Rugby League

Uate wants more local players in RLWC team

MANLY Sea Eagles winger and Fiji Bati try scoring machine Akuila Uate wants more local players to be included in the Fiji Bati side for the next Rugby League World Cup in 2021. Uate arrived...

FNRL chief executive Naleba steps down

FIJI National Rugby League CEO Timoci Naleba has stepped down from his position. This has been confirmed in a press statement by the FNRL today. The statement revealed that the FNRL had a meeting with Naleba today to discuss the CEO’s default payment to his past employer, the Fiji Sports Council, and had a talk...

Sonny Bill Williams addresses NRL return rumours: ‘I have to keep the wife happy’

AUCKLAND, 06 AUGUST 2018 (STUFF NZ) – Sonny Bill Williams hasn’t shut the door on a return to rugby league after next year’s Rugby World Cup and confirms he is studying towards a coaching career. On Australian television Williams addressed rumours he would end his career with the Sydney Roosters in the NRL, saying he...

Read’s return augurs well for Crusaders, All Blacks

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Kieran Read’s return to his rampaging best could not have come at a better time for his Canterbury Crusaders team ahead of the Super Rugby final against the Lions as well as for All Blacks coach Steve Hansen as they prepare for the Rugby Championship. Read missed virtually all of Super Rugby...

Tamanivalu to end Crusaders stint on a high

FIJI-born Crusaders wing Seta Tamanivalu has a chance to end his Super rugby stint with the Christchurch-based side on the highest level possible if they beat the Lions in the final this Saturday. Tamanivalu has been sensational for the New Zealand-based side and is expected to play a key role in front of home fans...

Fiji refereeing duo to officiate at Sydney rugby league tourney

TWO Fijian referees have been selected to officiate at next week’s NSW All Schools Championship rugby league tournament in Sydney, Australia. Solomone Vubaya Vateitei and Alanieta Ravialaca will be part of the tournament that begins next Tuesday. Fiji National Rugby League Referees facilitator Jone Wesele said this was a good opportunity for the local referees...

FNRL holds clinic for referees

THE Fiji National Rugby League is currently holding a clinic where 10 youths are taking part in the Level One Accreditation for referees. FNRL Referees Coordinator, Jone Wesele, is facilitating the three day course underway in Suva. The clinic is made possible through the Fiji National Sports Commission’s Train the Trainer program. Mr Wesele said...

Quota quashes Niue plans for Emerging Nations World Cup

ALOFI, 26 JULY 2018 (NIUE RUGBY LEAGUE) – Niue is welcoming the chance to escape the international rugby league wilderness but says a quota system being employed for the Emerging Nations World Championship will prevent them from being able to field their best team. The Polynesian island is one of 11 nations from Europe, Asia...

Australia vs Tonga test in New York could spark turf war

SYDNEY, 26 JULY 2018 (AAP) – A rugby league turf war could ignite in North America, if the Kangaroos’ proposed test against Tonga is played in New York in October, according to Reni Maitua. The former Canterbury star is now a welfare officer at the Toronto Wolfpack, the team at the heart of England’s expansion...

Plans to have Fiji Bati coach based in Fiji

THE Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) is planning to have the Fiji Bati coach based here in Fiji. FNRL chariman Peni Musunamasi said with the coach based at home, it would help with their development in the grassroots level and having more locals in the next World Cup in 2021. “As in the news, NRL...

Tonga ready to compete with Kangaroos, says David Fusitu’a

AUCKLAND, 16 JULY 2108 (STUFF NZ) – Plans are afoot to give Pacific Island nations more tests against tier one countries in the coming years but Tonga may not have to wait that long if an end-of-season clash against the Kangaroos gets the green light. A match-up between the world champions and the darlings of...

Fiji Bati remains fifth in international ranking

FOLLOWING the completion of the mid-season internationals and commencement of European qualifying for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, the latest edition of the RLIF world rankings has been announced. The Vodafone Fiji Bati side remains on the 5th spot in the latest Rugby League International Federation rankings released today. Tonga, after a top-four finish...

Crockett to make history with 200 Super Rugby caps

Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett will make rugby history yet again this week, becoming the first player to record 200 Super Rugby caps. Crockett has been named to play in the Crusaders’ home game against the Highlanders on Friday night, in a match that marks a historic double century of appearances since his Crusaders career began...

Rugby league needs Tonga vs Australia

SYDNEY, 04 JULY 2018 (THE ROAR) – Before Tonga defeated Samoa 38-22, Jason Taumalolo called for a Test match between Tonga and Australia at the end of this season. “The only way we’re up with those top-tier nations is if we’re playing them,” the Cowboys wrecking ball said, echoing the thoughts of all rugby league...

Naholo keen to play 50th test on home ground

PULSE Energy Highlanders winger and All Black Waisake Naholo says he is keen to play in front of his home fans and it is an excitement that the whole team expects when they face the Gallagher Chiefs side for round 17 of the Super Rugby clash. “It’s really exciting to come to Fiji and this...

Pulse Energy Highlanders visit children at CWM hospital

THE Pulse Energy Highlanders trio Tevita Nabura, Joshua Dickson and Patelesio Tomkinson visited the children’s ward at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva this morning. The players and officials also handed the young patients admitted at the hospital with a Highlanders flag. The visit brought smiles to the faces of the young children. “It...

Massive future for Fiji Bati

THE Vodafone Fiji Bati has a massive future says interim coach Matthew Adamson after the side’s 26-14 loss to Papua New Guinea in the Pacific Test match on Saturday in Australia. Adamsom, who was a former Australian rugby league player had shown interest to apply for the Fiji Bati full-time coaching job. “I am proud...

Andrew Fifita thinks Tonga are a bigger draw card than Kangaroos

SYDNEY, 25 JUNE 2018 (AAP) – Andrew Fifita says he and Tonga are ready for a shot at the Kangaroos, declaring it would be a certain crowd puller for international rugby league. Fifita helped kickstart a revolution of the global game last year when he walked away from Australia to play for Tonga, creating unprecedented...

Room for improvement: Naiqama

VODAFONE Fiji Bati captain Kevin Naiqama said there is room for improvement for the team after the side lost to Papua New Guinea 26-14 in the Pacific Test match in Australia last night. “I am proud of the second half effort, however indicated there was room for improvement overall,” he said in a press release....

Vodafone Cup Finals: Sabeto Roosters win Reserve grade

THE Sabeto Roosters beat Nadera Panthers 9 – 6 to win the final of the Reserve grade at the Fiji National Rugby League Vodafone Cup finals this afternoon. They walked away $2000 richer after the win. However the Police Sharks  and Ravoravo Rabbitohs will play in the final of the premier grade. Meanwhile the USP...

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