fiji athletes in Tokyo

The Fiji men’s 7s team has restored and spurred the hopes of Team Fiji athletes in the Olympic Games after qualifying for the quarter-finals of the rugby competition in Japan yesterday. The Gareth Baber-coached Team Fiji men’s 7s beat our toughest pool opponent Great Britain 33-7 to remain unbeaten after two days of play. Fiji...

Rugby-Rassie Erasmus rejects accusation of coaching interference

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South African Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus has rejected suggestions he interferes too much in the Springbok coaching setup and should rather allow new coach Jacques Nienaber to get on with the job. Former British & Irish Lions and England World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward wrote in a newspaper column...

Doviverata calls for support

Former Fiji 7s and 15s skipper Ro Alifereti Doviverata believes the Team Fiji men’s 7s team has not shown its full capacity after winning its pool in the Olympic Games yesterday. Fiji met Australia in the quarter-finals last night after remaining unbeaten from its pool by beating Japan 24-19, Canada 28-14 and shellshocked Great Britain...

Small man, big responsibility

The pressure to bring back the Olympic Games rugby 7s gold medal is taking its toll on Fiji 7s skipper Jerry Tuwai. Being one of the smallest players in the Olympics, rugby commentators during Fiji’s match against Great Britain yesterday said Tuwai was capable of doing “great things”. But for the nippy player, to lead...

Rugby-All Black Frizell apologises after Dunedin court appearance

(Reuters) – New Zealand’s Shannon Frizell issued an apology on Tuesday after appearing in court charged with three accounts of assault during an incident at a Dunedin nightclub in May. The 27-year-old loose forward was accused of two offences of assaulting a woman and one charge of common assault at an appearance at Dunedin District...

27th July

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Sensational Tuwai guides Fiji through to semi-final

The Fiji 7s men’s side has secured a place in the Gold medal semi-final after a 19-nil win over Australia in the quarter-finals. Australia proved to be a tough opponent, however it was a sensational performance from Fiji captain Jerry Tuwai which saw the Fijians secure a spot in the last four. Tuwai scored two...

Rugby-Vunipola shrugs off “reckless and dangerous” Springbok accusation

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – British and Irish Lions forward Mako Vunipola shrugged off an accusation of being “reckless and dangerous” from the South Africa camp as the verbal jousting began ahead of the second test in Cape Town on Saturday. South Africa’s Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus took to social media to post a video...

Olympics-Rugby-Australia advance in Sevens but mighty Fiji await in quarter-finals

TOKYO (Reuters) – Australia scraped into the quarter-finals of the Olympic Rugby Sevens on Tuesday, after a wet morning session completed the pool stages at the Tokyo Stadium, and will face defending champions Fiji in the knockout round. New Zealand will meet Canada in what should be a routine assignment in their quarter-final, while Britain...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fiji 7s team defeats Great Britain

The Fiji 7s team defeated Great Britain 33-7 in its last pool match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games today. Asaeli Tuivuaka, Sireli Maqala and Jiuta Wainiqolo scored a try each in the first spell as Fiji led 19-nil at halftime. Tuivuaka grabbed a second while Aminiasi Tuimaba scored a try as well to secure...

Final test for Baber

Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber stands on the threshold of his contract with Fiji Rugby Union with the ultimate result of his four years of work  in Fiji to be known in the next 48 hours. Baber, who succeeds Ben Ryan for the defence of the Olympic Games gold medal, gets the biggest test of his tenure in Fiji with 2016 Rio losing finalist Great Britain which thrashed...

Fiji teams play for all frontline workers

The Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer, John O’Connor has confi rmed that the Fiji men’s and women’s sevens teams competing in their respective competitions at the delayed Tokyo Olympics would be dedicating their matches to the frontline workers of the country. John O’Connor said it was prudent for the 7s players to honour all the frontline heroes, who are sacrificing their...

Fight hard: PM tells our boys in Japan

In a virtual message to Parliament for the National Budget debate, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, said he was selfisolating at his residence to remain safe during this COVID-19 pandemic attack. “I would like to extend our best wishes to Team Fiji at the Tokyo Olympics,” his statement read. “We’re counting on our Olympians to fight hard and show the world what our small country can do, we...

Fiji survives – Japan gives champions a wake-up call

Rugby commentators at the Olympic Games rugby competition in Japan said the Gareth Baber-coached men “survived tense moments” in its 24-19 win against the hosts yesterday. Japan ruffled some feathers in the Fijian attack by scoring three tries to stop the defending champion from a runaway victory. Fiji was rusty in the start with Baber making positional changes which included star Semi Radradra locked at...

Wake-up call for Fiji 7s

Olympics rugby 7s champion Fiji was given a wake-up call yesterday as they started their campaign to defend their title in Tokyo, Japan. The Fijians were given a fright by the  plucky Japanese side who raced away to a 14-12 half-time lead before replacement Waisea Nacuqu broke the hearts of the local fans as he touched down two key tries which saw Fiji retake the lead and win the match 24-19. Fiji...

26th July

Tokyo 2020: Fiji beats Canada

The Fiji men’s 7s side had a few anxious moments in their 28-14 win over Canada in their second match at the Tokyo Olympics today. Two early tries from Napolioni Bolaca and Jiuta Wainiqolo saw Fiji cruising to a 14-nil lead. Canada replied with a try just before the break to close the scores to...

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