Rugby

20th January

Serevi vouches for Fiji in NZ

RUGBY 7s wizard Waisale Serevi believes Fiji can win the Hamilton 7s in New Zealand next week. Serevi who arrived at the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s  tournament yesterday from the US commended Fiji...

Goneva: Focus on what is ahead

FIJI Airways Flying Fijian veteran winger Vereniki Goneva believes Fiji’s 21-14 historic win over France last year has proven Fiji will be a major first at the Rugby World Cup in Japan this year. The flyer from Nagado Village in Nadi currently plies his trade with the Newcastle Falcons in the Gallagher Championship. “That game...

19th January

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police first team to win title four times

POLICE have become the first team to win the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s title four times after beating Tabadamu 17-0 in the cup final this evening. Police scored through Joseva Kuricuri and a double to Rusiate Matai. First Light Taveuni won the plate after beating Sigatoka River Safari Henibua 15-10. The NFA team won...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police in the lead in cup final

POLICE look good to retain the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s title as they lead Tabadamu 15-0 in the cup final. Police scored three tries on a slippery Lawaqa ground as the second half gets underway. Stay with us as we get you the latest from Sigatoka.

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police and Tabadamu to clash for main prize

POLICE and Tabadamu will clash for the main prize of the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s. Suva-based Tabadamu edged Ratu Filise 7-5 while the defending champions, the lawmen from Suva beat Australia Development 22-7. Other finals: Shield: Suva Stallions vs BLK. Bowl: Dratabu vs NFA. Plate: Sigatoka River Safari Henibua vs First Light Taveuni. Meanwhile,...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Police downs Australia Development

POLICE have booked a place in the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament after ousting a physical Australia Development side 22-7 in the semi-finals at Lawaqa Park this afternoon. Police scored four tries to one and await the winner of the second semi between Tabadamu and Ratu Filise. In other semis: Shield: Suva Stallions...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Ratu Filise ousts First Light Taveuni

FIRST Light Taveuni is out of the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s after it was beaten by  Ratu Filise 12-17 in the last cup quarter-finals at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Amenoni Nasilasila got a yellow card allowing the islanders to strike with two tries and a conversion. Results so far: Cup quarters: Tabadamu 26-...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Dratabu wins first bowl quarters

DRATABU won the first bowl quarter final after beating Suva Stallions at Lawaqa Park this morning. Vatemo Ravouvou and Samisoni Viriviri’s Nadi-based team won 19-17. Nasaunivalu currently leads Lokalevu 12-7 in the second quarter. Other draws: Hong Kong vs Outrigger, BLK vs NFA. Cup quarters: Police vs Coastal Brothers, Sigatoka River Safari Henibua vs Australia...

7s hunt: Champion in the quarter

CORAL Coast 7s defending champion Police are in the hunt to retain their title today after winning three matches in the start of the men’s competition of the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Police will meet Coastal Brothers in the start of the quarter-fInals this morning. Police won...

2019 Super Rugby kicks off in four weeks time

THE 2019 Super Rugby tournament kicks-off in four weeks time on Friday, February 15, in Hamilton, New Zealand with a Kiwi derby between two of last year’s quarter-finalists as the Chiefs host the Highlanders. It is followed that same evening by the Aussie derby between the Brumbies and Rebels in Canberra. The remainder of the opening weekend will...

Joe Ravouvou of New Zealand 7's team at the hotel in Hong Kong yesterday. New Zealand team is pooled together with Fiji,Russia and Samoa.Picture: RAMA

Ravouvou returns to All Blacks Sevens squad

JOE Ravouvou has made a return to the All Blacks Sevens squad as they prepare to host the third stopover of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Hamilton, New Zealand. It will be Ravouvou’s first appearance back on the world stage since they lifted the Rugby Sevens World Cup last year. Fellow Fijians Vilimoni...

Rugby – Hartley’s halo slipping as Jones omits skipper

LONDON (Reuters) – The official line is that Dylan Hartley has been omitted from England’s Six Nations squad due to injury but the fact that he is also absent from next week’s training camp, having already lost his starting berth, suggests it might be a tough road back. Three caps short of a century, the...

Rugby – I’m serious, says Jones after tipping Nowell as England flanker

LONDON (Reuters) – What do you do if you are blessed with an abundance of talented wingers but face a perennial problem at flanker? The obvious answer, if England coach Eddie Jones isn’t taking the media for a ride, is to put Jack Nowell in the number seven shirt. Even more radically, the Australian suggested...

Rugby – Talk of deploying Nowell as flanker an ‘own goal’: Woodward

(Reuters) – England coach Eddie Jones has scored a “huge own goal” ahead of next month’s Six Nations opener against Ireland by suggesting winger Jack Nowell could be deployed at number seven, former coach Clive Woodward said. Jones, after naming a 35-man squad on Thursday for the opener away to Ireland on Feb. 2, said...

18th January

Uluinakauvadra awarded Oceania Rugby’s Most Valued Team Member Award

OCEANIA Rugby’s Participation and Pathway manager Tihrani Uluinakauvadra was awarded the Oceania Rugby’s Most Valued Team Member Award at the 2018 Staff Planning Workshop held in Sydney, Australia on Thursday. “It came as a surprise to me,” Uluinakauvadra said. “I am honoured to be the first recipient of the award. “I am very grateful and thankful to...

