Rugby

Dolokoto ready to give his best for Fiji

FIJI’S Mesulame Dolokoto is ready to give his best for his country when he dons the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians jersey in Japan during the Rugby World Cup next month. One of the youngest rep...

Four Fijians named in Wallabies for 2019 RWC

WALLABIES coach Michael Cheika has named four Fijian players in his 2019 Rugby World Cup team. After some powerful performance for their clubs and Australia during the Super Rugby, Rugby Championship and Bledisloe trophy competitions, hardworking number eight Isi Naisarani will join fellow countrymen and backline players Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete and Tevita Kuridrani in...

Naqelevuki says Flying Fijians RWC squad very competitive

FORMER Fiji 7s and 15s rugby team utility back Sireli Naqelevuki rates the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad to the Rugby World Cup to be very competitive unlike any other Fijian side. The former Super Rugby Stormers winger said in past years, Fiji had always lacked in certain areas as a team but there are...

$2.54m to boost Flying Fijians RWC preparation

THE Fiji National Sports Commission chairperson Peter Mazey presented a cheque for $2,546,000 to the Fiji Rugby Union for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad to prepare for the Rugby World Cup in Japan next month. Present during the sponsorship at the ANZ Stadium was the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee and...

Flying Fijian Veitokani counts his blessing

ALIVERETI Veitokani recalled a few years back when he was playing local rugby 7s and 15s competition hoping to don the national Flying Fijians jersey but he never thought that moment was around the corner. As the former Fijian Drua flyhalf ran his way through the development stages of Fiji rugby until he gained a...

Olympian Mata sets RWC target

OLYMPIC gold medallist Viliame Mata wants to open another page to his own piece of history to be part of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team that will create wonders in the Rugby World Cup in Japan next month. The Yasawa lad was part of the historical Fiji rugby 7s team that won the gold...

Skipper Radrodro expects team to step up and defend title

FIJI Airways Fijian Drua’s new captain Eremasi Radrodro expects the team to step up in their bid to defend the National Rugby Championship title. Radrodro replaces Mosese Voka who has been named in the Flying Fijians squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup. The 31-year-old has a wealth of experience having played for the Flying...

Rugby: England’s Te’o to join Toulon as World Cup cover

LONDON (Reuters) – Ben Te’o has agreed a short-term deal with Toulon following his omission from England’s Rugby World Cup squad, the French Top 14 club said on Wednesday. England coach Eddie Jones left the centre out of his 31-man squad last week, and Te’o will now be unavailable for selection as an injury replacement...

Contentious North try prompts World Rugby rule change

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World Rugby has changed a rule governing restarts in the wake of George North’s contentious try for Wales in their 13-6 win over England in Cardiff on Saturday. Wales winger North scored in the 34th minute while England had yet to send on a temporary replacement for scrumhalf Willi Heinz, who had...

22nd August

FRU presented $2.54m cheque for Flying Fijians RWC preparation

FIJI National Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey presented a cheque of $2,546,000 to the Fiji Rugby Union for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad to the Rugby World Cup in Japan next month. Present at the sponsorship at the ANZ Stadium was the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians head coach, John McKee, and Fiji Rugby Union...

Rugby clinic attracts young rugby enthusiasts

RUGBY Academy Fiji Milo Holiday Clinic drew in a large crowd of young rugby enthusiasts during its one-week program at the Albert Park in Suva today. Rugby Academy Fiji founder Seremaia Bai said he was pleased with the development of the sport in the country as more organisations and groups organised rugby clinics for young...

Nadroga continues commitment with Clermont

AFTER joining Clermont at the end of 2014 in the Top 14 French rugby competition, Alivereti Raka has never looked back. He was one of the players who went through the Nadroga rugby system. The winger who is part of the France team to the Rugby World Cup in Japan this year had a one-month...

Seniloli confident of good RWC outing

FIJI Airways Flying Fijians halfback Henry Seniloli is confident of putting up a good performance for his country as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup next which will be held in Japan next month. The 30-year-old said his main motivation was his family and his yearn to represent Fiji in the World Cup. “I...

Caucau: Do your country proud

FORMER Flying Fijians winger Rupeni Caucau believes Fiji can create upsets at the upcoming Rugby World Cup and return home with a positive result. Caucau, who played at the 2003 RWC congratulated the 32 players named by coach John McKee but reminded them to do their country proud. “The message to them is that they...

Wallabies legends share spirit of rugby

APIA, 22 AUGUST 2019 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – Australian Wallabies legends continued their tour of Samoa on Tuesday in Upolu, spreading the spirit of rugby with a visit to Samoa Primary School. Pa’u Iakopo, Principal of Samoa Primary School, welcomed former Wallaby internationals Justin Harrison, Morgan Turinui and Lote Tuqiri to the school, where a coaching...

RWC 2019 set for broadcast innovation and records

TOKYO, 22 AUGUST 2019 (WORLD RUGBY) – With one month to go until Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, Asia’s first tournament will set new standards in rugby broadcast production, providing a record global footprint and attracting new fans and showcasing the sport in higher quality than ever before. Underscoring its mission to grow the...

