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Sports grant – Commission pays $1.095m for coaches

The Fiji National Sports Commission paid $1.095 million in coaching grant to six sporting organisations in the country towards the employment of their coaches. This is stated in the commission’s annual report from August 2019...

Wairiki 7s: Eyes on the title

The Flying Vixen rugby women’s team of Lautoka would be aiming for nothing less than a victory during the Fiji Bitter Wairiki 7s which is scheduled to take place at the Wairiki Parish ground on Taveuni Island this week. Team manager Sera Speed said preparation was key for her raw, young and talented set of...

Exciting future looms for golf

Fiji’s leading amateur golfer Abid Hussain showed his class to take out the 51st RC Manubhai Ba Open Championship overall gross title at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai course. Hussain set the early pace in the opening round on Saturday carding an even-par 69. He did not have all his way in the second round,...

Hussein joins Fijian Drua

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua, Super Rugby Pacific’s newest franchise, has announced several key appointments to its ‘off-field’ management team ahead of the 2022 season, following the establishment of the ‘on-field’ playing group and coaching staff. Chief executive officer Brian Thorburn announced the appointment of former award-wining journalist and communications professional, Shane Hussein as the...

All Black Ardie Savea joins rapper Jay-Z’s stable at Roc Nation

All Blacks star Ardie Savea is now part of a select group of players picked to lead a star-powered foray into rugby by Roc Nation, the entertainment group founded by rapper Jay-Z. Roc Nation announced on Tuesday that it had signed Savea, 28, who recently negotiated his own contract extension with New Zealand Rugby and...

Canada’s Andreescu to sit out Australian Open

TORONTO, Canada, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Canada’s Bianca Andreescu will not play in the Australian Open next month following a challenging spell brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, the former U.S. Open champion said on Monday. Andreescu, 21, said time isolating in quarantined hotels took a toll on her mentally and physically and that she...

Man Utd face Villa, Leicester host Watford in FA Cup third round

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Manchester United entertain Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round, while holders Leicester City welcome Watford and West Ham United are at home to Leeds United following Monday’s draw. Non-league Chesterfield bagged a trip to face last season’s runners-up Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, while Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur host...

US plans diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

The United States will stage a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing to protest Chinese human rights abuses, the White House has confirmed – a move that China has vowed to greet with “firm countermeasures”. “US diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of...

All Blacks captain Cane signs new contract with NZ Rugby

All Blacks captain Sam Cane has signed a new long-term contract with New Zealand Rugby (NZR) through to 2025. The 29-year-old Chiefs loose forward has committed to another four years and has the option of taking a non-playing or playing break from the New Zealand game in 2024, NZR said. “My passion for the game,...

U.S. officials to boycott Beijing Olympics – CNN

The Biden administration is expected to announce this week that U.S. government officials will not attend the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, CNN reported on Sunday. U.S. President Joe Biden said last month that he was considering such a diplomatic boycott to protest China’s human rights record, including what Washington says is genocide against minority Muslims....

Champions Atletico beat Bragantino in seven-goal thriller

 Brazilian league champions Atletico Mineiro beat Red Bull Bragantino 4-3 on Sunday on a day when they celebrated last week’s title win in front of an ecstatic home crowd in Belo Horizonte. Atletico secured their first league title since 1971 last Thursday and 62,000 fans turned out to see them receive the trophy. They enjoyed...

America’s Cup: Push for special meeting on a home defence called off

A special meeting due this week seeking to hold the next defence of the America’s Cup in home waters has been called off by the group of yacht squadron members opposing an offshore regatta. Former Team New Zealand board member Jim Farmer QC and 34 members of the Royal New Zealand Squadron (RNZYS) have decided not to...

Ross Taylor’s test place to come under scrutiny in first home test of the summer

How well Devon Conway’s broken hand heals could determine whether Ross Taylor’s test career is at an end. Taylor played the worst innings of a fantastic 15-year vocation with the Black Caps late on day three of the second test against India in Mumbai. Eight balls consisting almost exclusively of wild swings came to a predictable conclusion as...

6th December

New talents to be unearthed on Taveuni Island

New talents are expected to be unearthed during the Fiji Bitter Wairiki 7s tournament which starts on Taveuni tomorrow. These new talents will be out to follow the likes of new national 7s reps Jeremaia Matana, Daniele Yaya, Iowane Teba and Iowane Raturaciri, who were drafted from the Raiwasa Taveuni team. The four players are...

Boost for 7s

The four-day Fiji Bitter Wairiki 7s tournament this week will boost the economy of Taveuni. Last year’s event generated about $50,000 in revenue which was invested in development projects. The Wairiki 7s is dubbed the biggest sporting carnival in the country this year and will also feature other sports such as volleyball and netball. Paradise...

730 players depart Suva for the Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens Carnival

A total of 730 rugby, netball and volleyball players will depart Suva tonight for the highly anticipated Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens Carnival that is scheduled to begin this Wednesday in Taveuni. The teams are currently on board Lomaiviti Princess I awaiting departure at Narain Jetty in Walu Bay, Suva. All players underwent stringent COVID-19 screening...

