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Vázquez hopes to promote change through sport

WORLD Rugby Women’s Executive Leadership Scholarship recipient Fernanda Vázquez discusses her life in rugby and how her love affair with the game began. Mexico is a country with a rich history, and since the time...

Dom du Toit: Intense but exciting times as we enter Olympic year

IN her latest exclusive column, Australia star Dom du Toit is excited by her return to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series after almost a year out and the fact that 2020 is Olympic year. What a ‘rippa’ of a back-to-back tournament! I wasn’t there but all reports from the team are that Cape Town...

Pools and schedule announced for inaugural World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series tournament

THE inaugural tournament on the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series will take place in Viña del Mar, Chile on 15-16 February with the match schedule and pools revealed today. The match schedule and pools have today been revealed for the inaugural men’s tournament on the World Rugby Sevens Challenger Series, which will take place in...

Fiji 7s team departs for New Zealand

THE Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team departed for New Zealand this morning confident of bouncing back in the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series Hamilton 7s which kicks off this weekend. The Gareth Baber coached team made a slow start in the 2019-2020 series finishing ninth in Dubai and lost in the bronze final to France...

Coral Coast event unearths rugby talent

CORAL Coast sevens tournament major sponsor McDonald’s Fiji has praised the organisers of the annual event in helping improve 7s rugby in Fiji. McDonald’s Fiji managing director Marc McElrath said the annual tournament continued to unearth raw Fijian 7s talents. The four-day tournament at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka, ended on Saturday. Police team from Suva...

McElrath commends event

CORAL Coast sevens tournament major sponsor McDonald’s Fiji has praised the success of the annual event in helping improve Fiji 7s rugby. McDonald’s Fiji managing director Marc McElrath dubbed the final on Saturday at Lawaqa Park as a match between David and Goliath after Police edged Ratu Filise 17-14. He said it was a final...

Premiership Rugby confirm Saracens relegation for salary cap breaches

(Reuters) – Saracens are to be relegated from English rugby’s top division at the end of the season for breaching salary cap rules, Premiership Rugby announced on Saturday. Saracens, who had already accepted an initial 35-point deduction, are bottom of the 12-team Premiership table with -7 points despite winning six of their eight games and...

19th January

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Tokyo Olympics still very much Tamani’s priority

TABADAMU captain Terio Tamani led his gallant warriors to a battlefield semi-final against Police but went down fighting 14-12. However, his goal of making the Olympics team is still his priority. The Fiji 7s team playmaker has led his Tabadamu brothers to five Marist 7s tournaments and the Tabadamu sevens last week plus many more...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Te Nana notes high number of yellow cards

HSBC World Sevens Series commentator Karl Te Nana yesterday highlighted the high number of yellow cards that resulted from the high tackles committed in the past four days of the McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast Sevens tournament in Sigatoka. The former New Zealand rugby sevens team captain said the new laws from World Rugby would take...

Volivoli focuses on target

FIJI 7s extended squad member Suli Volivoli was dropped from the main team for the Hamilton and Sydney 7s tournament. But the hardworking player says he will never give up because he wants to impress the selectors and show his capabilities and the advantages he can bring to the team. Volivoli was released from the...

Daugunu scores 5

FILIPO Daugunu showed why the Queensland Reds resigned him. The former Fiji Football Association player scored five tries yesterday but was spoiled by a red card for a dangerous tackle in a Super Rugby trial mismatch against the Melbourne Rebels. Rugby.com.au reported the Reds beat the understrength Rebels 57-5 in Gladstone on Friday, with winger...

Silktails prepare for rugby league debut

KAVITI Silktails have been undergoing training before Christmas and the are looking at a total of eight weeks of preparation before the team plays its first match. This was confirmed by former Vodafone Fiji Bati skipper at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Petero Civoniceva as he disclosed the Kaiviti Silktails preparations as the team...

Rugby: Saracens accept further 35-point deduction, to be relegated – report

(Reuters) – Saracens are to accept their heavy deduction for breaching the Premiership’s salary cap rules and will therefore be relegated at the end of the season, a report from The Guardian said on Friday. The newspaper said that the players were told on Friday that the club had accepted a further 35-point deduction after...

18th January

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Police retain title

Police have retained the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament title after a tough battle against Mango Bay Ratu Filise in the final. Police won 17-14. Police led 12-0 at halftime but Ratu Filise bounced back in the second half to take the lead 14-12 before the Police scored a try in the last minute....

