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Cricket looking at promoting island games

Cricket Fiji has made a new turn in the local competition by using T10 format as a buildup to expand their competition around the Lau Group. Cricket Fiji chief executive officer Alex Konrote was eager...

Nacebe on 7s radar

Former Fiji Drua flyhalf Peceli Nacebe is on Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber’s selection radar. The Nadroga lad was injected into the training squad a few weeks ago when Baber saw the potential that could be the X-factor in his team to the Olympic Games. “Nacebe is a talented athlete with great speed and good...

Mind games start

Farebrother Trophy defending champion Nadroga, focuses on players’ wellbeing in the midst of preparation towards the first round of provincial rugby competition. The first round of the Skipper Cup competition will be a double-header between Nadroga and Suva. The mind games have started with the Capital City side already looking forward to a historical win...

Fiji 7s coach extends contract until Tokyo Olympics

Fiji men’s sevens coach Gareth Baber will lead the team at next year’s Tokyo Olympics after agreeing a new contract with the Fiji Rugby Union. The Welshman’s original four-year deal was scheduled to end in December but, with the 2020 Olympics delayed by 12 months because of Covid-19, the FRU has extended his deal until...

PNG Rugby League mourns passing of Don Fox

The Papua New Guinea rugby league community is mourning the passing of long-time administrator Don Fox, who helped to unite the sport following years of infighting. The 78 year-old was born in Australia but became involved in rugby league after moving to PNG in 1966, when he joined the Magani Badili Rugby League club in...

English RFU lay off 139 staff

England rugby will lay off 139 positions because it expects to lose £107 million pounds ($NZ203 million) in revenue in the short term. The Rugby Football Union will begin consulting with staff before announcing the redundancies at the end of August, chief executive Bill Sweeney said on Monday (Tuesday NZ time). “To ensure we have...

Nathaniel Roache not rushing return for Warriors

Nathaniel Roache hasn’t played a NRL game for over a year but the Warriors hooker says the club isn’t putting any pressure on him as he nears the end of his final contract year. Roache burst onto the scene as a 19-year-old rookie in 2016, but has had eight surgeries since and has only clocked...

ANZ Premiership: Waikato-BOP Magic rally late to secure draw with Northern Stars

More contests like this one and there might be life in the ANZ Premiership yet. There was no separating the Northern Stars and Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic on Monday night as they drew 46-46 at Auckland Netball Centre. It was the first draw in ANZ Premiership history, with overtime eliminated this year in the wake...

6th July

Football plan: Star Roy Krishna commends move for academy

Fiji football golden boy Roy Krishna has commended the efforts by Fiji Football Association on expanding the game of football in the Northern Division with the construction of the Labasa Football Academy. “I am so glad that Fiji Football Association is setting up an academy in my hometown Labasa,” Krishna posted on his social media...

Financial help for surfers

The focus of the column this week has shifted from our Boardriding Clubs to the IOC and ISA announcements last week. The International Surfing Association (ISA) confirmed that it has received important financial support from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is comforting that the IOC actions under the leadership of president Bach, as we...

Ministry to improve service and sports

The Ministry of Youth and Sport unveiled a new logo on Friday at the home of former national 7s captain, Paula Dranisinukula at Navuniivi Village in Ra with Minister Parveen Kumar saying it was an historic event. “Until such time the ministry will be there and we won’t be there, but those who will be...

Boost for Fiji judo

The Fiji Judo Association is set to receive a timely boost from one of its partners, Ryutsu Keizai University in Japan which has gifted judo equipment to help the sport. “Ryutsu Keizai University judo head coach Iwasaki Takashi has been developing and helping coach Fiji judokas for about 30 years,” Fiji Judo Association general secretary...

Hurricanes relieved to open account as huge Highlanders game awaits

The Hurricanes are praising an improved attitude for their crucial Super Rugby Aotearoa win over the Chiefs, as another vital match stares them in the face this weekend. After being well outplayed in a 30-20 loss to the Blues and then a 39-25 defeat to the Crusaders over the first two rounds, the men from the capital came out of...

Mercedes’ Valterri Bottas wins chaotic F1 opener

Valtteri Bottas insisted before the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix that he has what it takes to win the Formula One world championship. That’s a tall order with six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton as his teammate at Mercedes. Especially as Hamilton needs one more title to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven. But Bottas showed impressive...

Signs of life in Andy Ruiz Jr’s heavyweight comeback

There are finally some positive signs in the talked-up comeback of former world heavyweight boxing champion Andy Ruiz Jr. The Mexican-American is back in the gym and is “falling back in love with his job”. That’s according to noted trainer and cut man Jorge Capetillo, a close friend of the burly heavyweight who has him...

