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23rd May

Nadi thumps Navua

Solomon Island import in the Nadi football side got the job done for them in an impressive 4-2 win over Navua in the 2022 Digicel Fiji FACT yesterday. It took Nadi 12 minutes to break...

Deo scores late winner

The Tailevu Naitasiri football side edged Nasinu 2-1 in the opening match of the 2022 Digicel Fiji FACT at Suva’s ANZ Stadium yesterday. Midfielder Abhishek Deo proved to be the difference, scoring the winning goal in the second minute of the second spell injury time. Tailevu Naitasiri started on a high when Epeli Valevou tapped...

Fiji 7s team win Toulouse title; Fijiana settle for bronze

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s rugby side won the men’s title in Toulouse, beating first-time finalists Ireland 29-17 this morning. Fiji 7s skipper, Tevita Daugunu said “Teamwork in defence and attack was what this victory was built on. We kept the ball well and stuck to our game plan.’’ “To all the Fijians around the globe,...

22nd May

Nasilasila plays for Namosi

Former Fiji 7s rep Amenoni Nasilasila was back in action in the Skipper Cup competition for Namosi against Tailevu at Thomson Park in Navua yesterday. Nasilasila, now serving a sentence for rape at the Naboro Corrections Centre, started the match at fly half and finished off at fullback. Meanwhile, poor decision making and indiscipline cost...

U20 lines up matches

The head coach of the national U20 rugby team preparing for the coming Oceania Rugby U20 Championship in Australia from July 1-10, is excited at the prospects of unearthing future Flying Fijians including the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua. Ifereimi Rawaqa said it was an important part of Fiji Rugby Union’s high-performance system because the competition...

Team to face Singapore

Netball Fiji selectors will put together a national men’s team to provide warm-up matches for the touring Singapore women’s team next week. Netball Fiji chief executive officer Vivian Koster said the Punjas Fiji Men’s Netball Championship which concluded at the Vodafone Arena in Laucala Bay, Suva yesterday, was a good platform to select talent. The...

Push to have Fiji men’s netball team

Netball Fiji says it aims to lift the profile of men’s netball by putting in place steps to have a national team compete at the international level. Netball Fiji chief executive officer Vivian Koster said there was a lot of interest and talent shown to augur for a men’s team to compete against top nations....

Naiova hat-trick puts Police in Escott semis

The Police Blue Rugby team outmuscled Marist 28-3 in the first quarter-final of the Suva Rugby Union Digicel Escott Shield competition at the Buckhurst ground in Laucala Bay yesterday. Police number 8 Mosese Naiova registered the first points for the men from Nasova in the 15th minute after a good passage of hard running from...

Maqala extends Bayonne stay

Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Sireli Maqala has extended his stay with French second division club Bayonne. Maqala, who was part of the Fiji 7s team which won gold in Japan last year, extended his contract with the club until 2024 – a one-year extension to his club. He became Fiji’s fourth Tokyo champion to sign...

Top seed in men’s final

Top seed Junior Benjamin fought hard to down Zachary Sands in the semi-final of the men’s open singles during the Tattslotto Fiji Open Tennis Championship at the Denarau Golf Racquet Club courts in Nadi yesterday. Sands from Vanuatu set the early pace, winning the first set 6-3. However Benjamin from the Solomon Islands bounced back,...

Lautoka downs Malolo

Lautoka defeated Malolo 32-12 in the Vodafone Vanua Championship at the Nadovu Park yesterday. This was the Maroons’ second win in the competition after losing to Navosa 16-13 last week. Lautoka Rugby Union secretary Sefanaia Scholte said they improved after working on their mistakes from the last game against Navosa. “There are some technical areas...

Home support will boost Drua

The Fiji support next week is something Swire Shipping Fijian Drua coach Mick Byrne and his players will be looking forward to when they take on the Chiefs in a Super Rugby Pacific clash at Churchill Park in Lautoka next week. Following a 61-3 loss to the Crusaders on Friday night, Byrne said the support...

Back after 18 months

Local football tournament returns to the forefront in the country today after a lapse of 18 months. The Digicel Fiji Football Association Cup Tournament (FACT) first round pool games kick off at Suva’s ANZ Stadium today with the tournament proper to begin at Sigatoka’s Lawaqa Park from next Thursday. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed...

Hillmen defend rugby title

Naitasiri once again successfully defended the Innk Mobile Farebrother Trophy against Northland 10-6 at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday. Both teams were tied 3-all in the first half with a penalty each coming from high tackles. Naitasiri coach Ilaitia Tuisese gave credit to Northland players for the tough match they gave his team. Both...

Toulouse 7s: Fiji to face Samoa in semis

The Fiji Airways Fiji 7s side has secured a spot in the cup semi-final of the Toulouse 7s after defeating USA, 19-17. USA started the match scoring two first half tries to lead 12-nil at halftime. The Fijians bounced back in the second spell with three tries through Josua Vakurunabili, Elia Canakaivata and Kamineli Rasaku....

