Rugby

9th August

Fijiana maps next plan; Nagasau targets next Commonwealth Games

Veteran player Rusila Nagasau says they have set the platform for the next Commonwealth Games after going down to Australia in the gold medal final. Fiji lost 12-22 to settle for the silver medal after...

8th August

Fijiana tests – New Zealand Maori and Canada women on radar

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua rugby team now have more chances to improve its international profile. Since its inclusion into the inaugural Super W competition this year, the Fijian side has never failed to surprise the global rugby arena. The Senirusi Seruvakula-coached Fijiana 15s, after winning the Super W and the Oceania crowns, are now...

Soggy start – Southern schools battle in rugby event

The Southern Zone Secondary School Rugby competition continued on the weekend at Bidesi Ground and the Suva Grammar School grounds in Suva. Students braved the soggy grounds and blazing sun to claim glory for their respective schools where the best in secondary schools rugby was on display. In the matches played, Ratu Sukuna Memorial School...

Cooper suffers ‘pretty serious’ Achilles injury in Wallabies win

(Reuters) – Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper is expected to spend an extended period on the sidelines after suffering a “pretty serious” Achilles injury during the Wallabies’ 41-26 win over Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday. Cooper slipped while in possession seven minutes into the second half of the Wallabies’ opening Rugby Championship clash before clutching his...

Foster says All Blacks were improved despite heavy defeat to Boks

NELSPRUIT, South Africa (Reuters) – New Zealand coach Ian Foster says his side have improved their performance from the historic 2-1 home series loss to Ireland, despite a heaviest defeat by South Africa in 94 years at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday. The Springboks’ power game, dominance of the ruck and superiority under the high...

Rennie praises Australia character in victory over Argentina

(Reuters) – Australia coach Dave Rennie praised the “character and courage” of his side as they put in a superb second half performance to beat hosts Argentina 41-26 in their Rugby Championship opener in Mendoza on Saturday. The Wallabies trailed 19-10 at halftime, having been outplayed in the opening period, but were far better after...

7th August

Workshop to help minimise injuries

World Rugby is targeting to reduce injuries in the sport by holding regular courses in its regional countries. A week-long World Rugby Regional Level Two Strength and Conditioning (S/C) Course started on Monday in Nadi. World Rugby Regional Training manager Talemo Waqa said the S/C course was to enhance performance of the players and reduce...

Fiji 7s team to lift game in the US

Fiji 7s player Waisea Nacuqu expects the side to pick up its game for upcoming HSBC World Rugby Series Los Angeles 7s and the Rugby World Cup 7s in South Africa. The side hit a road bump in its build up to the world cup after falling short of clinching the elusive gold medal during...

Fiji Rugby embarks on historical journey

The pathway for girls to take part in rugby got underway yesterday with the primary schools girls tag competition at the Saint Marcellin grounds in Vatuwaqa and the WeetBix Raluve Cup competition at Buckhurst ground in Laucala Bay, Suva. Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O’Connor said it was overwhelming. “It is a historical moment for...

Raluve Cup: Lomary girls topple Nasinu in competition opener

The Lomary Secondary School girls under-18 side got their 2022 WeetBix Raluve Cup campaign off to a good start, beating their counterparts from Nasinu Secondary School 17-5 in the first round of games played at Buckhurst ground in Laucala Bay. Team manageress Seini Tawake said the performances of the Fijiana teams in both 7s and...

Bainimarama Shield stays in Yasawa

Yasawa retained the Bainimarama Shield after full back Nemani Vatuwalili scored a last minute try against Macuata to secure the Bainimarama Shield at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. Macuata led 20-12 at the break. Macuata captain Apimeleki Toge said it was a tough match. He said they lost to Yasawa in the Vodafone Vanua Championship...

Rugby Brilliant Boks bag biggest win over All Blacks in 94 years

NELSPRUIT, South Africa (Reuters) -Wing Kurt-Lee Arendse scored his first international try and was then red carded as South Africa piled more misery on struggling New Zealand with a comfortable 26-10 victory in their Rugby Championship opener at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday. The Springboks were more dominant than the scoreline suggests as they bossed...

Wallabies coach Rennie hails Hooper’s courage after withdrawal

(Reuters) – Australia coach Dave Rennie praised captain Michael Hooper for his courage after the flanker withdrew from the Wallabies’ squad on the eve of their two-test Rugby Championship series in Argentina. Hooper had been selected to play in Saturday’s opening clash with the Pumas in Mendoza, but informed management on Friday he was not...

6th August

Boks wary of All Black backlash in Rugby Championship opener

NELSPRUIT, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa captain Siya Kolisi has played down his side’s status as favourites for their Rugby Championship opener against New Zealand on Saturday as the Springboks go in search of a first home win against the All Blacks in eight years. The tourists have lost four of their last five...

