Rugby

26th September

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...

25th September

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,...

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...

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...

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.

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...

Seruvakula to test 7s players against Canada

Fijiana 15s coach Senirusi Seruvakula weaves another magic this afternoon by fielding the Fijiana 7s reps from the Commonwealth Games against Canada at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva this evening. He has fielded the reps in the run-on team and from the bench against the No.3 team in the world to test them before...

22nd September

Asinate continues the Serevi legacy

On April 16, 1995, 7s legend Waisale Serevi welcomed the birth of his second child, Asinate. Twenty-two days earlier he had just returned from the Hong Kong 7s tournament. He was the captain, and his side lost 17-35 to New Zealand which had Jona Lomu (late). Twenty-seven years on, his daughter Nate, as she is...

NZ U20 forwards coach joins Drua

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua head coach Mick Byrne says the appointment of New Zealand under-20 forwards coach Greg Fleming into the franchise will benefit Fiji’s young players. Fleming’s appointment as the Drua forwards coach ahead of the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season was made yesterday. The 48-year-old starts with the Drua in the October pre-season...

Young forwards Kabeya and Talling make England’s World Cup squad

LONDON (Reuters) -Women’s World Cup favourites England included Loughborough Lightning’s 20-year-old forwards Sadia Kabeya and Morwenna Talling in a 32-player squad on Tuesday that also contained six players who helped lift the trophy in 2014. Kabeya, with four caps to her name and a hugely destructive tackler, got the nod ahead of established back rowers...

Club plans for bigger 2023 purse

The 2023 Fiji Bitter Nahehevia 7s tournament is expected to have a bigger prize purse after the success of last week’s event at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Tournament co-ordinator Semi Degei said the mainprize would be more than $10,000 because more teams had indicated their plans to retrun next year. “We are blessed that Paradise...

Savea the ‘energy-giver’ ready to boost New Zealand’s championship push

(Reuters) – Ardie Savea is ready to slot straight into the All Blacks side following the birth of his third child but the make-up of the back row for Saturday’s final Rugby Championship test against Australia at Eden Park remains up in the air. The powerhouse number eight, who was excused from the 39-37 win...

Northerners eye exposure

Saint Bedes College is using the 2022 Vodafone Super Deans Championship to motivate their players towards top rugby competitions. The Savusavu-based school, the lone North school in the national quarter-finals this weekend, meets Ratu Kadavulevu School at Bidesi Ground in Suva on Saturday at 1.30pm. College assistant principal Ben Ting said they had been working...

Williams ruled out of Wales’ November internationals after surgery

(Reuters) – Wales fullback Liam Williams has been ruled out of the team’s November internationals after having surgery for a collarbone injury suffered on his Cardiff debut against Munster. The 31-year-old, who joined Cardiff from Scarlets for the start of the 2022-23 season, sustained the injury in the game on Saturday following a tackle by...

21st September

Timoci continues with Moana

Super Rugby Pacific sensation Timoci Tavatavanawai will return to Mount Smart Stadium for the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific Season after lighting up the competition in his debut season. He has re-signed with Moana Pasifika for next season. The Fijian flyer finished the 2022 season with 57 defenders beaten in 8 games, the most out of...

Fleming appointed new Fijian Drua forwards coach

Greg Fleming is the new forwards coach for the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua team. The 48-year-old will start with the Drua in the October pre-season window. Fleming is expected to bolster the coaching staff led by head coach Mick Byrne ahead of the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific season. The appointment was announced in a statement...

Naitasiri girls turn up the Raluve heat

As schools gear up for the Weet-Bix Raluve Trophy national semi-finals next week, the Naitasiri Secondary School under-16 girls team have been working hard, doing the hard yards and going all out in preparations at their Naluwai school grounds daily. They are on a mission to restore glory to the hills of Naitasiri and stand-in...

Canada on Fiji radar

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana side is aware of the threat the fourth-placed Canada side has in the lead up to their Test this week in Suva. Forwards coach Greg Smith said the Fijiana players would have to perform well on Friday. The former Flying Fijians skipper said there were a lot of areas that needed...

Fiji 7s reps hosted to island welcome party

The energy matched the beautiful weather in Somosomo Village on Taveuni yesterday as Jerry Matana, Iosefo Masi and Elia Canakaivata were surprised with a welcome home party. Celebratory vibes filled the atmosphere with music, smiles, joy and laughter. Joni Lewenilovo, a fellow high school mate of Iosefo Masi and Jerry Matana, shared with Fiji Times...

Residential lots for reps

A Suva-based company is offering 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 a fortnight ago. Fiji beat New Zealand in the championship final 29-12 to bring home for the third time the coveted Melrose Cup. The...

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