Rugby

Baber makes the cut – Coaching transition from 7s to Flying Fijians for Welshman

Outgoing Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber will earn his biggest break in 15s coaching after being named as the head coach of the Flying Fijians Northern Hemisphere Tour with a 28-member squad only made up...

Union launches ‘Rosi ni Yasawa’ label

The Yasawa Women’s Rugby Club has launched its new range of merchandise in partnership with leading sporting apparel manufacturer, Beyond Limits Known (BLK) spotting the new Rosi ni Yasawa logo. The new range includes replica jerseys, bula shirts, sulu and even face masks. Laisa Satala, who is the Yasawa Rugby Union vice-president for women’s rugby,...

‘Support is important’

One of the biggest challenges facing the new head coach of the Fiji 7s team will be to build a good relationship with everyone involved in the sport by adopting the Fijian culture. Outgoing coach Gareth Baber revealed that the position of 7s head coach was about human nature, about people and about building relationships...

Sean Wainui’s last act in a Chiefs jersey was his crowning glory, at least on the field

In the end, Sean Wainui’s last ever touch of a ball in a Chiefs jersey proved to be his crowning glory. At least on the field, anyway, for a man whose contribution will be better remembered by team-mates and coaches for all his commitment and leadership off it. Wainui died in a car crash on...

Flying Fijians players and management named for November tour

Flying Fijians Head Coach Vern Cotter and his set of assistant coaches based in New Zealand and likewise, Southern Hemisphere-based players will not be part of the November tour plan for the Flying Fijians who are set to face Spain, Wales and Georgia next month in Europe. Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) Chief Executive Officer John...

19th October

The 13-year-old Fijian 7s jinx in Cape Town

THE departure of Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber sent shockwaves around the 7s arena. Many were caught by surprise, especially after it was rumoured that Baber would lead the national 7s side to the 2024 Olympic Games. However, Baber has been roped in by Edinburgh to be their skills and assistant attack coach. In his first...

Baber maintains Fijian rugby ties

Outgoing Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber would love to come back to mentor the Fijian Drua or the Flying Fijians if given the opportunity in the future. Baber has taken up the role as the new skills and assistant attack coach of Edinburgh Rugby making a switch from the abbreviated code to concentrate on getting...

Fiji National Rugby League cancels 2021 premiership calendar

The Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) has scrapped its 2021 premiership season in a bid to focus on preparations for next year’s full calendar. The new season is expected to start with the FNRL off-season program next month. As a result of the cancellation, the 2021 Vodafone Cup and the inaugural women’s competitions will not...

New Zealand Māori representation meant the world to late rugby star Sean Wainui

WAIKATO, 19 OCTOBER 2021 (STUFF NZ) – Sean Wainui won an age-group world championship title, and scored a record five tries in a Super Rugby game. But nothing made Wainui as proud as playing for the New Zealand Māori side. The Bay of Plenty and Chiefs winger died in a car accident in the Bay...

Moana Pasifika announce signings of three Manu Samoa internationals

AUCKLAND, 19 OCTOBER 2021 (RUGBY PASS) – Moana Pasifika have continued their spending spree in the lead-up to their debut Super Rugby Pacific campaign by announcing the signings of three Manu Samoa internationals. Nine-test midfielder Henry Taefu and two-test utility backs Neria Foma’i and Tomasi Alosio have all signed for the new expansion franchise ahead...

18th October

Jack wants Fijian Drua jersey

Jack Costello Vula hopes to make it to the Fijian Drua squad for the Super Rugby Pacific next year. The Gau, Lomaiviti lad was part of the Clifton Rugby Club in New Zealand and is stuck here because of the COVID-19 pandemic that resulted to a worldwide lockdown. Vula has maternal links to Qelemumu in...

Tough call: Outgoing Fiji 7s coach Baber plan for rugby future

Outgoing Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber says he is proud to coach one of the top teams in the world and also being part of the Fijian family. While the Welshman said it was a challenge for him to coach the Fiji team, he believed his time with the side had also seen him become...

Focus on October date

Friday, October 8 marks one year to go until Rugby World Cup 2021, playing in 2022, which kicks off at Auckland’s iconic Eden Park and anticipation is already reaching fever pitch among players and fans alike. RWC 2021 will get underway on Saturday, October 8, 2022, when South Africa and France run out onto the...

Rugby-Koroibete to miss Australia’s end-of-year tour

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Winger Marika Koroibete has withdrawn from the Wallabies squad for the end-of-year tour to remain in Australia with his young family, coach Dave Rennie said on Sunday. Uncapped Melbourne Rebels prop Pone Fa’amausili will also miss the tour, which includes tests against Japan, Scotland, England and Wales, because of a calf injury...

17th October

Baber’s 15s move

FORMER Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber has joined Edinburgh as a skills and assistant attack coach. According to the Scotsman website head coach Mike Blair in an interview said he had been tracking him (Baber) for a while. Blair said he had been looking for a new assistant since Duncan Hodge left the club. “My...

