Rugby

24th July

Rugby: Former party boy O’Connor no longer out and about, says Genia

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Former Australia bad boy James O’Connor is sticking close to the team hotel and no longer heading out on nocturnal adventures as he bids to reignite his Wallabies career, according to scrumhalf...

Cipriani left out of England’s World Cup training camp in Italy

(Reuters) – Gloucester flyhalf Danny Cipriani has been left out of England’s World Cup training squad that will fly to Italy on Monday. Cipriani was originally selected in Eddie Jones’ 35-man training squad earlier this month but spent time away from the team to do specialised strength and conditioning work along with Bath duo Sam...

23rd July

Volavola supports the work of Homes of Hope

FLYING Fijian Ben Volavola has announced his support of the work of Homes of Hope and will use his voice and influence to call to action Fijians worldwide to stand against the scourge of forced sex in our nation. Volavola will challenge the nation to take ownership of the problem and be silent no more...

Training woe for St Bedes

THE  St Bedes College under-19 rugby team is not letting its lack of preparation stop its players from putting in a good effort at the 2019 Vodafone Secondary Schools Super Dean’s Championship national quarter-finals this weekend. Despite having only 45 minutes training sessions at the school grounds in Savusavu, team manager Ben Ting said the...

Fiji kaji rugby welcomes new players

THE Vodafone Fiji Kaji Rugby Competition zone finals festival which took place last week across the country, recorded a number of new ruggers being given the chance to play alongside experienced competitors. In a competition first for Kaji Rugby, girls and boys who are new to the sport played in tag rugby carnivals which coincided...

Mokani students’ rugby and netball skills commended

STUDENTS of Ratu Ravuama Vunivalu Memorial School in Mokani Village, Tailevu, were praised for their rugby and netball skills while playing in last week’s Tailevu South Netball Championship and the Kaji Rugby Festival. Students from the school showed signs of success, especially for netball after winning their last three games. Netball team coach Mereoni Mucunabitu...

Rugby path for children

QUICK Rip and tag rugby are the best way forward for primary school children in learning how to play rugby. Parents, teachers, coaches and student ruggers this newspaper spoke to during the launch of the Quick Rip Rugby Festival at Saraswati Primary School grounds at Manoca, Nausori last week, were in favour of the rugby...

Skipper Kolisi out of Rugby Championship as Boks head to New Zealand

South Africa captain Siya Kolisi will take no part in this year’s Rugby Championship after he was left out of the squad for the Springboks’ remaining matches away in New Zealand and Argentina. Loose-forward Kolisi is recovering from a knee injury sustained for the Stormers in Super Rugby in May, with his priority now to...

Rugby – Rusty All Blacks have plenty of room for improvement

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will breathe a huge sigh of relief that his final preparations for the Rugby World Cup got off to a winning start, but he would also know there was still plenty of room for improvement over the next two months. An under-strength All Blacks side, lacking discipline, held on to...

22nd July

Rugby – Nervous Steyn has eye on return to World Cup stage

World Cup winner Frans Steyn admits he was a bag of nerves before his return to the South Africa side in their 35-17 Rugby Championship victory over Australia on Saturday as he targets a late push for a place in the Springboks’ World Cup squad. Steyn lifted the Webb Ellis Cup in France 12 years...

Win for Fiji family, says Reece

ALL Blacks winger Sevu Reece labelled his Test debut as something “special” and dedicated it to his family in Fiji. Reece helped the defending Rugby World Cup champions New Zealand beat Argentina 20-16 in Buenos Aires yesterday. “A really special moment,” Reece said in an interview with Sky Sports. “Not just for me, but for...

Cheika takes positives in Australia defeat, but rues Tupou card

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika took positives from his side’s 35-17 Rugby Championship loss to South Africa at Ellis Park on Saturday, but was left to rue a yellow card for prop Taniela Tupou that he believes was a game-changer. Cheika wants his side to play more with the ball in hand going...

Bok coach Erasmus expects more despite five-try win over Aussies

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Rassie Erasmus admitted his South Africa side have much to work on following their opening 35-17 Rugby Championship success against Australia at Ellis Park on Saturday. The Springbok coach gambled with an experimental side as he sent 13 players to New Zealand this week ahead of their clash in Wellington on July...

21st July

All Blacks defence denies Pumas historic result with 20-16 win

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – New Zealand held on by the skin of their teeth for a 20-16 victory over Argentina in a tense Rugby Championship clash at Velez Sarsfield on Saturday. An All Blacks side lacking several top players led 20-9 at halftime but failed to score in the second half and were indebted to...

Flying Fijians turn focus to defending Pacific Nations Cup title

Flying Fijians coach John McKee said the players have left behind the 27-17 loss to the Maori All Blacks yesterday and has named a strong travelling squad to for the next game against Japan as the focus now turns to defending the Pacific Nations Cup title. “There have been some good learnings from our two...

