Sport

Bid to develop young players

CANBERRA Raiders Fiji is conducting clinics and is focusing on the development of players in the junior level. The Australian rugby league club that is based in Canberra established their academy in the country a...

Spiritual farewell

THE Fiji under-18 and U16 rugby teams received a spiritual boost last night as they were farewelled at a moving church service at the Nasinu Secondary School. Family members and friends joined the teams in a spiritual moment before the upcoming international tours. The Fiji U18 team will travel to New Zealand next week while the U16...

Weekly netball competitions a success, says association

THE Tailevu Netball Association has credited the players and supporters for the successful completion of their weekly competitions. President Nani Narayan said without the support from the teams and the major sponsors nothing could be achieved. “We thank our major sponsor Sun Insurance for stepping in and supporting us in this year’s club games competition,”...

Victory mission

VICTORY will be the only mission as the Fiji Airways Drua takes on the Sydney Rays in the next round of the National Rugby Championship at Concord Oval Stadium, New South Wales tomorrow. Looking at statistics provided by rugby.com.au, the Drua dominates all aspects of the game in terms of attack and defence. The number...

National U16 side sets target

THE Fiji U16 team to the Australian Junior Rugby Championship has set its target to focus on their game plan rather than playing individually. Coach Masi Saqanavere was happy with the players that he had selected and thanked the parents for their support towards their children’s welfare for the past one month. “We had to...

In the hunt

STILL on the hunt for that elusive first win away from home, the Fiji Airways Drua team once again amends its starting line-up to face Sydney Rays tomorrow in the next round of the National Rugby Championship (NRC). Head coach Senirusi Seruvakula has made eight changes from his starting line-up after last week’s hammering in...

Pal hails league success

THE 2018 Vodafone Premier League has been hailed a success by Fiji Football Association competitions manager Amitesh Pal. Pal said this year’s competition was very competitive. “The winner was not decided right up to the final week of competition. Even the Oceania Federation Champions League qualifiers were confirmed after the last round. “Not only that,...

Blues to miss 3

REIGNING champion Lautoka will miss the services of three key players in this year’s Courts Inter District Championship. Tough defender Ilaitia Tuilau has moved to New Zealand while striker Lesari Qalica and Arami Manumanubai will feature for the newly promoted Nasinu side. Despite the timely inclusion of Ba striker Samuela Nabenia and Rewa’s Sairusi Nalaubu,...

Tavua in financial crisis

THE Tavua football side is facing financial constraints to contract its players unlike all other districts in the premier division. The giant-killer of Fiji soccer, however, will not use the above issue to deter the players from giving its best at the upcoming Courts Inter District Championship in Suva. Team president Pranesh Prakash said the...

Tourney to produce future reps

THE 2018 Nadi Airports International Volleyball tournament will be a good opportunity for the national selectors to scout for talents. Tournament official Joe Gray said the tournament would feature more than 2000 players and surely some untapped talents would surface during the competition. He said some hidden talents spotted from the past tournaments had been...

Nadi’s best set for semi-finals

RIO Olympics Fiji 7s gold medallists Samisoni Viriviri and Kitione Taliga will spearhead Dratabu’s campaign in the Jack’s Nadi Rugby Union Super 14 semi-finals to be held at Prince Charles Park this afternoon. The former national 7s reps were in top form in last week’s quarter-finals and are expected to play a huge role against...

FRU names Vanua team for NZ tour

FIJIAN rugby players now have another chance to expose their talents internationally. Thanks to the Fiji Rugby Union and its New Zealand counterpart, a Fijian team called the Vodafone Vanua XV will tour New Zealand in November. Members of the team are players competing in the Vodafone Vanua Championship. After discussions with NZR, the FRU...

FIFA president lauds Lautoka Football’s victory

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has congratulated Lautoka Football for winning the Vodafone Premier League earlier this year and booking a spot in the OFC Champions League. In statement to Fij Football Association, Infantino lauded Lautoka FC for their fourth championship title. “This title is the result of the determination of everyone involved and my congratulations...

2018 Courts IDC fixtures

NEWCOMERS Nasinu will start its Courts Inter District Championship against northerners Labasa on October 5 at Suva’s ANZ Stadium. According to the IDC fixtures, Nasinu battles Labasa at 3.30pm in the second match of day while at 1.30pm Rewa takes on Tavua. The official opening takes place at 5.30pm after which Suva plays Nadi at...

Joshua sees Povetkin as toughest fight since Klitschko

LONDON (Reuters) – World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua expects his title defence against Russian Alexander Povetkin on Saturday to be his toughest fight since Wladimir Klitschko — and to end with a similar outcome. Joshua, 28, knocked out Ukrainian Klitschko at Wembley in April 2017 and the 2012 Olympic champion is returning to the national...

Russian Anti-Doping Agency reinstated by WADA Executive Committee

SEYCHELLES, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee has defied the outcry from athletes and other organisations by comfortably voting 9-2 in favour of the reinstatement of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) at a meeting in the Seychelles. The decision to rubber-stamp the recommendation from the Compliance Review...

Nippon TV, NHK and J SPORTS appointed Japan rights holders for RWC 2019

TOKYO,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (WORLD RUGBY) – Rugby World Cup 2019 is set to deliver a record domestic broadcast audience after World Rugby announced the appointment of Nippon TV, NHK and J SPORTS as broadcaster rights-holders for Japan. The appointment of Japan’s leading sports broadcasters as rights-holders will ensure that the tournament has the widest-possible audience...

World Rugby warns teams, fans to cover tattoos at Japan 2019 RWC

TOKYO,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SPORTS 24) – Teams and supporters at next year’s Rugby World Cup have been warned that they need to cover tattoos in public to avoid causing offence. Players have been asked by World Rugby to wear rash vests when they use public gyms or swimming pools as tattoos are associated in Japan...

Beaumont anticipates special and game-changing RWC 2019 as Japan celebrates one year to go

TOKYO,21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (WORLD RUGBY) – World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont believes that Japan 2019 will be “a very special and game-changing Rugby World Cup” as the one year to go milestone was marked with a series of celebrations across the host nation. On 20 September, 2019, the world’s top 20 teams, supported by 1.8...

Hull FC’s injured Tonga skipper to miss test against Australia

LONDON, 21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (BBC SPORT) – Hull FC’s Tonga international skipper Sika Manu will miss his country’s Test against Australia – and the Black and Whites’ last two Super League games – with a medial cruciate ligament injury. Manu, 31, suffered the knee damage in Friday’s 38-12 defeat at St Helens. “Sika is the...

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