Bangalore’s Hesson hails ‘chase master’ Kohli after crucial win

(Reuters) – Royal Challengers Bangalore director of cricket Mike Hesson said that Virat Kohli’s intensity proved vital in the win against the Gujarat Titans after the opener roared back into form to boost their chances of making the Indian Premier League playoffs. Kohli had managed 236 runs in 13 games coming into the encounter against...

Man City’s Foden named Premier League’s best young player

(Reuters) – Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden has been named Premier League Young Player of the Season for the second year in a row, the league announced on Saturday. Foden beat seven others to the award, including Trent Alexander-Arnold, Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka, after he received the most combined votes from the public and...

Brown, Asher-Smith seal 100m wins in Birmingham Diamond League

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Canada’s Aaron Brown won the first men’s 100 metre race of the Diamond League season with an underwhelming show in Birmingham on Saturday, after two false starts saw top contender Trayvon Bromell and local hope Zharnel Hughes disqualified. Brown clocked in at 10.13 seconds, a minor improvement from his ‘B’ race...

21st May

Naitasiri survives Northland challenge

Naitasiri has once again defended the Farebrother trophy against Northland, 10-6 this afternoon at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori. Both teams drew 3 all in the first half. Sitiveni Kaila scored the only converted try. Northland played catch up game in the last 5 minutes of the game despite a penalty kick which narrowed the...

Rugby treat for fans

This weekend, fans will be in for a 7s treat as the Toulouse 7s kicks off. Fiji missed out on the second leg in Spain, but made an impact in the third leg in Singapore and Vancouver as Ben Gollings’ men finished first and second, respectively. The momentum from those two tournaments are expected to...

Suva finds its winning mojo

Suva continues to record positive results in the Skipper Cup competition after accounting for a young and inexperienced Nadroga XVs 26-19 on a soggy Lawaqa Park ground two in Sigatoka during a Round 8 clash yesterday. The Capital City boys outscored the hosts four tries to three and earned a vital bonus point victory to...

Sister act leads to Lagakali victory

Sisters Kinisalote and Filomena Navula achieved a remarkable feat winning their events at the Adi Cakobau School athletics inter-house at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay yesterday. Younger sister Filomena claimed gold in the 100 and 200 metres, while elder sister Kinisalote was crowned the blue ribbon champion in the same events. Kinisalote clocked 13.63...

Tickets going fast

Tickets for next week’s Super Rugby Pacific match between the Fijian Drua and the Chiefs are selling fast. This is according to the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua chief executive officer Brian Thorburn. He said close to 50 per cent or more than 5000 tickets had been sold. “We are confident it’s going to be sold...

Drua thankful to fans

The turnout from fans in Australia for the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua home games was not up to expectations, said Fijian Drua chief executive officer Brian Thorburn. “Really disappointed with the support in Australia. The crowds that we had in the matches were all less than three thousand. Ranging from 1100 for a couple of...

Outmuscled – Drua convincingly beaten by mighty Crusaders

Mistakes from the Fijian Drua players helped the Crusaders put up a big score in their Super Rugby Pacific match in Christchurch last night. The home side scored nine tries to the Drua’s none in a 61-3 drubbing. Fijian Drua captain Nemani Nagusa said while his players gave their best shot, mistakes cost them the...

20th May

Crusaders wallop Fijian Drua 61-3 in Christchurch

At Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch: Crusaders 61 (Leicester Fainga’anuku try 2min, Tom Christie try 15min, Sam Whitelock try 28min; Sevu Reece tries 37min and 53 min, Fergus Burke try 47 min, George Bridge try 62min, Braydon Ennor try 70min, Tom Christie try 75min; Burke 8 con) Fijian Drua 3 (Teti Tela pen). HT: 28-3. Yellow card: Selestino Ravutaumada 69 min...

Tuidraki defies father’s rugby advice

As a child, Tuidraki Samusamuvodre did not like going to school. But he had a dream. And that was to one day represent the country in rugby. Tuidraki was so obsessed with the oval-ball game that he used to skip school every Friday while he was a student of Nadi Muslim Primary and play for...

Nagasau, Uluinasau say it is time Fijiana take centre stage

Two senior Fijiana 7s reps Rusila Nagasau and Reapi Uluinasau believe the side has what it takes to win the Toulouse 7s this weekend. The duo won bronze medal with the Fijiana side at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last year. Team captain Nagasau said preparations had been tough and the players were ready. “We have...

Gollings on a mission

The expectation from fans to win every tournament they play keeps the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s side on their toes. Heading into the Toulouse 7s in France this weekend, a huge number of Fijian supporters are expected to turn up and cheer the side on while tens of thousands more will be glued to television...

Lagakali House wins ACS inter-house competition

Lagakali House is the overall winner of the Adi Cakobau School inter-house athletics competition held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva today, bagging 20 gold, 8 silver, and 11 bronze medals. Mokosoi House were runners-up with 11 gold, 11 silver, and 10 bronze medals. Uci House won 11 gold, 15 silver, and 15 bronze medals....

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