Rugby

1st July

Fainga’anuku brothers named for debuts for All Blacks, Tonga on huge weekend for parents

Leicester Fainga’anuku’s biggest supporters will be in the stands at Eden Park to watch him make his debut against Ireland – his parents. Fainga’anuku was named in the famous All Blacks No 11 jersey on...

30th June

Botia backs players to shine

The new players in the Vodafone Flying Fijians squad are expected to raise some eyebrows during the Pacific Nations Cup tournament. Sixteen players from the Fijian Drua side have been named in the extended squad and a few are even expected to take the field when they take on Tonga in their first game this...

Daugunu happy to be playing at home

Former Labasa Sanatan College student Filipo Daugunu still remembers how he used to play soccer for the Labasa side and then grab his rugby boots and rush to his rugby matches afterwards. The five-cap Wallabies player is one of the many big names who will represent Australia A in the Pacific Nations Cup in Fiji....

Baptism of fire for U20 players

The Junior Flying Fijians team faces a baptism of fire as they take on the highly ranked New Zealand side at the Oceania Under-20 Rugby Championship on the Sunshine Coast in Australia tomorrow. The national team left on Monday and according to head coach Ifereimi Rawaqa, the boys were excited for their first match. Rawaqa...

‘Pacific will benefit’

Manu Samoa head coach Vaovasamanaia Seilala Mapusua says there will be an improvement in the performance of Pacific Island nations at the Rugby World Cup next year following the inclusion of Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua in Super Rugby. The establishment of the Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua Super Rugby franchises has been rewarded...

‘Gaya’ gives back to sport – Former Fiji referee officiates at schools semi-finals

Gayanendra Prasad, known by his friends as ‘Gaya’, is one of the most respected and prominent rugby league referees in Fiji. He is the only Fijian referee of Indian descent and the only one that has a Level 3 referee qualification in Fiji. Prasad also holds a Level 3 and Level 2 referees coach and...

Maqala challenges players to ‘believe’

France-based Sireli Maqala has challenged rugby players in Labasa to believe in themselves and make a difference in life. Maqala arrived in the country recently for a break from rugby with his Bayonne Club in France. He will also be the ambassador of the Fiji Bitter Labasa Service Tournament which will be held at Subrail...

Vern Cotter names five debutants for PNC opener against Tonga

Vodafone Flying Fijians Head Coach Vern Cotter has named five debutants in the run-on team which faces a high-profile Tongan side in the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup match on Saturday at HFC Bank Stadium in Suva. Cotter has injected a mixture of young and experienced players who have been in camp for the past...

Calm before the storm

Flying Fijians fly half Ben Volavola has set his sights on the next three weeks when his team will play exciting matches in the Pacific Nations Cup. Volavola said it was great to be back after a lapse of three years and the Flying Fijians squad had a good mixture of players. “I’m excited to...

29th June

‘Smart’ rugby – Cotter wary of Ikale Tahi trio

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter says his team is ready for its opening Pacific Nations Cup match against a Tonga side bolstered by a former Wallaby and All Blacks players who will show a lot of emotion at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday. Former Wallaby Israel Folau, ex-All Blacks Malakai Fekitoa...

Rewa to give its all

The Rewa rugby side knows winning the Inkk Farebrother Trophy Challenge against Nadroga this Saturday will be a tough ask. However, team secretary Petero Kaveni said the 28-all draw in the first round against the Stallions at Burebasaga grounds gave the side some hope. The Rewa team travels to Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka to face...

Waisega savors Fijiana 15s call

Netherlands-based Fijiana 15s player Sunita Waisega, 18, is happy to be a part of the national squad and cherishes the experience. “Playing in the Netherlands, there was not much competition, so I decided to take part with the boys,” said Waisega. “Playing with them helped me understand the game more faster because it is fast...

Veteran lock back for more

Vodafone Flying Fijians forward Api Ratuniyarawa looks forward to running out in the national colours at home on Saturday after a long time if given the chance to be in Vern Cotter’s match day 23. “It is good to be back in the country,” said Ratuniyarawa. “It has been three years and it is good...

Samoa wary of Wallabies in Australia side

Manu Samoa captain Michael Ala’alatoa says they are here to compete and show what Samoan rugby has to offer during the Pacific Nations Cup. The Samoans take on Australia A on Saturday at 1pm at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay and they are ready for the challenge. “All players come from competitions all around...

Vota says he is up for the challenge

Vodafone Flying Fijian and Swire Shipping Fijian Drua player Apisalome Vota is relishing his moment in the national squad and adamantly waits for his opportunity to run out and represent his country in the Pacific Nations Cup. “It is an honour to play for the Drua and to be selected into the Flying Fijians squad,”...

