Rugby

Rugby – Newcastle’s Green cited for allegedly biting opponent

(Reuters) – Newcastle Falcons lock Calum Green faces a ban of at least 12 weeks after he was cited for allegedly biting Sale Sharks’ Rob Webber in Saturday’s English Premiership match. The incident occurred in...

Fiji Times thanks its readers

AS part of its 150 years anniversary celebration, The Fiji Times is giving one of its lucky readers a trip of a lifetime to watch the Hong Kong Sevens tournament next week. The Fiji Times marketing manager, Annie Robinson, yesterday thanked readers for participating in the promotion. “We would like to thank readers that took...

Fiji Times popular sports journalist passes away

RENOWNED and popular Fiji Times sports reporter Maciu Malo passed away at the Lautoka Hospital yesterday. The sudden passing of Maciu after a short illness, has left his family and the media fraternity in shock. The 43-year-old Naisausau, Namara, Tailevu, native and former Natabua High School student had a huge following due to his intuitive and in-depth...

Wales get Rugby World Cup pool warning as Fiji’s ‘Demolition Man’ set to be unleashed

PARIS, 26 MARCH 2019 (RUGBY PASS) – Fiji Head Coach John McKee has some bad news for World Cup pool opponents Wales and Australia with the “Demolition Man” Lepani Botia ready to return to international action. Botia, whose destructive play has earned him that nickname, is a fans favourite at La Rochelle in the Top14...

Cash-strapped Sharks consider taking games to Tonga or Fiji

SYDNEY, 25 MARCH 2019 (SMH) – Cronulla have flagged the prospect of taking games out of the Shire – potentially to Tonga or Fiji – after conceding the club made a loss on every game at Shark Park last year. With expansion on the NRL’s agenda, there is every chance a Sydney club could be...

Wilagi sets target ahead of NRC.

SUVA, 26 MARCH 2019 (FRU)—Tira Wilagi is one of the 14 Swire Shipping Fiji Warriors players who were drafted into the Pacific Combine team and is looking forward to snatching a golden ticket for an overseas contract. Wilagi’s dynamic style of rugby was evident during the World Rugby Pacific Cup where he featured strongly for...

25th March

Australia appoint Cooley as Ashes bowling coach

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia have appointed Troy Cooley as bowling coach for the Ashes, turning to the man who played a key role in England’s drought-breaking 2-1 win in the 2005 series. Cooley replaced former bowling coach David Saker, who resigned in February, for the recent tour of India and the ongoing tour of the...

South Africa secure last berth at Cup of Nations finals

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa booked the last place at the African Cup of Nations finals with a 2-1 away win over Libya thanks to Percy Tau’s double on Sunday to complete the lineup for the 24-team finals being hosted in Egypt in June. The diminutive 24-year-old striker, on loan at second-tier Union SG in...

 PNG Hunters assistant coach resigns

PORT MORESBY, 25 MARCH 2019 (POST COURIER) – Former PNG Kumuls and current SP PNG Hunters assistant coach Nigel Hukula has resigned from his role with the PNG Hunters. Hukula was assisting Michael Marum at the Hunters for the last few years until his resignation early this month. The resignation of Hukula was quite shocking...

Russia 7s ruggers have learnt a few lessons from Fiji: Serevi

THE Russian team has learnt a thing or two during the weekend at the Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva. Head coach Waisale Serevi said he was satisfied with the performance of the team even though there were a few areas that needed to be worked on. “Before the tournament, I...

Ovalau eager to return to top spot

OVALAU Rugby Union is in the process of building up its rugby players as they gear up for the Vanua Challenge later this year. Tournament organiser Tomasi Nacagilaba says the Ovalau Rugby Union is continuing its development plans to improve the sport on the island. “We are slowly rising up again doing changes on our plans...

Wallabies job an ‘unlikely’ option for Rennie

SYDNEY (Reuters) – New Zealander Dave Rennie has said it is unlikely he will take over as coach of Australia after this year’s Rugby World Cup because his contract with Glasgow Warriors runs until the middle of 2020.The former Waikato Chiefs coach was reported in the Sydney media to be on Rugby Australia’s (RA) list...

World Rugby to consider potential law trial proposals following productive player welfare symposium

PARIS, 26 MARCH 2019 ( WORLD RUGBY)—World Rugby will undertake detailed analysis on a package of law proposals after its three-day player welfare symposium in Paris concluded with delegates submitting evidence-based injury-prevention proposals. Leading coaches, match officials, recently retired players, international and domestic competition representatives, game analysis experts, doctors and sports scientists considered the detailed...

Wales’ Jones suffered knee ligament damage in Six Nations decider

(Reuters) – Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones, who led his side to their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2012, could be ruled out of the season after suffering knee ligament damage in the victory over Ireland last weekend, the Ospreys have said. Jones suffered the injury when he was tackled during the opening 10...

