Rugby

23rd March

Salaivalu wins Hong Kong 7s promotion

SALAIVALU Kubutorotoro of Vatukoula is the winner of the Fiji Times Hong Kong 7s promotion. The promotion is part of The Fiji Times 150th anniversary which will be celebrated this year. The Fiji Times marketing...

22nd March

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Two teams in every pool through to first elimination

THE 64 men’s team competition at the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament will complete the first day of the tournament with two teams in every pool progressing to the first elimination. The bottom two will proceed to the bonus games tomorrow to determine their places and the cash prizes they will receive. Meanwhile, the...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: 10-member medics team, med students on standby

THE 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament medical team aims to provide the best medical assistance for the players with its 88-member staff covering the entire premises at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. The event director for medics, Bill Mar, said their priority was the safety of the tournament and he believed his team had...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Results of first round of pool games

A MOMENTARY heavy downpour did not dampen the spirits of the participants of the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament that kicked off at the ANZ Stadium in Suva today. These are the participating teams’ results of the first round of pool games. Results: Navuso 0-10 Gau Kacau Knights Navutulevu Boarders 5-0 Hideaway Natadra Young...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s – Platform to build future stars: Serevi

THE King of Sevens Waisale Serevi labelled the Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament as a platform to build future rugby stars. The 7s maestro was at the team managers and coaches briefing at the Lambert Hall in Flagstaff on Wednesday when he made a statement calling for the organisers to maintain consistency of the 43-...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s kicks off today!

IT’S Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens once again and the annual rugby fiesta is getting bigger and better every year. The tournament has both been the cradle and the crucible of Fijian sevens rugby for the past 43 years. It’s where one day you are a simple villager rubbing shoulders with internationally reputed players and another...

FRU positive about proposed World Rugby Nations Championship format

THE Fiji Rugby Union is very positive and is excited with the proposed format of the World Rugby Nations Championship that will not only include the Flying Fijians but also provide competitions for Tonga and Samoa with meaningful opportunities for promotion and relegation between the proposed three Tiers of the competition. FRU chairman Commander Francis...

John Wesley U19 skipper banks on team strength

THE John Wesley College Under 19 team captain, Josese Vinaka, is banking on a strong team bond to be a boost in their performance in the Vodafone Fiji National Rugby League Secondary Schools quarterfinals that will be held in Tavua this Saturday. The 18-year-old from Ovalau said it would not be an easy challenge, especially...

Rugby – Australia winger Naivalu to join Stade Francais after World Cup

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia winger Sefa Naivalu has signed a three-year deal with French Top 14 side Stade Francais and will leave the Queensland Reds at the end of the Super Rugby season. Stade posted the signing on their website(stade.fr). The Fiji-born 27-year-old has scored five tries in 10 appearances for the Wallabies and played...

21st March

Wales to begin Six Nations defence against Italy in 2020

(Reuters) – Wales will begin their Six Nations title defence against Italy next February after the fixtures for the 2020 and 2021 editions were announced on Wednesday. The Welsh team, who hammered Ireland 25-7 to claim a first Grand Slam since 2012, will be coached by New Zealander Wayne Pivac for the next Six Nations,...

Fiji Rugby excited by proposed Nations Championship

SUVA, 21 MARCH 2019 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The Fiji Rugby Union is positive and excited at the proposed format of the World Rugby Nations Championship, which is set to include the Flying Fijians in a new global competition alongside the best teams in the world. FRU Chairman Commander Francis Kean and CEO John O’Connor attended...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: First time for Kadavu players

THE Natabugana rugby 7s team from Dagai Village on Kadavu dubbed the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament as Fiji’s Hong Kong 7s because of the excitement and the history of the event. Participating in the Marist tournament for the first time, the players and officials made it an effort for three months to feature in...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Naibuka chases dream

THEY say you follow your dreams and one day it will come to reality. Ratu Naibuka Vaude Malu said he would never give up in trying to live his passion with the oval ball, with age catching up, he aims to achieve what he wanted — a rugby contract overseas. His journey with rugby started...

Pacific rugby make giant changes

RUGBY in the Pacific continues to make giant changes with the inclusion of the first three officers in the Oceania Region to be accredited as World Rugby Judicial Officers (WRJO). Two of the new appointments are women. Fiji international lawyer Ana Tuiketei and Samoa former attorney-general Brenda Heather-Latu have broken barriers in what is deemed...

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee having discussions with Fiji Airways 7s coach Gareth Baber during their team training at the Leichhardt Oval ground in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday, January 24, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Fijians to test Rugby World Cup venue in Japan

FLYING Fijians head coach John McKee looks forward to having an early taste of one of their 2019 Rugby World Cup match venues when they play Japan during the Pacific Nations Cup at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium in Iwate in Japan. “We are really looking forward to that,” McKee said. “It is a great...

