Rugby

Wayne Smith is the man to halt dull England’s fall into mediocrity

England kicked long. It was the 32nd minute, and they had been kicking with too much length and insufficient height for much of the initial half-hour. The plan was to pummel the masterly Springbok full...

Black Ferns, All Blacks player of the year nominees announced

Rugby World Cup winners Ruahei Demant, Theresa Fitzpatrick, Stacey Fluhler and Sarah Hirini will vie for the Black Ferns player of the year trophy at the national rugby awards. The four are among a swath of nominations released on Monday for the awards, which will be held on Thursday, December 8, and will be broadcast...

Vota: It’ll be tough

SWIRE Shipping Fijian Drua centre Apisalome Vota believes next year’s Super Rugby competition will tough because of the Rugby World Cup in France. Vota, who is in camp with the Drua preparing for the 2023 Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific competition, said preparations for the off-season had started well. “It’s going well compared to...

Brown’s return sees Police lift Sukuna Bowl

Police rugby team captain James Brown says this year’s FMF Ratu Sukuna Bowl win is something he wanted badly after sitting out last year’s loss to Army. Brown led his side to a 19-11 victory over the men from Delainabua at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva last Friday. Last year, Brown was undergoing basic...

2023 Fijian Drua squad named

Fiji 7s players Iosefo Masi and Elia Canakaivata have been named in the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua side for the 2023 season. The duo was part of the 38-mmeber squad named today in Nadi. Coach Mick Byrne did not make many changes to the squad that played the first season with only five new players....

Jones again blames himself for England woes as patience grows thin

LONDON (Reuters) – England coach Eddie Jones again faulted himself after his team subsided to a dispiriting 27-13 defeat by South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday and most fans would for once agree. The period until next year’s Six Nations will be one of dread and exasperation for England fans, as they wonder if and...

27th November

Jack’s Dream to pay Mum’s Sacrifice

A MAN’S achievements are made possible by the support and work of a woman and the adage behind every great man is a great woman rings true for Jack Volavola. The police officer from Nadroga helped his Police side to a famous 19-11 victory over the Army during the FMF Ratu Sukuna Bowl rugby competition...

Bok coach Nienaber revels in forward dominance following England win

LONDON (Reuters) – South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber says the platform for the 27-13 victory over England in their autumn international at Twickenham on Saturday was laid by a powerful performance from his forwards in which they subdued the home team’s pack. The Springboks scored tries through wing Kurt-Lee Arendse and lock Eben Etzebeth, and...

Dominion Takes U21 Crown

DOMINION Brothers won its eighth title in the under-21 grade in tournaments they have taken part in this year. They defeated Saqani Brothers 10-7 in the final of the 15th Fiji Bitter Wairiki 7s carnival on Taveuni. Captain Aquino Savenaca said despite the lack of financial support, they still managed to make it through. “We...

Fijian Drua Go Hi-Tech

A leading ICT company will provide tech systems requirements for the Fijian Drua after signing on as the franchise’s official systems partner. VT Solutions and the Fijian Drua signed a three-year partnership deal this week which will see the company assist the franchise with all its tech systems requirements. This includes fitting out the Drua’s...

‘Mr Nitro’ Finding His Feet

FLYER Alasio Naduva will fight for his spot in the starting team for the HSBC World Rugby Dubai 7s tournament next weekend. The 32-year-old said he was happy to get back into the Fiji 7s squad. “For the last two years I was in Sinai for peacekeeping duties but now that I’m back in the...

Many Lessons Learnt

FIJI 7s coach Ben Gollings says the team has learnt many lessons from the Hong Kong 7s earlier this month. The side went down 17-20 to Australia in the dying stages of the final. A win would have seen Fiji set a record of six consecutive titles at Hong Kong. Gollings has included speedster Alasio...

Ben Sets Target

FIJI 7s coach Ben Gollings has taken the challenge of finishing at the top of the HSBC World Rugby Dubai 7s next weekend. Gollings said they were in a tough pool with Argentina, New Zealand and Uruguay. He said the matches would be physical. “They are three very similar teams,” Gollings said. “But I think...

Former Scotland lock Weir dead at 52 after long illness

(Reuters) -Former Scotland lock Doddie Weir has died aged 52 after battling motor neurone disease (MND) for the last six years, his family said on Saturday. Edinburgh-born Weir, who won 61 caps from 1990-2000, revealed his diagnosis in 2017 to raise awareness of the condition. “Doddie was an inspirational force of nature,” his family said...

Bati Scores London Deal

FIJI Bati halfback Henry Raiwalui has scored himself a contract with the London Broncos where he will be playing next year. The 33-year-old helped Fiji reach the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World Cup where they fell short against New Zealand. The London Broncos play in the Rugby League Federation Championship. Raiwalui has won 12...

Willemse stars as Springboks beat wretched England 27-13

LONDON (Reuters) -South Africa half-backs Damian Willemse and Faf de Klerk put England to the sword on Saturday with a relentless drum beat of drop goals, penalties and try assists in a 27-13 victory, that ended the hosts’ patchy autumn series on a decided downer. Tries for Kurt-Lee Arendse and Eben Etzebeth helped the visitors...

