Rugby

Fiji and Samoa join World Rugby Council meeting in Dublin

DUBLIN, 23 MAY 2019 (RUGBY PASS) – Fiji and Samoa have participated in their first World Rugby Council meeting, while Algeria was accepted as an associate member on a historic Wednesday for the sport in...

Agreement reached on Deans rugby matter; Competition set to begin

THE Fiji Secondary School Rugby Union and the Fiji Rugby Union have come into an agreement in relation to the Deans competition scheduled to kick start next week. The FSSRU and the FRU had a meeting at the rugby house this afternoon concerning the Fiji Secondary School rugby event and its operation that was agreed...

McKee: Some key players could miss out on test matches

SOME key Fiji Airways Flying Fijian players could miss out on the two test matches against the Maori All Blacks in July. Flying Fijians coach John McKee said players who were playing in the Top 14 competition in France would miss out if their team reached the final. The T14 final is scheduled for July...

Coach McKee names Flying Fijians squad

FIJI Drua and Fijian Latui players Johnny Dyer and Luke Tagi have forced their way into the 50-member Flying Fijians wider training group to prepare for the upcoming Pacific Test Series incorporating the Maori All Blacks and Pacific Nations Cup as well as the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year. Head coach John...

London 7s: Nacuqu’s inclusion brings needed ammunition, says Serevi

THE ‘King of sevens’ Waisale Serevi has highlighted Waisea Nacuqu’s timely inclusion brings needed ammunition to Fiji’s backline heading into the business end of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series this weekend in London. Serevi said the return of the nippy playmaker will help lighten the load for the players as they look forward to...

London 7s: Serevi cautions team

RUGBY 7s wizard Waisale Serevi believes discipline and patience will be vital ingredients for Fiji as they prepare to defend their title this weekend at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series London 7s tournament. “I believe the key to winning the tournament is focusing on one game at a time, discipline and patience,” said Serevi....

Uprising Beach Resort ground given thumbs up

THE Uprising Beach Resort Ground in Pacific Harbour has been given a thumbs up by players and officials who tested the ground yesterday. Three rugby teams played in a short tournament in the afternoon. England-based Scot Guards, Deuba and host Dubai took part in the three-match round-robin tournament. Scot Guards captain Charlie Longstaff was impressed...

Wallabies hooker Latu stood down over drink driving charge

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Wallabies hooker Tolu Latu has been stood down by the New South Wales Waratahs pending a court appearance for drink driving and will face a code of conduct hearing, the Super Rugby team said on Tuesday. Rugby Australia’s integrity unit probed a media report last week that Latu was discovered sleeping in...

Australia great Smith calls time on 20-year career

(Reuters) – Australian flanker George Smith has announced his retirement from professional rugby at the age of 38, bringing an end to a career that spanned two decades and featured 111 test appearances. The second most capped Wallabies forward of all time, Smith had played 100 times for his country by the age of 29...

Players’ union to conduct ‘faith’ review in wake of Folau sacking

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA) will convene a “faith review” to establish clearer guidelines for religious expression in the wake of Israel Folau’s sacking. Former Wallabies fullback Folau, a fundamentalist Christian, had his four-year contract terminated last week for a social media post that said hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and...

22nd May

O’Connor declines to comment on World Cup budget claims

FIJI Rugby Union CEO John O’Connor has declined to comment on whether the FRU has overspent its Rugby World Cup budget. O’Connor did say that he will comment after a meeting with Flying Fijians coach John McKee. Fiji Times Online asked this question after former Flying Fijians defence coach Peter Ryan posted on social media...

McKee names powerful Flying Fijians wider training squad

JOHN McKee has named a powerful Fiji Airways Flying Fijians 50-member wider training group to prepare for the upcoming Pacific Test Series incorporating the Maori All Blacks and Pacific Nations Cup prior to selecting his squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year. A squad of 38 players will march into camp...

Nasilasila debuts for Nadroga in Skipper Cup competition

FORMER Fiji 7s rugby playmaker Amenoni Nasilasila made his debut for the Nadroga rugby team in the Skipper cup competition last weekend and scored the Stallions bonus point try in the second half giving them a confident win. Nasilasila replaced Apisalome Waqatabu in the fullback position and played the full 80 minutes of rugby showing...

Rapid Rugby suits Fijians, says Seruvakula

SWIRE Shipping Fijian Latui coach Senirusi Seruvakula believes the new Global Rapid Rugby format is one well suited to Fiji’s style of fast rugby. “It suits us well and is everything about what we are about,” Seruvakula said. “Not just us but also all other teams in the competition and we have to lift up...

Fiji 7s team can win series, says Valesu

FORMER Fiji 7s playmaker Apenisa Valesu is confident Fiji will produce a magical finish during the last leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. “No Fiji team at any tournament is not capable of bringing back home a win,” Valesu said. “Any seven players the coach puts on the field is capable of doing...

