Rugby

23rd May

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Uluilakepa says Fijian Drua ready to take on Crusaders

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will battle one of the most successful teams in Super Rugby this evening going up against the mighty and champion Crusaders. The Crusaders have won the coveted Super Rugby title 12 times. Speaking to The Fiji Times from Christchurch, Drua prop Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, 23, said even though the team lacked...

Fijian Drua faces daunting task in Christchurch

It’s the penultimate week of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific regular season and fans have a pretty good idea of the finals picture as it stands. Avoiding defeat against the second placed Brumbies on Saturday evening would lock up the minor premiership for the Blues with the Brumbies in a battle for second spot with...

Battle of the top 8 spot

Winners are grinners. It was great to see the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua start well against Moana Pasifika in Western Sydney and then complete the job. The Drua earned bragging rights against the other new team and the four points will help to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon in their debut season. Moana Pasifika has...

The runaway player – Tuidraki skips school to follow dream

Tuidraki Samusamuvodre skipped school and used to fib that his grandmother had passed away – just to train and play rugby. Such was his obsession with the oval ball game. Not even the stern words of his father, Mesake Samusamuvodre, that “no child in the family would become a rugby star” could deter him. The...

19th May

Black Ferns forced to tweak Pacific Four squad

The Black Ferns have been forced to make three changes to their squad for next month’s Pacific Four Series against Australia, the US and Canada. New Zealand Rugby confirmed on Thursday first five-eighth Patricia Maliepo had been ruled out with concussion, while outside back Grace Steinmetz and veteran utility back Carla Hohepa had foot injuries....

All Black Scott Barrett sought mental skills and tackle technique advice after high-shot ban

Crusaders captain Scott Barrett says he took advice from the All Blacks’ mental skills experts and worked on his tackling technique during a “long three weeks’’ ban. Barrett – who will lead the Crusaders from blindside flanker against the Fijian Drua on Friday night – was suspended after a red card for high shot on Blues...

Super Rugby Pacific teams: Highlanders keep Sam Gilbert at 10, Ioanes out for Blues

Crunch time is here as the business end of the competition nears. The crucial final standings on the Super Rugby Pacific ladder will be determined in the next two weeks, and the Kiwi teams can’t afford any slip-ups this weekend. Round 14 starts with the Crusaders-Fijian Drua game in Christchurch on Friday, and concludes with...

18th May

Denelanagi out for remainder of season, more changes for Drua

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua Head Coach Mick Byrne has announced his line-up for big clash against the Crusaders in Christchurch this Friday. Missing from the line-up will be recent team captain Meli Derenalagi and prop Meli Tuni, both of whom will undergo immediate surgery for ACL injury. The injuries and required rehabilitation mean both players...

Super W win to aid rugby growth

The chairwoman of Australia’s sports diplomacy advisory council says the achievement of the Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua in winning the Super W rugby title has set a platform for women’s rugby in Fiji to grow. Stephanie Brantz, who is an Australian TV sports reporter events presenter, producer and commentator spoke highly of the Fijiana Drua’s...

Drua after good results

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will work on different patterns of play in order to overcome the might of the Crusaders at the Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand this Friday. The Fijian Drua have a short turnaround period having played the Moana Pasifika in Sydney, Australia last Sunday. The side travelled back to its...

Uluinasau among stars

Fijiana star Reapi Uluinasau is one of seven players named by World Rugby to watch during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in Toulouse, France this weekend. The 27-year-old is named among 7s stars Michaela Blyde of New Zealand, Australia’s standout performer Charlotte Caslick, Brazilian speedster Thalia Costa, USA forward Ilona Maher, the most...

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