Sport

Championship a learning journey for Fijian swimmers

FIJIAN swimmers will learn a lot from the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship, says Viliame Takayawa, who is part of the coaching panel. “It is important for them to get the experience and they...

BOG: Ba to face Rewa

THE 2018 Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants champion Ba will play Rewa in the feature match of the 2018 Vodafone Premier League at Govind Park in Ba on Saturday. Ba drew with Lautoka 1-all while Rewa was beaten by Nadi 2-0 last weekend. In the other matches, Suva will play Lautoka at Ratu Cakobau...

Secondary schools basketball championship begins

THE 2018 Fiji Secondary School Basketball Championship began today at the FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay, Suva. Schools from the Central and Western divisions including Levuka turned out in numbers to compete in the three day tournament. Basketball Fiji Chief operating officer, Laisiasa Puamau said there had been a positive turn out from all the...

Escott Shield elimination round

AFTER 364 games played by 28 teams, the Suva Rugby Union (SRU) Escott Shield and Koroturaga Trophy competitions will go into the elimination rounds this Saturday, August 25, 2018 at ANZ Stadium, Suva. A tradition that began in 1913 the Escott Shield has been fought over by Suva’s most prominent rugby clubs, the field has...

Larkham inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame presented by Tudor

DUBLIN, 20 AUGUST 2018 (WORLD RUGBY) – Former Australia international Stephen Larkham has been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held in Sydney on the eve of Australia’s Bledisloe Cup opener with New Zealand. The ceremony, attended by Chairman of the Hall of Fame panel John Eales and fellow...

All Blacks expose Wallabies’ glaring weakness

SYDNEY, 20 AUGUST 2108 (AAP) – The Wallabies will likely be without injured superstar Israel Folau when they attempt to win in Auckland for the first time in 1986 and avoid a 16th straight year of Bledisloe Cup despair. Folau departed ANZ Stadium on crutches after suffering an ankle injury midway through the second half...

Fiji Airways Drua prep for the Australian NRC

THE Senirusi Seruvakula coached Fiji Airways Drua continued its build up as they prepare for the Australian National Rugby Conference (NRC) next week. With all 33 players in the squad in camp, the side is focused, determined to make its mark in the NRC competition this year. The format also sees that teams will play...

Bronze for New Caledonia after avenging group loss

PAPE’ETE, 20 AUGUST 2018 (OFC) – New Caledonia have claimed third place at the OFC U-19 Championship with a 4-1 win over the Solomon Islands at Stade Pater. Solomon Islands started the game strongly despite leaving some of their starters on the bench. However, the finishing in the attacking third and outstanding defending from the...

Fiji Football: Wara to play for Fiji

THE Fiji football team received a boost to its preparations for the two international friendly games next month. The Fiji Football Association in a statement issued today said that Semi Scott Wara, the 18-year-old defender who has made his English Football debut while on loan from Stoke City will be featuring for the Vodafone Fiji...

New Zealand win seventh title

PAPE’ETE, 20 AUGUST 2018 (OFC) – New Zealand have successfully defended their OFC U-19 Championship title with a hard fought 1-0 win over their hosts Tahiti at Stade Pater. After qualifying for the FIFA U-20 World Cup for the first time in ten years, Tahiti started the contest on the front-foot with some good counter...

Gender diversity won’t help Pacific players

APIA, 20 AUGUST 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – The membership increase of the World Rugby Council to include women will not help Pacific rugby player’s welfare, says a Pacific rugby players organisation. The World Rugby Council (WRC) last year increased its seats from 32 to 49, and all the new positions went to women. Daniel Leo,...

Renovations set to begin on Samoa’s Pacific Games venues

APIA, 20 AUGUST 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – 19 venues will host sporting events during the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, with renovations to begin next month. 27 different sports will feature in July, with Don Bosco School Hall in Savai’i to host boxing while the remaining 26 disciplines will be held in and around Apia....

Fiji U20 rugby team present their itatau

THE Fiji U20 rugby team today presented their i-tatau to the President, Jioji Konrote at Borron House in Suva. While addressing the team, Mr Konrote told the team that they have big shoes to fill and he also offered the nation’s well wishes as they prepare to the represent Fiji at the U20 Junior World...

Pacific Games schedule released

APIA, 20 AUGUST 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – The official Pacific Games 2019 Sports programme was released in a press conference at Tuina’imato Sports complex Friday. The two-week schedule covering 26 sports and their confirmed location and venue was launched as well as introducing the Technical team from China who will be assisting the Pacific Games...

US swim team here for experience

THE US junior swim team will use the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship to gain more experience. The team of 40 athletes arrived in the country yesterday to prepare for the swimming competition that will begin on Wednesday. Team director Mitch Dalton said the swimmers had been on their toes training after they held their...

Fijian spikers soar

TEAM Fiji men’s volleyball team is the new champions after defeating New Zealand three sets to one during the Oceania Volleyball Championship in New Caledonia on Saturday. The Samoan team walked away with the bronze medal. In the semi-final, Fiji defeated host team New Caledonia to secure a spot in the final while New Zealand...

Fiji can win World Cup

THREE-TIME Flying Fijian Rugby World Cup player Sisa Koyamaibole believes Fiji can win the Rugby World Cup next year in Tokyo, Japan. The former national backrower was regarded as one of the best in the world after he was selected by former coach and former All Blacks prop Brad Johnstone during his tenure in Fiji....

Aussies to expose young swimmers to top-class meet

AUSTRALIA will be using the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship to expose its young swimmers to top-class competition. The side arrived in the country yesterday confident of their chances of competing against other top swimming nations such as USA and Japan. The Aussies will be represented by 15 girls and 15 boys at Damodar City...

Fijians raring to flip

TEAM Fiji swimming is ready to take on tougher teams such as the US, Australia and New Zealand for the Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championship 2018. Team captains Netani Ross and Rosemary Rova said it would be a learning experience for the young side. Rova said they welcomed the opportunity to race against swimmers from...

Players under watch

ALL talented players who come out of the Powerade Super Deans competition will be monitored by Fiji Rugby Union, says Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee. He said secondary school players who had secured overseas contracts would also be monitored through their performances in their respective clubs. McKee said Fiji was blessed to...

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