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Baber makes the cut – Coaching transition from 7s to Flying Fijians for Welshman

Outgoing Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber will earn his biggest break in 15s coaching after being named as the head coach of the Flying Fijians Northern Hemisphere Tour with a 28-member squad only made up...

Top teams brace for league

Top Fijian football sides, Ba, Suva, Nadi, Rewa, Nadroga and Navua start local football’s return as the Digicel Premier League competition resumes on Sunday. The ‘Men In Black’ are scheduled to play Suva at the ANZ Stadium in the feature match. Nadi is expected to host Rewa at Prince Charles Park while Nadroga travels South...

Union launches ‘Rosi ni Yasawa’ label

The Yasawa Women’s Rugby Club has launched its new range of merchandise in partnership with leading sporting apparel manufacturer, Beyond Limits Known (BLK) spotting the new Rosi ni Yasawa logo. The new range includes replica jerseys, bula shirts, sulu and even face masks. Laisa Satala, who is the Yasawa Rugby Union vice-president for women’s rugby,...

Toko leads schools competition

Ratu Kadavulevu School principal Naisa Toko has been appointed as the acting president of the Fiji Secondary School Rugby League (FSSRL). Toko replaces Akuila Vute who passed away in August. FSSRL general secretary Taniela Vakamoce said the appointment was confirmed to Fiji National Rugby League on October 14 after a unanimous decision was reached by...

‘Support is important’

One of the biggest challenges facing the new head coach of the Fiji 7s team will be to build a good relationship with everyone involved in the sport by adopting the Fijian culture. Outgoing coach Gareth Baber revealed that the position of 7s head coach was about human nature, about people and about building relationships...

Sean Wainui’s last act in a Chiefs jersey was his crowning glory, at least on the field

In the end, Sean Wainui’s last ever touch of a ball in a Chiefs jersey proved to be his crowning glory. At least on the field, anyway, for a man whose contribution will be better remembered by team-mates and coaches for all his commitment and leadership off it. Wainui died in a car crash on...

Maselino Masoe: The first Samoan boxer to win a major world title

Maselino Masoe was the first Samoan boxer to win a major world title, but the opportunity almost never happened. The 55-year-old sat down with Talei Anderson and Faivaeselopepe Anric Sitanilei to talk about the sacrifice and lessons he learnt going pro, and the moment it all came down to in 2004. Maselino Masoe was born in...

PNG cricketers miss out on T20 World Cup main draw

Papua New Guinea’s hopes of reaching the T20 Cricket World Cup main draw are over after a 17 run defeat by Scotland in their second pool match. Fresh from their upset win over Bangladesh, Scotland posted 165 for 9 from their 20 overs after electing to bat first, despite losing four wickets in the final...

Flying Fijians players and management named for November tour

Flying Fijians Head Coach Vern Cotter and his set of assistant coaches based in New Zealand and likewise, Southern Hemisphere-based players will not be part of the November tour plan for the Flying Fijians who are set to face Spain, Wales and Georgia next month in Europe. Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) Chief Executive Officer John...

19th October

The 13-year-old Fijian 7s jinx in Cape Town

THE departure of Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber sent shockwaves around the 7s arena. Many were caught by surprise, especially after it was rumoured that Baber would lead the national 7s side to the 2024 Olympic Games. However, Baber has been roped in by Edinburgh to be their skills and assistant attack coach. In his first...

Women footballers in camp

The Fiji women’s football team has begun preparation for the coming FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The 27-member squad marched into camp last week under the leadership of the new technical official and coach Timo Jankowski. Team manager Tulia Cawa said after the six months COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, there was a need for a workout for...

Capital City side starts preparations

Suva Football Association executives are working on improving the fitness level of players in the lead up to the resumption of the Digicel Premier League. The Capital City side is scheduled to face Ba when the league resumes. Suva coach Babs Khan said their playing style was still rusty and the fitness level had dropped...

Baber maintains Fijian rugby ties

Outgoing Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber would love to come back to mentor the Fijian Drua or the Flying Fijians if given the opportunity in the future. Baber has taken up the role as the new skills and assistant attack coach of Edinburgh Rugby making a switch from the abbreviated code to concentrate on getting...

Fiji National Rugby League cancels 2021 premiership calendar

The Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) has scrapped its 2021 premiership season in a bid to focus on preparations for next year’s full calendar. The new season is expected to start with the FNRL off-season program next month. As a result of the cancellation, the 2021 Vodafone Cup and the inaugural women’s competitions will not...

Tennis-Djokovic unsure over Australian Open involvement, won’t reveal vaccine status

BELGRADE (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic once again declined to reveal whether he has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and said he was unsure if he would defend his title at next year’s Australian Open. The state of Victoria, where the Grand Slam event takes place in Melbourne, has introduced a vaccine mandate for...

Cricket-England suffer Livingstone injury scare before T20 World Cup opener

(Reuters) – England all-rounder Liam Livingstone suffered a finger injury in Monday’s warm-up match against India ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup, raising doubts over his availability for their opening game this weekend. Livingstone left the field with the little finger on his left hand swollen after he dropped a catch at deep midwicket during...

