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2nd February

Netball: Fiji Pearls complete first camp for World Cup campaign

The Fiji Pearls training squad had a cross country run up in the highlands of Naitasiri last Saturday to conclude the week-long training camp. This was their first camp after their preparations for the Netball...

Rugby: Nayacavou now coaching; to select British Army men’s squad

Former Scotland 7s forward Joseva Nayacavou is the new head coach of the British Army men’s 7s team. As a player, Nayacavou was one of the key cogs that made the Army 7s team one of the most respected outfits in the UK. In the process, he showcased the talent that would yield selection in...

Savea praises Johnstone’s ‘courageous’ decision to come out as gay

(Reuters) – Ardie Savea said former New Zealand prop Campbell Johnstone was “pretty courageous” for deciding to publicly come out as the first gay All Black. Johnstone, who played three tests in 2005, said on a television programme on Monday he had been “living a lie” and leading “a double life” before acknowledging his sexuality....

Ireland must relish top ranking in world rugby says Beirne

(Reuters) – Ireland must learn to embrace the expectation and scrutiny that comes with being the top ranked rugby team in the world, experienced forward Tadhg Beirne said on Tuesday. Ireland will start this year’s Six Nations Championship leading the World Rugby rankings but have a difficult opener away to Wales at the Principality Stadium...

Wales coach Gatland opts for experience in Six Nations opener v Ireland

(Reuters) – Wales coach Warren Gatland has included lock Alun Wyn Jones in his starting XV to face Ireland in their Six Nations opener at the Principality Stadium on Saturday, having opted for experience in his first selection since returning to the role. Jones is the most capped international in rugby history with 155 appearances...

Rugby-Former NZ prop Johnstone becomes first All Black to come out as gay

(Reuters) – Former New Zealand prop Campbell Johnstone has become the first All Black to come out as gay, saying on a television programme on Monday he had been “living a lie” and leading “a double life” before acknowledging his sexuality. Johnstone, who played three tests in 2005, had already told his family and close...

Ukraine on mission to ban Russia from Olympics, IOC says sanctions stand

KYIV (Reuters) -Ukraine hopes to secure widespread international support for banning Russian and Belarusian athletes from the Paris Olympics in 2024 due to Moscow’s invasion, the sports minister said on Tuesday. Vadym Huttsait, 51, a former Olympic fencing champion, told Reuters the idea of allowing Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete as neutrals was unacceptable....

1st February

Soccer-Premier League clubs spend $1 billion for first time in January transfer window

(Reuters) – Premier League soccer clubs spent a record 815 million pounds ($1.00 billion) in the January transfer window, an analysis from Deloitte’s Sports Business Group said on Wednesday. The biggest spenders were Chelsea, responsible for 37% of the total – equivalent to more than the combined spend by all clubs in the Bundesliga, LaLiga,...

Tennis-Djokovic played Australian Open with 3cm tear in hamstring, says Tiley

(Reuters) – Novak Djokovic played with a three-centimetre (1.2 inches) tear in his hamstring during his run to a record-extending 10th Australian Open title, tournament director Craig Tiley said on Wednesday. The Serbian, who suffered the hamstring injury en route to winning the warm-up title in Adelaide, won the season-opening major after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas...

Futsal IDC: Suva to face Tavua in opening match

Defending champion Suva will face Tavua in their opening match of the Extra Supermarket Futsal Inter District Championship at the Vodafone Arena tomorrow evening. Nasinu, Rewa, Lami, Tailevu Naitasiri, Tavua, Suva, Savusavu and Labasa are participating in the Futsal IDC. The winner of the tournament will receive $4500 while the runner-up will get $1500. Fixtures:...

Proceeds from 7s tournament to go towards rebuilding a church

Funds raised from the RC Manubhai Natalaira 7/14 Sevens tournament will be used to rebuild a church destroyed during Severe Cyclone Winston. The tournament will be held on February 23-25 at the Natalaira Village ground in Dawasamu, Tailevu. RC Manubhai group marketing manager Atish Singh said sponsoring the event was “part our community duty to...

Fiji Finals: May date confirmed

The 2023 Coca-Cola Games will be held on May 11 to 13 during the term one school holidays, Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association secretary Vuli Waqa says. Term one holidays will be from May 6 to 21, . The games will be held at the HFC Bank Stadium during the first week of the school...

National federations urged to keep to timelines

Team Fiji chef de mission to the 2023 Pacific Games Ajay Ballu is urging national federations to keep to timelines set by Team Fiji after their return from the chef de missions meeting in the Solomon Islands last year. “We appeal to national federations hoping to participate at the games to pay their bond, levies...

Classmates meet again on rugby paddock

“It’s just really special to play competitive rugby with someone you grew up with.” Swire Shipping Fijian Drua lock Chris Minimbi labelled last week’s pre-match with the Melbourne Rebels a special one since he was playing against former classmate Angelo Smith. The two attended Marist Brothers High School in their two final years of school...

