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Springbok 7s captain rates Fiji highly

SPRINGBOK Sevens captain Steadman Gans has rated Fiji to win the NZ Sevens this weekend in Hamilton. Gans said Fiji should not be under estimated. The men’s competition kicks off on Saturday. More in tomorrow’s...

Olympic Boxing qualifier postponed

WINSTON Hill and Jone Davule, Fijis boxing hopefuls to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will not be travelling to China at the end of the month due to the sudden Coronavirus outbreak in China. THE Olympic Boxing qualifier that was scheduled to be held in Wuhan, China has been postponed by the National Olympic Committee. Fiji...

Dau returning to Tavua

STRIKER Ratu Dau is making a return to his former district Tavua According to Fiji FA, Dau who featured for Ba last year has applied for his transfer release to join Tavua this season. The transfer window closes on January 31.  

Nadroga conducts U19 trials

COASTAL Rental Nadroga rugby under-19 squad for 2020 had their trials yesterday at the Kalevu ground. As another season of epic rugby competition begins, a total of 100 players turned up for the trials, however only 40 players will be selected to represent the provincial side for the upcoming Skipper Cup season. Union president Tiko...

Sonny Bill Williams to refuse to wear Super League’s Betfred logo due to religious beliefs

Sonny Bill Williams is set to refuse to wear the logo of Super League’s title sponsor Betfred due to his religious beliefs. Toronto Wolfpack’s marquee signing, 34, converted to Islam in 2009 and has often spoken about his devotion to his faith. Several high-profile sports stars have previously taken a similar stance against betting companies...

Still no word on McKee’s replacement

THE Fiji Rugby Union is still to announce the name of the new coach to replace former Flying Fijians coach John McKee after the vacant post was advertised in November last year. The FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor said they won’t release the applicants names because of confidential agreement between the board and the...

Big Fijian support in Hamilton

FIJIANS’ support for the national 7s team this weekend at the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton is expected to be better and bigger than the past three years. Not only are Fijians living in New Zealand meeting at the FMG Waikato Stadium to back the Gareth Baber-coached Fijians, the atmosphere is expected to have some...

Fiji 7s rectifies weaknesses

WHILE Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber has kept his run on team for this weekend’s New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton close to his chest and indications are that he could fire back with the composition of line-up from the Dubai and South Africa Sevens. The injury-free national side had another training session at Elliot Park...

Fijiana 7s team inspires kids

MEMBERS of the Fijiana 7s team inspired students, from five years old to 13 of TeTotara Primary School Hamilton, NZ, in their day off program today. Students asked questions about Fiji and the players also spoke about rugby and its benefits. Members of the Canada women’s team were also part of the program.

Fuli’s angels set Hamilton mission

FIJIANA 7s coach Saiasi Fuli believes a dose of energy, concentration and the eagerness to win will avoid his players from slumber in this weekend’s New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton. Fuli said whichever team would fall asleep during a game would be victim to the new rules of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. The...

Men in Black, Babasiga Lions set for the ultimate challenge

LABASA and Ba finally go head to head in the Pillay Garments Champions vs Champions match after 11 years when they face-off in the first of the two-match series this weekend. The last time the two champions played each other in a CVC series was in 2008 which the Men in Black won. Labasa qualified...

Tsitsipas through to Australian Open third round after Kohlschreiber withdraws

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open after his German opponent Philipp Kohlschreiber withdrew due to injury, organisers said on Wednesday. ATP Finals champion Tsitsipas, 21, will meet either Canadian 32nd seed Milos Raonic or Cristian Garin of Chile in the third round, having never...

Wozniacki rallies to tame Yastremska in Melbourne

Melbourne (Reuters) – Caroline Wozniacki refused to be rushed into retirement on Wednesday as the former world number one fought back from 5-1 down in the first set to beat Ukraine’s Dayana Yastremska 7-5 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open. The Dane had appeared set for an early exit at Melbourne Park,...

Blessed Woods admits age is affecting his game

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Tiger Woods has acknowledged age is increasingly affecting his game but said on Tuesday he was in a good place as he bids for a record-breaking 83rd PGA Tour victory in Torrey Pines this week. The American, who makes his season debut at the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday, said he...

Osaka rallies after tantrum to reach third round of Australian Open

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Defending champion Naomi Osaka struggled on serve and produced one of the most animated tantrums of the tournament so far before fending off China’s Zheng Saisai to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday. After being broken early in the second set, Japan’s Osaka threw her racket, slammed a...

Injured Dhawan ruled out of India’s ODI, T20 squad for NZ tour

(Reuters) – Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of India’s tour of New Zealand with a shoulder injury, the country’s cricket board (BCCI) said on Tuesday. Dhawan, a regular opening batsman for India’s limited overs teams, hurt his left shoulder while diving on the field in the series-clinching one-day international win over Australia in Bengaluru...

