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Fiji FA player transfer window opens next month

THE Fiji Football Association Player transfer window opens in less than two week’s time. Fiji FA Competitions Manager Amitesh Pal has confirmed the player transfer window opens on July 1, 2019. In this time, players...

Fiji U20 to face Georgia next

THE Vodafone Fiji Under-20 side faces Georgia in a crucial World Rugby U20 Championship 9th place-semi-final tomorrow. A win will secure Fiji a spot in next year’s tournament. The loser of the match will compete in the 11th and 12th place playoff with the loser of that match getting relegated. Fiji plays Georgia at 4am...

Pacific Games: Boost for Team Fiji

MOTIBHAI & Company Limited delivered an added boost for Team Fiji to 2019 Pacific Games in the supplying of REXONA deodorant and antiperspirant supplies for the team ahead of the games next month at the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee head office in Suva this morning. “Rexona will not let our athletes...

Devil is behind children under 16 seeking gender transitioning: Folau

RUGBY star Israel Folau has continued to criticise homosexuals while also targeting youths undergoing gender treatment during a sermon at his Sydney church on Sunday. The Daily Telegraph claims the axed Wallabies and Waratahs player delivered a sermon at his father’s church on Sunday in which he said the devil is behind children under 16...

Fijiana wins Challenge Trophy in France

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana side beat England 27-10 to not only win a fourth Challenge Trophy in a row but also secured their place as a core team on the 2020 series in the process at the HSBC France Women’s Sevens this morning. Celia Quansah scored the first of her two tries to open the...

Lautoka striker leads Golden Boot chase

LAUTOKA football striker Samuela Drudru leads the chase for Golden Boot award in the Vodafone Premier League this season. After nine rounds of competition, Drudru has scored nine goals in the competition. Nadi’s Rusiate Matererega is on eight goals while Ba’s Avinesh Swamy, Suva’s Meli Codro and Labasa’s Siotame Kubu are on goals goal each....

Vodafone Premier League: Battle of survival continues

TWO important matches will be played in the Vodafone Premier League this weekend as the battle for survival continues. Bottom placed Rewa hosts 5th place Nasinu while 7th placed Tavua hosts Labasa in the eight team’s competition. Rewa, with six games remaining sits at the bottom with nine seven points. Tavua and Nadi have five...

Tourists get a taste of Fijian bowling hospitality

TOURISTS from the MV Pacific Aria cruise ship were hosted to a bowling match at the Suva Bowling Club by the Suva Bowls Association. The cruiseliner arrived into the Suva Port earlier yesterday morning. Tour director John Graham said it was the second for bowlers to be hosted in Fiji. “We came over two years...

Tagi gets surprise call for national duty

QAQA Suva rugby prop forward and Flying Fijians latest inclusion Luke Tagi was surprised when he was relayed the news that coach John McKee had included him in the 48 member squad for the Maori All Blacks and Pacific Nations Cup beginning next month. “I was shocked when I received the news and thought it...

Pars the stars as Woodland keeps U.S. Open lead

PEBBLE BEACH, CA. (Reuters) – Usually birdies and bogeys are the focal point of any round but for Gary Woodland it was pars that provided the highlights on Saturday, sending him into the final round of the U.S. Open with a one shot lead. Woodland’s two-under 69 featured three birdies and a lone bogey but...

Fleming and Prince book Canada’s last-16 spot

GRENOBLE, France (Reuters) – Jessie Fleming and Nichelle Prince got second-half goals to give Canada a 2-0 win over New Zealand on Saturday and book their place in the last 16 of the women’s World Cup. Canada dominated the first half and Fleming put them ahead three minutes after the interval following a fine run...

Rabat organizers made it impossible for Semenya to race, says legal team

(Reuters) – The Moroccan Athletics Federation made it “impossible” for Caster Semenya to compete at the Rabat Diamond League meeting on Sunday because of the lateness of a re-invitation, the South African athlete’s legal team said on Saturday. Semenya, the double Olympic 800 meters champion, never declined an invitation to run in the Rabat 800m,...

WTA roundup: Bertens to face Riske in Libema final

Top-seeded Kiki Bertens will play for her third title of the season after dispatching Kazakhstan qualifier Elena Rybakina in the semifinals of Libema Open at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands. Bertens thrived on the court in her home country as she recorded five aces while posting the 6-4, 6-4 win over Rybakina. Bertens will play Alison Riske in...

Canada crush Martinique 4-0 in Gold Cup opener

PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) – Prolific teenager Jonathan David scored twice as Canada thrashed Martinique 4-0 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday to win the opening match of the Gold Cup. Canada threatened from the outset and it felt like only a matter of time before Les Rouges would break through, which they did...

16th June

Pacific Games: Touch rugby names final team

TOUCH Rugby Fiji has named their final team to the Pacific Games in Apia Samoa next month. The 28-member team will be making a comeback to the games after missing two outings. Mens Open: Gerard Young, Keith Nauluvula, Savenaca Vocea, Semisi Rareba, Robert Chan, Roko Richard Rabici, Rusiate Uluimoala, John Sade, Ro Veceli Mataitini, Jalesi...