Boost For Uluinakau 7s

THE 12th Kombat Uluinakau Rugby 7s tournament received a timely boost with Pratap’s Civil and Asphalt Quarries Ltd coming on board as the sponsor for the Fellow Fijian competition. The tournament is scheduled to be played at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori from December 2-3. Pratap’s Civil and Asphalt Quarries Ltd managing director Suresh Pratap...

26th November

Mending ties: Banned Player Tales on New Role.

A RUGBY player banned for punching a referee two years ago is making amends for his actions and has decided to take up the whistle. Keresi Maya was a player with a promising future – he was a lock forward for the Naitasiri under-19 team, played for the Fiji U18 team and was earmarked for...

Ratu Sukuna Bowl Briefs

Male voices THE song “Cori Mada Na Noqu Salusalu” echoed around the HFC Bank Stadium as the cheering squad from the Army side harmonised the famous peacemaking mission hymn. Turnout THIS year’s Ratu Sukuna Bowl competition differs from the past with the turnout of fans. About 3000 fans braved the hot weather to witness the...

Tuberi nails late winner for Bears

THE Army Bears have interchange player Peni Tuberi to thank after his field goal allowed the men from Delainabua to take home the FMF Ratu Sukuna Bowl rugby league title from holders Police Sharks. Tuberi’s 30-metre drop goal for the 15-14 victory in front of a big crowd at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva...

Matarugu savours win for Army women ruggers

LIVEWIRE hooker Vika Matarugu led her side to a historic victory for the Army side in the first women’s rugby competition for the Ratu Sukuna Bowl at the HFC Bank Stadium yesterday. Army won 13-7. The Fijiana Drua player and member of the Fijiana 15s team at the Women’s Rugby World Cup this year was...

Wairiki Briefs

Prayer breaks IT was good to see the games being stopped for 12pm and 6pm prayers. It was something new for the Suva teams. Since the tournament is being hosted at the Wairiki Parish grounds, prayers are compulsory. Infringements A TOTAL of 25 yellow cards were issued in the first three days of the rugby...

Title to change hands

A NEW champion will be crowned during this year’s 15th Fiji Bitter Wairiki 7s carnival on Taveuni. Last year’s winners Tabadamu pulled out in the last minute because of unforeseen circumstances. Tournament co-ordinator Ioane Gade said a shift in the dates had an impact on the preparation of the tournament. “It is very disappointing that...

South African gets a taste of Fijian 7s Rugby

SOUTH African Ethan Vandermerue now has a better understanding as to why Fiji is crazy about 7s rugby. A scuba diver by profession, the 20-year-old from Cape Town is on holiday on Taveuni and heard about the 15th Fiji Bitter Wairiki 7s carnival was being staged on the island. After a few requests to be...

Home teams through to quarter-finals

RAIWASA Taveuni and Naselesele Rams will lead the charge for the home teams when the quarter-finals of the 15th Fiji Bitter Wairiki 7s carnival kicks off today on Taveuni. They will be joined by last year’s finalists Wardens, Police Blue, Police while, Uluinakau Babaas, DXC Westfield Barbarians and the Lavidi Brothers side from Kadavu. The...

Team to work on discipline

PLAYERS of the Tagimoucia Ranadi women’s 7s team will need to work on their discipline after copping two red cards for allegedly starting a fight. The team from Nadi will play against Savusavu Women in the final of the women’s competition at the 15th Fiji Bitter Wairiki 7s carnival on Taveuni today. In pool play,...

Freeman, Coles start

LONDON – England’s Tommy Freeman will start as right wing against South Africa in their final November test on Saturday (Sunday Fiji time) while Alex Coles comes in as blindside flanker in the team named by coach Eddie Jones. Freeman has been in the training squad throughout November and finally gets his chance to add...

Injury-hit Wallabies make 8 changes

CARDIFF – Ben Donaldson will start at flyhalf for an injury-hit Australia for the first time in Saturday’s (Sunday Fiji time) test against Wales in Cardiff as coach Dave Rennie made eight alterations to the side that lost to Ireland last week. The Wallabies are without seven players due to injury – Michael Hooper, Andrew...

Injury Crisis Probe

MELBOURNE – Rugby Australia will probe the Wallabies’ “unprecedented” injury toll as part of its season-ending review as Dave Rennie’s side limp into their final test against Wales on Saturday (Sunday Fiji time). Seven Wallabies players have been ruled out of the Cardiff clash, with stalwart flanker Michael Hooper failing a concussion test and set...

24th November

Australia to probe ‘unprecedented’ injury crisis, Hooper ruled out

MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Rugby Australia will probe the Wallabies’ “unprecedented” injury toll as part of its season-ending review as Dave Rennie’s side limp into their final test against Wales on Saturday. Seven Wallabies players have been ruled out of the Cardiff clash, with stalwart flanker Michael Hooper failing a concussion test and set to follow the...

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