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Nadi retains Farebrother Sullivan Trophy

Nadi retained the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy in fashion downing Tailevu 28-10 at Prince Charles Park this afternoon. The Jetsetters outscored Tailevu five tries to two. Nadi led 8-5 at the break. The hosts were all...

Vodafone Premier League: Sleepless nights ahead for Navua

Lautoka came from behind to beat a resolute Navua outfit 3-1 win at Churchill Park, Lautoka, in the second-last round of the 2020 Vodafone Premier League match today. The hosts made a slow start and suffered an early scare when Navua’s talented attacking mid-fielder Manav Permal scored the opener with a blinder in the 32nd...

Skipper Cup: Yasawa leads Naitasiri

Yasawa leads Naitasiri 11-7 during their round 13 of the Skipper Cup competition at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori this afternoon. Yasawa prop Samisoni Boireguregu scored the side’s lone try with two successful penalities from flyhalf Joseva Vetaukula. Naitaisiri’s points came by way of a penalty try after multiple infringements on the five metre line....

Escott Shield: Police Blue thrashes QVSOB in semis

The Police Blue rugby team thrashed QVS Old Boys 51-6 in the Escott Shield semi-final held at the Suva Grammar School ground this afternoon. Police scored 7 unanswered tries to beat QVSOB and secure a place in the final. Boosted by experienced reps like Terio Tamani, Ratu Meli Kurisaru, Keponi Paul and James Brown, the...

Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy: Tailevu fans swarm Prince Charles Park; FRU boss opens gate

Tailevu rugby fans have swarmed Prince Charles Park to support their team challenge Nadi for the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy at 3pm today. With half an hour to go for the fixture, fans are still pouring into the venue. The entry point for the pavilion is already closed since the grandstand is full to capacity. The...

Cricket: Cicia wins bowl while Komo wins plate

Suva has completed its innings leaving Ono-i-Lau to chase 305 runs in 50 overs at a chance of winning the Cricket Fiji Association Challenge Cup. Suva managed 305 runs to the fall of nine wickets in 50 overs. Meanwhile, Cicia were crowned Bowl winners beating Cricket Fiji Invitational by four wickets, with Komo winning the plate...

Waikato chase maiden title as Canterbury go for four straight

Dominance will continue or history will be made in rugby’s Farah Palmer Cup final on Saturday. Canterbury and Waikato meet in Christchurch to decide the winner of this year’s national provincial women’s championship. Last weekend’s semifinal win over Manawatu took Waikato women within one win of a big milestone. Upset the three-time defending champions in...

Ex-FIFA official convicted in TV rights trial

Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been found guilty of falsifying documents, in a corruption case linked to the awarding of World Cup TV rights, sources and Swiss media said. The chairman of Qatar-based media group BeIN Sports Nasser Al-Khelaifi, was acquitted the same day in a related case. Valcke was cleared of accepting...

Former Wallaby comes out

One-test prop Dan Palmer has become the first Wallabies player to come out as gay, writing in a newspaper column on Friday of mental health issues and drug problems while coming to terms with his sexuality. The 32-year-old wrote in the Sydney Morning Herald of the anguish of “living the dream” as an elite athlete...

RFU warns it could lose 145 million pounds in revenue due to COVID-19

(Reuters) – England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) warned on Thursday that it could lose 145 million pounds in revenue in the short term in its “mid-case” scenario, but managed to keep its annual operating losses for 2019-20 within budget despite the impact of COVID-19. Chief Executive Bill Sweeney also said the financial impact of the...

Barbarians cancellation made game a laughing stock, says Jones

LONDON (Reuters) – The cancellation of England’s game against the Barbarians because of COVID protocol breaches made rugby a laughing stock and his team have a responsibility to put the smile back on fans’ faces, England coach Eddie Jones said on Thursday. On the day the RFU was bringing charges against the Barbarians players who...

All Blacks don’t see Wallabies new boys as weak link – Cane

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s Noah Lolesio and Irae Simone will make their test debuts against New Zealand in Saturday’s opening Tri-Nations clash and while the duo will be put under pressure All Blacks captain Sam Cane does not see their inexperience as a weak link. The ACT Brumbies pair have come in at flyhalf and...

RFU charges 13 Barbarians players after COVID-19 protocol breach

LONDON (Reuters) – The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has charged 13 unnamed Barbarians players for a breach of COVID-19 protocols that led to the cancellation of a non-cap match against England at Twickenham last weekend. The breach arose when players left their hotel rooms and had dinner in a restaurant without the permission of organisers....

Langer wary of Australia’s bubble-weary players before India series

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia coach Justin Langer believes managing the mental health of his bubble-weary players will be one of his key responsibilities during the upcoming home series against India, the 49-year-old said on Friday. Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were among those who got a taste of life in a...

Silver Ferns beat England 54-47 to win Taini Jamison trophy

The Silver Ferns have beaten England 54-47 in the second netball Test in Hamilton to win the Taini Jamison trophy. While the scoreline was closer than in game one, Ferns coach Dame Noeline Taurua was happier with her sides performance. The England defence forced the Silver Ferns into a number of handling errors and the...

