Rugby

23rd September

Springboks vow to play to their DNA against All Blacks

The Springboks are promising to return to their methodical game against the All Blacks, believing they have strayed away from their “soul” in their two losses to the Wallabies. South Africa and New Zealand meet...

22nd September

Deal for 20 – Drua squad to camp in Australia from November 1

The Fijian Drua Super Rugby franchise has signed up 20 players out of its targeted 37-member squad for the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition. This was revealed on Monday after the announcement of its first five pioneers in Fiji’s first attempt at the annual international rugby tournament. The five are Olympics gold medallist Napolioni Bolaca,...

Raiwalui rates Nagusa to play big role

Former Fijian 7s and Fiji Warriors captain Nemani Nagusa will form an integral part of the leadership group for the Fijian Drua in the Super Rugby Pacific competition. Nagusa is one of the five players named by Fiji Rugby, who has signed up for the Fijian Drua for next year’s competition. The 33-year-old comes in...

Serevi praises Jamaica 7s

World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee and Fijian legend Waisale Serevi helped the Jamaica 7s team during the HSBC Vancouver Sevens tournament last weekend. The World Rugby Sevens Series debutante Jamaica lost to Great Britain 24-5 in their first match, 0-50 to Ireland in the second game and also to Hong Kong. Serevi, in his...

Sadrugu’s cane fields dream takes a twist

Walking along the sugarcane belt in Wailevu, Macuata and Labasa, inspired Taniela Sadrugu to become a successful and independent person in life. Mumbling the names of rugby icons, Sadrugu never imagined that one day fate will take a twist to set him a new course in his sporting career. Sadrugu said he dreamt to be...

7s vital changes – FRU sets new rules for tournament organisers

The Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) has ruled that it would be mandatory for all FRU-sanctioned 7s rugby tournaments from next year to be inclusive of a women’s competition. FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor said the prospect of more local women’s 7s competition in the country looked brighter. “We are looking at making some vital...

Springboks bring in big guns for 100th test with All Blacks

The Springboks have recalled the experienced trio of Lood de Jager, Elton Jantjies and Frans Steyn for Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against New Zealand in Townsville. Coach Jacques Nienaber has looked to some big guns to help right the Boks after successive defeats to the Wallabies ahead of this 100th test against the All Blacks....

All Blacks forwards brace for ultimate test against Springboks

The All Blacks have ratcheted up numerous aspects of their game through an impressive 2021 campaign. Their defence has been impressive, the tempo top-notch, skillwork mostly on point and there is an ominous depth building in this squad of Ian Foster’s that threatens to pay rich dividends down the line. But nowhere have the newly...

Leap of faith for Sadrugu

Inspired by the success of dual-code international Semi Radradra, one of Fiji’s future rugby stars has taken a leap of faith and switched codes. Rugby union player Taniela Sadrugu – an up-and-coming forward who epitomises the rugged, hard Fijian flanker – will join the National Rugby League club, the Queensland Cowboys later this year. “Semi...

Rugby-Lynagh in England squad, Ford, Vunipolas and George axed

LONDON (Reuters) -Louis Lynagh, son of former Australia flyhalf Michael, was included in an England training squad on Tuesday, but several big-name regulars were left out as coach Eddie Jones begins his build-up to the autumn internationals and the 2023 World Cup. Exeter number eight Sam Simmonds, last capped in 2018 but who was part...

Rugby-De Jager back as Boks bolster bench with backline experience

(Reuters) – Key lock Lood de Jager has returned to South Africa’s side for their Rugby Championship clash with New Zealand in neutral Townsville on Saturday, with coach Jacques Nienaber adding an extra backline player to the bench. De Jager missed the 30-17 defeat by Australia last weekend as he completed concussion protocols and his...

21st September

Fijian Drua 5 signed on for Super Rugby contracts

An Olympic gold medallist, three rising stars and a returning powerful loose forward revealed as historic first sign-ups. Electric 7s star Napolioni Bolaca assigned the coveted ‘Fijian Drua Number 1’ 32 more players to be announced progressively over the next several weeks The Fijian Drua yesterday unveiled the first five players signed by the club...

Action from Nausori Primary School and St John The Worker during the girls school Kaji rugby at Ratu Cakobau park ground 2 yesterday. Picture: RAMA

Young females optimistic about involvement in Fiji rugby

SUVA, 21 SEPTEMBER 2021 (FRU) – It’s an everyday experience where young Fijian boys play rugby in schools, villages and backyards while idolising their favorite local rugby superstars. However, a rare image to portray our young girls doing the same for the Fijiana rugby team. Well, winds of change have blown towards our shores when...

South Africa win HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, 21 SEPTEMBER 2021 (WORLD RUGBY) – South Africa’s love affair with Vancouver continued as they followed up their 2019 tournament win there with another title. With a strong contingent of Olympians in their squad, the Blitzboks went into the opening round of the HSBC Canada Sevens at BC Place as one of the favourites...

New Zealand return to the top of the World Rugby men’s rankings

BRISBANE, 21 SEPTEMBER 2021 (WORD RUGBY) – For the first time since October 2019, New Zealand are at the top of the World Rugby Men’s Rankings. The All Blacks’ 36-13 win over Argentina at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane combined with South Africa’s 30-17 defeat to Australia resulted in a 2.37-point swing, enabling them to swap...

