Rugby

Fiji men’s 7s team suffers third loss in Oceania 7s

The Fiji Airways Men’s 7s team suffered its third loss in the Oceania Sevens tournament in New Zealand yesterday. The national team lost to Australia A 24-26 making it their second loss to the Aussies...

Vanua Cup Championship: Bua and Macuata qualify for Vanua semis

Bua and Macuata have qualified for the semi-finals of the Vodafone Vanua Cup Championship and both matches will be held at Subrail Park in Labasa. Macuata defeated Ovalau at Nasau Park and Bua beat Serua by 12-10 at Subrail Park yesterday. The unending screams and cheers that roared through the Labasa park resulted in players...

Suva escapes Naitasiri fightback to claim close win

Suva escaped with a 23-20 victory over Naitasiri in a high-intensity Skipper Cup match at the Suva Grammar School grounds at Veiuto yesterday. The physical encounter saw police officers escorting the match officials from the ground during the halftime break after heated verbal exchanges between them and officials from both teams. Team officials were not...

Farebrother trophy: Nadroga wins West derby

Fullback Jack Volavola nailed a late long range penalty to earn BLK Nadroga the Inkk Farebrother Trophy after defeating holders Nadi 20-19 at Prince Charles Park yesterday. With two minutes left on the clock, Nadi misfired with a stray line-out throw handing the Stallions a scrum. Nadi, which led 19-17 at that time, gave away...

25th June

Break for Flying Fijians

The Vodafone Flying Fijians squad members have taken a break this weekend after a rigorous five-day training session in preparation for the Pacific Nations Cup. Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter said the preparations for the PNC had started well. Cotter said the players worked hard on the field. “I can feel the group coming...

A rare feat: Father and son to play in same team

A father and his son representing a particular team in the same game is a rare feat which could rewrite history for Lautoka in the Vodafone Vanua Championship quarter-final against neighbour Ba at Churchill Park this afternoon. Sireli Masi, who was part of the Fiji under-20 squad post COVID-19, has been named to start at...

24th June

Tudulu brothers ready to play for motherland

The brotherly love of the Tudulu siblings — Luke and Waisea — will be something they will play for when they wear the Fiji U20 rugby jersey next month. They hail from Bau in Tailevu but were raised in Australia. The brothers were named by head coach Iferemi Rawaqa for the Oceania Rugby Under-20 Championship...

Huge support for Bua rugby in Vanua Cup Challenge

Six special buses will travel from Bua to Subrail Park tomorrow to cheer their rugby team in the Vodafone Vanua Cup Challenge against Serua. Bua has the strongest rugby support network compared to Macuata and Cakaudrove. The team arrived in Labasa today and are prepared for their first quarter finals. Team manager Ilaitia Sigarara said...

23rd June

Crusaders star Cullen Grace called up to Māori All Blacks squad to face Ireland

Crusaders star Cullen Grace has earned a maiden call-up to the Māori All Blacks, joining the squad for next week’s first match against Ireland. The powerful, skilful No 8 played a huge part in his side’s run to the Super Rugby Pacific title, logging the second-most minutes for the red and blacks, then put in...

22nd June

Netherland-based Sulita forces way into Fijiana 15s team

Netherlands rugby player Sulita Waisega has forced her way into the Fijiana 15s team to play at the Oceania Championship in New Zealand next month. She is one of 18 new players named by coach Senirusi Seruvakula today at the Fiji Rugby Union office in Suva. The side will be captained by Bitila Tawake. They...

Europe-based Flying Fijians to arrive soon

The arrival of the Europe-based Flying Fijians squad members next week will surely be a sigh of relief for head coach Vern Cotter who says selection for the Pacific Nations Cup will surely be interesting as everyone will be fighting for a spot. “They are coming in little by little,” said Cotter. “The English players...

Flying Fijians hit the dunes

Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter says his team will have to dig deep to match the physicality and style of play their opposition will bring. The team had a training session yesterday at the famous sand dunes in Sigatoka. The sand dunes is part of Fiji’s secret weapon in achieving gold medals at the...

Flying Fijian Tamanivalu grateful for opportunity

Former All Blacks and Flying Fijians squad member Setareki Tamanivalu is grateful for the opportunity to be part of this year’s Pacific Nations Cup squad under coach Vern Cotter. Tamanivalu joined the squad for a training session at the Sigatoka Sand Dunes yesterday. “I am happy and thankful to be given a chance to come...

Fittest Fijiana: Bari tops Yoyo test as she chases 7s spot

She is the fittest player in the Fijiana 7s side heading into the Oceania 7s later this week. Verenaisi Bari recorded 19.1 on the Yoyo test, the best in the 26-member squad. The 22-year-old is part of the two Fijiana teams which leave the country today to compete at the tournament in New Zealand. An...

21st June

Cotter’s men start camp – “We have our eyes on the big picture”

The Flying Fijians squad marched into camp yesterday in Nadi as it begins preparations for the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup championship next month. Fiji will face Tonga in its first match at the ANZ Stadium at Laucala Bay, Suva. Coach Vern Cotter named his squad early this month adding 16 Fijian Drua players alongside...

Silktails mourn Shannon passing

The Kaiviti Silktails have made a special tribute presentation in honour of their manager Jacquie Shannon, who died suddenly in Sydney at the weekend. Shannon, 57, had been the Silktails’ heart and soul for organisational and pastoral care of the 28 players, who had left their homes and families in Fiji to compete in the...

Nasinu’s golden ‘Touch’ impacts youth

Most youths in Nasinu are turning to sports such as touch rugby on the weekends, thanks to the executives of the newly formed Nasinu Touch Rugby Association. After four weeks of club competitions, NTA has been reshuffling weekly draws because of the influx of new teams registering to join the association. Association executive Koila Kabu...

Chris back to school

For Swire Shipping Fijian Drua lock Christopher Minimbi, it’s back to the lecture theaters and walkways of the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus after his first season of the Super Rugby Pacific competition. The 23-year old former Marist Brothers’ High School headboy and dux said it was a dream come true to play...

20th June

Baselala siblings on a rugby mission

The phrase “my brother’s keeper” rings true for Philip and Benjamin Baselala, who are vying for a spot in the national team to the Oceania Rugby Under 20 Championship at the Sunshine Coast Stadium in Australia from July 1–10. Philip, 17, who plays halfback said the training had been tough but he was fortunate to...

Vunivalu nears Wallabies debut

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has hinted a debut Test cap for former Fiji Bati and NRL star Suliasi Vunivalu was close, rugby.com.au reported. And simply said he was “confident” the Queensland Reds winger would remain in Australian rugby beyond this season. Vunivalu is off-contract after this season. “We’ve picked him because of his massive potential...

Family man: Ratave makes decision to play for loved ones

Former Swire Shipping Fijian Drua and Benetton bound winger Onisi Ratave said the main purpose for his decision to accept the Italian club’s offer was for the wellbeing of his family. “I took the offer from Benetton for my family,” said the 30-year-old Naqarani, Rewa native. “My family is very important to me and I...

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