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Mori claims Tokyo 2020 to take place “no matter what happens”

TOKYO, 30 SEPTEMBER 2020(INSIDE THE GAMES) – Tokyo 2020 President Yoshirō Mori has claimed the Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place next year “no matter what happens”. He made the comment at a party...

Man Utd boss Solskjaer calls for clarity on handball rule

(Reuters) – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says managers need more clarity on the Premier League’s handball rule following a series of controversial decisions in the opening weeks of the season. Tottenham Hotspur were denied a victory on Sunday after Newcastle United were awarded a penalty in stoppage time for handball by Eric Dier, who was facing...

Namosi ruggers break from training for team bonding exercise

Before defending the Farebrother-Sullivan trophy this weekend against Yasawa, holders Namosi took a break from training to enjoy a team bonding exercise at Colo-i-Suva Forest Park’s natural swimming pools today. “Preparation has been going well so we thought it best to throw in a team bonding session, and enjoy the cool waters,” said manager Emori...

Rugby coach wasn’t allowed to watch Shield challenge

The Hawke’s Bay rugby coach Mark Ozich didn’t dare look at his phone last Sunday, but he knew a Ranfurly Shield game was brewing. A day after beating Canterbury for the first time in 37 years, Hawke’s Bay found out they’d be challenging Otago for the Shield in Dunedin this weekend. Otago took the shield...

South Africa votes to leave Super Rugby

South Africa has voted to pull its four major franchises from Super Rugby and explore expanding their presence in the European PRO14 competition in a major shift for the game in the country. In a widely expected move, a Special General Meeting of the South African Rugby Union has decided in favour of entering the...

Wallaby forward keen to play at home in Wellington

Wallabies forward Jordan Uelese is up to his 15th week away from his Melbourne home. Life on the road for the Melbourne Rebels player is taking a toll but dreams of playing in front of family in the Bledisloe Cup game in his city of birth keep the 23-year-old positive. The Wallabies are currently in...

Tokyo 2020 collects enough plastic bottles to create recyclable podiums

TOKYO, 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – The organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics have announced that enough plastic has been collected to create recyclable podiums for the Games. With a total of 24.5 tonnes of used plastic and around 400,000 laundry detergent bottles gathered, it is hoped the Games will be...

Special World Rugby Awards to celebrate rugby’s pandemic heroes and stars of the decade

DUBLIN, 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 (WORLD RUGBY) – A special edition of the World Rugby Awards will take place on 7 December, 2020 to celebrate members of the rugby family who have provided incredible service to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic and players and teams who have starred over the last decade. With the global...

Fiji Rugby Union to conduct drug tests this weekend

SUVA, 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 (FRU)—The Fiji Rugby Union will officially begin conducting drug tests for the remainder of the Skipper Cup competition this weekend. After a series of discussions with World Rugby, the union has been given the green light to sanction players for any use of illegal substances under the World Rugby guidelines. The...

Springboks still uncertain participants for Rugby Championship

JOHANNESBURG, 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 (WORLD RUGBY) – The Springboks are still far from certain starters in the Rugby Championship. World champions South Africa are due to join New Zealand, Australia and Argentina in the tournament due to be played in Australia from November 7 to December 12. But South African director of rugby Rassie Erasmus...

Asia Pacific Dragons rule themselves out of 2021 contention

AUCKLAND, 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 (STUFF NZ) – Strike the Asia Pacific Dragons from the list of possible Pasifika entrants into an expanded Super Rugby Aotearoa competition in 2021. While New Zealand Rugby is closing in on a decision about the 2021 competition, the Dragons insist they only want to be considered from 2022 onwards, and...

Tonga Rugby Union agrees to governance changes

NUKU’ALOFA, 30 SEPTEMBER 2020 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The Tonga Rugby Union has agreed to a new governing arrangement which ensures it will continue to receive critical funding from World Rugby. It comes after the global body had threatened to pull all financial support if the TRU did not sign the agreement by the end of...

Cricket: Bay Oval gets Boxing Day test

Bay Oval in Tauranga will host a Boxing Day cricket test for the first time this summer, when the Black Caps play Pakistan. The summer schedule for the Black Caps has 21 games all up, including four tests two against Pakistan and two against the West Indies. The Bay Oval test will be the eighth...

Serena digs deep to find way past Ahn into second round

PARIS (Reuters) – Sixth seed Serena Williams battled sluggish conditions to defeat fellow American Kristie Ahn 7-6(2) 6-0 to begin her French Open campaign on Monday. Playing an opponent she beat in straight sets at the same stage at the U.S. Open less than a month ago, Williams found herself struggling to win points on...

Rafa cruises into second round at Roland Garros

Claycourt master Rafael Nadal started his quest for a record-extending 13th French Open title with a straightforward 6-4 6-4 6-2 first-round win against Belarusian Egor Gerasimov. The Spaniard, looking to equal Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slam men’s singles titles, is used to slow starts at Roland Garros and this year’s debut was no...