Fiji 7s eyes fifth title

THE Fiji Airways Fiji Sevens team has to play all its games as a final if they hope to secure a fifth consecutive Hong Kong 7s title as well as the HSBS World Rugby Sevens Series. “Nothing comes tougher than Hong Kong,” said Fiji sevens coach Gareth Baber as the team went through a hectic...

Nothing comes tougher than Hong Kong: Baber

THE Fiji Airways Fiji Sevens team has to play every next game as a final if they hope to secure a fifth consecutive Hong Kong 7s title as well as the HSBS World Sevens Series. “Nothing comes tougher than Hong Kong,” said Fiji Sevens coach Gareth Baber as the team had a hectic 12 kilometre...

20th March

Oceania rugby U20 championship to begin next month

THE Oceania Rugby U20 Championship will take place at Bond University on Australia’s Gold Coast over three rounds next month from April 26 to 4 May 2019. According to World Rugby, the tournament will feature the Junior Wallabies, New Zealand U20, Japan U20 and Fiji U20 teams. “The Oceania Rugby U20s Championship serves to provide...

Delta successfully defends Bougainville cup

NADI based Delta successfully defended the Bougainville cup against LFC of Suva 16-6 at Prince Charles Park this afternoon. The host led 3-0 at the break before scoring two tries in the second spell to keep their hopes alive. Tough defence was the key factor that led to Delta’s win preventing the visitors to cross...

Kacau Knights to fly high

GAU Kacau Knights will be playing in to the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament this weekend in full force. The team had been competing in local tournaments since January this year as part of their buildup to the much anticipated sevens this weekend. Team manager Mosese Lewanavanua said the team was made up of...

Russia 7s team prepares in Fiji for Hong Kong 7s

THE Russia 7s team will be using the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament to prepare for the upcoming Hong Kong Sevens tournament. The Waisale Serevi-coached team held its first scrimmage session with Somosomo Sharks yesterday at Albert Park in Suva. Team manager Aleksandr Tsvetkov said the team was excited to be able to use...

19th March

Flying Fijians remain in 9th position

THE Fiji Airways Flying Fijians remain in ninth spot in the latest World Rugby rankings released today. The only change to the top ten sees Six Nations winner Wales move up to second relegating Ireland to third. New Zealand remain the number one team in the world.

Combine program to boost local rugby players

TWENTY-SIX players are currently part of the World Rugby Pacific Combine program which began its first training session today at Buckhurst Park in Suva. The World Rugby Pacific Combine team program aims at grooming talented Pacific island players for professional contracts overseas. Team head coach Chris Hickey who is also former NSW Warratahs coach said...

Boost for Fijians

FOURTEEN Fiji Warriors players have been selected into the World Rugby Pacific Combine team. The team will assist local players secure overseas contracts in 2019. After a successful round of the World Rugby Pacific Challenge Cup that ended over the weekend, the general manager of the High Performance World Rugby Peter Horne and Pacific Combine...

18th March

‘We still can win’ – Serevi supports Fiji in 7s campaign

FIJI 7s wizard and Russia national 7s coach Waisale Serevi reassured the people of Fiji to keep supporting the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team saying it is not the end of the world and the series is not yet over. “We have lost the last leg in Las Vegas and Vancouver but it is not...

Aviators duo for Warriors final trials

NADI Aviators rugby league players Roela Radiniyavuni and Jiowana Sauto are just few steps away from becoming the first Fijian female to feature at the NRL competition. The former Fijiana 7s reps departed the country last week to join the Vodafone Warriors NRL Women’s side for final trials selection to determine their squad for the...

17th March

Russia 7s team here to build on experience

FIJI 7s maestro Waisale Serevi is back after 30 years in his first major international coaching stint as the head of the Russia national men’s team which will compete at the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament this weekend. “Thirty years ago in1989 was my first trip to go out of Fiji, to play in...

Fourth victory

THE Swire Shipping Fiji Warriors team has done it again. This time recording its fourth consecutive title win in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge. The Fijians beat Samoa A 48-15 in the last round of the tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. The first 10 minutes of the opening half was a test...

Nawaka 7s final called off

THE much anticipated Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s final between Know Your Neighbour Police White and Waimanu was called off last night becasuse of poor lighting at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park. Tournament official Jeff Tamata said the game was called off and the two teams would share the main prizemoney. “It is beyond our control and...

16th March

Fiji Warriors successfully defends Pacific Challenge cup

THE Swire Shipping Fiji Warriors successfully defended the World Rugby Pacific Challenge after defeating Samoa A 48-16 this afternoon. The Fijians won the challenge for the 4th year in a row. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama presented the Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors their World Rugby Pacific Challenge cup following their impressive win  at the ANZ National...

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