Rugby

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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....

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...

7s contract: Baber says he is aware of interests to players

INTERESTS for overseas contracts has poured into the Fiji Airways national 7s team after the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, USA in July. After finishing second in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the Rugby World Cup 7s, some players in the Fiji 7s team have caught the attention of overseas clubs...

Cipriani charged by RFU after assault conviction

(Reuters) – England flyhalf Danny Cipriani was charged by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) on Friday for “conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game” following his conviction for common assault and resisting arrest. The charge came after the 30-year-old said in a newspaper article that he “hugely regrets” his role in an incident at...

Koroturaga Cup stays in Nasinu

NASINU Rugby Club retained the Koroturaga Cup after defeating Army Red 20-13. Nasinu led 12-0 at half time. It was an intense game with two yellow cards and two red cards issued in the second half. This is the last round of the Suva Rugby Club games Koroturaga grade before the elimination rounds next week....

Rugby – Namibia, Kenya in showdown for World Cup berth

WINDHOEK (Reuters) – Namibia assistant coach Jacques Burger is expecting a frenetic spectacle when his side host Kenya in a straight shootout for a place at the 2019 World Cup in Japan in their final Rugby Africa Gold Cup clash in Windhoek on Saturday. Namibia head the round-robin qualification table by three points from Kenya....

Read, Retallick return to All Blacks XV for Wallabies opener

SYDNEY, 17 AUGUST 2018 (AP) – All Blacks captain Kieran Read and lock Brodie Retallick have returned to the side for their Rugby Championship clash with Australia in Sydney on Saturday in what will be Sam Whitelock’s 100th Test for the world champions. Read has not played for the national side since last November due...

Reece Hodge gets nod at centre in Wallabies team for Bledisloe Cup opener

SYDNEY, 17 AUGUST 2018 (SMH) – Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has picked a new-look front row for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup opener, with hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and loose-head prop Tom Robertson getting the nod for the all-important clash at ANZ Stadium. Meanwhile, Reece Hodge has been confirmed as Australia’s No.13 and young gun Jack Maddocks is...

Samoa Sevens player Gordon Langkilde’s hearing deferred until next week

SAN FRANCISCO, 17 AUGUST 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The court hearing for Samoa sevens international Gordon Langkilde has been deferred by another week as he awaits trial following an off-field altercation at the Sevens World Cup. The 22-year-old was last month charged on two counts of battery, one count of assault and one misdemeanour charge...

Tailevu promotes women’s rugby in primary schools

PRIMARY schools in the province of Tailevu took a different direction in their schools rugby competitions yesterday. This is compared with other zones that competed in the Vodafone Kaji Rugby National Finals in the past few days at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Supported by World Rugby, 20 schools in the Tailevu zone opted not...

Nadi kaji rules finals

NADI dominated the final day of the Western Schools Rugby Association kaji competition after they won both the under-14 and U13 titles at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. The Nadi U14 side defeated Westcoast 14-0 while their U13 side downed Lautoka 5-0. Nadi also made the U13 plate final and beat Mamanuca 17-0 while Ba...

Rugby course

PLAYING for the Fiji Airways Drua side is a platform for local players to secure overseas contract as proven by 2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Rookie of the Year Eroni Sau. Sau’s impressive outing for the Senirusi Seruvakula-coached side attracted the eyes of Fiji Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber before securing overseas rugby...

Koyamaibole: Use local resources to train, build team for Rugby World Cup

THREE time Flying Fijian Rugby World Cup player Sisa Koyamaibole believes Fiji has the calibre to win the Rugby World Cup next year in Tokyo, Japan. But this, he says, is if they have the same mentality of acquiring bond, love and unity in the team and make use of their resources and training environment...

Social media campaign worries Samoa rugby Union

APIA, 16 AUGUST 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – Samoa Rugby Union (SRU) are concerned that a recent social media campaign by former Manu Samoa captain Daniel Leo, could potentially damage what it describes as the hard work they have undertaken for a seat on the World Rugby Council. Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, Chief Executive Officer of the...

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