Rugby

Kunavula remains with Edinburgh

FormerFijian sevens player Mesulame Kunavula is set to remain with Edinburgh on a new deal. Rugby Pass reported that the 26-year-old joined Edinburgh from the Fiji Sevens program in 2019 and has since made 16...

27th January

Fijian Drua CEO calls for fans support

Fijian Drua interim chief executive officer, Brian Thorburn, has called on the rugby supporters to become an “extra man” when the side commences their journey into unchartered waters during the Super Rugby Pacific competition next month. Thorburn said the show of support from the fans was what the newest franchise needed for every single match...

Cotter set to arrive in February

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer, John O’Connor, has confirmed that the Union was planning to arrange Vern Cotter’s much-awaited arrival in the country barring any new restrictions pertaining to border closures from the wrath of the global pandemic. O’Connor said the Flying Fijians head coach would possibly jet into the country next month from...

Former All Black Malakai Fekitoa finally makes contact with mother after Tonga tsunami

The long wait is over for former All Blacks and Highlanders midfielder Malakai Fekitoa – his mother is “safe and sound”. Like many Tongans overseas, Fekitoa has been waiting anxiously on news from family members after the devastating tsunami that followed the eruption of the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano. Although he had made contact with his sisters, Fekitoa...

Injuries to hamper Wales title tilt

New Wales captain Dan Biggar says the upcoming campaign feels like his first as he prepares to lead a squad missing 680 caps to injury, including regular skipper Alun Wyn Jones. Biggar will make his bow as captain in Wales’ opener against Ireland in Dublin on February 5th, as they seek to retain the title...

English star ruled out, as Six Nations launches

England captain Owen Farrell has been ruled out of the entire Six Nations championship after suffering a second serious ankle injury in the latest blow to head coach Eddie Jones’s preparations for the competition that begins next week. Farrell had surgery in November on an ankle he injured playing against Australia then injured the other...

26th January

Coach praises players’ individual performances

Head coach of the Fijian Drua Mick Byrne has noticed an immense growth in the individual players selected to be a part of the historic Drua brigade as the countdown begins before the team’s first match against the Waratahs next month. Byrne said he was impressed with the players’ ability to bounce back the next...

Drua-Force match called off

The Fijian Drua’s trial match against Western Force on Sunday was called off. Chief executive officer Brian Thorburn in a statement said the Force were unable to travel in and out of Western Australia as earlier anticipated because of the delay in border reopening. “The Drua share the disappointment of fans and stakeholders about the...

Rugby-Ford earns England recall, replaces injured captain Farrell

(Reuters) – George Ford and Elliot Daly have been called up to the England squad as a replacement for the injured pair of Owen Farrell and Jonny May, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Monday. In-form Leicester Tigers flyhalf Ford, 28, has started all 12 of Tigers’ Premiership games and is the league’s top...

25th January

Super bid: Exciting time for Fijian Drua – Hodgson

Former Wallaby and Western Force team manager Matt Hodgson believes the Super Rugby competition is heading for an exciting future with the inclusion of the Fijian Drua. Hodgson said the world would watch with excitement the style of rugby the Fijian pack would execute when they play against the Force in their first trial match...

FRU invites U20 ruggers

The Fiji Rugby Union is inviting under-20 players who wish to be part of the Vodafone Fijian U20 trials to send in their expression of interest to head coach Ifereimi Rawaqa. FRU High-Performance Unit national teams manager Viliame Gadolo said they were opening the invitation to players locally and abroad who were born after 2002....

Fijian Drua coach eyes group to support skipper Nagusa

Fijian Drua Super Rugby team head coach Mick Byrne has revealed that a group of experienced players would be chosen to help support captain Nemani Nagusa. Byrne said the Swire Shipping-sponsored franchise team is mixed with experience and had some very good players who could be potential vice-captains for the team. “We are so happy...