Liverpool labour to home win

Liverpool kept alive their bid to finish the Premier League season with a perfect home record after labouring to a 2-0 win against relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Sunday (Monday NZ time) in their first match at Anfield since winning the title. A 17th straight home victory this season _ and surely the most underwhelming _...

Greenwood shines as five-star Man United crush Bournemouth

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Manchester United’s three-pronged attack combined to devastating effect as they crushed Bournemouth 5-2 in the Premier League on Saturday to move into the top four and stretch their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions. Mason Greenwood shone with two superb goals while Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and playmaker Bruno...

Kante injury takes gloss of Chelsea win

LONDON (Reuters) – A hamstring injury for N’Golo Kante took some of the gloss off Chelsea’s impressive 3-0 win over Watford on Saturday. Kante picked up the injury in the second half at Stamford Bridge — a potential blow in Chelsea’s battle to seal a top-four finish in the Premier League. The fixtures are coming...

Tiafoe tests positive for COVID-19, withdraws from Atlanta event

(Reuters) – Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for COVID-19 and been forced to withdraw from the All-American Team Cup exhibition tournament in Atlanta, the American said on Saturday. Tiafoe played in the first session on Friday and beat Sam Querrey in straight sets at the event in which the top eight American players are participating....

5th July

Plans to help FRU

The new Fiji Rugby Union board came in with a vision to lift the image of the Fiji Rugby Union not only domestically, but internationally. This was how FRU chairman Francis Kean saw the changes that were implemented when he took over the role in 2015. “We invested in a consultant to assist us in...

Patel praises World Cup hosts

Fiji FA president and FIFA council member Rajesh Patel congratulated both New Zealand Football and Football Federation Australia for such a milestone achievement after winning the bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. “On behalf of the board members and the entire football fraternity I heartedly congratulate NZFA on the massive achievement of...

FNRL works on restructure

The Fiji National Rugby League will restructure the 2020 Vodafone Cup with a lesser number of teams expected to compete in the annual competition. The restructure will also see the removal of the reserve and junior grades. This is because of the lack of funding through sponsorship not only faced by the national body but...

McCaw ‘greatest of all time’

Richie McCaw has been dubbed “quite possibly the greatest rugby player of all time’’ by former British and Irish Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan, who named him alongside five other All Blacks in his Dream Team. McCaw, No 8 Zinzan Brooke and hooker Sean Fitzpatrick were the three All Blacks forwards selected by McGeechan, who...

Blake Green shrugs off owner’s comments to step up for Warriors

He may not be wanted at the Warriors beyond this season but Blake Green didn’t do his chances of finding a new home any harm with a commanding display in Saturday night’s comeback victory over the Broncos. It was a tough week for the off-contract halfback after Warriors owner Mark Robinson publicly confirmed that he, along with...

Gatland’s wet-weather worries

Chiefs coach Warren Gatland doesn’t know what he’s done to agitate the weather gods, but yet another Super Rugby Aotearoa match for his side is shaping as a wet-weather contest. Rain is forecast to develop in Hamilton on Sunday afternoon, just in time for the Chiefs’ hosting of the Hurricanes at FMG Stadium Waikato (kickoff...

Perfect shooting display gives Pulse win

A stunning 100 per cent shooting performance from the Central Pulse led the unbeaten side to a 47-40 win over the Southern Steel in the ANZ Premiership on Saturday evening. Coming off their first win of the 2020 season, the Steel had an unchanged line-up throughout the match, with coach Reinga Bloxham sticking to a...

Crusaders overpower Highlanders

The Crusaders machine sits at the top of the Super Rugby Aotearoa ladder with a blockbuster against the Blues in store in Christchurch next Saturday. In front of another bumper crowd of 19,875 at Forsyth Barr Stadium, the Crusaders prevailed 40-20 against the Highlanders on Saturday to cement their position as the team to beat....

4th July

War of words: Nadroga, Suva prepare for double-header

You can call it “war of words” but for Suva and Nadroga, July 25 will mark another highlight in the Fiji Rugby Union calendar. Suva Rugby Union secretary Tevita Tuiloa said the Skipper Cup holder’s aim was to wrest the prestigious Farebrother Trophy from holders Nadroga next fortnight in their double-header match at Lawaqa Park...

Skipper Cup: Suva’s priority

The Skipper Cup holders, Suva rugby team, has made it their priority to wrest the prestigious Farebrother Trophy from holders Nadroga in the next fortnight at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. The capital side has made it its mission to keep the Skipper Cup for three years in a row and its is confident of accomplishing...

Fiji FA embarks on northern tour

Fiji Football executives will be in the Northern Division today on a site visitation of the Fiji FA Labasa Academy and meeting with stake-holders in Macuata and Bua. “We will be there to meet with the builders and design consultants in Labasa to see the progress,” confirmed chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf. “It is a...

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