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Hamilton 7s: Captains ready for HSBC New Zealand Sevens

SIXTEEN captains lined up at the iconic Tūrangawaewae Marae, ahead of the HSBC New Zealand Sevens, which kicks off this weekend at the FMG Stadium in Hamilton. The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has delivered...

Hamilton 7s: Fans flock to team training

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s popularity is gripping Hamilton with Fijian fans spilling to the Marist Rugby Club ground during this morning’s training session. Fans cheered the team during training and coach Gareth Baber is keeping the run on list close to his chest to avoid prying eyes from oppositions. *More in tomorrow’s edition of...

Tennis: Osaka blows away Svitolina to reach Melbourne semis

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka set up a potential rematch of her controversial Flushing Meadows final against Serena Williams after beating Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-1 to reach her first Australian Open semi-final on Wednesday. The 21-year-old Osaka committed a string of unforced errors but still proved too strong for the sixth-seeded Ukrainian,...

Kerevi named Reds captain

FIJIAN Samu Kerevi has today been named by the Queensland Rugby Union to captain the Reds in this year’s Vodafone Super Rugby competition. The Viseisei, Lautoka lad will be playing his sixth season with the Queensland Reds. While he has already captained Queensland on a few occasions in the past, this time he has been...

Hamilton 7s: Nasoko, best in off-loads

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s captain Kalione Nasoko is expected to lead by example when the Hamilton 7s defending champion start their campaign against Wales on Saturday. The Yasawa man is the leader in the number of off-loads in the first two tournaments of the 2018/2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, with 13 off-loads. Some of...

Maloney: Sevens goldmine

WORLD Rugby Sevens Series commentator Sean Maloney says Fiji is a goldmine in 7s rugby players. He made the comment during the McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament which ended at Sigatoka on Saturday. Maloney feasted on some of Fiji’s best rugby 7s games in the four-day annual tourney which was played under humid and...

Hamilton 7s: Fijian storm looms

FIJI’S win in New Zealand last year is the drawcard for many Fijians who are expected to take Hamilton by storm this weekend in support of the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team. Fiji Society Hamilton president Ilaijia Tuwere said they expected many more Fijians to visit Hamilton this year. “Now that we are defending the...

Labasa football works in securing services of three new transfers

THE Labasa football side is trying to secure the services of three of its new transfers so they could feature in the Vodafone Premier League opener against Ba this Saturday. Team president Rayaz Ali has confirmed that Suva trio Napolioni Qasevakatini, Ravinesh Karan Singh and Antonio Tuivuna have been training with the northerners. “We have...

Women’s football coach keeps an eye out for potential players

NATIONAL women’s football coach Marika Rodu will be keeping an eye out for potential players for the upcoming women tournaments, according to the Fiji Football Association. The Vodafone Women’s Inter District Championship kicks off this Friday, January 25, at Fiji FA Academy Ground in Vatuwaqa. “I will be following the selection process for the senior and...

FNU signs contract for $8m sports complex

THE Fiji National University (FNU) aims to go beyond the traditional mission of knowledge creation and research by taking a national leadership role in addressing the nation’s policy priorities. FNU Vice-Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey while speaking at the construction contract signing of the multi-million dollar Sports Complex said the university could play a lead role...

Lautoka football boosted with Pacific island imports

THE Lautoka Football side has been boosted with the arrival of their Solomon Island import Benjamin Totori and ni-Vanuatu midfielder Bong Kalo. Kalo arrived at the weekend. Lautoka Football Association secretary Muni Nair said the duo would feature for the Blues this Sunday when they play Suva in the Vodafone Premier League round two clashes. “Totori trained...

Senior districts begin mandatory local league competitions

SENIOR districts have started local league competitions as required by the Fiji Football Association. Fiji FA chief executive Mohammed Yusuf had stated that districts which did not complete three rounds of local league competitions would not be allowed to participate in the Vodafone Senior League. Navua president Rajeev Prasad confirmed they had played two rounds...

IAAF clears 42 Russians to compete as neutrals in 2019

(Reuters) – Former world champions Sergey Shubenkov and Maria Lasitskene were among 42 Russian athletes cleared to compete as neutrals in international competition this year, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Monday. The governing body said the athletes, who were also afforded neutral status last year, had met their doping review board’s...

22nd January

Rugby: Ireland’s Beirne to miss Six Nations start with knee injury

(Reuters) – Ireland forward Tadhg Beirne is out of the first two rounds of the Six Nations championship with a knee injury and Quinn Roux has been called up as a replacement, the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) said on Monday. Munster lock Beirne was injured during their European Champions Cup win over Exeter on...

Serena back to physical and emotional best, says coach

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Serena Williams is back to her physical and emotional peak for the first time since returning from childbirth last year, according to the American’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou. The 37-year-old Williams produced a dazzling display to beat world number one Simona Halep in three sets in the fourth round of the Australian Open...

