Rugby

Army wins 2019 Ratu Sukuna Bowl

THE Army rugby side has won the 2019 Ratu Sukuna Bowl defeating Police 20-17 this afternoon. Army led 17-3 at half-time. Police did make a comeback but it was a little too late to defend...

Sukuna Bowl Challenge: Army leads Police at half time

THE Army rugby side leads Police 17-3 at half time in the 2019 Ratu Sukuna Bowl competition. After a tightly-contested 35 minutes, Army scored two tries in the last five minutes to earn some breathing space at the break. Vesi Rawarawa was sin-binned for Army after a high tackle. Police flanker Jone Navori also spent...

Sukuna Bowl Challenge: Stage set for 2019 rugby competition

THE stage is set for the 2019 ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl competition. Both teams look smart and ready in their warm-up this windy and sunny Friday afternoon at Suva’s ANZ Stadium. A healthy crowd is gathered at the ground to witness the match. The fans from both Forces are still pouring in in numbers. Police...

Sukuna Bowl Challenge: Army development rugby team reclaim title

THE Republic of Fiji Military Forces development rugby team reclaimed the 2019 Sukuna Bowl challenge trophy after beating the Fiji Police Force in a thriller 15-13 encounter at the ANZ Stadium in Suva today. “We dug deep,” said Army skipper Apenisa Uluiviti. He said despite trailing in most parts of the game, their boys kept...

Soldiers want to win

“HISTORY will not repeat itself.” These powerful sentiments were expressed by the team manager of the Fiji Military Force rugby team Elia Rokowailoa during their team’s captain’s run at the ANZ Stadium yesterday as they gear up for the Sukuna Bowl rugby clash today. The Police rugby team nailed the Army side last year 41-17...

Tonga women’s team withdraws

THE Tonga Women’s rugby team has withdrawn from the 2019 Oceania Rugby Women’s Championships following a decision made by the Fiji Ministry of Health with consultation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Nadi, yesterday. The team were in quarantine for 18 days after an evaluation of their test results suspected measles earlier this week....

Rennie a ‘sensational appointment’ for Wallabies – Mexted

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Rugby Australia have made a “sensational appointment” in choosing Dave Rennie to take over as coach of the Wallabies and he will improve the team in short order, former All Blacks loose forward Murray Mexted has said. Rennie, who turns 56 on Friday, was named on Wednesday to replace Michael Cheika, who...

21st November

Saracens won’t ask players to put club before country: McCall

(Reuters) – Saracens will not ask their England players to put club before country despite their Premiership status being jeaopordized by a 35-point deduction for beaching breaching salary cap regulations, coach Mark McCall has said. English and European champions Saracens were also fined 5.36 million pounds this month and the club has opted not to...

Women’s Oceania Cup set to expand

THE tournament is set to expand in 2022 with the introduction of a Women’s Oceania Cup, featuring the likes of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands and Fiji. Women’s rugby league is growing at a rapid rate and 17 countries have applied to play in an Emerging Nations World Cup tournament in Manchester...

Fijiana XVs focus on Samoa ahead of round two clash

Fijiana XV’s is expected to bounce back after going down 53-nil to New Zealand Development in their opening Rugby World Cup qualifier match at Churchill Park in Lautoka Momday. With a few new players on their debut for our Fijiana XVs, Captain Sereima Leweniqila said they were up against a strong opponents and the team...

Huge expectations from Sukuna Bowl clash

THE chairman of the Sukuna Bowl joint committee SSP Director Operations Livai Driu cannot put into words the expectations of tomorrow’s outcome but he urges fans and supporters to come and witness the event and be the judge themselves. Driu said both teams have been preparing for this moment for the past 10 months and...

Loloma Graphics Oldies to set platform

THE 2019 Loloma Graphics Police Oldies Rugby Team will have to set the platform for this year’s ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl Rugby Challenge. This was the message by the Fiji Police Force Chief Planning Internal Affairs Officer (CPIAO) Luke Navela during the official handover of the Police Oldies Rugby Jerseys at Four Palms this morning....

Nine changes in Fijiana side for Samoa clash

FIJI Airways Fijiana coach Alifereti Doviverata has made nine changes to his run on side for the round two clash against Manusina Samoa in the Oceania Rugby World Cup qualifiers at Churchill Park in Lautoka tomorrow. Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s players Rusila Nagasau and Lavenia Tinai joined the camp earlier this week and have been...

Army names strong squad for Sukuna Bowl clash

ARMY has named a strong squad to face Police in the 2019 ANZ Sukuna Bowl Competition tomorrow. The starting line-up includes 11 players from the Suva rugby teams. Vesi Rarawa, Sireli Ledua and Ratu Penijamini Makutu make up the front row while Manoa Tamaya and Peni Naulago will be at locks. Elia Canakaivata and Vesikali...

Daveta sets standard

THE hopes of breaking the jinx and winning their first Darwin rugby 7s tournament in Australia was crushed when Daveta rugby 7s team fell short in the final. They lost to their Fijian counterparts the Stallions rugby sevens team 21-10 in the weekend. The Nadroga-based side finished on a high note two weeks ago, when...

