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26th September

Cheika rues missed opportunity in Rugby Championship

DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) – Argentina coach Michael Cheika says this year’s Rugby Championship proves his side can compete with the best teams in the world but was also a missed opportunity to make a...

Fit and still driven, Djokovic not thinking about retirement

(Reuters) – Roger Federer’s departure from tennis has raised the question of retirement of the other two members of the revered ‘Big Three’ but Novak Djokovic has assured that he does not feel “old enough” to consider bringing down the curtain yet. Federer’s decision was not unexpected given the 41-year-old’s recent struggles with injuries and...

Lozano’s late strike gives Mexico victory over Peru

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA (Reuters) – A late goal from winger Hirving Lozano secured a 1-0 win for World Cup-bound Mexico over Peru in an international friendly at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday. In a game of few chances, Lozano, who plays for Napoli in Serie A, broke the deadlock in the 85th minute with...

Maddening inconsistency continues to haunt Wallabies

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia had a perfect opportunity to make a big statement in their final match of the Rugby Championship on Saturday by becoming the first team to beat New Zealand at Eden Park since 1994. Improving on last week’s controversial 39-37 loss to their neighbours in Melbourne would not have been enough to...

Egypt to apply to host 2036 Olympic Games

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt will apply to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2036, the Egyptian youth and sports minister said in a statement on Saturday, a bid that if successful would make it the first Arab or African nation to host the event. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi gave the green light to apply,...

25th September

Tears flow as curtain comes down on Federer’s glittering career

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) -Roger Federer’s trophy-laden career ended with defeat on Friday, but for once the result hardly mattered as the Swiss maestro headed into retirement with tears in his eyes and cheers ringing in his ears. With a sellout crowd of 17,500 at London’s O2 Arena willing him on, the 20-time Grand...

Boks beat Argentina but New Zealand win the Rugby Championship

DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) -South Africa won the battle but lost the war following their 38-21 victory over ill-disciplined Argentina at a sold out King’s Park in Durban on Saturday, a result that handed the 2022 Rugby Championship title to New Zealand. The All Blacks top the standings with 19 points from their six games,...

Schools IDC to include girls divisions

The Fiji Primary Schools Football Association (FPSFA) will introduce the girls under-14 age group category during the 2023 Inter-District Championship. This is part of its program to develop girls football. FPSFA president Dina Mani Mudaliar said next year’s IDC would be bigger and better. He said the boys under-12 division was also likely to be...

Rakiraki too strong

Giant-killers Rakiraki created a major upset defeating Nadi 4-3 via a penalty shootout to lift the Digicel/Rams Cleaning Services-sponsored Fiji Primary Schools Football Association (FPSFA) 45th Inter-District Championship title at Garvey Park in Tavua. The two teams were locked 1-all at the end of extra time forcing the final to be decided on penalties. Rakiraki...

Fijiana falls short

A gallant performance by the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s side was not enough to beat a much fancied Canada outfit losing 7-24 in their Test match at Suva’s HFC Bank Stadium on Friday night. It was tough against the world No.3 ranked team and coach Senirusi Seruvakula and his players knew that from the first...

Northland eyes youth title

The Northland-Tailevu under-19 football side is on the verge of creating history of their own in the Digicel Southern Zone Youth League. The Kirtesh Prasad-led side needs one win from its remaining two matches to claim the title for the first time. “We have the same boys playing for the age group teams from 2017....

Improvement – Seruvakula says more work needed for Fijiana

Less than two weeks out from Fiji’s debut at the women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand against world No.1 England, the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s team has its work cut out already. While there were a lot of positives taken from its 7-24 loss to world No 3 Canada on Friday, coach Senirusi Seruvakula...

Natabua through to the semi-finals

Natabua High School surprisingly defeated reigning Vodafone Deans U18 champion Queen Victoria School 21-19 yesterday. Natabua scored the winning try in the 66th minute from Alipate Viyalani who dived over the try line. With scores both locked at 19-all, winger Netani Volitivitivi kicked the winning conversion. The boys from Vulinituraga was first on the scoreboard...

MBHS humble to win

Marist Brothers High School defeated Ratu Kadavulevu School 16-13 in the last Vodafone Super Deans Championship quarter-finals at the HFC Bank Stadium yesterday. They came in as underdogs and defeated one of the toughest teams in Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union. The boys from Delainakaikai scored a first try from winger Ratu Etuate Veidreyaki but...

Upsets order of the Deans

A new champion will be crowned in this year’s Vodafone Super Deans U18 Championship after reigning champion Queen Victoria School lost to Natabua High School 21-19 yesterday. The Western-based school broke the hearts of Victorian fans in a last minute converted try to seal their spot. In the other results, Ratu Kadavulevu School shockingly lost...