Rugby-Boks know where they went wrong ahead of All Blacks showdown

(Reuters) – Hooker Bongi Mbonambi says South Africa have pinpointed where they fell short in the demoralising 30-17 defeat by Australia this past weekend and are determined to bounce back in the Rugby Championship clash with old foes New Zealand on Saturday. The match in the neutral Australian city of Townsville will be the 100th...

20th September

Back to back wins for Australia

The double-header battle at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night lived up to expectations. In the opening clash, a much-improved Wallabies outfit stunned world champions, the Springboks, again with a bruising 30-17 win. The consecutive wins over the Springboks meant the Wallabies reclaimed the Mandela Plate. The wins were a boost for the Wallabies following three...

Fijian Drua names 5 players to debut in Super Rugby Pacific season

The Fijian Drua have revealed the names of the first five players signed by the Club for its debut Super Rugby Pacific season in 2022. They are Electric backline utility Napolioni Bolaca, Flying Fijians’ hooker Tevita Ikanivere, blockbusting winger Onisi Ratave, powerful loose forward Nemani Nagusa, and rising star halfback Simione Kuruvoli. They are onboard...

Rugby-Flyhalf Carreras can be proud of Pumas performance, says coach Ledesma

(Reuters) – Argentina coach Mario Ledesma praised the performance of Santiago Carreras after the 23-year-old excelled for the Pumas in his new role as flyhalf against New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash in Brisbane on Saturday. Carreras was shifted from fullback following an injury to Nicolas Sanchez in last week’s meeting with the All...

7s battle: Top teams make the quarters in Vancouver

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series returned to action yesterday on the opening day of the Canada Sevens in Vancouver, Canada. After the first day of competition favourites South Africa, USA, Ireland, Kenya, Great Britain, Canada, Hong Kong and Spain have all made it through to the men’s Cup quarter-finals to be held at BC...

Flyhalf Carreras can be proud of Pumas performance, says coach Ledesma

Sept 19 (Reuters) – Argentina coach Mario Ledesma praised the performance of Santiago Carreras after the 23-year-old excelled for the Pumas in his new role as flyhalf against New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash in Brisbane on Saturday. Carreras was shifted from fullback following an injury to Nicolas Sanchez in last week’s meeting with...

19th September

Toulon debut – Nakarawa to play first game for French club

Flying Fijians lock forward Leone Nakarawa and Rugby Club Toulonnais’s latest signing is expected to get his first run on against Stade Francais in their Top 14 clash tomorrow with coach Patrice Collazo, heralding the veteran to provide answers. Headed to round three with no win, and hindered by injuries in the second row, Collazo...

Foster: ‘It’s about beating the Boks, not being ranked No 1’

The All Blacks are back at the top of the world rankings, though you will forgive coach Ian Foster for not exactly breaking out the party hats and streamers in the wake of yet another Rugby Championship victory that got them there. It was a businesslike Foster who reflected on his team’s eighth straight victory...

Top world ranking meaningless until Boks beaten, says ABs captain

Ardie Savea didn’t know his All Blacks had topped the World Rugby rankings until they walked off Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night. He didn’t seem to care much, either. According to World Rugby’s calculations the All Blacks’ 36-13 win over Argentina in Brisbane propelled them to No 1 international team on the planet, a title...

All Blacks back on top of the world after win over Argentina in Brisbane

The All Blacks will reflect on this 36-13 win over Argentina with a mixture of elation and frustration. Despite scoring five tries to beat the Pumas at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday night, which ensures they are at the top of the World Rugby rankings for the first time since 2019 and are now...

18th September

Tupou stars as Wallabies beat the world champion Springboks again

Taniela Tupou showed his many talents as the Wallabies overcame a lopsided penalty count and another controversial yellow card to beat world champions South Africa for a second-straight weekend. Australia were clinical early in a 10th-straight win at Suncorp Stadium with a bonus-point 30-17 win, with winger Marika Koroibete and outside centre Len Ikitau both notching doubles....

Serevi helps – Sevens maestro backs Jamaica in Vancouver

The Jamaica national 7s team will be the surprise package at this weekends HSBC Vancouver 7s as they have one of the best in the game of sevens helping them in their preparations. Former Fiji 7s captain Waisale Serevi has been helping the Jamaica men’s team as they prepare to make their debut in the...

Back to playing sports

As the people celebrate the opening of the border, goverrment has announced all sports will fully return once Fiji reaches the 80 per cent vaccination. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said that once the vaccination rates reached the 80 per cent all sports would resume. This includes team sports, like rugby, football and netball, and stadiums...

The Serevi moment

The year 2000 marked the beginning of a new millennium. It also left rugby fans with tons of memories from the sevens field. The rivalry between Fiji and New Zealand, which has sparked since Hong Kong, continued on the International Rugby Board Sevens circuit which took a new dimension in 1999 with ten tournaments introduced...

7s rugby and Baber

As the sparkle from the gold win in Tokyo slowly diminishes, there are more pressing issues on hand as rugby and life moves on in this fast and ever changing world. Do you know that the World Sevens Series is underway in Canada this weekend? Don’t worry, Fijian 7s is not in North America. But...

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