Rugby

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

FNRL prompts focus on women players

The Fiji National Rugby League will put more focus on women’s rugby league next year by creating a premier competition in all its six zones. The concept of the competition will be similar to the men’s Vodafone Cup. This will help create a pathway to the national women’s team known as the Fiji Bulikula. The...

Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens Carnival: Spectators and players should be fully vaccinated

Spectators and players participating at next week’s Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens Carnival in Taveuni will need to be fully vaccinated. Those who are not fully vaccinated will not be allowed into the grounds at Wairiki to watch the games and players will not participate in any games. Organising committee coordinator Ioane Gade said they had...

Fuli’s brigade learns a lot from loss

With the Olympic gold and bronze medallists, Fiji and Argentina, and two highly-respected European core teams France and Spain involved, Pool C always promised to be hugely competitive, and so it proved. No one could have predicted though that double Olympic champions Fiji would lose their first two games and miss out on the Cup...

Top gun falls, record created

After last weekend’s tournament was played behind closed doors, fans were welcomed back into The Sevens Stadium and they were royally entertained on day one in Dubai on Friday. And as the stands steadily filled up throughout the day with people donned from head to toe in all manner of fancy dress, the point that...

Fijiana in good shape

Fijiana are in good shape as they look to go one better than last weekend in Dubai, a clean sweep of wins putting them top of Pool B on day one. After winning bronze at the Tokyo Olympics and silver here in Dubai a week ago, gold would be the natural progression for a side...

7s to 15s transition will impact series outcome

The release of majority of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games gold medal winning stars from their 7s contract to transit into the 15s arena could have a drastic effect on the Fijian 7s team’s bid to win the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series next year. That’s the view of former Fiji 7s coach Peni Veidreyaki...

New kid on the block

Dubai will always hold a lot of memories for a lot of Fijian 7s players because this is where most began their journey to rugby stardom. Former Fiji 7s captain and Olympic Games gold medallist Osea Kolinisau, who is part of the Life After Rugby and also playing 7s rugby at the International Invitational in...

4th December

Trans-Tasman/Pacific tournament in doubt

Super Rugby bosses want the government to show a degree of flexibility that would allow the new trans-Tasman/Pacific tournament to proceed in its current form, or close to it, after Covid-19 again plunged rugby’s best-laid plans into doubt. New Zealand’s border reopening plan, and the subsequent arrival of the concerning omicron variant in Australia, meant...

Raiwaqa touch rugby cleared to host Gladiator tournament

The Fiji Gold Raiwaqa Touch Rugby Association has forged ahead with its Gladiator tournament after seven months of lockdown. Tournament organiser Samuela Rareba thanked Touch Federation Fiji for spearheading and liaising with the Ministry of Health, Ministry Youth and Sports, the Fiji National Sports Commission, National Sporting Organisations (NSO) and MoTT for the resumption of...

Tuwai’s lifetime try

Double Olympian Jerry Tuwai and his wife Mereani Folau Tupou were both reminded about the importance of serving God in their marriage. Fiji Airways 7s player Tuwai tied the knot with his long-time partner and mother of his children Mereani at the FMF Gymnasium yesterday. Rev Tuikoro Kolinisau reminded the couple of their sacred matrimony...

Tikoisolomone inks Highlanders Super Rugby deal

Fijian jet-heeled Taranaki wing Vereniki Tikoisolomone, 23, will replace Tomkinson for Super Rugby Pacific. Otago No 8 Christian Lio-Willie has been brought in as cover for Billy Harmon, and rising halfback Nathan Hastie will provide short-term cover for Folau Fakatava. Tomkinson hurt his foot in the NPC Championship final against Taranaki and needs surgery, which...

Radradra boosts Bears’ bid

Harry Randall and Semi Radradra return to the 23-man squad as Bristol face Gloucester in the West Country derby on Friday evening. Randall is one of six changes to the XV that slipped to defeat against Northampton, as Pat Lam welcomes skipper Steven Luatua back into the side for the Kingsholm clash. In the backline,...

Heineken Cup will be live on TV

Sky Pacific has announced the live broadcast of selected weekly matches from the upcoming Heineken Champions Cup this season. The Champions Cup will once again be competed for by the 24 elite clubs in two pools of 12 with eight representatives from each of Europe’s leading professional leagues. Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Farid Mohammed...

FNRL set to roll

The Fiji National Rugby League will begin the 2022 season with a nines tournament series next month. The FNRL season was disrupted this year after the sporting restrictions were placed following the second wave of COVID-19 in April. The FNRL was forced to cancel all its competitions including its major premiership the Vodafone Cup. FNRL...

Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens Carnival organisers remain optimistic

Despite not having the national 7s rugby team at next week’s Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens Carnival on Taveuni, organisers have assured participants and spectators to expect an exciting and tough competition. Organising committee coordinator Ioane Gade said this year’s competition was bigger than last year’s event. “It gets bigger every year and we have more...

Jerry Tuwai rallies behind Fiji 7s team, pleads for fans’ support

Ahead of tonight’s elimination rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai, Jerry Tuwai has rallied behind the players that they lift their performance this weekend. “Play to your best in this second round of the Dubai 7s,” the two-time Olympic Games medallist said. “To the boys there is nothing new. Where we...

Wallabies’ NZ-born star Quade Cooper finally set to become Australian citizen

Wallabies star Quade Cooper has revealed he will be taking the citizenship test on Friday that he’s happy should finally allow him to “officially call Australia home”. The New Zealand-born 33-year-old, who has played 75 tests for Australia, had been unhappy that his four previous applications for citizenship had been rejected because of the unique...

Dubai 7s: Fiji bounces back to beat Argentina

The Fiji men’s side has defeated Argentina 40-7 in their last pool match of the Dubai 7s. Fiji had an excellent first half which saw tries scored by Waisea Nacuqu (2), captain Josua Vakurinabili and Kaminieli Rasaku as Fiji led 26-nil at halftime. Fiji added another two tries in the second spell. Fiji had earlier...

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