Rugby

Nadroga back to winning form

The Stallions have proven in their first two games that they mean business after beating the 2018-20 Skipper Cup champion Suva 25-17 in the first round and Namosi 29-28 in the second round. Last year,...

Parish excited about SBW-Johns dream team joining Samoa coaching ranks

SYDNEY, 06 MAY 2021 (NRL)—Toa Samoa coach Matt Parish has revealed he had been planning to approach Sonny Bill Williams about a role with the team and is now hopeful Andrew and Matthew Johns will also be involved with the World Cup campaign. Parish confirmed he would contact the trio after Matthew Johns revealed they...

Kanaloa still pursuing Super Rugby licence; investing in Fijian Drua also an option

AUCKLAND, 06 MAY 2021 (ABC)—After being turned down for a Super Rugby licence, the Chief Executive of Kanaloa Pasifika says they stand ready to divert investment funds into the Fijian Drua, whose bid was successful. However, Tracy Atiga says she is aware that both the Drua and the other successful bidders, Moana Pasifika, are in...

NZ sevens teams’ long-awaited comeback ahead of the Olympics

New Zealand’s rugby sevens teams will return to the international stage for the first time in more than a year against Australia in an Olympic warm-up tournament in Auckland this month. The men’s and women’s teams, the All Blacks sevens and the Black Ferns sevens, haven’t played an international fixture since the Covid-19 pandemic halted the World...

5th May

Timaima Ravisa on attack during the Fiji Airways Fijiana team training at the Mascot Oval ground in Sydney, Australia on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Tima eyes the cup

Triple international Timaima Ravisa, says a spot in the Fijiana XVs team to next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup would be the ultimate and crowning piece of her career. “I am trying for a spot in the national side for the Rugby World Cup, and it would mean the world to me to represent the...

Rugby-La Rochelle, Toulouse dominate European Player of the Year shortlist

(Reuters) – Champions Cup finalists Toulouse and La Rochelle have dominated the five-man shortlist for the European Player of the Year award, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) said on Tuesday. Four-time Champions Cup winners Toulouse were represented by captain Julien Marchand, France scrumhalf Antoine Dupont and former All Black and two-time World Cup winner Jerome...

Black Fern reveals struggle to stay in the game

Black Ferns and Chiefs star Chelsea Alley has revealed the extent of her struggles as a women in rugby in an emotional social media post. After taking part in the first ever women’s Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Blues, Alley has opened the lid on the harsh realities of being a women...

All Blacks number eight to leave Auckland

All Blacks and Blues number eight Hoskins Sotutu is leaving Auckland signing with Counties Manukau for this year’s NPC. The 22-year-old made his All Blacks debut last year when he came off the bench against Australia in the first Bledisloe Cup test. He played 15 games for Auckland in the last three NPC seasons after...

McMahon wants Wallabies return but Rennie happy with local backrowers

SYDNEY, 05 MAY 2021 (SMH) – Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is so impressed with a batch of rising young Australian backrowers he has not made contact with Sean McMahon, despite the Japan-based flanker expressing his willingness to play Test rugby again. One week after All Blacks and fellow Suntory star Beauden Barrett revealed both McMahon...

Fiji-born Kubu earns  Kenya Simbas call-up as provisional squad is named

NAIROBI, 05 MAY 2021 (CITIZEN DIGITAL)—Fijian-born and Kabras Sugar utility Jone Kubu has earned his first call up with the Kenya rugby fifteen’s team also known as Simbas. The Fijian has had an exemplary performance in the local Kenya Cup rugby league becoming a darling to the fans who love watching his ability to outclass...

Son of All Black committed to the Warriors

NRL rookie Rocco Berry is looking forward to adapting to rugby league after committing his future to the Warriors. Son of former All Black Marty Berry, Rocco made the surprise move to the Warriors after starring in First XV rugby for St. Patrick’s Silverstream College in 2019. Having made his NRL debut this season, the...

Samoa say no: Sonny Bill Williams ‘coaching takeover’ suggestion shot down

APIA, 05 MAY 2021 (NZ HERALD)—Speculation that an All Star coaching group, featuring Sonny Bill Williams, could take over the Samoan rugby league side has been shot down. The coaching takeover gained steam when rugby league legend and Fox Sports host Matty Johns confirmed on his show on Fox Sports he along with younger brother...

Manu Samoa coach keen for clarity on Moana Pasifika make-up

APIA, 05 MAY 2021 (RNZ PACIFIC)—Manu Samoa rugby coach says more clarity is needed around the makeup of the inaugural Moana Pasifika Super Rugby team and how many players will be available for the national sides in Samoa and Tonga. New Zealand Rugby confirmed last month that two Pacific Island franchises have been awarded a...

All Blacks ready to turn July into a Pacific extravaganza after Italy’s tour no-show

WELLINGTON, 05 MAY 2021 (STUFF NZ)–New Zealand Rugby is getting set to turn its July test window into a historic celebration of Pacific Islands rugby, dovetailing nicely with its expansion plans for the Super game in 2022. As if national headquarters did not have enough on their plate, they have been left scrambling to save...

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Super Rugby a chance to play near home – Benito

Flying Fijians winger Benito Masilevu said many Fijians playing professional rugby overseas would jump at the opportunity to join the Fijian Drua outfit for a chance to be closer to home. The former Fiji 7s player who plays for Grenoble in France’s Top 14 franchise said most of the Pacific Island players would dream of...