24th September

Seruvakula opts for utilities

Fijiana 15s head coach Senirusi Seruvakula is covering his tracks well ahead of the women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in the next fortnight. He has selected a 32-member injury-free squad which is laced with utility players, three national captains, Olympians, and players with various backgrounds whose stories could motivate destruction on the field...

World rankings likely to change

The Senirusi Seruvakula-coached Fijiana 15s team is on course for a better world ranking if it continues to score international wins. Since the Fijiana’s first international match against the United states in 1997, Fiji has climbed up the rungs to be at 21 in world ranking leading up to next month’s World Rugby Cup in...

Fiji side for NZ

Two of the country’s most exciting young ruggers Philip Baselala and Sikeli Rabitu are expected to form the halves combination for the Fiji under-18 side which will tour New Zealand next month. The duo were members of the Fiji U20 side which played in the Oceania Championships against Australia, New Zealand and Argentina on the...

Navunimono Village celebrates Melrose Cup victory

It was a grand celebration as the villagers of Navunimono Village in Verata, Tailevu, when they welcomed the Melrose Cup in a traditional ceremony yesterday. The village that raised one of the Fiji 7s reps, Kaminieli Rasaku erupted in celebration and villagers merrymaking as they marched through the village green with the cup singing and...

Rugby trailblazer – Nasagau says ‘small dream’ come true to play in Rugby World Cup

When the Fijian farewell song ‘Isa, Isa vulagi lasa dina’ was sung by guests at the Holiday Inn Suva on Wednesday to the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s squad, tears streamed down the faces of several players. Among them was Ruisila Nagasau. She does not need introduction because she is a trailblazer, an elite Fijian player...

Boxers ready to rumble

All seven professional bouts are set to go ahead at the Lewis-Hill Boxing Promotions at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva today. In the main bout, Joseph Kwadjo will take on Apisai Naciqa in a 10×3 minute rounds bout. At the official weigh-in yesterday, Kwadjo weighed in at 88.6kg while Naciqa topped the scale at 84.2kg....

Who will reign – Deans and IDC trophies up for grabs

With bated breath, fans will witness rugby action from today’s Deans quarters and Rugby Championship. In the Deans quarters, the rivalry between schools will be brought out as favourites RKS and QVS will aim to make a statement at the HFC Bank Stadium, which hosted the match between the Fijiana and Canada last evening. This...

7s deal off – Land offer for 7s heroes withdrawn

A Suva-based company’s offer to gift members of the Fiji 7s team residential lots to build their homes after their win in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in South Africa has been withdrawn after the Fiji Rugby Union wanting to cite proper documentations. China Village Estate Development, on Tuesday, revealed it wanted to honour the...

23rd September

Fijiana and Canada tied at half-time

The Fijiana 15s side and Canada are tied scoreless at halftime in an international rugby test match underway at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva. Canada dominated possession but the Fijiana defense has stood tall so far. Second half begins shortly.

Seaqaqa notches early wins

Seaqaqa has been the surprise package at the Fiji Primary Schools Football Association (FPSFA) Inter District Championship in Tavua. The school from the Northern Division recorded two wins on day one of the competition – beating NW Nadroga 2-0 and neighbours Bua 1-0. The three-day tournament, which began on Wednesday, is hosted at Tavua’s Garvey...

‘Passion, discipline will reward’

Passion, discipline and hard work will allow you to succeed. These were the sentiments shared by the President of Fiji, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, to the members of the national women’s cricket team as they presented their itatau at State House in Suva yesterday. While addressing the team, Ratu Wiliame wished them well on their journey...

Call to support women’s cricket

As the Fiji Women’s cricket team prepares for its friendly series against Vanuatu next month, it will need a lot of support. Cricket Without Boarders women’s team founder Clare Cannon said the Fiji women’s team was a wonderful young side. “They are full of spirit and love the game of cricket. They are developing as...

LMS on a ‘crusade’

The Lelean Memorial School under-19 team is aware of the threat Naitasiri Secondary School will bring when they meet tomorrow in the Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby quarter-finals at Buckhurst Ground at Laucala Bay, Suva. LMS coach Viliame Kotoilakeba said they had worked on the small things for the big game as the battle for...

Rokobuli, Ravolaca bout ‘to go to the wire’

Fresh off the Commonwealth Games in England, Elia Rokobuli will be back in the ring during the Lewis-Hill Boxing Promotions ‘Homecoming’ event at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva tomorrow. Rokobuli, who hails from Namuka, Lau, has been involved in the sport for the past six years. He represented Fiji at the 2019 Pacific Games where...

Fiji makes FIFA U20 WC

A 75th minute tap in goal by Ba midfielder Nabil Begg against New Caledonia in the semi-finals of the OFC Under-19 Championship in Tahiti yesterday, has secured the Digicel Junior Bula Boys a spot at next year’s FIFA U20 World Cup. Begg tapped in a Gulaam Razool cross from the right flank midway through the...

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