24th March

Serevi hosts Russian team at his home turf

THE King of Sevens and Russian 7s head coach Waisale Serevi took his team to his home in Nasole where they were farewelled by the Nasole Methodist Church and his former rugby club Nasinu. “It has been a great journey and to bring my team to where it all began has been a blessing,” Serevi...

Nasilasila is Baber’s pick for impressive player in Marist 7s

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team head coach Gareth Baber was impressed with the performance of former national playmaker Amenoni Nasilasila in the two days of the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament. Nasilasila played a vital role for the Coastline Ratu Filise team in the tournament with his skilled individual attack play and creating opportunities...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Kurisaru says it was all about teamwork

RATU Meli Kurisaru of the Police Blue rugby sevens team can be dubbed as the heartbreak kid in rugby 7s and as well as in 15s. Kurisaru scored two tries to help his Police side beat Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens defending champion Tabadamu Blue in the cup quarter-final t 15-0. The Nasama lad from Nadroga...

Fijians could be playing for Russia soon: Serevi

FIJIAN rugby players could be playing for the Russia national sevens team if they can impress the Russia 7s team officials. Former Fiji 7s captain/coach and now Russia 7s coach Waisale Serevi yesterday told The Fiji Times that Russia had always wanted to include Fijian players in their sevens team in the past. But after...

23rd March

Rugby – World Rugby considers rule changes to reduce risk of injury

(Reuters) – World Rugby will explore potential rule changes to improve player safety and reduce the risk of injuries after delegates at a three-day player welfare symposium in Paris submitted proposals, the governing body said on Friday. Coaches, former players, doctors and sports scientists came together to deliberate over injury data and come up with...

Russia 7s rugby players hosted to farewell dinner

MEMBERS of the Russia men’s 7s rugby team were farewelled by the Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Alipate Nagata in Suva tonight. The management and staff of Suva Peninsula Hotel hosted the farewell. “Fiji is a wonderful place,” said Russia 7s manager Aleksander  Tsvetkov. “We love it here and we will come back again,...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: BLK Police Blues reign ends 34-year drought

THE BLK Police Blue rugby 7s team ended its 34-year drought this evening to be the new champ of the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament. The law enforcers narrowly defeated Wardens Gold 17-12 to claim the title after two brutal days of eight matches against 63 teams in the men’s division. Police Blue captain Livai Ikanikoda...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Police Blues advances to cup final

POLICE Blues have advanced to the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist 7s cup final after defeating Ratu Filise 20-12 in a nailbiting cup semi-final. Police led at the break 15-0 after three first-half tries from Livai Ikanikoda, Ratu Meli Kurisaru and Filipe Sauturaga. A late attack in the second half engineered by Amenoni Nasilasila saw him...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Russia downs former champs Tabadamu

ANOTHER major upset at the 43rd Marist 7s tournament as the Waisale Serevi-coached Russia Red team defeated last year’s Marist 7s champions Tabadamu Blue in the second plate semifinal 15-12 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon. The most-vocally supported team in this year’s tournament to the thunderous cheers from the vocal crowd, Russia...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Coastline Ratu Filise secures spot in cup semis

COASTLINE Ratu Filise has secured a spot in the cup semifinals against Police Blue after they defeated Russia Red 31-10 in the last quarterfinal. In the first semifinal, Uluinakau Babas will take on Wardens Gold.  

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: New champ to be crowned today

A NEW champion will be crowned at the 43rd edition of the Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament when Police Blue defeated Tabadamu Blue 15-0 in the third cup quarterfinals. The two teams met in last year’s cup final where the Tabadamu defended the title. Police Blue, Uluinakau, Wardens and the winner between Ratu Filise and...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Hideaway Hurricanes’ second test

THE Hideaway Hurricanes has qualified for the second elimination that will be played today despite losing their first pool game yesterday against Navutulevu Boarders 5-0 at the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Team coach and former national rep Sirilo Lala said wrong decision making in the field caused...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Champion marches on

THE Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens defending champion Tabadamu Blue will play without many of its key players who played in last year’s final. Two of the twelve players that played in the 2018 cup final will not be part of this year’s event however the results of the first day of the tournament doesn’t show...

Salaivalu wins Hong Kong 7s promotion

SALAIVALU Kubutorotoro of Vatukoula is the winner of the Fiji Times Hong Kong 7s promotion. The promotion is part of The Fiji Times 150th anniversary which will be celebrated this year. The Fiji Times marketing manager Annie Robinson said “this year as part of the Fiji Times 150th anniversary we decided to reward one of...

22nd March

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Two teams in every pool through to first elimination

THE 64 men’s team competition at the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament will complete the first day of the tournament with two teams in every pool progressing to the first elimination. The bottom two will proceed to the bonus games tomorrow to determine their places and the cash prizes they will receive. Meanwhile, the...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: 10-member medics team, med students on standby

THE 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament medical team aims to provide the best medical assistance for the players with its 88-member staff covering the entire premises at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. The event director for medics, Bill Mar, said their priority was the safety of the tournament and he believed his team had...

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