Baber stresses the importance of educating players

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber says he has continued to educate his players to beware of certain perceptions from other teams and officials on their actions when they take the field in any game. Fiji, like most Pacific Island teams, are deemed to be more physical than any other teams when it comes...

Kerevi clears the air

“DISAPPOINTING to be taken out of context, quoted for things I didn’t say and when you’re, having a bit of a laugh at a function.” These were the sentiments of outgoing Wallabies vice-captain Samu Kerevi, who has cleared the air of his supposed intentions of switching to Fiji for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. According...

20th November

Dave Rennie is new Wallabies coach

RUGBY Australia has today announced the appointment of Dave Rennie as Head Coach of the Qantas Wallabies. According to a statement by Rugby Auustralia, Rennie will fulfil his current commitments with Glasgow Warriors before joining the Qantas Wallabies in July 2020 on a three-and-a-half-year deal that will see him leadAustralia at the 2023 Rugby World...

Ma’afu to start for Barbarians

FORMER Fiji Airways Flying Fijians prop Campese Ma’afu has been named in the Barbarians starting line-up to face Brazil tomorrow. Ma’afu did not feature in the clash against the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians last Sunday. The match kicks off at 11.30am(FT) in Sao Paulo, Brazil tomorrow.   Barbarians to play Brazil 1. Campese Ma’afu 2....

Baber to select best

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber has begun to finetune his squad as he looks for the best players to fill the 14 spots on offer for the first leg of the 2019/2020 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town. Front runners for a spot including captain Paula Dranisinukula, Josua Vakurinabili, Waisea Nacuqu...

Fijians want a winning start

A GOOD start will be first order of business for the Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber with the first leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series now only two weeks away. “It’s always nice to have a good start, because it can set you up for the season,” Baber said. Baber also said although...

Heroes arrive home

AN ecstatic Senirusi Seruvakula was beaming with pride as his gallant troops arrived home after a long journey from London after the Flying Fijians held off a late surge from the Barbarians to claim a historic win at Twickenham early Sunday morning Fiji time. Although still reeling from the effects of jet lag the players...

Jones worried Saracens players may pick club over country

(Reuters) – England coach Eddie Jones says there is a concern the Saracens players in his squad may put club before country after their Premiership survival was threatened by a 35-points deduction for breaching salary cap regulations. English and European champions Saracens, who were also fined 5.36 million pounds ($6.94 million), said on Monday they...

Joseph re-signs with Japan, drops out of All Blacks race

TOKYO, 20 NOVEMBER 2019 (RUGBY.COM.AU) – Jamie Joseph has become the second high-profile candidate to rule himself out of the race to be Steve Hansen’s successor, re-signing with Japan. The Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) announced on Monday that Joseph had inked a new deal taking him through to the end of 2023 and another...

Big wins for Samoa and Black Ferns Development XV at Oceania Women’s Championship

LAUTOKA, 20 NOVEMBER 2019 (WORLD RUGBY) – Samoa began their bid to qualify for Rugby World Cup 2021 as winners of the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship in style with an emphatic 65-12 win over Papua New Guinea in Lautoka, Fiji. With Tonga’s match against Australia A in round one cancelled on health grounds and declared...

19th November

Afeaki calls for support of Tonga’s sporting groups

NUKU’ALOFA, 19 NOVEMBER 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) – Former Tonga Rugby captain Inoke Afeaki has called for a new approach to be embraced by those in charge of Tonga’s sporting bodies. A former operations director for the National Olympic Committee, Afeaki’s role as programme co-ordinator for the Tonga Sports Council ended last month but he said...

Kerevi hits back at reports of national switch

SYDNEY, 19 NOVEMBER 2019 (RUGBY.COM.AU) – Departing Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi has hit back at reports he is planning a switch to Fiji for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Kerevi has played his last Wallabies Test for the time-being after signing a three-year deal with Japan’s Suntory Sungoliath. Having played just 33 Tests, Kerevi is...

Dranisinukula shares experience

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s captain Paula Dranisinukula reminisced on the struggles he faced as a Year Nine border at Ratu Kadavulevu School while delivering his keynote address at the Nakaikogo Sanatan Dharam School graduation in Koronivia yesterday. With the prospects of motivating the 68 Year Eight graduates yesterday, he said the challenges he faced as...

Police ready to end Sukuna Bowl losing streak

THE Fiji Police cricket side is hoping to end its Ratu Sukuna Bowl losing streak and secure a win in this year’s cricket event. Team manager Inspector Viliame Soko said they had been able to recruit impressive cricket players who they believed would be able to take the team to victory. “We were able to...

Measles suspect at rugby event

HEALTH Minister Doctor Ifereimi Waqainabete has confirmed that a member of the Tonga Women’s XV team was reported to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to have suspected symptoms of measles. As a result, the round one of the Women’s Championships game between Australia and Tonga that was scheduled to take place yesterday was...

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