Rugby

Drua makes comeback, defeats Rays 34-31

THE Fiji Airways Drua team defeated Sydney Rays 34-31 in a comeback victory during the fourth round of the National Rugby Championship earlier this afternoon. The Drua scored six tries while the Rays managed five....

Rewa to crown new club champ

REWA Rugby Union will have a new club competition winner this year. Village teams Naqarani and Tacilevu will play in next week’s final after the semi-finals at Burebasaga ground yesterday. Twenty-two teams competed in the year-long club competition. Naqarani reached the final after beating Naduku 24-17 while Tacilevu ousted defending champion Lomainasau in the second...

FNU rules in rugby

FIJI National University (FNU) dominated the Fiji University Games’ rugby competition at the University of the South Pacific grounds yesterday. In the women’s 7s competition, FNU Natabua Campus beat Striders 24-7 while the men’s final saw FNU Nasinu thrash USP Lautoka 17-0. The women’s team has been defending their title for three years now. Coach...

Spiritual farewell

THE Fiji under-18 and U16 rugby teams received a spiritual boost last night as they were farewelled at a moving church service at the Nasinu Secondary School. Family members and friends joined the teams in a spiritual moment before the upcoming international tours. The Fiji U18 team will travel to New Zealand next week while the U16...

Victory mission

VICTORY will be the only mission as the Fiji Airways Drua takes on the Sydney Rays in the next round of the National Rugby Championship at Concord Oval Stadium, New South Wales tomorrow. Looking at statistics provided by rugby.com.au, the Drua dominates all aspects of the game in terms of attack and defence. The number...

National U16 side sets target

THE Fiji U16 team to the Australian Junior Rugby Championship has set its target to focus on their game plan rather than playing individually. Coach Masi Saqanavere was happy with the players that he had selected and thanked the parents for their support towards their children’s welfare for the past one month. “We had to...

In the hunt

STILL on the hunt for that elusive first win away from home, the Fiji Airways Drua team once again amends its starting line-up to face Sydney Rays tomorrow in the next round of the National Rugby Championship (NRC). Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula has made eight changes from his starting line-up after last week’s hammering in...

Nadi’s best set for semi-finals

RIO Olympics Fiji 7s gold medallists Samisoni Viriviri and Kitione Taliga will spearhead Dratabu’s campaign in the Jack’s Nadi Rugby Union Super 14 semi-finals to be held at Prince Charles Park this afternoon. The former national 7s reps were in top form in last week’s quarter-finals and are expected to play a huge role against...

FRU names Vanua team for NZ tour

FIJIAN rugby players now have another chance to expose their talents internationally. Thanks to the Fiji Rugby Union and its New Zealand counterpart, a Fijian team called the Vodafone Vanua XV will tour New Zealand in November. Members of the team are players competing in the Vodafone Vanua Championship. After discussions with NZR, the FRU...

Nippon TV, NHK and J SPORTS appointed Japan rights holders for RWC 2019

TOKYO,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (WORLD RUGBY) – Rugby World Cup 2019 is set to deliver a record domestic broadcast audience after World Rugby announced the appointment of Nippon TV, NHK and J SPORTS as broadcaster rights-holders for Japan. The appointment of Japan’s leading sports broadcasters as rights-holders will ensure that the tournament has the widest-possible audience...

World Rugby warns teams, fans to cover tattoos at Japan 2019 RWC

TOKYO,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SPORTS 24) – Teams and supporters at next year’s Rugby World Cup have been warned that they need to cover tattoos in public to avoid causing offence. Players have been asked by World Rugby to wear rash vests when they use public gyms or swimming pools as tattoos are associated in Japan...

Beaumont anticipates special and game-changing RWC 2019 as Japan celebrates one year to go

TOKYO,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (WORLD RUGBY) – World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont believes that Japan 2019 will be “a very special and game-changing Rugby World Cup” as the one year to go milestone was marked with a series of celebrations across the host nation. On 20 September, 2019, the world’s top 20 teams, supported by 1.8...

Hull FC’s injured Tonga skipper to miss test against Australia

LONDON, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (BBC SPORT) – Hull FC’s Tonga international skipper Sika Manu will miss his country’s Test against Australia – and the Black and Whites’ last two Super League games – with a medial cruciate ligament injury. Manu, 31, suffered the knee damage in Friday’s 38-12 defeat at St Helens. “Sika is the...

Fiji U16 rugby team to play as a unit

MEMBERS of the Fiji Under-16 team to the Australian Junior Rugby Championship have set their target to play as a unit when they meet top teams from Australia and New Zealand. Coach Masi Saqanavere was happy with the players that he had selected and thanked the parents for their support towards their child’s welfare for...

Veitokani to start at fullback against Sydney Rays

FIJI Airways Drua star Alivereti Veitokani will start at fullback against Sydney Rays in the National Rugby Championship on Sunday, September 23. In a statement issued today, the Fiji Rugby Union said Johnny Dyer, Jone Manu, Tevita Naqali and Seru Vularika have all earned their first starts for the season, with Alifereti Rabukawaqa and Asaeli...

2018 FUSA Games: Mixed results in rugby union on day one

MIXED results were recorded on day one in rugby union at the Fiji Inter-Tertiary Competition that continues in Suva today. In the senior 15s grade, FNU West went down to the FNU2 team 8-nil, USP Lautoka beat FNU Labasa 5-nil, FNU West edged APTC 12-5, while University of Fiji Lautoka and FNU Labasa played to...

McKee eyes Veitokani

FIJI Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee is closely monitoring the performance of nippy playmaker Alivereti Veitokani in his quest to select the strongest team for the Europe Tour in November. McKee said the Fiji Airways Drua playmaker had the calibre and the talent to secure a spot in the Flying Fijians team, but...

University rugby champion loses opening game

THE Fiji inter-tertiary sports competition continues to grow after a massive turnout on the first day of competition at USP Laucala Campus grounds in Suva yesterday. Participants include students from universities in Labasa who also took part in competitions which started yesterday. Competition ends tomorrow. USP sports president Gabriel Qoro said these years competition had...

Drua leaving no stone unturned

THE Fiji Airways Drua is leaving no stone unturned as they prepare for their National Rugby Championship fourth round match against the Sydney Rays on Sunday. Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula has put the team through some intensive training sessions this week at their training camp in Lennox Head, New South Wales, Australia. “Training has been...

Former Fiji Drua player signs contract with French Top 14 club

FORMER Fiji Airways Drua player Peceli Nacebe has secured a new and lucrative contract with the Brive Rugby Union in France. The Mavua, Nadroga native who came to Fiji last week said he was fortunate enough to have signed the two years deal after finishing from his former club the Bordeaux Rugby Union. Nacebe joins...

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