21st August

Fit-again Vunipola eager for England return against Ireland

(Reuters) – England prop Mako Vunipola is yearning to make his long-awaited comeback in Saturday’s World Cup warm-up match against Ireland after recovering form a hamstring injury that had sidelined him for three months. Vunipola was injured in Saracens’ Champions Cup final win over Leinster in May and the 28-year-old required surgery that ruled him...

Fijian Drua resumes training

THE Fiji Airways Fijian Drua resumed their second week of training in Nadi this afternoon ahead of the opening fixture National Rugby Championship against Brisbane City at the GPS Rugby Club ground in Brisbane next Saturday. Fijian Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula expects a tougher challenge to defend their NRL title this year. The 33-member squad...

Navy wins Bainimarama Cup seven years in a row

NAVY defeated Republic of the Fiji Military Force 3FIR 20-16 to win the Bainimarama Cup for the seventh time at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks ground today. Manager Osea Natuva said it was a good win after the disappointment of the Escott Shield where they lost to the same team. “We salute 3FIR for always giving...

Oceania Cup a catalyst to propel rugby union among tier nations

PORT MORESBY, 21 AUGUST 2019 (POST COURIER) – Rugby union among tier three countries like Papua New Guinea is set for re-growth. Oceania Rugby Competitions Manager Wayne Schuster who is in Port Moresby to assist stage the Oceania Cup in a four-prong challenge between Niue, Solomon Islands, debutant Nauru and the Papua New Guinea Pukpuks...

School teacher confident with Fiji’s 2019 RWC squad

SCHOOL teacher Matia Loga spent the afternoon (yesterday) with his kids at the Albert Park in Suva to observe the 31 Fiji Airways Flying Fijians who will be representing the country to the World Cup. The 49-year-old teacher spent most of his time following the national side in previous Rugby World Cups and he was...

Lomani’s journey

FIJI Airways Flying Fijians first choice halfback Frank Lomani still rates Nikola Matawalu as the best halfback in the field as he uses the opportunity to learn from him building up towards the Rugby World Cup next month. Lomani has been the first choice scrum-half for the head coach John McKee in the past few...

Vugakoto’s dream come true

YOUNGEST of the lot, Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto says it is a dream come true to be picked in the final 2019 Rugby World Cup squad after a tough two months of fighting for a spot with the 42-member Flying Fijians extended squad. The 21-year-old hooker said he knew the responsibility that lay ahead of him...

20th August

Flying Fijians: Matavesi says Fiji can win

FLYING Fijians hooker Sam Matavesi believes the Flying Fijians have what it takes to beat the Wallabies in their opening 2019 Rugby World Cup match. “Of course we have what it takes,” Matavesi said. The All Blacks beat the Wallabies last weekend,” Matavesi said that he also watched. “As a group we watched it and...

Flying Fijians: Ready for Japan

FIJI 7s Olympic Gold medallist Semi Kunatani says the team has a chance to create history as he and his fellow Flying Fijians look to stamp their mark in this year’s Rugby World Cup. “We want to create history you know,” said Kunatani. “Because the opportunity only comes once and our target is just that,...

Flying Fijians: Tough challenge helps Mawi

FLYING Fijians prop Eroni Mawi says the battle in the front row has forced players to dig deep with his front forwards fighting it out for the five spots on offer. “It has definitely been competitive,” said Mawi. With players such as Campese Ma’afu, Manasa Saulo, Peni Ravai, Lee-Roy Atalifo and Kalivati Tawake, Mawi said...

Flying Fijians: Focus on Australia

THE Flying Fijians have picked up their pace as training intensifies with only 32 days left until the Rugby World Cup in Japan. “It is a very important week,” said head coach John McKee. “We have talked about the responsibility that goes with selection and our team culture,” McKee also said with their final Test...

19th August

Vatubua’s dream

FLYING Fijians centre three-quarters Jale Vatubua will be out to collect Wallabies scalps when Fiji meets Australia in their opening match of the Rugby World Cup at Sapporo Dome in Japan next month. “For me personally it’s Australia,” Vatubua said. A personal affair, Vatubua said he hadn’t forgotten his debut game for the Flying Fijians...

Talks underway to merge school tournaments

AN idea of merging the Vodafone Super Deans Rugby Championship and Vodafone Rugby Kaji Festival finals was discussed unofficially by the two unions during the Fiji National Kaji Rugby Festival in Sigatoka last week. Under the sponsorship of Vodafone for both competitions and assisted by the Fiji Rugby Union, the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union...

18th August

Goneva tops scoring list

VETERAN Flying Fijian Vereniki Goneva has credited his teammates throughout the years and that has allowed him to become the top try-scorer in Fiji rugby history. Goneva scored the lone try in the 10-3 win over Manu Samoa last weekend in their last Pacific Nations Cup match propelling him into the Fiji Rugby Union history...

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