Rugby

Auckland Storm knocked over a home

The Counties-Manukau Heat have knocked over perennial contenders the Auckland Storm at Eden Park. The Heat have beaten last year’s Farah Palmer Cup runners-up 36-22, after leading 12-5 at halftime. Counties-Manukau picked up a bonus...

Brumbies hang on to win Super Rugby AU title

The ACT Brumbies confirmed their domestic superiority in Australian rugby with a 28-23 victory over the Queensland Reds to clinch the Super Rugby AU title in Canberra. The victory ensured the Brumbies’ third title at Super Rugby level, having won the broader international Super Rugby competition in 2001 and 2004. Hooker Folau Fainga’a, winger Andy...

The Log o’ Wood is on the move

The Ranfurly Shield is returning to Taranaki. Taranaki’s beaten Canterbury 23-22 in an absorbing Shield match in Christchurch, with All Blacks fullback Jordie Barrett kicking the match-winning penalty goal from 50 metres out in the 74th minute. Chiefs flanker Lachlan Boshier then forced a turnover in the closing moments when Canterbury was inside the Taranaki...

Farah Palmer Cup champions run riot

Canterbury’s flexed its muscle in its second game of the Farah Palmer Cup season. The reigning champions have run away with a resounding 85-10 win over Otago in Christchurch, outscoring their southern neighbours 13 tries to two. Canterbury led 47-5 at halftime. The Red and Blacks joined the Wellington Pride at the top of the...

19th September

Pherrus Vanua State of Origin: Eastern State Blues wins opener

The Eastern State Blues walked away with game one in the bag beating Western State Maroons 10-8 during the Pherrus Vanua State of Origin opener at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. The Blues scored a try through Ilisavani Jegesa with centre Jone Nabetelevu adding the conversion and two penalties. Maroons impact substitute centre Meli Nabura...

Namosi defends Farebrother Sullivan Trophy

Namosi defended the Farebrother Sullivan trophy from Nadroga 15-6 at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori this afternoon. The Stallions drew first blood in the third minute of play from fullback Apisalome Waqatabu kicking three points to lead Namosi 3-0. In the 11th minute, Waqatabu extended the lead with an additional three points to put them...

Western State Maroons wins first Pherrus Vanua State of Origin game for westerners

The Western State Maroons women’s team created history clinching game one of the Pherrus Vanua State of Origin beating the Eastern State Blues by 12-4 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon. “We created history today and I could never be prouder of the girls,” said manager Nanise Tuqiri. “To come away from home,...

Farebrother Sullivan trophy: Namosi lead Nadroga at half time break

Namosi lead Nadroga 8-6 in the halftime break at Ratu Cakobau Park for the Farebrother Sullivan trophy challenge. The Stallions obtained their its first points from a successful kick by fullback Apisalome Waqatabu and led Namosi 3-0. In the 11th minute, Waqatabu extended the lead with another three pointer taking them up 6-0. In the...

Skipper Cup: Nadroga U19 defeats Namosi

The Nadroga under 19 team defeated Namosi 14-7 to maintain the lead in the points table on the Skipper Cup competition at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori. Both teams were locked nil-all in the halftime break but the baby Stallions built momentum to award themselves with two tries and Namosi managed one. Nadroga was down...

Warriors unveil multi-national NRLW squad

Five Kiwi Ferns have been named in a multi-national Warriors women’s side to contest the National Rugby League Womens (NRLW) competition. The squad also features Australian rugby league internationals and two Australian Olympic gold medal-winning rugby union sevens players. New Zealand based Madison Bartlett, Georgia Hale, Hilda Peters, Crystal Tamarua and Kanyon Paul are nearing...

‘He could be one of the greats’: Tonga coach lavishes praise on new Wallaby

SYDNEY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2020 (AAP)—Wallabies great Toutai Kefu believes Dave Rennie should roll the dice on a Harry Wilson Test debut in New Zealand next month, declaring the No.8 could be “one of the greats”. Queensland Reds rookie Wilson stormed into Rennie’s first Wallabies squad on Sunday and will vie for a berth in two...

Black Ferns to play opening Rugby World Cup 2021 match at Eden Park

AUCKLAND, 19 SEPTEMBER 2020 (WORLD RUGBY)—World Rugby and hosts New Zealand Rugby (NZR) have today confirmed the Black Ferns will play their opening match of Rugby World Cup 2021 at Auckland’s Eden Park . Eden Park, a venue steeped in Rugby World Cup history having hosted the men’s finals in 1987 and the opening match...

18th September

Skipper Cup: Tailevu leads Lautoka at half time break

Tailevu leads Lautoka 10-0 in the halftime break in the nineth round of the Skipper Cup competition at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori. From the experience of Tailevu fullback Simeli Koniferedi, the home team scored their first try and converted by flyhalf Seru Vaniqi halfway into the first spell. Five minutes later, Vaniqi kicked another...

Ex-Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd accused of mind games by rival after ‘weird comment’

Former Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd has been accused of playing “mind games” by another rival coach in England ahead of the European Champions Cup quarterfinals this weekend. Boyd, Northampton’s director of rugby, criticised European rugby officials after an injury crisis led Northampton to draft in emergency cover because four of their senior loosehead props are...

Former test referee Glen Jackson hired as Fiji assistant for test rugby’s return in Europe

Fiji have appointed three more Kiwi coaches to assist head coach Vern Cotter for Europe’s Autumn Nations Cup in November and December. Crusaders assistant Jason Ryan and former All Black Daryl Gibson, who was with the Crusaders before his last coaching roles with the Waratahs in Sydney, have joined Cotter with ex-Kiwi test referee Glen...

