Rugby

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...

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...

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...

16th June

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...

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....

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.  

Asenaca excited about RWC trip

ADI Asenaca Alowesi Lewatu Wellington Kadre Caucau was on cloud nine on Thursday when she found out she was going to be the lucky kid who will deliver the match ball for the Flying Fijians’ final pool match against Wales in Oita, Japan. “I was so excited, honoured, blessed and emotional at the same time...

Nadi ready to face Suva in cup semi-final

THE Jack’s of Fiji-sponsored Nadi side has nothing to lose in the Skipper Cup semi-final against Suva at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori this afternoon. Nadi has qualified for the semi-final of the provincial championship after a lapse of four years. With a host of young players and majority of who play in the local...

14th June

Asenaca to deliver match ball for RWC Fiji Vs Wales match

ASENACA Lewatu Wellington Kadre will deliver the match ball during the Flying Fijians versus Wales match at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. This after she won the DHL Express Fiji Match Ball Delivery competition which had more than 800 entries. In a video, DHL’s Country Manager DHL Express Fiji and Pacific Islands Mark...

Kuridrani extends contract with Brumbies

TEVITA Kuridrani has extended his contract with the Australia-based Brumbies. The Namatakula in Nadroga native had played 119 times for the club and scored a total of 28 tries after joining in 2012. In an interview with Planet Rugby, the outside centre had been very pleased to stay with the club for another season. “I...

Rebels don’t need to change anything: Cooper

FLY-half and playmaker Quade Cooper said the Rebels don’t need to change anything ahead of their encounter against the Waikato Chiefs at AAMI Park tonight and just need to believe in themselves. According to The Roar, Cooper, who along with the Queensland Reds won the Super Rugby title in 2011, said the Rebels didn’t need...

Bati squad named for game against Lebanon Cedars

VODAFONE Fiji Bati coach Brandon Costin has named a strong 20 man squad to play the Lebanon Cedars next week in Sydney. ” These 20 players are going to give us the best chance of winning with a solid performance against Lebanon,” Costin said. Paramatta Eels rampaging winger Maika Sivo has made the callup alongside...

Skipper Cup: Rugby battle

A SENTIMENT was delivered to the Naitasiri team by their head coach at the beginning of the Skipper Cup competition, that was to play for the people of the province because of their sacrifices and in supporting them every weekend. That will be a contributing factor to their semi-final clash against Nadroga tomorrow. The HFC...

Combined teams make the quarter-finals

A THREE-YEAR rugby development plan organised by two local primary school teachers has been reaping its rewards in the Vodafone Kaji rugby competition in the Suva Zone. A combined effort from Vatuwaqa Primary School and Vishnu Deo Memorial Primary School in the under-12 and U13 has developed these two grades to proceed to the quarter-finals...

Australian Prime Minister’s XIII to play in Suva

IN strengthening its continued relationship with Fiji, the National Rugby League (NRL) has confirmed that the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII will tour Fiji in October. The reason is to acknowledge that we have a big footprint across the Pacific so we want to be able to take big games into the Pacific,” said NRL Pacific...

13th June

Army, Navy to battle in Suva rugby club final showdown

THE 2019 Escott Shield final will be played between the Army and the Navy rugby teams after the two forces proved to be better teams in the semi-final clash at Bidesi Ground yesterday. The Army side defeated Fire Wardens in the first semi-final 13-10 securing a place in the final. However the second semi-final was...

Nadroga ready for semi-final showdown

THE Nadroga rugby team expects Naitasiri to be a tougher opponent compared with the team that lost in the fourth round battle at Lawaqa Park last month. As both teams gear up for the Skipper Cup semi-final, the atmosphere at Lawaqa Park on Saturday is expected to lighten up the Coral Coast as the two...

Tailevu remains in top flight

TAILEVU Rugby team will remain in the Skipper Cup competition. Manager Lepani Matea said they needed to work extra hard to remain in the Skipper Cup competition. “Tailevu remains in the Skipper Cup competition,” he said. “We have proven ourselves and will work on our techniques and game plans for the remaining tournament. “All we...

40 teams register for 7s

FOURTY local rugby 7s clubs have registered to be part of the inaugural Radradra 7s tournament that will kick off next week at Welagi ground on Taveuni. The confirmed teams travelling from the mainland include Army LFC, Stripling Warriors, Tokatoka Sharks, Washington Brothers and Lami Cavaliers from the central division. In the Western Division, former...

Brumbies ready for challenge

THE Vusu Brumbies rugby team will defend the Kalevu Shield challenge against Nokonoko Jaguares tomorrow after they wrested the title off Conua Chiefs last weekend at Lawaqa Park. The Namatakula Village-based team defeated former holders Conua Chiefs 29-15 last Friday with four more challenges left to overcome. The Brumbies set up have lost some of...

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