Rugby

9th December

South African Rugby continues to break new ground in Europe

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – History will be made this weekend when South African clubs enter European Rugby’s Champions Cup for the first time, another sign of the country’s push into more lucrative markets and the...

Yasawa rugby to begin off-season program

The Yasawa rugby team will begin its off-season training program on January 9 to prepare for the 2023 Skipper Cup competition. Yasawa has named an extended training squad with more than 150 players. The side returned to the top flight after edging Bua 21-20 in the semi-final of the Vodafone Vanua Championship. Bua had filed...

Fans to buy tickets on Fijian Drua’s website

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua has partnered with a leading New Zealand company to introduce a brand new ticketing system. The new system will allow fans to purchase match tickets and other products through their phones on the Club’s website. The new ticketing system will allow fans to purchase reserved Platinum or Gold seats at...

Cape Town 7s: First three missions ‘key’

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team is geared for the challenge of taking on three tough teams during the pool stage of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Cape Town, South Africa this weekend. Fiji will open their campaign against third placed France at 5.35am on Saturday and then play number one ranked South...

Cape Town 7s: Fijian 7s to improve consistency in pool play

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team will be out to improve their consistency in the pool matches during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Cape Town, South Africa this weekend. Fiji went down 7-24 to New Zealand in the second pool match in Dubai last weekend. Fijian 7s coach Ben Gollings said they dropped...

Cape Town 7s: Fiji 7s set to bounce back

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team is set to bounce back in the HSBC World Sevens Series in Cape Town, South Africa, which starts today. The side has left the disappointment of not reaching the quarter-finals in Dubai last weekend behind them and is focused on the task ahead. Fijian 7s coach Ben Gollings said...

8th December

Hurricanes Poua lure NRLW champion Kiwi Fern home for Super Rugby Aupiki

Hurricanes Poua have completed their Super Rugby Aupiki squad with the additions of an NRLW champion Kiwi Fern, a Black Ferns Sevens veteran and a former World-Cup winning Black Fern. Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly, Shakira Baker and Sosoli Talawadua were confirmed on Thursday as the Hurricanes’ final three signings for next year’s quick-fire competition, having revealed 25 of...

Solomon Alaimalo returns to Chiefs as replacement player after mental health break

Solomon Alaimalo has rejoined the Chiefs for pre-season after not playing in Super Rugby since February of last year after opening up about his mental health struggles. The talented 26-year-old outside back switched to the Highlanders for the 2021 campaign but played only once after moving south. Via social media, he revealed in June of last...

7th December

‘Keep the faith in side’ – Champion 7s coach says Fiji will bounce back

Police Blues 7s rugby coach Sale Tubuna believes the Fiji Airways Fiji men’s team will bounce back during Cape Town 7s tournament in South Africa this weekend. Tubuna, who has been coaching the victorious Police team, says the national coaches would have identified areas to improve on before the big games this weekend. The Fiji...

Burnes to coach Nadi women

Former Fijiana 15s captain Lailanie Burnes has been appointed the Nadi Rugby Union women’s head coach for the 2023 season. Burnes is a level 3 World Rugby accredited coach and will try to improve on the Nadi senior women’s rugby team’s sixth-place finish in this year’s Marama Championship. Burnes, who was a commentator for the...

Coach O’Gara staying at European champions La Rochelle to 2027

(Reuters) – Coach Ronan O’Gara has signed a new contract to stay at European champions La Rochelle until 2027, the French club said on Tuesday. The former Ireland flyhalf had been linked in some media speculation to the England job held by Australian Eddie Jones, who was sacked on Tuesday. O’Gara was appointed head coach...

6th December

Dubai jinx continues to haunt Fiji as Blitzboks rule

It was a fourth consecutive appearance in the Dubai 7s final for the Blitzboks. They beat the All Blacks 7s 26-19 in the semi-finals, while Ireland proved too strong for the USA, winning 12-7. Ireland’s wait for a win on the HSBC WRSS tournament went on as James Topping’s side was hit with three first-half...

Volavola helps Racing spoil Toulon’s presentation

Fiji’s Ben Volavola helped Racing 92 beat Toulon 31-14 in the French Top 14 to spoil Wales fly-half Dan Biggar’s presentation at Stade Mayol crowd on Sunday. Biggar, 33, arrived on the Mediterranean coast earlier this week after a mid-season move from Northampton Saints and was shown off to the home supporters before their fourth...

Mega FC awaits NCC debut

The champions of the Tailevu Naitasiri Football Local League competition, Mega FC is excited to debut in the Digicel National Club Championship this weekend. The side aims to continue its unbeaten run in the NCC. Club president Sunil Deo was proud of his team’s achievement. “This is our first victory since our inception in 2019...

5th December

Gollings’ men face hosts in Cape Town

After a dismal performance by the Fiji mens 7s team in Dubai over the weekend, Ben Gollings will have a tough task to prepare his side which is pooled with hosts South Africa this week. South Africa won the Dubai title for the fourth straight time defeating Ireland 21-5 in the final yesterday. Fiji, South...

Australia 7s reigns supreme

Australia’s women began their HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title defence on a winning note as they claimed an unprecedented hat-trick of titles in Dubai with a 26-19 victory against their closest rivals New Zealand. Meanwhile, South Africa’s men made it four Dubai titles in a row with a 21-5 win against Ireland underlining their...

Race to Paris starts now – Top four teams automatically qualify for the Olympics

Former Fiji rugby representative Sireli Bobo summed up correctly that the onus is on the players as the “qualification for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 resting on this season’s standings”. Fiji, the two-time Olympic Games gold medallist, will have to be in the top two of the overall HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series standing in...

4th December

Dubai jinx continues – FRU boss says result disappointing

The Fiji men’s 7s side failed to make the cup quarter-finals at the Dubai tournament. The side has won two times in Dubai in 2013 and in 2015. With Fiji, New Zealand and Argentina all grouped together, Pool B was set for some epic encounters and so it proved with the race for the quarter-final...

Heartache for Fiji 7s

With qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games resting on this season’s standings, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has taken on an extra edge in 2022/23 and that was immediately apparent on a fiercely competitive opening day of the Emirates Dubai 7s. With Fiji, New Zealand and Argentina all grouped together, Pool B was...

National reps boost Seahawks

Some national players boosted the morale of the Seahawks team to win the Kombat Uluinakau women’s final at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday. They beat CK Eazy Buy Marist 17-12. Manager Matelita Tuilevuka said to have the presence of Fijiana captain Rusila Nagasau, Ana Roqica in the team really pushed the new players to perform...

Police dedicate win to officers

The Police Blue 7s rugby team dedicated their win to all police personnel who are getting ready for the General Election. Police beat DXC Westfield Barbarians 10-7 in the Kombat Uluinakau 7s tournament at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday. They scored first in the first half until the Western-based team came out strong in...

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