Baber names 13-men squad for Hamilton and Sydney

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber has named the 13-men Fiji Airways Fijian Sevens touring team to Hamilton and Sydney for the next two legs of the World Rugby HSBC World Sevens Series. Notable inclusion for the side looking to add to their Cape Town success is the return of Paula Dranisinukula who has...

Olympian Viriviri to work hard for his spot on the national side

OLYMPIAN Samisoni Viriviri wants his spot back in the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team. He joins Olympic Games teammate and national 7s  flyhalf Vatemo Ravouvou in the Dratabu side that lost 0-19 to defending champion Police. Viriviri said he would work hard this year to return to the national side. In other results: NFA 10-...

Best for Fiji team

RENOWNED rugby 7s commentator Sean Maloney says the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team will be out for a good outing despite the absence of some key players in the upcoming Hamilton and Sydney 7s tournaments. The world rugby 7s series commentator said even the absence of star playmakers Amenoni Nasilasila and Vatemo Ravouvou would not...

Sevens thriller

RUGBY legend Bryan Habana feasted on some spectacular Fijian 7s display under heavy rain at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka last evening. The world renowned winger said he was surprised at how youth teams played in almost ankle deep water in their finals in the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s. Meanwhile, Tuva Youths from Semo...

In Serevi’s footsteps

WAISALE Serevi rugby 7s legacy lives and has been mirrored at the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast Sevens by his children Asinate and his namesake and only son Waisale Serevi Jr. While his son’s Kings 7s Select was bundled to the plate semi-finals after losing 5-14 to Ravuka Sharks in the youths’ cup quarter-finals yesterday...

Habana: Fijians close to my heart

IMAGINE rugby great Bryan Habana retiring and settling in Fiji. He jokingly said during the launch of the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s tournament launch on Wednesday night at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on the Coral Coast that it’s a thought. This is while enjoying the Fijian hospitality in the past few days...

Tuva wins third title

THE Tuva Youth 7s team recorded its hat-trick of wins in the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast Sevens tournament after successfully defending their title yesterday. The Semo Village-based team beat Ratu Filise 10-0 on the wet Lawaqa Park turf. Heavy rain marred top 7s action from the Nadroga-based sides as the final was held on slip...

Rugby – Ford backs ‘explosive’ Tuilagi to have big impact for England

(Reuters) – Manu Tuilagi is back to his bulldozing best just in time for the Six Nations but the key for England will be finding a way to free up the powerful centre in the spaces where he can do the most damage, his team mate George Ford has said. The injury-plagued Tuilagi has not...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Men’s competition kicks off

THE men’s competition for the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s is underway with Ratu Filise, which has Amenoni Nasilasila, ending their match against Coastal Brothers  to a 7-all draw. Organisers are reorganising today’s draws as the weather forecast spells more rain at about 2pm today. The Match underway is between Outrigger and Stars-USA.

Sevens gladiators ready to rumble

FIJI Airways Fiji Sevens team is ready to rumble at the second leg of the HSBC World Sevens series with the third round of games scheduled for next weekend in Hamilton, New Zealand. National coach Gareth Baber said the team has progressed well through holiday season training and are ready for action. “The players have...

Plans to sanction sevens rugby tournaments a hindrance: Naikasau

TABADAMU Rugby Club sevens coach Leo Naikasau Senior has labelled the latest plan by the Fiji Rugby Union to control and sanction sevens rugby tournaments within an official sevens window next year as a hindrance to rugby clubs around the country. “Sevens is not just a game but a livelihood,” Naikasau said. The FRU had confirmed earlier...

17th January

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Kings 7s Select wins Youth plate title

KINGS 7s Select is the winner of the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s Youth plate final after beating Wesley Fijians from New Zealand 17-12. The final on heavy rain was leveled 12-all towards the end but the US-based side grabbed the trophy when Waisale Serevi Jr beat two defenders to score the winning try....

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Rain fails to stop rugby festival

HEAVY rain failed to stop proceedings of the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka this afternoon. With the finals of the youth competition looming, the final pool match in the women’s competition is underway between Lautoka Crusaders and Outrigger Knights. Lautoka Crusaders is leading 12-0.  

Ireland loaded with experience for Six Nations defence

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland will defend their Six Nations title at virtual full strength after coach Joe Schmidt named a 38-man squad loaded with experience for the world number two side’s opening matches. After losing just one game in a dominant 2018 that included a Six Nations Grand Slam, test series victory in Australia and...

Fiji Coral Coast 7s: Ratu Filise to play defending champs Tuva Youths

RATU Filise will play youths’ defending champion Tuva Youths in the division’s final of the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s  at Lawaqa Park this evening. Ratu Filise won on extra time by 20-15 thanks to former Fiji and NZ  Luke Erenavula’s nephew, Filimoni Tovilevu, who scored the winner. Rt Filise will meet Tuva Youths...

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