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Suva Rugby targets untapped potential

THE Suva Rugby Union is aiming to use its club players in this year’s Skipper Cup competition. Head coach and Fiji Airways Fiji 7s assistant coach Saiasi Fuli said the aim was to make use of the untapped players from clubs participating in the Suva competition. Fuli is assisted by former 7s teammate Jope Tuikabe....

Overseas exposure for women’s rugby

FORMER national rep Manasa Bari expects women’s rugby to grow in the country given the development that is being done by the Fiji Rugby Union. Bari coached the women’s team during the Oceania Under-18 Sevens Championship in Australia. Though the side failed to register any victories, Bari said overseas exposure was the key factor. “We...

RKS U18 goes on tour

THE Ratu Kadavulevu School under-18 side is keen to do well at the Sanix World Rugby Youth Invitational Tournament which kicks off in Japan this weekend. RKS secured an invitation to the event after winning the U17 grade during the Deans Trophy competition last year. The side defeated Queen Victoria School 16-13 in the final....

Bobo praises U18 team

FORMER national sevens rep Sireli Bobo says the Fiji under-18 men’s rugby team received great exposure during the Oceania U18 7s Championship in Australia. Fiji finished third in the competition after defeating Tonga 21-12 in the third and fourth place playoffs. Bobo said it was good achievement despite the lack of preparation time. “It was...

Fiji 7s with a mission

THE Fiji Airways 7s team will want to continue their winning streak in the HSBC World Sevens Series this weekend in Singapore. While Fiji lost the Commonwealth Games final to NZ, it has won the last two tournaments- Vancouver 7s and Hong Kong 7s- of the series. Coach Gareth Baber said his players are now...

Match officials announced for RWC 7s

NINETEEN officials from 14 nations will control the 84 matches played over the three day Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco, USA.The 10 match officials for the men’s competition include Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Richard Kelly (New Zealand), Craig Evans (Wales), Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Damon Murphy (Australia), Jeremy Rozier (France), Matt Rodden (Hong Kong),...

Netball Fiji qualifies for World Cup

THE Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou has applauded the Fiji Pearls for qualifying for the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England. The Pearls defeated Papua New Guinea 55-34 last Friday in the Oceania qualifiers in New Zealand to secure a top two ranking. However the side lost to Samoa in the final...

Fijiana finishes sixth

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana team finished in sixth spot at the HSBC Kitakyushu Sevens in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday. The Iliesa Tanivula-coached side was defeated by a high flying Russia side 30-7 in the fifth place final. The win for the Russians means they take the fifth spot for the second year in a row....

Fiji U20 departs

FIJI U20 rugby team has learnt from its mistakes after a disappointing performance in the 2017 World Rugby U20 Trophy championship in Uruguay. Senior player Saimoni Banuve said the side had a lot of negative comments from fans on social media in regards to its performance last year. “It’s not easy representing your country, people...

Nadroga golf tourney

THE newly formed Nadroga Golf Association will host a team Ambrose event at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course this Saturday. A total of 24 teams will participate in the tournament. The Nadroga Golf Association was formed last month to develop the sport in the province. The association’s event manager Avinesh Datt said Natadola would...

Finau’s chance

LAUTOKA stalwart Peni Finau is the likely replacement for Samuela Drudru who was red carded in the first leg of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League semi-final against Marist on Sunday. The Vodafone Blues drew 1-all with Marist from the Solomon Islands at Churchill Park. The visitors secured a crucial away goal in the...

Ratu misses out

BA will miss the services of top choice goalkeeper Josaia Ratu for the Vodafone Premier League clash against Tavua at Garvey Park this Sunday. Ratu copped a red card in the last VPL match with Labasa. The team resumed training yesterday. Ba team manager Arvin Singh said many of their players were affected by the...

Sports notebook

BOWLING Nadi THE Nadi Sports Club Knockout Business House Bowls will be held at Nadi Sports & Social Club on Friday, April 27. Reporting time: 5pm (Registration and practice), tournament starts: 6pm. Format: 2 Bowls- Fours, 2. Regular bowlers, 2. Social bowlers, entry fee: $120- per team includes nibbles and drinks. Prizes: $400 – winner,...

Paul for Singapore 7s

FIJI Airways 7s coach Gareth Baber has made changes to his side for this weekend’s Singapore 7s, which include policeman Keponi Paul. Experienced Isake Katonibau has also been recalled for the trip to Singapore as Fiji aims to do well and overtake South Africa in the series points standings. Katonibau, who played a vital role...

NZ win Kitakyushu World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series to build on Commonwealth Games gold medal

KITAKKYUSHU, 23 APRIL 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – New Zealand built on their triumph at the recent Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast as they overcame France in the final to win the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series event in Kitakyushu. Late scores from Portia Woodman and Tyla Nathan-Wong gave New Zealand a 24-12...

Marist takes slight advantage home

LAUTOKA, 23 APRIL 2018 (OFC) – An away goal for Marist could prove crucial after the first leg of the OFC Champions League semi-final ended in a 1-1 draw between the Solomon Islands club and their host Lautoka FC at Churchill Park yesterday afternoon. Like the earlier semi-final in Wellington, it was expected to be...

Australia and New Zealand take Oceania U18 Sevens titles

BRISBANE, 23 APRIL 2018 (RUGBY.COM.AU) – Australia and New Zealand have split the spoils at the Oceania U18 Sevens Championships. The Aussies took out the boys’ competition, beating Samoa in the final 32-7 at Riverview on Sunday, to secure Youth Olympic qualification and the Oceania title. In the girls’ tournament, it was the Kiwis who...

Canoeing Association gears up for Pacific Games

APIA, 23 APRIL 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – Samoa Outrigger Canoeing Association has started their preparations for the 2019 Pacific Games to be held in Samoa. A perfect weather out on the Taumeasina Island Resort open ocean contributed to a much anticipated third round of the Samoa Outrigger regatta race of the year. Five local club...

Coca Cola Games: RKS takes title after 21 years

RATU Kadavulevu School will take home the Coca Cola Games boys division title after 21 years. [Story & Video]

Coca Cola Games: ACS defends title

IT was a back to back win for the girls from Adi Cakobau School after defending the overall girls division at the 2018 Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium this evening. [Story & Video]