Rugby

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...

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...

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...

6th July

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘Old War Horses’ bond and support for provincial team

Former Nadroga rugby players from the 1970s to date continue to bond and meet every week with one goal and that is to build a foundation of brotherhood and supporting their sons and brothers who will be representing the province in the Skipper and Farebrother championships. Known as the Old War Horses of Nakuruvarua, the...

Reds finally beat Waratahs in tough showdown

Queensland Reds’ next wave have lifted an 11-year curse off the Super Rugby club and kick-started a new chapter in the rivalry after a tough 32-26 defeat of NSW Waratahs to launch Super Rugby AU on Friday. The Reds hadn’t beaten the Waratahs since 2013 and, cruising at 19-7 it looked like they suddenly remembered...

3rd July

7s trio, Ducivaki set for Naitasiri’s campaign

Fiji 7s trio Livai Ikanikoda, Anasa Qaranivalua and Netani Nadavo will join the Naitasiri side for the 2020 Skipper Cup season. Also joining them and adding experience to the forward pack is Romania based Flying Fijians prop forward Mosese Ducivaki. “The Fiji 7s players will join us probably by the second game while Ducivaki missed...

Baber, O’Connor confirm reps transformation

Rugby fans in the country will have the opportutnity to witness their Fiji 7s heroes showcase their talents in the Skipper Cup competition that is bound to kickstart in the next three weeks. After World Rugby cancelled the remaining tournaments in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series because of the pandemic, the Fiji 7s players...

Naitasiri ready

Fiji 7s trio Livai Ikanikoda, Anasa Qaranivalu and Netani Nadavo will join the Naitasiri rugby team for the 2020 Skipper Cup season which kicks off this month. Also joining the three and adding experience to the forward pack is Romania-based Flying Fijians prop forward Mosese Ducivaki. As other provincial teams look to feature a host...

Blues not blindsided by Barrett’s Japan move for 2021

Far from reeling over confirmation of Beauden Barrett’s big-money Japan sabbatical for 2021, the Blues believe they have the depth, quality and resilience to take their star signing’s temporary absence in their stride. Forewarned was forearmed for the Auckland-based Super Rugby franchise in terms of Barrett’s plans. His four-year deal with New Zealand Rugby, signed...

Spencer’s exit adds to Canes woes

OPINION: News of Carlos Spencer’s shock exit from the Hurricanes came out of nowhere. Supporters had little inkling until the Hurricanes announced the ex-All Black first five-eighth, the man charged with adding fire to the team’s attack, had gapped it. The official line this week was that Spencer, who joined the club ahead of the 2019...

All Blacks’ schedule reportedly leaked

The All Blacks’ Bledisloe Cup dates may have been accidentally leaked online, according to a report. An NZME report said that broadcast partner Sky Sport released a tweet promoting upcoming rugby on the channel. The tweet included dates for Super Rugby Aotearoa and Australian Super Rugby competitions, which had games confirmed, however at the bottom...

Chiefs talk up title chances

Some might say the low rumbling noises echoing out of Hamilton are the rivets, wheels and axles pinging off in all directions from the Chiefs’ wagon. Or that it’s the local rugby supporters voicing their discontent as they assess the damage after three rounds of Super Rugby Aotearoa. Assistant coach Tabai Matson views it another...

Eddie Jones keen on Blues star Hoskins Sotutu for England

Eddie Jones is reported to be interested in seeing if rising Blues star Hoskins Sotutu wants to play for England. Sotutu – son of former Blues and Fiji wing Waisake Sotutu – has an English mother, and is technically eligible to choose between three nations at test level. The 21-year-old has set Super Rugby Aotearoa...

Premier League: Champion Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp inspired by ‘impressive’ All Blacks

Champion Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed how the All Blacks inspired him throughout his nearly two-decade career in charge. Ahead of the newly-crowned Premier League champions’ trip to Manchester City on Friday (NZT), Klopp spoke of how New Zealand’s premier sporting team shaped his coaching right from the start when taking over German club...

Blues standout Hoskins Sotutu — a man in demand and All Black in waiting

OPINION: Someone tell Eddie he’s dreaming. Hoskins Sotutu will soon have a cosy new national contract in his back-pocket and will almost certainly be an All Black soon after, which will mean England rugby can continue its search for an athletic, ball-playing, hard-hitting No 8 elsewhere. Reports out of the UK have suggested that England...

2nd July

Union forms old players’ association

Unity in and off the field has been a vital contributing factor to Nadroga’s success in the past years and an association has been formed by former Stallion reps to bond them together and drive the provincial side to glory with the new generation learning from the experienced. The Nadroga Rugby Former Players Association- Waqe...

Nadroga wary of Suva pack

After three months of restrictions in contact sports, the Nadroga rugby team is reinforcing plans for a good provincial rugby season. Union president Tiko Matawalu said they had planned an exciting season and would try to pick up momentum to substitute the lost time because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our campaign for the 2020 season...

Fiji, Japan likely to join Six Nations competition

The Flying Fijians rugby team is expected to join the Six Nations competition with Japan as guest teams in an eight-team tournament later in the year once restrictions are lifted. The Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor sees the opportunity as a breakthrough for Fiji rugby. “We can just confirm that we have...

Ex-Springboks hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle banned for eight years for doping

Former Springboks hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle has been handed an eight-year ban on a doping charge. That effectively ends the career of the 33-year-old who has been a repeat offender. Ralepelle, who captained the Springboks once during a lengthy international career, has the right of appeal but there has been no word whether he will. In...

Dan Carter named alongside Gareth Edwards in rugby ‘Dream Team’

Dan Carter is the third All Blacks great named in former British and Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan’s ‘Dream Team’. The Blues recruit – who will play for his Canterbury club Southbridge on Saturday – is named in the halves alongside Wales and Lions legend Gareth Edwards – the man McGeechan rates as the greatest...

Rugby: Twins in lockdown, Chiefs rally around young dad

The Chiefs are facing some uphill battles in the new Super Rugby season, but for some young players there are even tougher challenges at home. 20-year-old lock Naitoa Ah Kuoi has welcomed twins during the lockdown, so there was no sidestepping the drills and chores and very little time to put his feet up. But...

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