Unleash 7s beast, says Bole

FIJI needs to unleash the beast within itself this weekend in Twickenham if it wants to win the 2019 World Rugby Sevens Series, says former national halfback Waisake Bole. The former Nasinu Rugby Club, Police and national halfback said the Gareth Baber-coached side should show its full potential starting at the London 7s this weekend....

Fiji to chase fourth series title

DEFENDING London 7s champions the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team will chase a fourth title this weekend at Twickenham Stadium on their first stopover of the last leg of the 2018/2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Continuing preparations through the week in a cold London backdrop, Fiji heads into the tournament injury-free and with well...

21st May

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Fijiana 15s coach expects tough match against Hong Kong

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana XVs are looking forward to the battle against Hong Kong in the Asia Pacific Womens Championship which will be held at Churchill Park on Friday. Fijiana XVs head coach Ro Alifereti Doviverata expects a tough match on Friday but he said the girls have been impressive during the training runs so...

Latui to shape up defence

SWIRE Shipping Services Fijian Latui coach Senirusi Seruvakula will work on defence as their prepare to take on the Western Force during the Global Rapid Rugby Pacific Showcase this weekend. Seruvakula was impressed with their 38-32 win last week against Kagifa Samoa but said it was now behind them and were working on rectifying the...

RKS gets $5k boost

A BOOST for Ratu Kadavulevu School as Qaqa Jack’s of Fiji sponsored rugby attires for the coming Fiji secondary schools Deans Trophy competition and a bonus for their achievements in defending the Coca-Cola Games. A bonus of $5000 was given to the school as part of the agreement with Qaqa Jack’s Fiji after RKS retained...

Dranisinukula confident of good outing in London

FIJI 7s team captain Paula Dranisinukula said they were confident of giving a good performance this weekend. “My boys and I are challenged but we are happy and eager to take on the challenge and it won’t be easy but we will work and bleed to win this tournament,” Dranisinukula said. Meanwhile the New Zealand...

Crusaders ‘strongly refute’ allegations of homophobic behaviour

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – The Canterbury Crusaders on Monday denied allegations on social media that some of the team’s players had exhibited homophobic behaviour during an altercation at a fast food restaurant in Cape Town over the weekend. The players were accused of “physically intimidating behaviour … making homophobic slurs and adopting high pitched voices” in...

20th May

The Navy rugby team after wining the Escott Shield challenge against Nabua last weekend in Suva. Picture: ATU RASEA

Escott Shield: Navy has what it takes, says Tawake

THE Commander of the Republic of Fiji Navy, Commander Humphrey Tawake is confident the Fresh’et Navy Rugby Club has what it takes to make the Stanley Brown Naval Base in Walu Bay the new home for the Escott Shield at the end of this year. At the completion of the round robin of the Escott...

Fiji 7s coach Baber to join team in London

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s team head coach Gareth Baber is expected to leave the country later today to join our Fiji boys in England as they have only four days training before the start of the final leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Baber had been recovering from a short illness while the...

Skipper Cup: Suva lead points table

THE Suva rugby side leads the Skipper Cup points table after four rounds of competition. Suva is the only undefeated team left in the competition having won all its four games. The capital city side has 18 points, three ahead of second-placed Nadi on 15 points. Naitasiri has 13 points while Nadroga has 10. Rewa...

Ovalau leads Vanua Cup rugby standings

THE Ovalau rugby side leads the Vodafone Vanua Cup rugby standings after four rounds of competition. After defeating Macuata 17-15 on Saturday, they overtake Nanukuloa on the standings. Both teams have 17 points each but Ovalau has a better points differential. Nanukuloa’s match against Serua ended in a 5-all draw at the weekend. Nasinu lies...

19th May

Brumbies’ Speight to spearhead new hand-washing campaign

BRUMBIES winger Henry Speight will spearhead a new hand-washing campaign designed to reduce contamination at public health facilities in the country. This was revealed by Fiji Hospital Project CEO Paul Dyer at the Fiji Medical Association conference at the Lautoka Hospital yesterday. “Getting people to wash their hands is a big thing,” Mr Dyer said....

Fijians prepare for title defence

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team are now at their base camp in England and six days away from the start of the final leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Fiji has an opportunity to go top of the series standings sitting on 142 points only three points behind series leaders USA who...

Skipper Cup: Nadroga reigns; Stallions stop Naitasiri’s unbeaten run

FORMER Fiji 7s playmaker Amenoni Nasilasila helped his Nadroga rugby team beat a previously unbeaten Naitasiri side 33-17 in the fourth round of the Skipper Cup competition at Lawaqa Park. Nasilasila, who played fullback for Nadroga scored his team’s bonus point try in the 67th minute in the second half giving the Stallions another boost...

Courts beckon as Folau ponders appeal against sacking

SYDNEY (Reuters) – After a statement saying he was deeply saddened by his sacking from Australian rugby and was considering his options on an appeal, Israel Folau’s public pronouncements on the matter on Friday were limited to religious posts on social media. They were utterly uncontentious, by stark contrast with the meme he shared on...

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