Rugby: Scotland call up uncapped Crosbie and Smith for Six Nations

(Reuters) – Scotland added four new players to their squad for the Six Nations championship on Monday, including uncapped loose forwards Luke Crosbie and Matt Smith, but they have lost first-choice flanker Hamish Watson to a hand injury. Centre Alex Dunbar and lock Rob Harley have also been called up by coach Gregor Townsend, who...

Messi scores in injury time to help Barcelona team win

LIONEL Messi came off the bench and scored in injury time to help his Barcelona team beat Leganes 3-1 in the La Liga football competition yesterday. According to the La Liga website, Barcelona now leads the standings with 46 points after 20 rounds while Atletico Madrid is in the second spot with 41. Real Madrid follows in...

Liverpool maintain four-point lead at top of English Premier League points table

LIVERPOOL has maintained a four-point lead at the top of the English Premier League points table after 23 rounds. According to the Premier League website, the top six remained unchanged on the standings. Liverpool leads with 60 points, Manchester City in second with 56, Spurs third on 51 followed by Chelsea on 47. Liverpool had...

Red-card reunion: Milner sent off by his own former PE teacher

(Reuters) – Liverpool midfielder James Milner’s sending off against Crystal Palace may well have rekindled schoolboy memories – it was his own former PE teacher who gave him his marching orders. Referee John Moss, who showed Milner a second yellow card during Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Palace on Saturday, taught the 33-year-old when he attended...

Moldova hosts 10 km race in world’s largest wine cellar

MILESTII MICI, Moldova (Reuters) – Hundreds of runners competed in a 10 km (6 mile) race in the world’s largest wine cellar on Sunday, navigating by the light of headlamps as they hurtled through dark limestone caves that stretch some 200 km underground near the capital of Moldova. Dancers, musicians and singers wearing folk costumes...

Inspired by young guns, Osaka marches on in Melbourne

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka said she drew inspiration from Stefanos Tsitsipas’s shock win over Roger Federer after booking her maiden Australian Open quarter-final spot with a grinding 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over Anastasija Sevastova on Monday. The Japanese fourth seed had to come back from a set down for a second...

Secondary schools rugby league competition launched in Suva

THE Vodafone Fiji National Rugby League Secondary Schools competition was launched at the Albert Park in Suva today. Since it’s establishment in 2007 with only four schools pioneering the competition, the standard of rugby league in high school level has grown with 54 schools participating this year, and the number expected to increase. Permanent secretary for...

Former 7s rep Volavola selected Yasawa rugby head coach

FORMER national 7s rep Mosese Volavola has been selected head coach of the Yasawa rugby team. Volavola, who guided Malolo to secure a spot in the major union competition a few years ago, has been shouldered the responsibility to lead Yasawa to new heights. The former Nadroga rep will be assisted by former national prop...

Team Fiji chef de mission to the Commonwealth Games Patrick Bower at the Team Fiji 'tatau' at Borron House last week. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Safety of athletes is Team Fiji’s priority; Organisers discuss how to billet athletes

WITH six months to go to the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, organisers are discussing how to billet more than 4000 athletes and officials. According to a media release from the Pacific Games committee, organisers have confirmed that a compound owned by the country’s Methodist Church will act as the games village. Sporting federations will...

Topline volleyball club ready to compete

THE Topline Pygmies Volleyball Association is confident of a better outing in this year’s competition in Lautoka. With the opening of their new volleyball court, the level of competition and the participation numbers have improved drastically. Association president Josateki Labalaba said volleyball had taken unemployed youths overseas and the opening of the new court would...

Fijians perform well with no distractions : Baber

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team is not under any pressure as the side flew out to New Zealand yesterday to defend the Hamilton 7s title this weekend. Fiji is grouped with Wales, Australia and Argentina at the tournament. Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber said they won five tournaments last year, so they were going...

Tabadamu’s secret ingredient

“When we’re winning we keep competing like we’re losing.” This is the secret ingredient revealed by the Tabadamu team manager Leo Naikasau Sr when they participate in a local rugby sevens tournament. After an epic final in the McDonalds Coral Coast sevens tournament between the defending champions Police and Tabadamu, Naikasau Sr reminded the boys...

Fiji FA suspends nine players

THE Fiji Football Association has suspended nine players after national Under-23 trials in Ba. Fiji FA CEO Mohammed Yusuf has confirmed this saying all of them tested positive for drugs. “All nine players have been suspended for thirty days. They are all first time offenders so will be re-tested after one month.” He said. Yusuf...

Rewa applies for the release of Borisi

THE Rewa football side has made an application for the release of Tavua stopper Jovilisi Borisi in the current transfer window. This has been confirmed by Fiji Football Association Media Officer Avikash Chand. Borisi had an amazing season with Tavua last season and was instrumental in the side’s campaign in the Vodafone Premier League. Chand...

21st January

Fixtures for the women’s inter district championship released

THE Fiji Football Association has released fixtures for this week’s Vodafone Women’s Inter District Championship. Defending champions Ba open its campaign against Navua at 1.30pm. Other matches on Friday sees Rewa play Tavua at 9.30am, Tailevu Naitasiri battles Nadi at 11.30am while Suva takes on Labasa at 3.30pm. Pool matches continue at Suva’s Fiji FA...

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