Rugby

Fiji Drua secures historic NRC home final with brave comeback

THE Fiji Airways Drua side made a brave comeback and stole the win away from Canberra Vikings to secure a historic NRC home final next weekend. Downed 23-7 early in the second spell, the Fijians...

Uluinakau retains Nasinu challenge shield

THE Uluinakau 15s rugby team has retained the Nasinu rugby union challenge shield after they defeated Flick Vatuwaqa 15-5 today at the St Marcellin Primary School ground in Suva. The Uluinakau 15s team was boosted by the presence of its rugby 7s players who helped the team defend the title for two consecutive challenges since...

Fiji Drua’s call: Seruvakula pleads for fans’ support

FIJI Airways Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula has urged the public to turn out in numbers to support the side in the historic first home National Rugby Championship semi-final against Canberra Vikings at Churchill Park in Lautoka this afternoon. Fiji Drua’s home games have recorded average crowd with it being shown live on free to air...

DM Matamanoa Black 7s team secures a spot

DM Matamanoa Black 7s team, which comprise some Fiji Airways national 7s team players, has secured a spot in the Turnbull Namamanuca Primary School 7s tournament in Yanua Village in Malolo this afternoon. Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Waisea Nacuqu, Alosio Naduva, Kalione Nasoko and Vatemo Ravouvou made his presence felt to down the Pacific Island Air Yasawa...

Kikau visits academy

RUGBY Academy Fiji founder Seremaia Bai thanked Penrith powerhouse and Fiji Bati player Viliame Kikau for giving sports gear to the players. In the academy Facebook page, Bai wrote “sports change lives in Fiji and you will only understand it if it changed yours,” he said. “We were fortunate to have our very own superstar...

Lomani ready for the Flying Fijians challenge

FIJI Airways Drua halfback Frank Lomani has been given another chance to be part of the Flying Fijians in the November tour. The Nukubalavu, Savusavu native is among the seven Drua players — Joeli Veitayaki, Eroni Mawi, Mesulame Dolokoto, Ratu Vere Vugakoto, Mosese Voka, Alivereti Veitokani, and Albert Tuisue who were named in the Flying...

Vanua XV preparations continues; Weekend friendly scheduled

THE Vodafone Vanua XV continued preparations at Bidesi Ground today as the countdown begins before their upcoming New Zealand tour next month. Under heavy conditions and a swamped ground, the Vanua XV hit out in a two hour session running set pieces and working on defence with former Flying Fijian and trainer Sireli Bobo. “There...

Rugby – England’s Hughes has ban hiked to six weeks after ‘joke’ tweet

(Reuters) – England number eight Nathan Hughes will miss tests against South Africa, New Zealand and Japan after having a striking ban extended to six weeks for describing his disciplinary hearing as a “joke” on Twitter. The 27-year-old Wasps forward had earlier received a four-week ban for striking Gloucester’s Lewis Ludlow during the Oct. 6...

Victorians rugby challenge enters fourth year

THIS year marks the fourth year of this annual event of the Kontiki Finance Battle of the Victorians Rugby Challenge. The QVSOB RC (Suva) will host and they aim to make it a “bigger, better and memorable occasion”, and double it up as the last match of this year’s rugby season. Secretary Tevita Tuiloa thanked...

Suva Golden Oldies club receives campaign boost

SUVA Golden Oldies Rugby club (SGORC) received a boost of $3000 towards their support on the awareness of prostate cancer among men from Beiersdorf, a company manufacturer of Nivea at the Digicel House in Nabua, Suva. The sponsorship amount will go towards helping the club pay for prostate cancer testing, assisting in awareness programs and...

Turnbull 7s: Star studded DM 7s side wins first game

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s players started their Turnbull Namamanuca 7s campaign with a bang thumping Vunibaka 28-5 at Namamanuca Primary School ground in Yanuya this morning. Star players such as Kalione Nasoko, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Vatemo Ravouvou, Kitione Taliga, Waisea Nacuqu, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Terry Tamani and new find Napolioni Ratu played for the DM 7s. The...

Ratu ready to pounce in 7s

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s training squad member Napolioni Ratu Nasalo is expected to be at his best at this weekend’s Turnbull Namamanuca Primary School 7s at Yanuya, Malolo in the Mamanuca Group. The Wadigi Salvo 7s team playmaker has been knocking on the Fiji 7s selection door for the past two years and is on...

Fijians making inroads

RUGBY union continues to rise above other sports in the country with the Fiji Airways Drua winning performance in the Australian National Rugby Championship the latest success story. Last Saturday in rugby Town Sigatoka the Sannix Secondary Schools world rugby champion Ratu Kadavulevu School under-18 team, celebrated its victory with families and former students marching...

Flying Fijians receive $300k grant

FIJI Airways Flying Fijians received a grant of $300,000 from the Government through the Fiji Sports Commission yesterday at the Fiji Sports Commission head office at Laucala Bay, Suva. The $300,000 grant was to fund for the Flying Fijians northern tour in terms of their logistics and other financial needs. Fiji Rugby Union CEO John...

$15k prizemoney at stake at Nacavanadi 7s tournament

THE Nacavanadi 7s will be held on November 23-24 and will feature 24 men’s team and 8 women’s at Beddoes Park. A netball tournament and volleyball tournament will also be part of the event and held at the CBM Multipurpose Courts. Event co-ordinator George Tiko said this was an effort to bring back youths to...

McKee selects Dolokoto for tour

FIJI Airways Drua hooker Mesulame Dolokoto is among the new inclusions in the Flying Fijians squad for the November Europe tour. Dolokoto is joined by his Drua teammates Joeli Veitayaki, Eroni Mawi, Ratu Vere Vugakoto, Mosese Voka, Frank Lomani, Alivereti Veitokani, and Albert Tuisue. The Koroivonu, Tunuloa, Cakaudrove native captained the Queen Victoria School under-18...

Male prepares Vanua XV squad for New Zealand tour

THE Vodafone Vanua XV squad had its first training session yesterday at the National Hockey Centre at Laucala Bay, Suva. The team was picked from this year’s Vodafone Vanua Championship and is now under the tutelage of former Flying Fijians looseman and former Flying Fijians coach Inoke Male. The team is being prepared for a...

NRC: Fijian Drua knows what to expect from the Vikings

THE Fiji Airways Drua side knows what to expect when they take on Canberra Vikings in the National Rugby Championship semi-final this Saturday. The memories of the 40-35 win two weeks ago over the Vikings are still fresh. However, there is a lot more at stake in this Saturdays match: a spot in the grand...

Fijiana team lands in Colorado; President wishes team well

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana team has landed in Denver Colarodo for the 2018-2019 Women’s World Sevens series. Headed by coach Ro Alifereti Doviverata, the team looks forward to their first training under the leadership of their new coach. Fijian President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote wished the team well for this weekend’s tournament. “Your participation...

McKee names Flying Fijians for November internationals

FIJI Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee has released the names of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team for the Fiji November Internationals 2018. The team consists of both local and overseas-based players and sees the inclusion of Fiji Airways Drua players, Joeli Veitayaki, Eroni Mawi, Mesulame Dolokoto, Ratu Vere Vugakoto, Mosese Voka, Frank...

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