Fuli ready to take on national 7s job

Stand in Fiji 7s coach Saiasi Fuli who takes over from departing coach Gareth Baber has assured the people of Fiji that he is ready to take up the task ahead in leading the men’s team. Currently in the midst of preparing our Fijiana 7s team to next year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in South...

16th October

New Drua officials

Brad Harris and Glen Jackson have joined Fijian Drua head coach Mick Byrnes in the capacity of assistant coaches. Also joining the Drua management are William Koong as head physiotherapist, Peceli Derederenalagi as team manager and Nico Andrade as general manager. Interim chief executive officer Brian Thorburn welcomed the latest inclusions to the coaching and...

Baber turns to 15’s coaching

After leading the Fiji 7s team to a gold medal finish at the Olympic Games, outgoing coach Gareth Baber is turning his attention to the 15s game. “I am certainly looking at opportunities in the 15s game,” Baber said yesterday, after announcing an early end to his contract and that he was stepping down as...

Opinion: Exciting end-of-year rugby

After watching some champagne rugby where South Africa fought out a close series win over the British and Irish Lions, Australia saw off France in dramatic style, New Zealand’s triumph over Trans-Tasman rivals Australia to keep the Bledisloe on way to setting records and the highly competitive Rugby Championship, we look forward to more rugby during the Autumn Nations Series starting next Saturday. The only downside of the games played...

All Blacks captain ready to return

All Blacks captain Sam Cane is poised to play his first test of the season when the All Blacks meet the United States in Washington, DC next week, coach Ian Foster said. Cane has been sidelined since March with a torn pectoral muscle and other complications but eased back into competition with a provincial match...

Captain Sam Cane focused on All Blacks return after surgery

New Zealand captain Sam Cane is relishing his return to the All Blacks squad after overcoming injury to potentially line up against the United States in Washington this month. Cane last led the All Blacks against Argentina in November 2020 and Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick and Ardie Savea have captained New Zealand with the flanker...

15th October

Byrne adamant Drua can make playoffs

Fijian Drua coach Mick Bryne remains adamant the team can make the playoffs in its first year despite the rugged competition that encompasses Super Rugby. “We’re under no illusions about how tough this competition is, but at the same time with a 12 team competition and eight teams making finals, it puts the finals series...

Raiwalui: Drua’s participation vital

The general manager high performance of Fiji Rugby Simon Raiwalui said the assembled Fijian Drua had the ability to provide a competitive edge in the remodelled Super Rugby Pacific competition next season. Raiwalui said the Drua’s participation in the competition was a vital step in the Flying Fijians’ pathway despite being a young squad albeit...

Sky Pacific to broadcast 21 matches from Autumn Nations Series

Sky Pacific will broadcast 21 international rugby test matches from the upcoming Autumn Nations Series. According to a statement released by Digicel today, the test schedule includes all premier matches of the top three in the World Rankings, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia as well as matches featuring France, England, Argentina, Scotland, Ireland, Japan...

Nonu to play for East Coast

Ma’a Nonu will turn out for Ngāti Porou East Coast in the Heartland Championship to try and help them end their eight-year winless run. The 39-year-old former All Blacks midfield back has been named on East Coast’s bench for tomorrow’s match against Buller in Ruatōria. East Coast are coached by 14-test All Black Hosea Gear,...

Gareth Baber resigns as Fiji 7s coach

Fiji 7s men’s coach Gareth Gaber has resigned from his position. In a zoom meeting with the Fiji Rugby Union this morning, FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor confirmed this. Baber said he wants to concentrate in the 15’s code of the game. Stay with us for details on this story.

14th October

Big plans for FNRL

The Fiji National Rugby League is making adjustments to its calendar of events for the year after Government lifted restrictions on sports on Sunday. Sports had been locked out of fields of play for the past six months because of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. FNRL acting chief executive officer Don Natabe said...

Fiji teams confirmed for rugby series events

Fiji will compete in the Dubai 7s tournament from November 26-27 and December 3-4. Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor issued the good news to Fijians and rugby fans worldwide yesterday. “We will be sending both teams,” O’Connor told The Fiji Times. World Rugby yesterday announced the return of its world sevens series...

Time for Tawake to fight on

Samuela Tawake just got his prayers answered after being named as the 24th player for the Fijian Drua squad to play in the Super Rugby Pacific championship from next year. Fijian Drua interim chief executive officer Brian Thorburn said Tawake was one of the rising Fijian stars who had earned a Flying Fijians cap. “He...

Richie McCaw reflects on Dan Carter’s ‘exceptional’ All Blacks career

All Blacks great Richie McCaw has a high opinion of the ability and character of long-time team-mate Dan Carter, and explains why in the foreword to Carter’s book, Dan Carter 1598, a pictorial history of the mercurial first five-eighth’s career. When it comes to summing up the immense contribution Dan Carter made to the All...

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