Rugby

20th September

Campese’s call: Game will be won up front

“IF we can stop them in the forwards, then everything will fall into place.” That’s how the Flying Fijians’ most experienced loosehead prop Campese Ma’afu believes the powerful Australian team can be stopped. “Whatever challenges...

2019 RWC begins today

THE most awaited time by rugby fans around the globe is finally here. The 2019 Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan later tonight. The RWC is an event whereby fans hardly miss a match televised on TV whether it be their team playing or just a match between any other teams. Tonight hosts Japan...

19th September

2019 RWC: Flying Fijians named for opening match against Australia

FLYING Fijians coach John McKee has named his side to play Australia in their opening match this Saturday. The team includes: 1.Campese Ma’afu 2.Sam Matavesi 3.Peni Ravai 4.Tevita Cavubati 5.Leone Nakarawa 6.Dominiko Waqaniburotu 7.Peceli Yato 8.Viliame Mata 9.Frank Lomani 10.Ben Volavola 11.Semi Radradra 12.Levani Botia 13.Waisea Nayacalevu 14.Josua Tuisova 15.Kini Murimurivalu 16.Veremalua Vugakoto 17.Eroni Mawi...

Western Force claims draw

THE Western Force rugby team held the Police Special Response Unit (PSRU) team to a 34-all draw in the Fiji Police Force rugby competition round robin at the Nasova Ground in Suva yesterday. Force team captain and Nadroga rugby team veteran Setefano Somoca said the competition was their buildup to the Sukuna Bowl Challenge in...

2019 RWC: ‘I played for Fiji, it is a privilege to assist the team’

It’s the motherland and I was born in Fiji and I played for Fiji. This was Flying Fijians assistant coach Tabai Matson’s answer to why he chose to assist the Fijians in this Rugby World Cup campaign. “I played for Fiji and it is a privilege to be asked to come and assist the team,”...

2019 RWC: ‘We are ready’

FLYING Fijians coach John McKee says his boys are all focused and ready for the match against Australia on Saturday. Speaking in Japan yesterday, McKee said the players had put in two good days of training at their base in Abashiri and everyone was looking forward to the final training session today before they moved...

Nadroga senior team set for New Zealand rugby

THE Nadroga senior rugby team will tour New Zealand next February as part of their campaign towards next year’s provincial rugby competitions. Union president Tiko Matawalu said this would be their first tour as a team overseas and they had conducted trials last week, not only for the tour, but the beginning of their off-season...

2019 RWC: Semi plays key role

EXPECT a big game from France-based Semi Radradra if he runs out for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians against former Rugby World Cup champions Australia at the Sapporo Dome in Japan on Saturday. The former NRL star could be a key figure in the Fiji team’s game plan with his powerful runs, to spearhead their...

2019 RWC kicks off tomorrow

THE 2019 Rugby World Cup begins in Japan tomorrow. The opening match will be between hosts Japan and Russia which is the only game on day one. All Fijian fans are eagerly awaiting for Saturday when the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians take on two time champions Australia. The Wallabies, undoubtedly go into this match as...

18th September

MLB notebook: Pirates’ Vazquez jailed on lurid charges

Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vazquez is in police custody on multiple charges, including solicitation of a child, authorities said Tuesday. Vazquez, 28, is being held in the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh awaiting extradition to Lee County, Fla. He was placed on administrative leave and the restricted list by Major League Baseball. According the...

Melbourne Rebels wish Fiji members well

THE Melbourne Rebels given best wishes to three of their own members who will be part of Fiji’s campaign at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. The franchise posted on its Facebook Page givibng good luck to staff members Dr Bryn Savill (Team Doctor) and John Batina (Analyst) who are on secondment with Fiji during...

FRU Development Educators course underway

THE Fiji Rugby Union Development Educators course is underway in Nadi this week. According to FRU, participants go through coaching, match officiating, strength and conditioning, and a broader development workshop. This is part of an initiative to enhance the quality of output within the game across all levels and regions

Baber to test players

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber will use the Oktoberfest 7s tournament in Germany to test new players. This is to make sure they can play under pressure in the buildup to the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series which starts in December. Some 2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series players such as Asaeli Tuivuaka, Terio Tamani,...

Fiji U18 ruggers prepare for tough tour

THE Fiji under-18 rugby team will set its course in the New Zealand tour this weekend as platform to its buildup towards the U20 Rugby World Championship in Italy next year. The U18 team consists of 31 players from various secondary schools in the country building up towards an epic two weeks of battle against...

2019 RWC: Pacific Islanders are the X-factor in rugby, says McKee

FLYING Fijians rugby team head coach John McKee highlighted a case of interest with Asia Times Sports on how Pacific Island teams contributed to the excitement of rugby across the globe and ways World Rugby could assist these island nations. McKee highlighted on the talents that lie across the Pacific and how they’ve contributed to...

