Rugby

We should have won but it’s a work in progress, says Borthwick

LONDON (Reuters) – New coach Steve Borthwick said England should not have allowed a 20-12 lead over Scotland slip to a 29-23 Twickenham defeat on Saturday but said he saw enough positive signs to believe...

Wales coach Gatland finds positives in comprehensive loss to Ireland

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Wales coach Warren Gatland insisted there are “a lot of positives” for his side despite their comprehensive home 34-10 defeat to Ireland in the Six Nations opener at the Principality Stadium on Saturday. Wales were outmuscled up front and outscored by four tries to one as Ireland cantered to victory to spoil...

Eddie who? Ex-coach erased from England media centre wall

LONDON (Reuters) – Eddie Jones may have had the best win percentage of any England coach, led the team to a Six Nations Grand Slam and a World Cup final but the Australian has been quietly erased from the RFU’s England rugby media collage at Twickenham. One wall of the stadium’s media work room has...

France can cope in Six Nations despite injuries, says Dupont

ROME (Reuters) – France captain Antoine Dupont is confident Les Bleus will overcome a series of injuries as they start their Six Nations campaign with an away game against Italy on Sunday. France are without Francois Cros, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere and Cameron Woki as they seek a second triumph in a row following their...

5th February

Fijian rugby star: Andrew’s rugby journey from Natabuquto to Oxford

Great athletes stay humble. They may get catapulted to the pinnacle of success but always remain grounded. This is what makes Fijian rugby star, Andrew Durutalo so unique. The Tailevu man has plied his trade locally and internationally, with a relentless pursuit of excellence but he has never called attention to himself. He added another...

Rugby-Ireland’s early burst sets up 34-10 Six Nations win in Wales

CARDIFF (Reuters) -Clinical Ireland scored three tries in the opening 20 minutes and cruised to a 34-10 bonus-point victory over Wales to spoil coach Warren Gatland’s welcome home party in the Six Nations opener at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. Ireland bulldozed the Welsh in the first quarter as they dominated the collisions...

Nawaka 7s: Maya stamps mark in officiating circles

Taveuni native Keresi Maya is stamping his mark in the officiating circles after being handed a six year ban for punching a referee as a player during an under-19 match in 2020. Maya was given a new lease of life by the Suva Rugby Referees Association and Tailevu Rugby Referees Association when he made his...

Nawaka 7s: Big plans for women’s rugby in Fiji

The Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s has big plans to develop the women’s division next year by increasing the number of teams in the women’s division. The tournament has come a long way since the inaugural event back in 1986. Back then, the tournament attracted only 20 teams and offered a total prize purse of $1000...

Nawaka 7s: Fiji Development 7s team $10k richer; new players impress Gollings

The Fiji Development 7s team walked away $10,000 richer after winning the cup title of the 36th Fiji Bitter 7s tournament beating Combat Uluinakau 31-10 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi last night. In the semi-final, Fiji Development defeated DXC Barbarians 29-5 while Combat Uluinakau downed Tabadamu 21-15. Fijian 7s coach Ben Gollings said Nawaka...

FRU targets compliance; Less than 50 per cent of unions meet requirements

The Fiji Rugby Union hopes to work with affiliated members to ensure compliance is met during the annual general meeting in April – allowing representatives to vote with key leadership roles due for election. According to FRU interim chief executive officer Tevita Tuiloa, out of the 24 affiliated unions, less than 50 per cent have...

Rugby-Scotland stun England at Twickenham again

LONDON (Reuters) -England’s Steve Borthwick era got off to a inauspicious start on Saturday as two superb tries by Duhan van der Merwe helped a tenacious Scotland to a famous 29-23 victory at Twickenham in a rip-roaring Six Nations opener. Scotland twice led in the first half with a try by Huw Jones and a...

4th February

Nawaka 7s: Fiji Development team wins cup and $10k

The star-studded Fiji Development team proved too strong for Kombat Uluinakau after winning the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s final 33-10. The Fiji Development side looked dominating from the first whistle, laced with players from the national 7s extended squad, the likes of Terio Tamani, Leo Naikasau and Paula Nayacakalou. Discipline was also a factor...

Nawaka 7s: Fiji Development dominates match against DXC Barbarians

In the first cup semi-final clash during the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s, the Fiji Development 7s team dominated the match beating DXC Barbarians 29-5. The Fiji Development team scored four unanswered tries before former national 7s rep Savenaca Rawaca pulled one back for the DXC Barbarians team. In the second semi-final, Kombat Uluinakau defeated...

Nawaka 7s: Fiji Development team through to cup semi-final

The 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park is living up to its expectation with close contests in the main cup quarter-finals. In the first cup quarter-final, Lavidi narrowly lost to DXC Barbarians by 14-12. In the second quarter-final, the Fiji 7s Development team laced with national 7s team extended squad players...

Nawaka 7s: Wet weather fails to dampen rugby-loving spirit

The wet weather has failed to dampen the spirits of rugby lovers as people turned up in large numbers to witness day two of the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park today. In the first main cup quarter final that would begin shortly, Lavidi will face-off against DXC Barbarians. In the...