29th September

Djokovic seeks French Open redemption after New York fiasco

(Reuters) – Three weeks after an acrimonious exit at the U.S. Open, world number one Novak Djokovic will resume his pursuit of an 18th Grand Slam title when he takes on Sweden’s Mikael Ymer in the first round at the French Open on Tuesday. The Serbian had started as a heavy favourite to win the...

Paraguayan club president gets lifetime ban for match manipulation

BERN/ASUNCION (Reuters) – The president of Paraguayan club Olimpia, one of the most successful in South America, has been banned for life from football after being found guilty of match manipulation, global soccer body FIFA said on Monday. In an announcement which stunned the country, FIFA said that Marco Trovato, who has held the position...

Liverpool maintain 100% start with win over Arsenal

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Premier League champions Liverpool maintained their 100% start to the season with a 3-1 win against Arsenal at Anfield on Monday leaving them level on nine points with pacesetters Everton and Leicester City. The visitors took the lead through an Alexandre Lacazette strike but Liverpool were in front by the break...

Big names missing from England Roses to meet Silver Ferns

England’s biggest netball stars will be missing from the side that meets the Silver Ferns late next month for the first international Tests since Covid-19 disrupted the sport. Head Coach of the Roses, Jess Thirlby has named 16 players who will travel to New Zealand to face the Silver Ferns in three Tests in Hamilton...

Cricket: New Zealand confirms West Indies, Pakistan tours

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand will launch its home summer of cricket with a Twenty20 match against West Indies at Eden Park on Nov. 27 before two test series against the Caribbeans and Pakistan, New Zealand Cricket said on Tuesday. The New Zealand government had green-lighted the West Indies and Pakistan tours and was also...

Broncos offer Walters his dream coaching job

BRISBANE, 29 SEPTEMBER 2020 (NRL) – The Brisbane Broncos have told Kevin Walters he has won the race to be the next head coach of the club after edging out Paul Green for the coveted role. Walters, the current Maroons coach and five-time Broncos premiership winner, was in a two-horse race with the former Cowboys...

Tokyo 2020 confirm Torch Relay schedule and start date

TOKYO, 29 SEPTEMBER 2020 (INSIDE THE GAMES)—Tokyo 2020 has confirmed the Torch Relay for the postponed Olympic Games will start in Fukushima on March 25. The Torch Relay had been put on hold after the Olympics and Paralympics were pushed back to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is due to start at the...

 More interest for women’s coaching in Fiji

SUVA, 29 SEPTEMBER 2020 (FIJI RUGBY UNION) – One of Fiji Rugby Development Unit’s focus right now is to drive many women as possible into coaching and get them accredited. FRU Development Unit has been successful so far after rolling out World Rugby level 1 women’s coaching course around the country, and seeing a spike...

Adesanya shines in successful UFC title defence

New Zealand mixed martial arts star Israel Adesanya has retained his UFC world title in dominant fashion. Adesanya has scored a second round technical knockout win over Brazil’s Paulo Costa in Abu Dhabi. One of four fighters from Auckland’s City Kickboxing gym featuring on the UFC 253 card, the reigning Halberg sportsman of the year...

Wallabies excited for freedom

Three days of managed isolation is set to come to an end for the Wallabies overnight. In New Zealand for two Bledisloe Cup matches next month, the Australian side were going through their mandatory 14-day quarantine in a Christchurch hotel. Pending negative Covid-19 tests on Monday for the entire touring party, they would have the freedom to...

28th September

Louisa eyes NZ spot

Fiji secondary schools champion sprinter is running towards becoming the first Fijian to be selected into the New Zealand Black Ferns 7s team. Louisa Tabuilagi has exchanged her track shoes for rugby boots and has been named in the Northland Kauri team that is playing in the Farah Palmer Cup, formerly NZ’s Women’s Provincial Championship....

Tough season for Yasawa

Participating in the Skipper Cup for the first time has been a learning experience not only for the Yasawa rugby players but the executives as well. Yasawa, the only island team in the top flight has lost nine of its ten matches in the competition, recording one draw against fellow strugglers Tailevu. The side is...

Naiseruvati loses, new winner of Pineapple Cup

A new Pineapple Cup men’s singles champion will be crowned at the Suva Bowling Club at this year’s tournament. Games committee member Martin Fong said competition had been intense with the intensity increasing towards the crowning of a new champion in the men’s singles division. “Defending champion and Pacific Games gold medallist Semesa Naiseruvati lost...

Dragons dominate

Fullback Isaia Vuda scored a hat-trick of tries to guide the Saru Dragons to a massive 62-2 victory against the Yasawa Saints in the ‘Maroon State’ Fiji National Rugby League Vodafone Championship at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. With the win the Dragons team has maintained its place in the top four positions in...

LeBron James lifts Lakers to NBA Finals

LeBron James is going to a 10th NBA Finals – and for the first time in a decade, so are the Los Angeles Lakers. James punctuated his 27th post-season triple-double with a big fourth quarter, powering the Lakers to a 117-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night (Sunday NZT) to win the Western...

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