2019 RWC: Pacific rugby battle

IT will be just a game between brothers when the Flying Fijians take on the Wallabies in their opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Sapporo on Saturday. That is how former national 7s skipper Levani Botia sees the encounter against his fellow Fijians in the Wallabies side. “We are all brothers but...

2019 RWC: We need the ball

We can’t win without the ball. That’s the message from Fiji Airways Flying Fijians assistant coach and former Fijian international Tabai Matson to the players who face Wallabies in their opening match of the 2019 Rugby World Cup on Saturday. Matson said they needed to win the ball to be able to win. “In order...

High expectations of Vuki at Oktoberfest 7s

FORMER Malolo rugby captain and Nadi number eight Veniona Vuki has been highly spoken of by the Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber as a player to watch. The Nadroga native is part of the 13 member Fiji squad that travelled to Germany yesterday for the Oktoberfest rugby 7s tournament. Baber said Vuki has all the...

17th September

Fiji U18s to use tour as build-up

THE Fiji under 18 rugby team will set their course in the New Zealand tour this weekend as platform of their build-up towards the under 20 Rugby World Cup in Italy next year. The under 18 team consists 31 players from various secondary schools in the country building up towards an epic two weeks of...

Trial continues, Nasilasila chooses to remain silent

FORMER Fiji 7s play-maker Amenoni Nasilasila has chosen to remain silent as the prosecution closed it’s case after calling it’s last witness at the Lautoka High Court this morning. His lawyer Mark Anthony told High Court Judge Justice Daniel Goundar that they will call only one defence witness. Former Fiji 7s captain Aisake Katonibau is...

Drua drops to 7th spot

THE Fijian Drua rugby team has four more rounds to prove themselves in order to qualify for the semi-finals of the National Rugby Championship (NRC) next month. The Senirusi Seruvakula-coached side levelled against the New South Wales Country Eagles 24-all on Saturday recording a total of two draws and one loss in the past three...

Fiji departs for Oktoberfest 7s tournament

THE Fiji 7s team is grouped with hosts Germany, France and the United States for the Oktoberfest 7s tournament which starts in Munich on Sunday. Fiji competed in the tournament in 2017 and lost to Australia 40-7 in the final. Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber said the Oktoberfest 7s tournament was part of their training...

RWC morale boost

FORMER Flying Fijians assistant coach in the 2007 Rugby World Cup The Rev Joji Rinakama believes the Dominiko Waqaniburotu-captained side needs a morale boost before their first Rugby World Cup pool match against Australia on Saturday. Rinakama assisted Ilivasi Tabua in coaching the Flying Fijians when they made the quarter-final against South Africa in the...

Wales bring out baby oil to prepare for humid World Cup

(Reuters) – Dealing with the extreme humidity during the World Cup in Japan will not be child’s play for any team, so Wales are keen to avoid slip-ups by splashing baby oil on rugby balls in training. Warren Gatland’s side begin their campaign against Georgia on Sept. 23, and lubricated balls are one of the...

Former Wales captain Thomas reveals living with HIV

(Reuters) – Former Wales captain Gareth Thomas has revealed he has been living with HIV “for years” and appealed for support to “break the stigma” around the condition. The 45-year-old said in a video posted on Twitter that he had been moved to go public about his health because he had received emails threatening to...

Rugby – England’s Farrell tackles discipline with changed technique

(Reuters) – England captain Owen Farrell has tweaked his tackling technique in training to avoid getting sent off during the Rugby World Cup, defence coach John Mitchell has said. Farrell went unpunished following two incidents of “no-arms” tackles against South Africa and Australia last year, and the 27-year-old is mindful of the new disciplinary focus...

First female head coach for the Tuvalu rugby 7s men’s team

FUNAFUTI, 17 SEPTEMBER 2019 (UN WOMEN) – One way of breaking gender stereotypes and levelling the playing field for women and men in sport is to appoint more qualified female head coaches to male rugby teams. Walking the road less travelled of women pushing into the coaching ranks of male sports is Fiji’s Elenoa Kunatuba...

All Blacks hit back at rumours of Sonny Bill Williams injury

TOKYO, 17 SEPTEMBER 2019 (TVNZ) – Sonny Bill Williams is fully fit and available for this weekend’s Rugby World Cup opener against South Africa, a defiant All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster told media. After being the subject of rumours yesterday stating that a calf injury would see him head home from this year’s World...

16th September

Rugby-Done with experiments, Wales eying hot start – Gatland

KITAKYUSHU, Japan (Reuters) – Wales did not fully express themselves in their pre-World Cup matches and are looking for a strong start in their bid to win the Webb Ellis trophy for the first time, coach Warren Gatland said on Sunday. Despite winning the Grand Slam earlier this year, Gatland’s side come into the tournament...

Rugby: Barrett happy to toe All Blacks line at fullback

TOKYO (Reuters) – For a playmaker who claimed back-to-back World Player of the Year awards as flyhalf in 2016-17, Beauden Barrett might have had some cause to query the decision to move him out of the All Blacks’ engine room in a World Cup year. Instead, Barrett just got on with the job at fullback...

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