Super Rugby Pacific: Drua-Crusaders game tickets on sale

Tickets for the blockbuster Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific match between the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua and the Crusaders are selling from as low as $20 to a high of $150. Tickets now on sale for this much-anticipated encounter between the Drua and the defending Super Rugby Pacific champions on March 11 in Lautoka....

Local option: Cotter’s replacement by month-end

With eight months out from the 2023 Rugby World Cup in Paris, the Fiji Rugby Union is racing against time to appoint a head coach following the resignation of Vern Cotter. Cotter, who was appointed to the position in 2020, tendered his resignation to the Fiji Rugby board citing “personal reasons” for his departure. Since the announcement,...

Nawaka 7s: Wallis and Futuna prepares for Pacific Games

The Wallis and Futuna team is using the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s to prepare for the 2023 Pacific Games. The side went down 0-7 to Gaunavou Nadi in a hard-fought opening encounter at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Coached by Nawaka native Sailosi Nawavu, Wallis and Futuna will not be going to the...

2023 Nawaka 7s: Satala targets top finish

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s Development team is targeting a top finish at the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s tournament at Prince Charles Park in Nadi today. The side with players such as former national reps Terio Tamani and Paula Nayacakalou recorded a no sweat default victory against DSM Clermont Stallion in round one of...

3rd February

Lau side aims to expose 7s players

The Cooling Down Lau Brothers 7s team has one mission and that is to expose its players so that they can be selected into the national side. The side will participate in the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s today and is in Pool 3 with Police Blue, Wallis and Futuna, and Gaunavou Nadi. Team technical adviser...

2023 Nawaka 7s: Boost for Army ahead of Nawaka tourney

The Army 7s side received another boost from their major sponsors before heading into the 2023 Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s that starts in Nadi today. Ram Sami business development manager Abdul Shameer presented training t-shirts and muscle vests to Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) officer Major Elia Rokowailoa and a few players present at...

2023 Nawaka 7s: ‘We breed our own’

Rartu Filise Rugby Club will showcase its breed of new talent when they play at the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s in Nadi today. The team from Namatakula in Nadroga is in Pool 6 with DSM Clermont Stallions, Malolo Island Resort and the Fiji Development side. Coach Etika Tovilevu said it had been a tough...

Rugby-Fiji coach Cotter quits seven months before World Cup

(Reuters) – Fiji coach Vern Cotter has resigned with immediate effect for personal reasons, leaving the Fijian Rugby Union (FRU) scrambling to find a replacement seven months before the World Cup in France. “FRU has begun the process to recruit a new Flying Fijians coach that will take the team (to) 2023 Rugby World Cup...

2nd February

Cotter resigns as Flying Fijians head coach

Flying Fijians coach Vern Cotter has resigned from his position as head coach. Fiji Rugby Union chairman Humphrey Tawake said Cotter stepped down because of personal reasons. Cotter’s resignation comes eight months out from the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France in September.

New rugby 7s format to encourage urgency

The RC Manubhai Nataleira 7/14 Sevens tournament is bringing a new format to the local rugby scene that encourages players to practice “urgency” during matches – with $100 rewards for ‘individual goal-line to goal-line tries’. There are also monetary rewards for the ‘fastest team try’ from kick-off in a match of seven seconds or less...

Wadigi to bounce back; Bolaca to lead side after Coral Coast 7s disappointment

The Wadigi Salvo team from Lautoka aims to improve its performance at the 36th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s that starts at Prince Charles Park in Nadi tomorrow. The side was bundled out of the McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s by Fire in the main cup quarter-final at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka last month. Wadigi Salvo...

Preseason trial match: Western Force next for Fijian Drua

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will play the Western Force in their second trial match in preparation for the 2023 Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific season on February 16. The match will take place at the Western Districts RFC Park in Toowong, Queensland, kicking off at 6pm (Queensland time). It will be broadcast live...

Three uncapped players in trimmed England squad

(Reuters) – England head coach Steve Borthwick has kept three uncapped players in his trimmed 29-man squad for their opening Six Nations match against Scotland on Saturday. Jack Walker, Ollie Hassell-Collins and Fin Smith are the three new faces who keep their places, but Toulouse flanker Jack Willis, Sale lock Jonny Hill, and props Joe...

Rugby: Nayacavou now coaching; to select British Army men’s squad

Former Scotland 7s forward Joseva Nayacavou is the new head coach of the British Army men’s 7s team. As a player, Nayacavou was one of the key cogs that made the Army 7s team one of the most respected outfits in the UK. In the process, he showcased the talent that would yield selection in...

Savea praises Johnstone’s ‘courageous’ decision to come out as gay

(Reuters) – Ardie Savea said former New Zealand prop Campbell Johnstone was “pretty courageous” for deciding to publicly come out as the first gay All Black. Johnstone, who played three tests in 2005, said on a television programme on Monday he had been “living a lie” and leading “a double life” before acknowledging his sexuality....

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