Rugby

Rugby player detained in Nadi

AN overseas-based rugby player has been arrested and placed in isolation at Nadi Hospital after he had violated the 14-day self- quarantine required for every person disembarking from international flights. In his press conference yesterday...

FRU disappointed with two players

THE Fiji Rugby Chief Executive Officer John O’Connor, has strongly condemned and expressed great disappointment towards the actions and behavior of two rugby players who are believed to have returned to Fiji recently and failed to follow lawful instructions regarding self-isolation to protect other Fijians at risk of catching COVID 19. “We strongly condemn the...

4th April

Family time for Terio

FIJI 7s player Terio Tamani believes the current COVID-19 predicament has been a blessing in disguise which allowed him to focus more time on matters close to his heart, his family. “When you give a lot of time representing the nation, it is great to spend quality time at home with those who matter most,”Tamani...

Ratuniyarawa resigns with Northampton Saints

FLYING Fijian lock forward Api Ratuniyarawa has resigned to stay on with the Northampton Saints franchise for the English Premiership division. The veteran from Nadroga, hopes in his remaining with the club, they can defend the Premiership title which they currently hold. “The club has really developed since I arrived, especially within the squad with...

3rd April

In the line of duty

FIJI 7s men’s team forward Suliano Volivoli isn’t only a representative at the HSBC World Sevens Series but also a frontline in the fight against COVID-19 in the country. The Police officer changed uniform after he returned from his debut in the Las Angeles 7s last month from theinternational rugby arena to the streets of...

Rugby unions engage in crisis talks as Covid-19 pandemic rips through sport

The coronavirus pandemic has left rugby on its knees over the last two weeks and there is the prospect of more pain to come because of the uncertainty over whether leagues, tours and international competitions can resume or go ahead USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy. New Zealand Rugby has slashed staff salaries. The Australians...

2nd April

Why Wales rugby fans still love Jonah Lomu

The late, great Jonah Lomu is still fondly remembered in Wales for giving away boots, a ghetto blaster, a sofa and a television to teammates during a short stint with the Cardiff Blues. The All Blacks legend left an indelible impression after 10 games with Cardiff in 2005. The Wales Online website has published a feature...

Steve Hansen urges rugby post-coronavirus to make most of second shot at global season

Former All Blacks coach Sir Steve Hansen believes rugby will get a second crack at a true global season post the COVID-19 pandemic and he’s calling on the sport not to drop the ball this time. Hansen was a special guest on the most recent “Pick up the Pace” podcast out of Wellington and during...

Manumā Samoa test negative for Covid-19 during extended stay in NZ

A Samoan national representative rugby team is having an extended stay in New Zealand after being caught in the lockdown on their way home from Australia. The Manumā Samoa had gone into self-isolation in Auckland after returning from their Rapid Rugby season opener in Perth last March. However once New Zealand’s lockdown was implemented and...

1st April

Deferment to help Baber prepare

FORMER Fiji 7s coach Peni Veidreyaki says the deferment of the Tokyo Olympics is a blessing in disguise for national coach Gareth Baber in his bid to formulate a winning combination to defend the gold medal which the side won at the 2016 Rio Games. The 68-year-old from Namoli was coach of the national team...

Sotutu follow dad’s footsteps

MARK the name Sotutu. RugbyPass reported Hoskins Sotutu could have been another immensely innately talented rugby player who shone like a star then fizzled out as soon as he hit the big leagues. He is following the footsteps of his dad, a former national representative of the Flying Fijians and was part of the 1999...

Mauger: Rugby is finished without pay cuts

FIJIANS Jona Nareki, Kiri Kuridrani and Tevita Nabura and the Highlanders are simply fortunate to be in an industry that has a chance of surviving the coronavirus crisis, says head coach Aaron Mauger who delivered a much-needed dose of realism to the deep pay cuts coming in rugby. The former Crusaders and All Black midfielder...

Rugby Australia cuts 75 per cent of workforce

Rugby Australia (RA) has stood down 75 per cent of its workforce while their remaining staff have been offered salary reductions or reduced hours due to the coronavirus pandemic. Three-quarters of the governing body’s staff will not be working for the next three months from April 1 and those remaining have been offered significant salary...

Rugby AU and Super clubs stand down staff, talks with players ongoing

Rugby Australia has announced it will stand down 75 per cent of its workforce for three months in what the organisation described as the “toughest decision” in the game’s history. Rugby AU CEO Raelene Castle confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that three-quarters of the administration would be stood down from April 1 to June...

Rugby – No switch to dates for Lions tour despite Olympics clash

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – The British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa in July 2021 will not be shifted despite a direct overlap with the new dates for the Tokyo Olympic Games that were announced on Monday. The Olympics have been pushed back a year due to the global coronavirus pandemic and will now...

31st March

Hospital beds replace astroturf at Welsh rugby stadium

LLANELLI, Wales (Reuters) – Workers were laying floors and connecting electricity sockets on an expanse of astroturf on Monday as they raced to create a hospital for patients with COVID-19 inside a Welsh professional rugby team’s training facility. With the sporting calendar blank for an indefinite period due to a national lockdown, the Scarlets have...

Feeney favours Fiji team

FORMER Fiji rugby assistant coach Paul Feeney is calling for the Fiji 7s team to keep its playing style as they prepare for delayed 2020 Olympic Games in Japan. The games have been postponed to probably next July because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Feeney, who helped former Fiji coach Wayne Pivac win the 2005 Rugby...

USA Rugby in limbo

USA Rugby had to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as the COVID-19 sporting shutdown has tipped their already precarious financial position over the edge. The organisation announced via a press release its intent to file for bankruptcy “as a result of compounded and insurmountable financial constraints”. “The current suspension of sanctioned rugby activities caused by...

Time to pay back to the sport that save players

Fijians in the Highlanders team are simply fortunate to be in an industry that has a chance of surviving the coronavirus crisis, says head coach Aaron Mauger. The former Crusaders and All Black midfielder delivered a much-needed dose of realism to the deep pay cuts coming in rugby. Jona Nareki, Kiri Kuridrani and Tevita Nabura...

Peni Veidreyaki at his home in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Veidreyaki: Tokyo Games deferment a blessing in disguise

Former Fiji 7s coach Peni Veidreyaki says the deferment of the Tokyo Olympics is a blessing in disguise for national coach Gareth Baber in his bid to defend the Olympics gold medal. Veidreyaki said it was time for the coach to formulate a winning combination. He said with the current health and safety situation because...

Sports events around the world hit by coronavirus pandemic

(Reuters) – Major sports events around the world that have been hit by the coronavirus pandemic: OLYMPICS – The International Olympic Committee and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe concluded the Tokyo 2020 Olympics must be postponed and held no later than the summer of 2021. OLYMPIC TRIALS – U.S. trials for wrestling (April 4-5) were...

30th March

FASANOC works closely with sporting organisations

FIJI Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee chief executive officer Lorrain Mar says they are working closely with national federations in the country as to how they might adapt to training during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The national federations are the experts for their sport, so FASANOC will consult and be guided by the NF...

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