Fiji focused on Covid after Ireland cancels rugby tour

(RNZ PACIFIC)—The Fiji Rugby Union is focused on helping the country contain the spread of Covid-19, after Ireland pulled the plug on its planned tour of the Pacific. Ireland had been scheduled to play two tests in Fiji and one test against Tonga during the July international window. The trip was already in doubt because...

3rd May

Hurricanes snare former All Blacks lock Dominic Bird for 2022 season after France stint

Former All Blacks lock Dominic Bird is returning from France to New Zealand to his third Super Rugby team. At 2.06m the tallest All Black on record, the 30-year-old has signed with Wellington for this year’s NPC, and the Hurricanes for next year’s Super Rugby competition. The Hurricanes confirmed Bird’s signing on Monday, after a...

Bird lands for Hurricanes

Former-All Black lock Dominic Bird is returning to New Zealand rugby to join the Hurricanes for next year’s Super Rugby competition. The 30-year-old former Crusaders and Chiefs representative will lineup for the Wellington Lions for this year’s Bunnings Warehouse NPC before joining the Hurricanes set-up next year. “I’m excited to be getting back into Super...

Maqala focuses on target

For Fiji 7s new find, Sireli Maqala, listening to his more senior peers is a rule he has set and he knows this will help him develop his game further. “I do my best in every session to listen to the senior players in the team,” Maqala said. The 21-year-old speedster from Burewai Village in...

Fiji Drua CEO, head coach jobs advertised

The board of Fijian Drua team has advertised for two key positions in the team as preparations start for its participation in the 2022 Super Rugby competition. The Fiji Rugby Union on its website on Saturday has advertised for the positions of chief executive officer and coach of the Drua. Last month the Drua and...

Coronavirus scuppers Ireland rugby tour of Fiji

DUBLIN, 03 MAY 2021 (AFP) – Ireland’s tour of Fiji has been cancelled because of a coronavirus outbreak in the Pacific island, the Irish Rugby Football Union announced Friday. Andy Farrell’s men, who finished third in this year’s Six Nations, were due to travel to Fiji during the July international window. The IRFU said in...

Chiefs veteran Liam Messam proud of current team

Liam Messam doesn’t know if his return to the Chiefs was a one-off, but he’s determined to do all he can to help the team defeat the Crusaders in the Super Rugby Aotearoa final. The 37-year-old Messam wound back the clock on Saturday night, coming off the bench in the 55th minute in the Chiefs’...

2nd May

COVID-19: Malomalo 7s rugby players urged to call 158

Rugby players who played at the Malomalo 7s and are yet to contact the Ministry of Health and Medical Services are being urged to call 158. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said case number 98, who is the brother-in-law of the patient who resides in Makoi played rugby in...

‘Great for Fiji’ – Nadolo supports decision for Drua to play Super Rugby

Leicester winger Nemani Nadolo has hailed next year’s arrival of Fijian Drua into Super Rugby but the 33-year-old believes he is too old to head to the island and play a part in the franchise’s debut season mixing it with the best teams that New Zealand and Australia have to offer. Having moved from France...

Focus on welfare

The welfare of players is the main priority for Fiji Rugby Union in any club level, provincial or international rugby arena. Not only the medical team or physios can save lives on the field of play but a new pathway has been directed by Fiji Rugby Union to allow match officials to take up First...

Former Chiefs winger red-carded as Brumbies beat Force, make final

The Brumbies are already eyeing revenge after booking their place in another Super Rugby AU title decider with a tense and drama-charged 21-9 qualifying final triumph over the Western Force in Canberra. The defending champions will play the Queensland Reds in a rematch of last year’s final after being forced to pull out all stops...

All Blacks great Kaino in European Cup final

Jerome Kaino’s stellar career continues at 38 with the former All Blacks star helping French club Toulouse make the European Champions Cup final. Kaino started at No 8 in Toulouse’s 21-9 semifinal win over French rivals Bordeaux- Begles on Saturday (Sunday NZ time). Playing alongside former Blues and All Blacks prop Charlie Faumuina, Kaino helped...

Blues finish season on high note as spirited young Chiefs run out of puff

The Blues finished with a giddy flourish to spare their blushes but the young, second-string Chiefs outfit would still have walked off Eden Park on Saturday night with their fair share of satisfaction. In what was essentially a dead rubber Super Rugby Aotearoa regular season finale, with the visiting Chiefs and Crusaders confirmed before the...

1st May

Listen to the advice – Benito calls for support

FLYING Fijians winger Benito Masilevu is pleading with Fijians back home to work together and beat the COVID-19 virus, for two reasons; that the country may recover and that the borders will open to allow him to reunite with his family. Speaking to this newspaper from Grenoble in France, the Navakativa flyer from, Wailevu, Cakaudrove...

Argentina star Pablo Matera signs with Crusaders

Argentina captain Pablo Matera wanted to join the Crusaders, and they didn’t hesitate to offer him a one-year deal ahead of the 2022 Super Rugby season. The Crusaders, surely, could hardly believe their good fortune when they got the call to say big aggressive loose forward Matera was keen to relocate to Christchurch after completing...

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