Police Sharks out for revenge

The Blue Gas Police Sharks rugby league team will go into today’s Fiji National Rugby League Vodafone Cup eliminations match with a mission to win after being dethroned by Nadera Panthers last Saturday in the Eastern Zone Rugby League final. The Sharks are the defending champions of the cup and team manager Akuila Rokotua said...

Gospel Saints ready for Raluve showdown

The Gospel Saints under-18 girls team is ready to battle schools in the Southern Zone in the opening round of the Weet-Bix Raluve Trophy competition at Buckhurst Ground in Laucala Bay today. Team manageress Sainiana Saratibau says her team has been training hard throughout the pre-season and there was a huge interest from girls wanting...

Birmingham 2022: Daugunu expresses disappointment

Vodafone Fiji 7s team player Tevita Daugunu has expressed disappointment with the 7-31 loss to South Africa in the final of the Commonwealth Games in England. Fiji was the favourite for the gold medal, however, fell short and missed out on the top podium finish since the sport was introduced at the 1998 Commonwealth Games...

All Blacks look to defuse Springboks’ ‘Bomb Squad’

(Reuters) – The All Blacks will hope for a fast start against South Africa in their Rugby Championship opener on Saturday to defuse the threat of their “Bomb Squad” replacements. Rassie Erasmus’s Springboks used their bench players to great effect in winning the Rugby World Cup in 2019, bringing on powerful forwards in the second...

Nine changes for Argentina in Rugby Championship clash with Wallabies

MENDOZA (Reuters) – Argentina have restored scrum half Tomas Cubelli but left out veteran Nicolas Sanchez from the halfback partnership for Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against Australia in Mendoza. The pair missed almost all of last month’s three-test series versus Scotland but have recovered from injury, with coach Michael Cheika on Thursday preferring Santiago Carreras...

Wing Clarke back for All Blacks but Foster sticks to his guns

NELSPRUIT, South Africa (Reuters) – New Zealand wing Caleb Clarke will play his first test in two years but coach Ian Foster has resisted the urge to make wholesale changes for their Rugby Championship opener in South Africa, though he has recalled hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho. Foster is under pressure after the All Blacks lost four...

5th August

Fiji Bati selection: Coach Rabele mulls over Rugby League World Cup pack

Vodafone Fiji Bati coach Joe Rabele will have a hard time selecting his final 24-member squad for the 2022 Rugby League World Cup in England in the next two months. “In the past three Rugby League World Cups, it was easy to select the Fiji Bati squad, but this year we are really finding it...

4th August

Blow for Wallabies as Kerevi ruled out for the season

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia have suffered a major injury blow ahead of the start of the Rugby Championship with key back Samu Kerevi ruled out for the remainder of the season by a knee injury. The powerful inside centre suffered the injury playing Sevens for Australia against Kenya in the Commonwealth Games tournament in Birmingham...

3rd August

Yasawa works on player mindset

The Yasawa rugby team will work on players’ mental aspects for the final Bainimarama Shield defence against Macuata this week. Yasawa defeated Ba 22-13 in the first match of the competition. The side then defended the shield, beating Bua 29-20. In both games, Yawasa failed to continue the momentum in the second spell after taking...

Chance for Fiji Bulikula to qualify for RLWC

Women’s rugby league in the country is expected to catapult to new heights after the announcement that the Fiji Bulikula will have a chance to qualify for their first-ever Rugby League World Cup. The Bulikula face Tonga and Samoa for qualification for the 2023 RLWC in France. The two top teams join Australia, the Cook...

2nd August

Ben: Keep the faith

The Fiji 7s men’s side just did not get into their game in the final against South Africa at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England yesterday. Fiji lost the gold medal match 31-7. Coach Ben Gollings said Fiji did not get a chance to play according to their game plan. “It’s just frustrating, we really...

Back to the board

The Fiji 7s side will go back to the drawing board to rectify its errors and prepare for the Rugby World Cup 7s in South Africa in a month’s time. Speaking after the 31-7 loss to South Africa in the final of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England, Tuwai said the team could not win...

Fijiana defy odds

There were smiles all around for the Fijiana 7s members who won silver, their first medal, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. Going into the tournament, every Fijian fan would have been pleased if the Fijiana had won a bronze, but our women defied all odds to make the final. We defeated our opponents...

Birmingham 2022: Women’s lawn bowls team to play NZ in bronze playoff

Team Fiji will have a host of athletes competing on Day 6 of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England tonight. The lawn bowls women’s fours team of Radhika Prasad, Losalini Tukai, Loreta Kotoisuva and Sheral Mar are Team Fiji’s biggest chance of winning a third medal when they play against New Zealand in the...

Gutsy Fijiana wins hearts

The Fijiana sevens side may not have won gold but their smiles and gutsy performance won the hearts of thousands of rugby fans after the 2022 Commonwealth Games women’s finals in England yesterday. For a team that did not even make it out of pool competition at the 2018 games in the Gold Coast, Australia,...

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