Ravai joins Queensland Reds

Flying Fijian Peni Ravai has bolstered the Queensland Reds prop stocks for the 2023 Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific season, signing on a one-year deal. The 32-year old brings 36-matches of Test Rugby experience to Ballymore, with his ability to play both sides of the scrum boosting Queensland’s front row depth after long-term injuries...

Lutunauga is new FNRL chairman

Aporosa Lutunauga is the new chairman of the Fiji National Rugby League following a board meeting in Suva on Tuesday. Lutunauga, who is an Assistant Commissioner of Police, takes on the new role from Viliame Naupoto who had resigned from the FNRL board. Lutunauga said he intended to develop a five-year plan and conduct reforms...

Wardens to defend title; PM Rabuka to grace tournament

Wardens Gold will defend the men’s category during the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s tournament which will kick off at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Friday. The side defeated Police White 10-5 in the main cup final last year. Penijamini Davetalevu scored the winning try for Wardens Gold in extra time to lift the...

Fiji 7s sets Paris target; Team to keep pushing for top 4

The Fiji Airways Fiji 7s men’s team will be targeting the elimination stages of the remainder of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in a bid to get direct qualification to the 2024 Paris Olympics. The Ben Gollings-coached side is placed in fifth position in the series following the Sydney 7s last week. With...

31st January

Gollings races against time

With less than three weeks to prepare for the Los Angeles 7s tournament in the US, Fiji 7s men’s team head coach Ben Gollings will have limited time to put together a team. Gollings will use this weekend’s Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s to asses injured players and also look out for new ones. The HSBC...

Top teams set to roll

As of Sunday only one place is left for the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka Sevens men’s competition. Tournament director Ilimeli Navula said preparation had been good and they were looking forward to the games this weekend. “As of yesterday (Sunday), only one place is left for the men competition to make the 48 teams,” he...

Ravai signs one-year deal with Queensland Reds

Fijian prop Peni Ravai has signed a one-year deal with the Queensland Reds for the 2023 Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific season. The 32-year-old debuted for Fiji in 2013 and takes with him 36 matches of Test experience to the Reds. Ravai had been plying his trade for Clermont in the French Top 14...

Former NZ prop Johnstone becomes first All Black to come out as gay

(Reuters) – Former New Zealand prop Campbell Johnstone has become the first All Black to come out as gay, saying on a television programme on Monday he had been “living a lie” and leading “a double life” before acknowledging his sexuality. Johnstone, who played three tests in 2005, had already told his family and close...

Tough pill to swallow

Fiji’s hope of retaining the Sydney 7s title was dashed after a young and determined South African side shocked the Ben Gollings-coached side 31-12 in the second cup semi-final in Australia on Sunday. “Yeah, it was a tough pill to swallow that game against South Africa, we didn’t help ourselves by controlling the ball and...

Teams improve standings

Despite the Ben Gollings’ serious approach to try and claim the Sydney title, the side lifted its performance from a dismal eighth spot in Hamilton New Zealand to collect a bronze medal on Sunday. The men’s and the women’s side improved too on the overall points standings. The men’s side is in fifth place in...

Drua v Crusaders tickets go on sale

Tickets for the blockbuster Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific match between the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua and the Crusaders are now on sale. This much-anticipated encounter between the Drua and the defending Super Rugby Pacific champions is scheduled for March 11 in Lautoka. The match, which will kick-off at 3.35pm, will be the Drua’s...

More work needed

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua coach Mick Byrne says they will need to work on a few areas before their Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific season kicks off against Moana Pasifika on February 28. The match will be held at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand in what will be a Pacific battle between...

Australia coach Arnold to stay on through 2026 World Cup

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia coach Graham Arnold will stay in the job until the end of the 2026 World Cup finals in North America, Football Australia (FA) said on Monday. Arnold led the Socceroos to the last 16 at the World Cup for only the second time in Qatar last year before a narrow 2-1 loss...

30th January

Brighton strike late to knock holders Liverpool out of FA Cup

BRIGHTON, England (Reuters) -Holders Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup after losing 2-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion in the fourth round on Sunday as Kaoru Mitoma struck a late winner, before fifth-tier Wrexham were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw by 10-man Sheffield United. In Brighton, Harvey Elliott put Liverpool ahead, Lewis...

Dortmund make it three out of three this year with 2-0 win over Leverkusen

LEVERKUSEN, Germany (Reuters) -Borussia Dortmund cruised past hosts Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 on Sunday for their third win in three league matches since the Bundesliga resumed after the winter break, climbing to within three points of the top spot. Goals from Karim Adeyemi and a second half own goal from Edmond Tapsoba gave Dortmund a comfortable...

Suva gears up for volleyball event

Preparation for the Hot Bread Kitchen Vulaca Championship has been intense for the Suva Volleyball Association. Team official Jone Baleilomaloma said their final four teams’ training had been intense. “We have set our criteria and standard towards the national level and we want our players to adhere to those criteria which they have done,” he...

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