Rugby

Under-19s book spots at Coral Coast 7s

FOUR Under-19 clubs have become the first teams to secure places at next months McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s to take place at Lawaqa Park from January 15-18, 2020. The four include fast tracking star...

Ian Foster admits he has to ‘reinvent himself’ as All Blacks coach

IAN Foster says he is ready to be his own man as the All Blacks enter a new era under his leadership. Foster was confirmed on Wednesday as the All Blacks coach for the next two years after edging out Crusaders mentor Scott Robertson. The 54-year-old steps into the top job following the departure of...

Skipper fit for Cape Town 7s

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber has confirmed that skipper Paula Dranisinukula  has recovered and has returned to training with the team in Cape Town. Dranisinukula was suspected to have fractured his hand in the last game against Canada at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Dubai 7s tournament but has since returned to full strength...

Ian Foster confirmed as new All Blacks coach on a two-year deal

IAN Foster is the new All Blacks head coach. New Zealand Rugby confirmed the 54-year-old Foster’s appointment, after eight years as assistant under Steve Hansen. In making the announcement, NZR Chairman Brent Impey said Foster had come through as the preferred candidate following a lengthy and robust interview process. Foster saw off a strong challenge...

Fiji teams for World School Sevens named

THE Fijiana and Fijian Under-18 7s teams are now in New Zealand and ready to compete at the 2019 World School Sevens in New Zealand which begins tomorrow. “Preparations have been going for 3 weeks now and as far as fitness is concern, the boys are in a good shape and are ready, we’ve been...

Filipo Daugunu re-signs with Reds

THE Queensland Reds have re-signed electric winger Filipo Daugunu for a further four years. The Fijian flyer becomes the 14th player to re-commit to Queensland on a long-term deal, that will see him stay at Ballymore through 2023.After bursting onto the Super Rugby scene in 2018, he scored six tries in his debut season and...

Leone Nakarawa closing in on a return to Glasgow – reports

STAR Fijian lock Leone Nakarawa is reportedly on the verge of a sensational return to his former club Glasgow Warriors, according to French media. Nakarawa was sacked by Top 14 club Racing 92 after he returned from the World Cup in Japan two weeks late, with a statement from the club slating the 62-test international...

Captains set to make history at HSBC Cape Town Sevens

THE 28 captains competing at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens on 13-15 December assembled at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday. This year’s tournament will be the first time that Cape Town has hosted both the men’s and women’s competitions in a season that will see the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series contested over...

Rectifying the errors

GARETH Baber and his coaching team will have to do something sensational in South Africa this weekend to restore public confidence regarding their HSBC Sevens campaign following the disaster in Dubai. After ten years participation in Dubai it is the first time our Fiji Airways 7s team have failed to make the cup quarter-finals after...

7s reps ink deal

COMPETITION for the final spots in the Fiji 7s team to 2020 Tokyo Olympics has forced some players to turn down lucrative overseas contracts. This came to light as Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor confirmed that equal contracts have been given to players in the men’s and women’s teams. “Some of these...

National 7s teams given equal contracts

THE men and women’s national sevens team to the 2019-2020 World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series have been given equal contracts, confirmed Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O’Connor. “Both the men and the women sevens team are contracted since they joined the side, but the only difference is that some of our players contracts are on...

10th December

FRU conducts fitness tests

THE Fiji Rugby Union held its first fitness test for Vodafone Fijian Under-20’s at the High Performance Unit Gym in Suva. According to FRU, a total of 115 players took part today. Western based players will get their chance tomorrow at the following time. ✔9am – HPU Gym, Sigatoka ✔2pm – NASA HPU Gym, Nadi

Fijiana and Fijian 7s U18 ready for World School Sevens

FIJIANA and Fijian Under-18 7s team have departed earlier this morning for New Zealand for the 2019 World School Sevens. 32 international rugby 7s teams will take part in this year’s World School Sevens which will be held in Pakuranga, Auckland, New Zealand from 13-14 December. World School Sevens started back in 2016 and teams...

Sean McMahon to suit up for Aussie sevens team in Cape Town

SEAN McMahon will be back in an Australian jersey next weekend after the dynamic flanker was cleared to play in the Aussie men’s sevens team in Cape Town. Rugby Australia and McMahon’s Japanese club Suntory have struck a deal that will see the a 26-cap Wallaby join Tim Walsh’s Australian team for the second leg...

Pools and schedule announced for Cape Town

The pools and schedule have been confirmed for the men’s and women’s competitions at the HSBC Cape Town Sevens in South Africa this weekend. The pools and schedule have been announced for the HSBC Cape Town Sevens 2019 at the Cape Town Stadium on 13-15 December. The most mouth-watering of the pools is in the...