Tennis-No special deals to allow unvaccinated players at Australian Open: official

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Victoria state will not do special deals with unvaccinated athletes to allow them to compete at major events, an official said on Tuesday, putting Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open title defence and bid for the Grand Slam record in doubt. World number one Djokovic, level on 20 Grand Slam titles with Roger...

New Zealand Māori representation meant the world to late rugby star Sean Wainui

WAIKATO, 19 OCTOBER 2021 (STUFF NZ) – Sean Wainui won an age-group world championship title, and scored a record five tries in a Super Rugby game. But nothing made Wainui as proud as playing for the New Zealand Māori side. The Bay of Plenty and Chiefs winger died in a car accident in the Bay...

Moana Pasifika announce signings of three Manu Samoa internationals

AUCKLAND, 19 OCTOBER 2021 (RUGBY PASS) – Moana Pasifika have continued their spending spree in the lead-up to their debut Super Rugby Pacific campaign by announcing the signings of three Manu Samoa internationals. Nine-test midfielder Henry Taefu and two-test utility backs Neria Foma’i and Tomasi Alosio have all signed for the new expansion franchise ahead...

Soccer-Neymar ruled out of PSG’s Champions League clash with Leipzig

(Reuters) – Brazilian forward Neymar will miss Paris St Germain’s Champions League group game against RB Leipzig after picking up an injury on international duty, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Monday. The 29-year-old was among a number of players not involved in PSG’s 2-1 Ligue 1 win over Angers on Friday due to their involvement...

Sonny Bill Williams reveals two-year ‘process’ that includes a Paul Gallen superfight

AUCKLAND, 19 OCTOBER 2021 (ABC) – Sonny Bill Williams has revealed his plan to resurrect his boxing career, and explained why a Paul Gallen superfight is on the agenda… but not straight away. The two retired NRL premiership stars have been on a collision course to square off in the ring ever since Gallen made...

Bach and Executive Board back Olympism 365 plan

LAUSANNE, 19 OCTOBER 2021 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – International‌ ‌Olympic‌ ‌Committee‌ ‌President‌ ‌Thomas‌ ‌Bach‌ has ‌described‌ ‌sport‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌ “glue‌ ‌which‌ ‌binds‌ ‌communities‌ ‌together‌” ‌after‌ ‌the‌ ‌Executive‌ ‌Board‌ meeting ‌gave‌ ‌its‌ ‌backing‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌‌Olympism‌ ‌365‌ ‌strategy for the next four years. “The Olympic values that are enshrined in the Olympic Charter and drive...

Wenger to meet with national coaches over World Cup plan

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – FIFA has invited the coaches of all 211 men’s national teams to a meeting about their plans for a biennial World Cup and new international match calendar, the organisation said on Monday. Video conferences for the coaches will be held on Tuesday and Thursday and will be led by former Arsenal...

NFL roundup: Cowboys escape with OT win over Patriots

Dak Prescott found CeeDee Lamb for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 3:52 left in overtime as the Dallas Cowboys held off the host New England Patriots 35-29 on Sunday for their fifth straight win. Prescott finished 36 of 51 for 445 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for Dallas (5-1), which hasn’t lost since a...

Domestic rivals clash in quest for Asian Champions League final spots

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Familiar foes face off in the battle for berths in next month’s Asian Champions League final as Saudi Arabian duo Al Hilal and Al Nassr clash on Tuesday ahead of Wednesday’s meeting between South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai and Pohang Steelers. The semi-final line-up guarantees a showdown between clubs from two of...

18th October

Kane ends goal drought as Spurs beat Newcastle

NEWCASTLE, England (Reuters) -Harry Kane scored his first Premier League goal of the season as Tottenham Hotspur overcame Newcastle United 3-2 at St James’ Park on Sunday to prolong the hosts’ winless run in a match that was briefly halted after a fan collapsed in the crowd. Newcastle, spurred on by a buoyant atmosphere in...

Husband in court over killing of Kenyan athlete Tirop

NAIROBI (Reuters) -A Kenyan court on Monday allowed police to hold the husband of long distance runner Agnes Tirop for 20 days over her killing, the KTN News channel reported. Tirop’s husband, Ibrahim Rotich, was arraigned on suspicion of her murder during his first appearance before the court in the Rift Valley town of Iten,...

Criticism of Newcastle manager Bruce tough to take, says son Alex

(Reuters) – Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has been made the “fall guy” at the Premier League club and the criticism he has faced since being appointed in 2019 has been difficult to take, the 60-year-old’s son Alex said. Bruce has endured a largely difficult time after he replaced fan-favourite Rafa Benitez and speculation is...

Kean goal earns Juventus narrow win over Roma

TURIN (Reuters) -Juventus continued their march up the Serie A standings with a 1-0 win over AS Roma in Turin on Sunday, as Moise Kean’s unorthodox early goal sealed a fourth consecutive league win for the Turin club. Rodrigo Bentancur’s header ricocheted off Kean’s head and into the back of the net after 16 minutes...

Badosa outworks Azarenka to win Indian Wells title

(Reuters) -Paula Badosa survived a stiff challenge from Victoria Azarenka to produce a gutsy 7-6(5) 2-6 7-6(2) win in an epic Indian Wells championship match on Sunday. Azarenka was two points from winning the tournament for a third time and serving at 5-4 in the decider when her game began to unravel behind a series...

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