Nadi capitalises on Labasa weak link for victory

Labasa’s gamble to field an injured Akuila Mateisuva fell through as Nadi exploited the advantage to win 1-0 at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. The Jetset town new assistant coach Emosi Baleinuku said they had spotted Labasa’s limping last man and made changes to their attack in the second half. “We kept pressing the advantage seeing...

Ba beats Navua

Ba defeated Navua 3-0 at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday to keep their Digicel Premier League title hopes alive with only a few more matches remaining in the competition. Savenaca Nakalevu opened the scoring for the Men in Black early in the third minute. Four minutes later Shameel Rao doubled Ba’s advantage from a penalty...

Fuli – Earn your spot

Fiji 7s coach Saiasi Fuli believes the biggest lesson his players have learned from the first leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai is that there were no quarter given whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newcomer. “On the World Rugby Sevens Series you have to produce results,” Fuli said....

Suva spoils party

Suva proved too strong yesterday beating points leaders Lautoka 2-1 during their Digicel Premier League clash, to hold on to second place at the ANZ Stadium yesterday. It was a Merrill Nand spectacular with the centre forward scoring a double. “He was showing us something different during training and we decided to move on that,”...

Ajaz Patel’s 10 wickets hard to believe, says spinner’s proud father

The father of Black Caps spinner Ajaz Patel says his son’s ‘unbelievable achievement’ of 10 wickets against India is just rewards for the work he has put into the sport. The Black Caps are staring at defeat in the second test in Mumbai but it hasn’t taken any shine off the monumental performance of Patel. He took ten wickets...

NZ teams reveal jerseys for Super Rugby Pacific

The Blues have produced a jersey they say is a mix of their heritage and today. The feature that runs through the centre of the home jersey represents the meeting point of the four tides – as it does at Cape Reinga in the Far North of Te Tai Tokerau (Northland). This is where the...

Russia beats Croatia to win Davis Cup after 15-year wait

Russia’s 15-year wait for a Davis Cup title ended Sunday after another clutch performance by Daniil Medvedev. Medvedev beat Marin Cilic 7-6 (7), 6-2 in the second singles match to give Russia an insurmountable 2-0 lead over Croatia in the final. It is Russia’s third Davis Cup title, and first since 2006. Andrey Rublev earlier...

Lewis Hamilton wins controversial and chaotic Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton passed Max Verstappen with six laps remaining Sunday to win the chaotic inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and pull even on points with his rival as Formula One’s thrilling championship race heads into the title-deciding finale. The race on the street circuit under the lights on the 30-kilometre coastal resort area in Jeddah...

Shane Hussein joins Drua as Head of Commercial & Marketing

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua, Super Rugby Pacific’s newest franchise, today announced several key appointments to its ‘off-field’ management team ahead of the 2022 season, following the establishment of the ‘on-field’ playing group and coaching staff. Chief executive officer Brian Thorburn announced the appointment of former award-wining journalist and communications professional Shane Hussein as the...

Black Caps face heavy defeat to India in second test in Mumbai and series loss

This was a match too far, as the end of an unbeaten record looms for the Black Caps. The world test champions will end a wonderful year with a comprehensive defeat to India in the second test in Mumbai, bar an early Christmas miracle. Set an improbable target of 540 to win, New Zealand reached...

Spurs, Man Utd and Villa register EPL wins

An early goal from Lucas Moura and two after halftime from Davinson Sanchez and Son Heung-min ensured a third successive Premier League win for Tottenham Hotspur as they beat Norwich City 3-0 at home. Victory lifted Spurs into fifth place with 25 points from 14 matches, 10 points off the top of the table but...

5th December

Fiji 7s team bows out in the Dubai desert’s top four competition

Prior to the Dubai 7s kick-off I read the comments made by former 7s coach Ben Ryan via The Fiji Times. Ryan was optimistic that fans could expect some ‘class 7s’ from the national side in Dubai this weekend. Ben Ryan is the only coach to have won two trophies in Dubai, and under his leadership, Fiji beat South Africa 29-19 in 2013, and then...

Hussain in the lead

Fiji’s leading amateur golfer Abid Hussain is the one to beat in the 51st RC Manubhai Ba Open Championship at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai Course today. Hussain from Nadi set the early pace yesterday in the 36 holes event carding even par 69. Jainendra Prasad of the Fiji Golf Club scored 73 while home...

Digicel Premier League: Nadi and Suva book wins

Nadi and Suva booked Digicel Premier League round 12 wins, beating Labasa and Lautoka, respectively, at the ANZ Stadium today. Nadi beat Labasa by 1-0 with the lone goal from Tuiba Batiratu. Suva scored two first half goals through forward Merrill Nand, and held off the Lautoka attack until the final whistle. Nadi managed a...

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