Shooting at Georgia Rugby Union HQ

The vice-president of the Georgia Rugby Union has reportedly been arrested after a shooting at the union’s headquarters in Tbilisi. Merab Beselia is alleged to have shot Ramaz Kharazishvili, the 32-year-old former captain of the Georgian national 7s team in the left leg. Kharazishvili was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery. “Kharazishvili received injuries to...

17th September

Battle of the forwards as scrum a worry for Nadroga in challenge

If there is something the Namosi and Nadroga rugby sides will have to work on before they meet in this weekend’s double header, it’s their front rows and scrum. Namosi will host Nadroga in a repeat of the Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy challenge and Skipper Cup clash this weekend. They faced each other in the first round...

Suva sets benchmark

The Suva rugby team has set its match against Nadroga last weekend as a benchmark to build up to its next game against Yasawa. After its loss to Lautoka in the sixth round, the Capital City side has made some positional changes and a boost in their preparation to prepare them in the second round....

‘Play with pride’

Tui Bua, Ratu Makutu Nagagavoka has reminded the Bua provincial rugby team to never lose sight of God. He said victory came from above. He urged the players to play their best when they take on Ovalau in this weekend’s Vodafone Vanua Championship. He told them to wear their rugby jerseys and “play with pride”...

Call for team’s backing

Nadroga is optimistic of taking the Farebrother Sullivan trophy back to Nakuruvarua after they challenge the holy grail of Fiji rugby from holders Namosi. Confiding all Nadroga supporters, veteran front rower Setefano Somoca said they called all Nadro fans to come and support them on Saturday as they challenge for the trophy. “I urge all...

Time for revenge

The one opportunity for the Nadroga rugby team to avenge its loss against Namosi in the second round of the Skipper Cup and Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy challenge is just around the corner. Expectations, doubts and hopes of the favourite to win the match on Saturday has been a hot topic throughout the week in every household...

Former Wallaby Peter FitzSimons rips Dave Rennie over Bledisloe Cup boycott

Renowned sports columnist Peter FitzSimons has blasted Wallabies coach Dave Rennie for threatening to boycott this year’s Bledisloe Cup due to scheduling complaints. Before Monday’s confirmation that the trans-Tasman series would go ahead next month in New Zealand Rennie said his Wallabies were willing to sit it out unless the scheduling was reconfigured. The Wallabies...

Samoa, Tonga and Niue to feature in league double-header

Samoa, Tonga and Niue are poised to feature in a women’s international rugby league double-header in November pending a drop in Auckland’s Covid-19 alert levels. New Zealand Rugby League announced yesterday the Kiwi Ferns would face Fetū Samoa at Mount Smart Stadium on 7 November as part of the team’s 25th anniversary year, with the...

Dane Coles on board for All Blacks long haul in Australia

The only rugby certainty in sidelined All Black Dane Coles’ mind, for now, is that they’ll play successive Sunday Bledisloe Cup tests in Wellington and Auckland next month. And, ideally, he’ll make his comeback from back and calf injuries in Wellington’s visit to Canterbury on October 3 when they challenge for the Ranfurly Shield – assuming Taranaki...

Rugby’s global debt to Kingsley Jones – the man who kept Lomu in the game

OPINION: The legend of Jonah Lomu would never have materialised without Phil Kingsley Jones. New Zealand Rugby and the All Blacks have a lot to thank the larger-than-life Welshman who passed away this week at the age of 72. So does the rugby world in general. Kingsley Jones saw Lomu’s potential and his faith in the...

16th September

Brothers ready – Mocenacagi, Tabu likely for Nadro’s title challenge

Brothers Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Kavekini Tabu are likely to make their first appearance together for Nadroga in a Farebrother Sullivan Trophy challenge when they play holders Namosi on Saturday. Word from the Nadroga camp is that the brothers have proved themselves during training and have pencilled their names in the starting list for the former...

Suva’s five-year deal

The Suva rugby team is on the right track to defend the Skipper Cup after Ram Sami and Sons Ltd boosted them with $30,000 and a five-year partnership. Last month the union secured an agreement with Ram Sami as major sponsor for Suva and yesterday company director, Prashneel Sami Goundar, said he was obliged to...

All Blacks two Bledisloe Cup tests confirmed for Wellington and Auckland

Dates and venues for the All Blacks two Bledisloe Cup test matches against the Wallabies have been confirmed and neither will clash with New Zealand’s election. The first will be played in Wellington on Sunday October 11 with the second test at Eden Park in Auckland, seven days later. With the New Zealand election on Saturday October 17, the Eden Park...

Super Rugby coaches could run NZ under-20s as Craig Philpott departs

Craig Philpott’s three-year tenure as head of the New Zealand under-20s program is officially over, and New Zealand Rugby could turn to Super Rugby for next year’s campaign. Philpott, whose contract was up this year, has been released by NZ Rugby after Covid-19 shredded this year’s under-20s program, denying him the chance to improve on...

Oceania Rugby Women’s Champs cancelled

The Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship is the latest sporting event to be cancelled because of the Covid-19 outbreak. The announcement comes a week after the regional men’s and women’s sevens championships were also scrapped. Oceania Rugby General Manager Bruce Cook said the health and well-being of players, officials and public remains to be their top...

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