Nadroga commends choice for Fijian Drua skipper

Nadroga Rugby Union has welcomed the appointment of one of their sons as the maiden skipper of Swire Shipping Fijian Drua Super Rugby team. Former Nadroga hitman and former Fiji 7s captain Nemani Nagusa was last week named for the top honour and would be remembered as the first Fijian Drua captain in Super Rugby....

24th January

Nabua braces for 2022 season

Nabua Rugby Club in Suva, one of the oldest and producers of some of Fiji’s rugby greats, is opening its doors to players who are interested to have a future in rugby. “We are inviting interested players to join the club for this year’s season,” said club coach Timoci Malumu. “We have started our pre-season...

Oceania Rugby Board confirm Bruce Cook’s departure

The Oceania Rugby Board has today confirmed that Bruce Cook will leave the role as General Manager of Oceania Rugby after five years of service to the organisation. According to a statement by Oceania Rugby, Cook has had a strong, passionate, and unwavering commitment for developing the sport of rugby in the Oceania region during...

Derenalagi success helps Nawaka 7s team

A boost for the Nawaka Rugby Club in Nadi with the supply of a playing kit ahead of next month’s Fun Flavour Super Sevens Series. Kombat Sportswear founder Malakai Yamaivava, who provided the kit to the club, said the initiative was part of their ongoing development program. “It is part of our supporting grassroots program,”...

South Africa men clinch last-gasp gold and USA women triumph at the HSBC Spain Sevens in Málaga

The Blitzboks scored a try after the buzzer to beat Argentina in a thrilling men’s final, while USA saw off Russia to take gold in the women’s event. England and Australia claimed men’s and women’s bronze medals respectively. The inaugural HSBC Spain Sevens provided a weekend to remember in Málaga as South Africa needed a...

23rd January

Baber’s impact

Edinburghs inclusion of Olympics gold medal winning coach Gareth Baber as skills and assistant attack coach continues to pay dividends after a 10 tries to zero, 66-3 drumming over Brive at the DAM Health Stadium during their European Rugby Challenge Cup. Tries were scored by Jamie Ritchie, Darcy Graham, Ben Muncaster, Hamish Watson, Mark Bennett...

Semi-finalists confirmed at HSBC Spain Sevens in Málaga

The men’s and women’s Series leaders extended their winning runs to reach the semi-finals at the HSBC Spain Sevens, while a new-look England men’s side reached the last four and Poland women sprang a surprise. The inaugural HSBC Spain Sevens served up a treat on day two, with dominant displays, major upsets and individual masterclasses...

22nd January

World Rugby confirms dates for next tourneys

The World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 men’s events in Vancouver and Los Angeles have been rescheduled. The Canada Sevens, which was scheduled for February 26-27, will now take place on April 16-17 while the LA Sevens moves from March 5-6 to August 27 – 28 and will stage the grand final of the men’s series....

Nagusa to lead Drua

Former Fiji 7s and Flying Fijians flanker Nemani Nagusa has been selected to captain the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua team in the coming Super Rugby Pacific championship. Nagusa has capped 18 times for Fiji after making his debut for the Flying Fijians in 2012 against Georgia. He has played with the Newcastle Falcons in the...

FRU prioritises 7s players’ welfare and safety

Fiji will not compete in the World Rugby Sevens Series leg in Spain this weekend, and next week. This was confirmed by Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor yesterday after “several other players in the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s and the Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s teams had returned positive results as part of...

Rugby-Two Champions Cup games called off due to COVID

(Reuters) -The Champions Cup clash between Toulouse and Cardiff on Saturday has been cancelled due to a number of positive COVID-19 cases in the French side, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) said on Friday. Cardiff were awarded the Pool B tie 28-0 and five match points, in accordance with competition rules. “Discussions with Stade Toulousain...

England suffer blow to Six Nations preparations with Farrell injury

(Reuters) – England captain Owen Farrell suffered an injury in training earlier this week, his club Saracens said on Friday, casting doubt on his ability to lead England in the Six Nations. The flyhalf was named captain of the England squad by head coach Eddie Jones on Tuesday, despite not having played since November due...

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