Fiji to minimise mistakes in Cape Town

THE Fiji Airways Fiji sevens team will need to minimise their mistakes in Capetown, South Africa if they need to qualify for the quarterfinals this weekend and Monday next week. Fiji is drawn into a tough pool this week and coach Gareth Baber and the players are working on ironing out some mistakes that caused...

Matawalu hails success

NADROGA Rugby Union president Tiko Matawalu has hailed the inaugral Nadroga Rugby Sevens as a huge success unearthing a surplus of talent for the future of the province. “It has been a success for us in bringing rugby right down to the junior grades and helped us in nurturing young individuals to be professional rugby...

Tuwai chases rugby history

WORLD Rugby Sevens player of the year Jerry Tuwai could be on his way to becoming Fiji’s 7s all-time top try scorer this weekend at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Cape Town 7s. The Olympic gold medallist currently sits level with former Fiji 7s player and captain Osea Kolinisau on 122 career tries, only...

9th December

Samoa 7s make best start in five years

Samoa has made their best start to the World Sevens Series in five years as they finished fourth on an emotional weekend in Dubai. The Manu Sevens were pipped 19-17 by England in the playoff for third place after being outclassed 38-7 by eventual winners South Africa in the Cup semi-finals. Samoa had earlier beaten...

U20 selection to begin

THE Fiji Rugby Union will begin its selection for the Vodafone Fijian Under-20 team with fitness tests conducted across Fiji in Suva, Sigatoka, Nadi and Labasa. Fitness tests will be conducted to attract interested players from these regions, and provide an opportunity for them to attend the session and be part of the Vodafone Fijian Under-20....

Reece voted NZRPA Super Rugby Player of the Year

THE New Zealand Rugby Players Association has announced their award winners for the season, as voted by the players. Crusaders winger Sevu Reece won players’ Super Rugby player of the year award and Bay of Plenty’s Chase Tiatia the players’ Mitre 10 Cup player of the year award. Ardie Savea has been voted the best...

Fiji draws tough pool in Cape Town

THE Fiji Airways Fijian side has been drawn in a tough pool at the Cape Town 7s this weekend. Defending champions Fiji are the third seed in Pool A which has South Africa, USA and Japan. Pool B has New Zealand, Argentina, Canada and Wales while Pool C is headed by England which also has...

Fiji in 9th spot

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team settled in for the ninth position beating Canada 40-17 in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai yesterday. This is for the first time in 21 years Fiji has missed out in the Cup quarter-finals. Two yellow cards in the first half didn’t help their cause, although they...

8th December

South Africa crowned men’s champions in Dubai

South Africa ended a run of three defeats against New Zealand to win a seventh Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens title at 7he Sevens Stadium on Saturday. The first Cup final meeting between the two nations since South Africa triumphed 24-12 in the desert back in 2017, looked to be heading for a scoreless first...

Waratahs in race for Nakarawa after Fijian star gets sacked by Racing Metro

BRILLIANT Fijian star Leone Nakawara could be a shock signing by the Waratahs for the 2020 season after the skilful lock was sacked by Racing 92 for returning late from the Rugby World Cup. Nakawara, who was a member of the Fijian gold-medal-winning sevens team in Rio in 2016, got back to Paris two weeks...

Valesu rues 7s play

FORMER Fiji 7s halfback Apenisa Valesu says discipline and missed tackles was the cause of Fiji’s early exit during the opening round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series which has resulted in our 7s gladiators missing out on a cup quarterfinal spot in Dubai for the first time in 21 years. “It isn’t the...

7th December

Fiji bows out of Dubai 7s cup competition

DESPITE the 24-14 win against France in their last pool game at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Dubai 7s tournament, the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team failed to progress to the cup quarterfinal stage with France and Argentina going forward from Pool A. A derelict performance filled with indiscipline from Fiji saw them loss...

6th December

Argentina stuns Fiji in Dubai

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s side lost its second pool match 24-21 against Argentina at the Dubai 7s. Tries to Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Aminiasi Tuimaba saw Fiji leading 14-5 at half time. Vilimoni Botitu scored Fiji’s only try in the second spell. Botitu and Waisea Nacuqu were sin binned in the match. Fiji needs a...

Momi receives new uniform from Maika Sivo

MOMI rugby sevens team was boosted with a new pair of uniform donated by NRL’s top try scorer Maika Sivo. Sivo who hails from Momi village in Nadroga, returned to Australia last week after he visited his relatives and surprising his brothers with their new set of jersey. Momi team captain Kitione Nasavuilagi thanked Sivo...

Holiday Skills Camp underway for elite players

MORE than 70 players who were selected from the Deans competition and the Vodafone Kaji competition were part of the Fiji Rugby Union Holiday Skills Camp which will continue throughout the holiday season. Speaking at the training grounds earlier today,  Elite Player Pathway Academy manager Bill Gadolo said there was an abundance of talented young...

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