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Ratu Filise downs Stallions to qualify for cup final

Mango Bay Ratu Filise defeated BLK Eco Tray Stallions 14-7 to qualify for the cup final of the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament. Both teams were locked 7-7 in the halftime break but Ratu Filise managed to score another converted try in the second half to win the match. They will face defending champions...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Police defeats Tabadamu in cup semis

McDonald’s Coral Coast defending champions Police defeated Tabadamu 14-12 in an epic cup semifinal. Tabadamu led 12-7 in the break. However, Police were consistent throughout and scored their winning try with a successful conversion from Kitione Taliga to win them the match. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Tabadamu downs NFA side

The Tabadamu 7s team narrowly escaped the NFA side 19-17 to qualify for the semifinals of the McDonald’s Coral Coast tournament. An unsuccessful conversion in the last second could have extended the game to extra time. However, luck was not on the NFA’s side missing the significant conversion. Both teams were locked 12-12 in the...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Ratu Filise thumps Vatutalei in cup quarterfinal

Mango Bay Ratu Filise thumped Vatutalei KeiViti 26-5 in the last cup quarterfinals of the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament. The Namatakula-based side scored two converted tries in the first spell leading the Vatutalei KeiViti 14-0, then extended their lead in the second half. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Police edge Uluinakau to qualify for Cup semi

MCDONALD’S Coral Coast Rugby 7s defending champions Police edged Uluinakau 7-0 to qualify for the cup semifinals at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka today. Police scored their only try in the first half. It built a solid wall of defence when defending with six men.

Ikanikoda and Tuivuaka for Hamilton 7s

FIJI 7s exponents Livai Ikanikoda and Asaeli Tuivuaka have forced their way back into a powerful 13-man team named by coach Gareth Baber for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Hamilton and Sydney 7s. “These players have responded very well during the past few weeks of training,” Baber said. “We’ve thrown some solid sessions at...

17th January

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Fijiana Development scoops women’s title

THE Fijiana Development side scooped the 2020 McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament women’s division title beating the Fiji Airports Nadi Aviators 21-7. Striders walked away as Plate champions after they defeated Marist Seahawks 22-5. Rugby Vault Intern scooped the third-place play-offs beating Flying Vixens.

Baber names powerful 13-men touring squad for Hamilton

LIVAI Ikanikoda and Asaeli Tuivuaka return to the squad for their first tour of the seaon as Gareth Baber names a powerful 13-men touring squad for the next leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. “Livai is a great player and has shown a lot of commitment in training plus Tuivuaka has improved his...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Redwings defeat Raiwasa Taveuni

REDWINGS defeated Raiwasa Taveuni 17-12 in the final pool round. This is the first upset of the McDonald’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament as Raiwasa was a runner up from last week’s Tabadamu 7s losing to Tabadamu 33-10. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times.  

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Ratu Filise wins second match

MANGO Bay Ratu Filise defeated Western Sydney Two Blues 19-12 in the second round of the pool games at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament in Sigatoka. Ratu Filise led 12-7 at the break and extended their lead in the second half while the Australian based team scored a late try in...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: No rain yet at cloudy Lawaqa Park

WHILE the threat of Tropical Cyclone Tino is affecting some parts of the country, the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s has been an exception. There has been no rain since the morning and fans have been entertained to the Fijian flair style of rugby. A slight south easterly breeze has been keeping the players...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Favourites register wins in round one

NO major upsets have been recorded in the first round of the 2020 McDonald;s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s. Defending champions Police had little to do in its 31-nil win over Outrigger. Tabdamu, which came into this tournament after winning it’s own tournament last week, was made to wkr hard in their 14-7 win over BLK...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: Defending champions make winning start

OLYMPIC games gold medalists Kitione Taliga and Samisoni Viriviri helped their Police team beat Outrigger 31-0 at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s today. Police led 12-0 at the break and extended their lead in the second half with the reserves making an impact. Fiji 7s extended squad Suli Volivoli is also in the...

2020 Coral Coast 7s: USA Falcons hold Natadra to a draw

THE USA Falcons side had to come from behind to register a crucial draw in its first match at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s. The overseas based side held Natadra 21-all at Sigatoka’s Lawaqa Park this morning. Pool matches continue at the venue and entry for fans is free.

Tabadamu registers win in first match at Coral Coast 7s

THE Tabadamu rugby sevens team won its first pool match at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast rugby sevens tournament beating BLK Stallions 14-7 at Lawaqa Park this morning. Tabadamu drew first blood scoring under the crossbar and a successful conversion saw them take a slender 7-nil lead at the break. In the second half...

Main competition begins at Coral Coast 7s

THE first round of pool matches in the main competition is underway at the 2020 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coast 7s at Sigatoka’s Lawaqa Park. Defending champions Police open its campaign against Outrigger at 11.13am today. Pool matches will continue till this evening while the finals begin tomorrow morning. Entry is free for today and tomorrow.

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