Lelean ruggers secure Super Deans quarter-final spot

LELEAN Memorial School has secured a spot in the 2019 Vodafone Secondary schools Super Deans champion national quarter-finals. The boys from Davuilevu defeated St John’s College from Cawaci 17-7. Lelean led 12-0 in the first half and managed to score another try in the second half. Assistant coach Marika Sovaki said the players proved themselves...

Western Zone: Tuvusa kicks Natabua to the quarters

LOCKED at 24-all, the clock ticking to the last-minutes of sudden death, the winner of the Western Zone under-15 grade was going to be decided through the boot of Natabua High School’s fly half, Meli Tuvusa. And much to the disappointment of the supporters of Ratu Navula College, Tuvusa made it count when it mattered....

Deans Western Zone:Ba Provincial through

DETERMINATION, perseverance, and teamwork were what had boosted the Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute to winning their game against Cuvu College in the under-16 division. The side had thrashed the Sigatoka-based school 33-14 in a much-anticipating game at the Western Zone Secondary Schools Deans final at the Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. The first half...

Farebrother Sullivan Trophy: Nadroga retains title

BARELY an hour after their 24-13 defeat of Suva, BLK Nadroga was already focusing on their next task, which is defending the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy against Lautoka. In their changing room after the torrid and physical encounter at Prince Charles Park in Nadi, coach Esala Nauga thanked the players but immediately reminding them that there...

Maori All Blacks gets revenge with win over Flying Fijians

THE New Zealand Maori rugby team have claimed revenge on Fiji, with a 26-17 win in Rotorua on Saturday night. After being upset 27-10 in Suva seven days ago, the Maori avoided losing successive games for the first time since 1969 with a much-improved showing in front of an enthusiastic 13,404 crowd — many of...

20th July

Flying Fijians beaten

THE Fiji Airways Flying Fijians lost 26-17 to the Maori All Blacks in New Zealand today Coach John McKee made 11 changes to the starting team which beat the same Maori All Blacks team 27-10 in Suva last week. Both teams were locked 7-all at tth break. Maori All Blacks scored two tries in the...

Flying Fijians and Maori All Blacks tied at half time

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians and Maori All Blacks are locked 7-all in a test match underway in New Zealand. Hooker Ratuvere Vugakoto scored Fiji’s try which was converted by Alivererti Veitokani. Sean Wainui scored a try for the Maori All Blacks.          

RKS claims U18 title in Eastern Zone

THE Ratu Kadavulevu School Under-18 side has been crowned the Eastern Zone champions after beating QVS 36-12. RKS led 21-12 at half-time. Vice-principal Walesi Soqoiwasa said the whole idea is to have a repeat of the 2017 when they winning all the National grades.

Nadroga beats Suva, keeps hold of Farebrother trophy

THE Nadroga rugby side has successfully defended the HFC Bank Farebrother Trophy Challenge. The side beat Suva 24-13 at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park this afternoon. Both teams were tied 8-all at the break. Suva opened the scoreline through a penalty early in the game. It extended its lead with a try to winger Misaele Petero....

Nadroga and Suva tied at half-time

NADROGA and Suva are tied 8-all at half time of the Farebrother Sullivan challenge at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Suva opened the scoreline through a penalty early in the game. It extended its lead with a try to winger Misaele Petero. Nadroga”s points came from a penalty and an unconverted try. Former national sevens...

Suva and Nadroga tied in first half

THE Prince Charles Park in Nadi is jammed packed as supporters from Suva and as well Nadroga flock in to bid support for their teams. A foul play by Nadroga has allowed the team from the Capital City to take en early 8-nil lead with a penalty and a try. Nadroga replied with a try...

Natabua High School claim U17 title

NATABUA High School is the western zone under 17 champion after defeating Tavua College 20-10 at Churchill Park in Lautoka today. The side will play Suva Grammar School in the Vodafone Deans Quarterfinals next Saturday at the ANZ National Stadium. Tavua College is also through to the Deans Quarterfinals and will face Queen Victoria School.

St. Beads dominate third place playoffs

THE Savusavu based St. Beads College Under-19 and U15 rugby team has kept their Super Dean’s hope alive advancing to the national quarterfinals after winning southern/northern zone third place playoff matches for the 2019 Vodafone Secondary Schools Super Dean’s Championship. St Beads U19 beat Sacred Heart College 11-10 while the U15 beat Nasinu Secondary School...

Local players impress Seruvakula

LOCAL players playing in the Flying Fijians team have impressed Fiji Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula. Players such as Mesulame Dolokoto, Johhny Dyer, Frank Lomani, Luke Tagi, Eroni Mawi, Joeli Veitayaki, Tuvere Vugakoto, Mosese Voka and Serupepeli Vularika have set a benchmark to other local-based players. “I am proud that they are in the Flying Fijians...

Natabua U15 through to finals

THE Natabua High School Under 15 team has managed to secure their spot in the finals of National Dean’s Quarterfinals after defeating Ratu Navula College to a 27-24 score. The game was extended to an extra time to determine the winner after both teams were locked 24 all. Natabua quickly regrouped in that short span...

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