Waqaniburotu to captain the Flying Fijians again

FLYING Fijians head coach John McKee has chosen France-based Brive utility forward Dominiko Waqaniburotu once again to captain the Flying Fijian side after a successful outing during the autumn tour test matches last year. “Waqaniburotu certainly led by example during the November tour last year. I think his leadership was instrumental in helping the team to...

Fijiana winless in France

THE Fijiana Fiji Airways team lost all their pool games at the HSBC France Women’s Sevens in Biarritz, France. The Fijian side is pooled with USA, France and China in Pool C. France gave the home crowd plenty all the reasons to cheer with a 29-0 victory over Fiji with Carla Neisen scoring a double...

Fiji women’s hockey goes down to Poland in first pool match

THE Fiji Women’s Hockey team lost out in their first pool match against Poland at the International Hockey Federation series in Hiroshima, Japan. The team suffered a 6-0 loss with a steady nil-all at half time. Poland is currently ranked 23 while Fiji is ranked 44 in the World Women’s table ranking. Their next match...

Champion makes cup final

DEFENDING champion QaQa Suva marched on to the 2019 Skipper Cup final after beating a determined Jack’s Nadi outfit 39-15 at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday. Suva coach Solo Nute said it was another milestone as the Capital City side now look forward to keeping the Skipper Cup title in Suva another year. “We...

Nadroga three in the final

IT’S Nadroga all the way to the finals of the Skipper Cup competition as the Nadroga women’s, under-19 and men’s team defeated their opponents in the semi-finals at Lawaqa Park yesterday. Nadroga senior team edged Naitasiri 33-31 after a strong comeback from Naitasiri in the second half after they trailed 26-12 at the halftime break....

Special fun day

THE Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) launched the Olympic Day week celebrations in Lautoka yesterday with a theme of “move, learn and discover fun day” for people with disabilities and their families. FASANOC chief executive officer Lorraine Mar said in the past two weeks their team had gone out to special...

SGS stops Marist late charge in the U17 clash

SUVA Grammar School under-17 rugby team held off a late charge from Marist Brothers High School to remain top of their pool beating them 28-21 during the Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union Super Deans Championship Southern Zone yesterday at Suva Grammar School grounds in Nasese. Team manager Isikeli Senibulu said it was a hard...

O’Connor praises officials

THE Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union Southern Zone Super Deans Championship competition was launched yesterday with the presence of the chief executive officer of Fiji Rugby Union John O’Connor, sponsors and executives of the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Southern Zone committee. The Deans trophy southern zone competition features schools from around the Suva area...

15th June

Skipper Cup: Stallions edges Naitasiri 33-31

NADROGA rugby team defeated Naitasiri 33-31 in a close encounter at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Both teams scored five tries each but conversions made the difference. Nadroga led 26-12 in the half time break but Naitasiri came back strong in the second half but were unfortunate in the last few minutes giving away a penalty...

Kaji Rugby: SMPS books semifinal spot after defeating Marist

THE  Under-10 Suva Methodist Primary School rugby team booked their spot in the semifinals beating Marist Brothers Primary School 47-0 during the Suva Primary Schools Kaji Rugby competition today at St Marcellin Primary School grounds in Vatuwaqa. SMPS coach Rupeni Madigi said it was a special win having lost to Marist in last year’s U9...

Captains ready for season finale at HSBC France Women’s Sevens

THE 12 captains of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series convened on the picturesque coastline of the South of France ahead of the HSBC France Women’s Sevens, taking place in Biarritz on 15-16 June. The 12 captains came together ahead of the HSBC France Women’s Sevens for the sixth and final round of the...

Skipper Cup: Defending champs thumps Nadi to secure final spot

DEFENDING champions Qaqa Suva rugby side thumped Nadi 39-15 in the semi-final of the Skipper Cup competition to secure a spot in next week’s final. The capital side who maintained an unbeaten record throughout the Skipper Cup round robin maintained a steady lead going into half-time 27-3. The defending champions will now face Nadroga in...

Eight local players for Pacific Test Series

FLYING Fijians head coach John McKee has included eight local players for the upcoming Pacific Test Series incorporating the Maori All Blacks and Pacific Nations Cup prior to selecting his squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year. Local players Eroni Mawi, Luke Tagi, Joeli Veitayaki, Mesulame Dolokoto, Tuvere Veremalua, Johnny Dyer,...

Skipper Cup: Tailevu to meet Nadroga in the women’s division

TAILEVU and Nadroga will meet in the final of the women’s division Skipper Cup next week. This is after both teams won their respective semi-final matches today. Tailevu outclassed the capital side, Suva winning 24-15 at the Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori while Nadroga defeated Naitasiri 39-14 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.  

Naseruvati: We will give our best

NATIONAL rep Semesa Naiseruvati is the lone surviving member of the Fiji team that won the triples gold medal during the 2011 Asia Pacific Championship in Adelaide, Australia. That team included Dan Lum On and Samuela Tui upsetting New Zealand in the semi-final and Australia in the final to create history. This time Naiseruvati will...

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