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Skipper Cup: Nadroga escapes Lautoka’s wrath

Nadroga escaped the wrath of Lautoka with a 28-26 victory in the final round of the Skipper Cup competition at Lawaqa Park. Lautoka received a standing ovation despite the loss to come back from a 21-12 in the halftime break and closed the gap in the final whistle 28-26. Playing their final match in the...

Exeter lock Hill to make England debut v Italy

LONDON (Reuters) – Exeter’s Jonny Hill will make his England debut against Italy on Saturday after coach Eddie Jones named him as lock partner to Maro Itoje for the game in Rome where the Six Nations title is at stake. Scrumhalf Ben Youngs will win his 100th cap, inside captain and flyhalf Owen Farrell. In...

Special boy – Matawalu is a blessing, says mom

Peni Matawalu landed in Paris, France yesterday morning in preparation for his debut for the Flying Fijians’ Autumn Nations Cup Test against France in the next fortnight. Simultaneously at his Dama Village in Ra, his mother Adi Aloesi Bukalidi-Matawalu, knelt beside her bed clutching her son’s old passport while praying. “Immediately after my prayer session,...

Ono-i-Lau books cup final berth

Ono-i-Lau booked a spot in the Cricket Fiji Association Challenge Cup final after beating Moce during their semi-final thriller at Albert Park yesterday. Ono chased Moce’s batting average of 271 runs all out to win the match with 272 runs and one wicket remaining. Cricket Fiji president Alex Konrote said the excitement in the final...

Tailevu’s title bid

Tailevu rugby head coach Samisoni Baikeitoga is calling on fans to travel down to Nadi in numbers as the side looks at ending an eight-year Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy drought. Tailevu last won the coveted silverware in 2012 and Baikeitoga said it had been a tough journey for the green and gold machine this season. The side...

Ba on track at IDC

Defending champion Ba kept its Vodafone Women’s IDC title defence campaign on track with a clinical 6-2 win over Tailevu Naitasiri at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Ba coach Naomi Regu said although they conceded two goals, she was confident of her teams performance so far. “We got another win, a bit of laxity...

‘Give volleyball the fame it deserves’

The Bula Groups Event Management Volleyball Tournament is hoping to make volleyball a major sport in Fiji and “give the fame it deserves”. The organisers have set up platform to give players around the country a chance to compete during the tournament. The event will be held on the November 28 at the Fiji Sports...

FNRL anticipate fans to turn out

The Fiji National Rugby League expects the number of fans to increase as the Vodafone Cup competition draws to its business end. The Maroons State will hold its final round of competition at Prince Charles Park in Nadi today. Despite this being the final round, the quarter-finalists from the Maroons State have been confirmed. Defending...

Roos set for Eels

The Coastline Roos will adopt an attacking game plan against the Nadi Eels in the final round of the Vodafone Cup Maroons State competition at Prince Charles Park in Nadi today as it prepares for the quarter-finals next week. The Roos will use the match as a platform for the upcoming eliminations. Roos coach Suliasi...

Brothers vie for Fiji Open title

The 2020 Digicel-sponsored Fiji Open golf tournament will be a family affair for brothers Anasa Seruvata, 47, Taitusi Tuivuci, 41, and Tomasi Tuivuna, 38. Not only will they compete for the main prize of $7500, they will ensure that they take something back home to support their families. “This is our bread and butter,” Seruvatu,...

Women’s IDC: Varman impressed with standard of refereeing

Fiji Football Association Referees Director Rakesh Varman says he is impressed with the standard of officiating at the Vodafone Women’s Inter-District Championship. Varman said he gave a chance to a number of new referees and they had not disappointed. He said the referees taking part in this tournament had prepared well for the tournament. A...

Reps brace for battle

The Jack’s of Fiji-sponsored Nadi Squash Open which will be played at the Nadi Sports and Social Club courts this weekend is expected to feature a host of new and young players, especially in the novice grade who started squash lessons earlier in the year. Nadi Sports and Social Club games director Leilani Tokalautawa said...

Women’s IDC: Semi finals draw confirmed

The semi-finals of the Vodafone Women’s Inter-District Championship have been confirmed. Labasa will take on Suva in the first semi-final match on Sunday. The second semi-final will see Rewa take on defending champions Ba. In the two matches today, Ba beat Labasa 5-2, while Rewa and Suva played to a 1-all draw. Rewa coach Laisani...

Women’s IDC: Ba side through to the semis

The Ba football side maintained a 100 per cent record heading into the semi finals of the Vodafone Women’s Inter-District Championship. Ba thumped Labasa 5-2 in its last pool match. It wasn’t easy though as Ba trailed 2-1 at the break. Both teams made it to the semi-finals. Ba captain Luisa Tamanitoakula said they had...

All Blacks to seal 18 years of Bledisloe Cup dominance?

Will the All Blacks canter to victory to retain the Bledisloe Cup for an 18th straight year? Or will the Wallabies bounce back to cause a boilover in Sydney tomorrow night? The All Blacks have never secured the trophy on Australian soil and they’re determined to wrap up the series before the fourth match in...

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