Rugby

Tinai, Ragamate, Bai, Tuivuaka in series campaign

Fijian 7s legends Ilai Tinai and Joji Ragamate are leading the race to the inaugural Fiji Rugby Union Super Sevens Series. What was established late last year to prepare Fijians in the abbreviated code during...

All Black Karl Tu’inukuafe opens up about weight loss, and the fear his family would lose him

Was it fame? The money? Was it an insatiable pull to the rugby pitch that brought All Black prop Karl Tu’inukuafe​ back to the game? No, he says it was his family. Tu’inukuafe​ takes us for a drive in his 25-year-old Toyota Corona when we meet him at the Blues headquarters in Auckland. In the...

18th January

Former All Black Tamati Ellison links up with Crusaders coaching staff

Former All Black Tamati Ellison has joined the Crusaders coaching staff for the 2021 Super Rugby season. Ellison, 37, will fill the coaching position vacated by Welshman Mark Jones, and will assist with team defence and position-specific player development. It is the same position role Andrew Goodman did before getting elevated to assistant when Ronan...

Ball booted into touch after train horn mistaken for halftime hooter in rugby derby

Edinburgh halfback Nic Groom has retained his sense of humour despite mistaking a passing train’s horn blast for the halftime hooter in a PRO 14 rugby derby. Groom – a South African who once played Super Rugby – booted the ball out of bounds with 30 seconds remaining in the first half of Edinburgh’s 23-22...

16th January

Top 7s battle

The stage is set for the first Fiji Rugby Super 7s Series which kicks off next week at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. The two-day tournament on January 22-23 is the first leg of the new series. In a statement this week0, Fiji Rugby Union CEO, John O’Connor said arrangements with the Fiji Sports Council in...

A Londoner’s view: Why Kane Williamson is the best batsman in the world

There were no fireworks and no fanfare. There were no viral retweets of him shadow-batting in his hotel room nor were there any slick promotional posts on his Instagram account. But Kane Williamson walked off the Hagley Oval having just guided New Zealand to number one in the test match rankings for the first time...

Tony Smith, the Kiwis fullback banned from rugby union, who never lost his zest for sport

One-test Kiwis fullback Tony Smith never lost his love of sport despite missing out on a rugby league test jersey and team photograph and being banned from playing rugby union for life. The retired North Canterbury farmer died last Monday, aged 81, after a short illness. Smith – aided by his late wife Chris –...

Super Rugby: Chiefs’ plan to ease workload on All Blacks captain Sam Cane

The Chiefs are set to revert to a co-captaincy model for their 2021 Super Rugby season in order to ease the workload on All Blacks skipper Sam Cane. Fresh off a first year in charge of the national side, Cane is still going to lead the Chiefs, but is set to be relieved of sole...

15th January

Super Rugby: James O’Connor’s blunt message for star Reds recruit Suliasi Vunivalu

When Suliasi Vunivalu met James O’Connor for the first time, the star playmaker had a simple message for the flying Fijian. “He’s just been telling me to stay on my hip, so he can feed the big winger on the inside,” Vunivalu said. Queensland Reds and Wallabies fans can expect to see plenty of the...

Covid-19: Japanese Top League postponed until next month after 62 positive tests

Japanese fans will have to wait until next month to get their first look at All Black Beauden Barrett in the Top League, after 62 players and staff across six teams tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, two days after a couple of games were scrapped, the start of the new season – slated...

14th January

FRU to introduce tag rugby

In its bid to strengthen rugby development at the grassroots level the Fiji Rugby Union has agreed that for Kaji Rugby they will introduce a tag competition in the first term of school. Chief executive officer John O’Connor during his media conference at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay Resort on Saturday said it would start...

Stallions ready to race

Nadroga Rugby Union will start the 2021 season by competing in the Fiji Rugby Union inaugural Super Sevens Series at Lawaqa Park next weekend and the Jetset 10s tournament in Nadi on January 29-30. Union president Tiko Matawalu said 2021 would be an important season because it would start on a clean slate. “We do...

Women’s Six Nations postponed, men’s competition to go ahead as scheduled: RFU

(Reuters) – This year’s Women’s Six Nations has been postponed for logistical and safety reasons amid the COVID-19 pandemic but the men’s competition will take place as scheduled, England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Wednesday. The women’s tournament, which was due to begin on Feb. 6, will be played later this spring or early...

Boost for Rewa ruggers

Rewa-Based players should expect tough competition from top teams around the country when they run out at the Burebasaga 7s at Burebasaga school ground. The tournament starts tomorrow and continues on Saturday. Burebasaga school manager and tournament organiser Wame Naivalu said the main purpose of the tournament was to help in the completion of some...

Down memory lane with the Pacific Islanders rugby team

A Combined Pacific Islanders dream of playing competitive rugby against big names — the All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies materialised in 2004. The Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance (PIRA) was formed in 2003, and its team, the Pacific Islanders, was drawn from Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, created so much interest on their tour. Despite losing every...

Mokani 7s to capitalise on grassroots rugby developments

As anticipated, the 2021 Fiji Bitter Mokani 7s will have a new champion. According to Mokani Rugby association president Seremaia Vueti, the current defenders Tabadamu have missed out on an opportunity to defend their title again. “We don’t have any top teams participating in this year’s tournament,” Vueti said. “Majority of the teams that we...

England prop Sinckler to miss Six Nations opener with Scotland due to suspension

(Reuters) – England prop Kyle Sinckler will miss their Six Nations opener against Scotland after being hit with a two-week ban for swearing at a match referee, the Rugby Football Union said on Wednesday. Sinckler appeared before a citing panel and was found guilty of “failing to accept the authority of the match official” after...

Playing rugby in Japan: ‘It’s no longer just about the money’

Former Crusaders and Wallabies coach Robbie Deans believes foreign players are no longer just in Japan to line their pockets. The Japan domestic rugby competition starts this weekend and again there will be a large contingent of foreign players involved including many New Zealanders. Beauden Barrett has taken a sabbatical in Japan this year, joining...

13th January

Super League club to fundraise to avoid ‘bleak future’ for injured Kiwi prop Mose Masoe

An English Super League club is stepping up a fundraising drive to help Kiwi prop Mose Masoe and his family avoid “a bleak future’’ after his career-ending spinal injury. The 31-year-old Hull Kingston Rovers captain was left temporarily paralysed after injuring his neck in a tackle in January 2020. Mose is now walking with the...

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