Rugby

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),...

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...

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...

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...

Ben Ryan ready to release book

WITCHDOCTORS, rugby-obsessed prime ministers, sun-smeared dawns and devastating cyclones, intense friendships and bitter rows, phone taps and wild nationwide parties. Heaven- The beautiful chaos of Fiji’s Olympic Dream due to be released on May 31 by former sevens coach Ben Ryan is not your usual sports story. “Well to really find that out you need...

Fiji Deaf 7s team eager to stamp mark on world stage

THE Fiji Deaf 7s team is eager to stamp its mark on the world stage when it competes in this weekend’s World Deaf 7s tournament in Sydney, Australia. The side presented its i-tatau to President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote this afternoon and vowed to do its best for the country. Playmaker Peni Raicebe said...

GC2018: Stopping the scouts

FIJI and the other Oceania countries are taking a united stand against scouts who had been luring our athletes for overseas contracts without following the right channel. Fiji Minister for Youth and Sport Laisenia Tuitubou said Oceania sports ministers made a submission to the Commonwealth Games Federation on stopping Oceania athletes from scouts recruiting athletes...

Fiji 7s boys target Singapore after GC2018

CONTENT with their silver medal finish at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Fiji 7s skipper Jerry Tuwai says the next mission is to win the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Singapore 7s. Dubbed as Mr Humble by 7s commentators, Tuwai was greeted along with his Team Fiji teammates by their loved ones...