Bournemouth break losing streak with 3-1 win over Brighton

(Reuters) – Harry Wilson and Callum Wilson both got on the scoresheet for goal-shy Bournemouth as they ended their four-game Premier League losing streak with an emphatic 3-1 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion on Tuesday. Bournemouth’s failure to score in those four games meant they slid into the relegation zone, second from bottom...

Super sub Aguero gets winner for City at Sheffield United

SHEFFIELD, England (Reuters) – Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero came off the bench to grab a 73rd-minute winner as they solidified their grip on second place in the Premier League with a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Sheffield United on Tuesday. City’s Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus had a first-half penalty saved by Dean Henderson and the keeper,...

Lyon beat Lille on penalties to reach League Cup final

(Reuters) – Olympique Lyonnais booked a place in the League Cup final by beating Lille 4-3 on penalties after a 2-2 home draw on Tuesday. Loic Remy’s stoppage-time spot kick had given Lille a lifeline but OL keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu saved Jonathan Bamba’s opening penalty in the shootout and Renato Sanches missed their final kick...

22nd January

Misfiring Chelsea held to 2-2 draw by 10-man Arsenal

LONDON (Reuters) – Hector Bellerin grabbed a last-gasp equaliser for 10-man Arsenal in a 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday as the visitors recovered from a first-half David Luiz red card to peg back the Blues twice in a pulsating London derby. Top-four chasing Chelsea, seeking to put a stop-start run of...

Newcastle and Arsenal grab draws, Villa win on crazy night

LONDON (Reuters) – Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce described it as a wacky night of Premier League action after his side, and Arsenal, salvaged unlikely 2-2 draws and Aston Villa grabbed a priceless last-gasp victory at Watford on Tuesday. Manchester City cut the advantage of leaders Liverpool to 13 points as substitute Sergio Aguero struck...

Need to implement a child protection policy in sports: Mazey

THERE is a need to implement a child protection policy in sports, says Fiji National Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey. He made the comment while making submissions to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence on the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competition on Tuesday. “We have put in a number of policies...

Sami to lead Lautoka

FORMER Labasa and national rep Anand Sami has been appointed as the head coach of Lautoka Football team. This was confirmed to Fiji FA by the Lautoka Football Association president Shalendra Prasad. Prasad said Sami is already in the country and is expected to take his first training session today.

Fijiana to fight for semi-final spot, says captain

FIJIANA 7s team captain Raijieli Daveua has assured Fijian fans that her team will fight tooth and nail at the NZ Sevens in Hamilton. She said mistakes had been ironed out in the training session today and tomorrow and would polish all moves on Friday before the tournament on Friday. Fijiana 7s is pooled against...

Baber means business

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber is hurt. And he’s serious in avenging the loss in Dubai and South Africa in the start of the World Rugby Sevens Series. He said there would not be a lot of change in his line up this weekend but he will put the best Fiji can deliver in the...

Fiji FA selects new national coach

FORMER Papua New Guinea (PNG) football head coach Flemming Serritslev has been selected as the head coach of Fiji National Football team. According to Fiji FA, he was the most successful applicant shortlisted and is expected to replace the former national coach Christophe Gamel who resigned from his job in August last year. Serritslev coached...

Fiji FA Transfer Window update

LAUTOKA has applied the transfer release for former national under-20 and Ba goalkeeper Misiwani Nairube, Nasinu’s Arami Manumanubai and Tevita Rabekawa, Rewa’s Joela Biuvanau. Nasinu is seeking the transfer of Rewa defender Abhishek Deo, Tavua’s Kuliniasi Naqesa and Suva’s Mau Penisula. Nadi has requested the services of Rakiraki’s Shaneel Goundar and Shanish Raj. Meanwhile, Labasa’s...

Nadi FA boss calls it a day

NADI Football Association (Nadi FA) president Javed Ahmed will not be contesting for the presidency post in the Nadi FA Annual General Meeting next month. Ahmed made this declaration to the Nadi FA Board as his terms come to an end next month. “My terms with Nadi Football will come to an end next month...

Vollmer keeps chase

AUDIENCE of one or AO1 is Olympic hopeful Eugene Vollmer’s favourite mantra when preparing for competition. “This means that no matter what the circumstance or where I’m competing or who’s watching, I am only competing for an audience of one –– God,” he said. Eugene is one of Team Fiji Athletics triple jump athletes who...

Games workshop

THE Fiji National Sports Commission is working with the Ministry of Education, Heritage & Arts with World Health Organisation in a partnership for the introduction of Fiji’s traditional games as a form physical activity that can be played by all starting from school. A workshop scheduled to be held in two weeks will target senior...

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