Fekitoa fulfilling dream

Former All Blacks midfielder Malakai Fekitoa will be fulfilling a dream of donning the Tongan jersey if he is named to run out against the Vodafone Flying Fijians in the opening round of the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday. The Ikale Tahi know how threatening the Fijians are across the park and Fekitoa said they...

28th June

Secret weapon – ‘Put God first and do the little things right’

Flying Fijians squad member Manasa Mataele has a tough task, ahead of the game against Tonga at the ANZ Stadium this Saturday. He will have to edge out some of the best in the business – Olympic gold medalists Josua Tuisova and Jiuta Wainiqolo, and the rampaging Swire Shipping Fijian Drua winger Vinaya “The Bossman”...

French experience will be Wakeham’s weapon

Fiji under-20 squad member Janeiro Wakeham will incorporate all he had learnt from his Stade Francais, Paris club when he runs out in the national jersey at the Oceania Rugby U20 Championship at the Gold Coast in Australia in the coming days. The former Suva Grammar School student said he noticed a lot of differences...

Future looks bright

The future of Fijian rugby looks promising as the inclusion of the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua into the Super Rugby Pacific competition will greatly benefit the development of local players. Western Force and Flying Fijians winger Manasa Mataele is happy with the performance of the Drua in their first season and said they would do...

27th June

Cotter firms with current squad for RWC

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter does not expect to include more former tier one representatives in his squad in the lead-up to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. This year the World Rugby Council approved an amendment to the sport’s regulations governing national team representation that will now permit an international player...

Fiji team thrashes Tonga at Oceania 7s

The Fiji 7s team thumped Tonga 47-7 in the Oceania Sevens tournament in New Zealand yesterday. This was the national side’s second win in the tournament losing two games to Australia A and one to New Zealand so far. Filipe Sauturaga, Ioane Teba and Pilipo Bukayaro scored two tries each while Iowane Raturaciri bagged a...

26th June

Fiji men’s 7s team suffers third loss in Oceania 7s

The Fiji Airways Men’s 7s team suffered its third loss in the Oceania Sevens tournament in New Zealand yesterday. The national team lost to Australia A 24-26 making it their second loss to the Aussies in the tournament. Australia A came from behind to claim the win against the two-time Olympics gold medallists and it...

Vanua Cup Championship: Bua and Macuata qualify for Vanua semis

Bua and Macuata have qualified for the semi-finals of the Vodafone Vanua Cup Championship and both matches will be held at Subrail Park in Labasa. Macuata defeated Ovalau at Nasau Park and Bua beat Serua by 12-10 at Subrail Park yesterday. The unending screams and cheers that roared through the Labasa park resulted in players...

Suva escapes Naitasiri fightback to claim close win

Suva escaped with a 23-20 victory over Naitasiri in a high-intensity Skipper Cup match at the Suva Grammar School grounds at Veiuto yesterday. The physical encounter saw police officers escorting the match officials from the ground during the halftime break after heated verbal exchanges between them and officials from both teams. Team officials were not...

Farebrother trophy: Nadroga wins West derby

Fullback Jack Volavola nailed a late long range penalty to earn BLK Nadroga the Inkk Farebrother Trophy after defeating holders Nadi 20-19 at Prince Charles Park yesterday. With two minutes left on the clock, Nadi misfired with a stray line-out throw handing the Stallions a scrum. Nadi, which led 19-17 at that time, gave away...

25th June

Break for Flying Fijians

The Vodafone Flying Fijians squad members have taken a break this weekend after a rigorous five-day training session in preparation for the Pacific Nations Cup. Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter said the preparations for the PNC had started well. Cotter said the players worked hard on the field. “I can feel the group coming...

A rare feat: Father and son to play in same team

A father and his son representing a particular team in the same game is a rare feat which could rewrite history for Lautoka in the Vodafone Vanua Championship quarter-final against neighbour Ba at Churchill Park this afternoon. Sireli Masi, who was part of the Fiji under-20 squad post COVID-19, has been named to start at...

24th June

Tudulu brothers ready to play for motherland

The brotherly love of the Tudulu siblings — Luke and Waisea — will be something they will play for when they wear the Fiji U20 rugby jersey next month. They hail from Bau in Tailevu but were raised in Australia. The brothers were named by head coach Iferemi Rawaqa for the Oceania Rugby Under-20 Championship...

Huge support for Bua rugby in Vanua Cup Challenge

Six special buses will travel from Bua to Subrail Park tomorrow to cheer their rugby team in the Vodafone Vanua Cup Challenge against Serua. Bua has the strongest rugby support network compared to Macuata and Cakaudrove. The team arrived in Labasa today and are prepared for their first quarter finals. Team manager Ilaitia Sigarara said...

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