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23rd October

Samoa-born All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala makes the move to Blues for his Super Rugby

AUCKLAND, 23 OCTOBER 2020 (STUFF NZ) – The rich just got richer, with All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala confirming he will play his Super Rugby for the Blues for the next two years. Samoa-born Laulala,...

Rashford to fight on after MPs reject free school meals campaign

(Reuters) – Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford’s campaign to extend free school meals over the holidays has suffered a setback after members of the British Parliament voted against the provision. England forward Rashford, who has been awarded MBE for his work in tackling child poverty amid the COVID-19 pandemic, forced a government U-turn in July...

22nd October

Social media must do more to combat online abuse, says Sterling

(Reuters) – Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling said social media companies have the technology to tackle online abuse but questioned whether they have the will to do so. Sterling was responding to the results of a Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) report https://www.thepfa.com/news/2020/10/21/pfa-charity-ai-research-study into messages sent on Twitter to 44 current and former players in England. The...

Golf: Scott withdraws from Zozo after testing positive for COVID-19

(Reuters) – Australian Adam Scott has withdrawn from the Zozo Championship after testing positive for COVID-19, the PGA Tour said on Wednesday. Scott, the winner of 14 PGA Tour titles, last competed in September’s U.S. Open and was expected to be among the biggest names at the tournament, which was relocated to Thousand Oaks, California,...

McIlroy comfortable with return of fans, Mickelson concerned

(Reuters) – Rory McIlroy has missed the fans and, hours after Australian Adam Scott was forced to withdraw from the Zozo Championship because of a positive COVID-19 test on Wednesday, said he was ready to see them back out on the course. The Northern Irishman will not see any spectators at this week’s Zozo Championship...

In-form Wasps stand between Exeter and glorious double

LONDON (Reuters) – For the second week in a row Exeter Chiefs head into a big final in great shape against a team whose preparations have been badly disrupted and, in the case of Wasps, who began the week not knowing if they were even going to play Wasps were eventually cleared to take the...

Coach Kumar leaves Lautoka Football

Head coach Ravinesh Kumar has parted ways with the Lautoka Football Association.  This was confirmed by Lautoka Football boss Shalendra Prasad. According to Prasad, Kumar had a verbal dealing to coach the Blues for the Courts Inter District Championship with an extension for the rest of the season.  Prasad said assistant coach Anginesh Prasad had...

Sabeto Roosters-Ravoravo Rabbitohs top table match scheduled for the weekend

The Sabeto Roosters will face the Ravoravo Rabbitohs in the top of the table match in the Vodafone Cup Western State Maroons competition at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday. The Rabbitohs are the only unbeaten club in the competition. The side has 13 points and is one ahead of the Roosters. It will...

Rugby Australia boss backs Ella’s call to boost Indigenous pathways

SYDNEY, 22 OCTOBER 2020 (SMH) – Rugby Australia boss Rob Clarke agrees with Gary Ella that the code needs better pathways for Indigenous talent to reach the top as the Wallabies legend nominated who he believed would be the next First Nations player to wear the jersey. Wallabies back Dane Haylett-Petty also said the team...

Vatuwaliwali and Koro to debut for Suva

2018 Deans champion Ratu Kadavulevu School players Jone Vatuwaliwali and Josua Koro will debut for Suva in their round 13 clash against Lautoka tomorrow. Vatuwaliwali has been named in the starting line-up at halfback with Koro to come off the bench. Also making their debut are Covenant Brothers winger Marika Vularewa in number 14 with...

‘My Dad lost the plot’: Du’Plessis Kirifi and family in tears at All Blacks callup

AUCKLAND, 22 OCTOBER 2020 (STUFF NZ) – The morning after an All Blacks test victory over the Wallabies, selector and forwards coach John Plumtree was hardly someone Du’Plessis Kirifi expected to hear from. Especially feeling the way he was, two days after captaining Wellington to a Mitre 10 Cup win over North Harbour. “I’d actually...

Ono-i-Lau cricketers secure three consecutive wins; eye on the prize

The Ono-i-Lau cricket team travelled more than 200 miles to be part of the Association Cup tournament and they’ve kept that momentum of moving forward on par after beating Suva in their third pool match at the Albert Park in Suva yesterday. Former Ono-i-Lau cricketer Inoke Luveni said they had made a lot of sacrifice...

Blues get All Black front row quartet

The Blues will boast four All Black front rowers next year with prop Nepo Laulala joining the Auckland based super rugby franchise on a two year deal. Laulala, who turns 29 next month, has been with the Chiefs for the past five years and with the Crusaders prior to that. He joins fellow All Black...

Agreement signed to broadcast inaugural Fiji Bitter Dranikula 7s live

An exclusive agreement has been signed between the Dranikula Sevens Organising Committee and Fiji Television Ltd to broadcast the 2020 Fiji Bitter Dranikula 7s tournament on its free to air channel Fiji One. The tournament will be held over two days at Thompson Park in Navua from November 6-7, 2020. It has been confirmed there...

Wales captain Jones on cusp of equalling test cap record

(Reuters) – Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will equal the record for most test appearances if he plays on Saturday against France in Paris. The 35-year-old lock is expected to be selected by coach Wayne Pivac on Thursday when he names the matchday squad for the game at Stade de France, which is a warm-up...

Rugby: Pumas eager for game time after isolation release

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Argentina coach Mario Ledesma is glad to be out of isolation after spending two weeks in a bio-secure facility in Sydney and says he is looking forward to his side getting some much-needed game time ahead of the Rugby Championship. Ledesma was among more than a dozen Pumas players and staff to...

Dame Val changes coaches in an effort to impress at Olympics

Shot put champion Dame Valerie Adams has changed coaches in an attempt to shake things up ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics. Adams is now under the guidance of Dale Stevenson, who also coaches men’s champion Tom Walsh. Adams had been coached by Athletics New Zealand’s High Performance Director Scott Goodman since the 2016 Olympics....

Test rugby return means adjustments for Wales, says Tipuric

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Wales loose forward Justin Tipuric anticipates some adjustment for himself and his team mates as test rugby in the northern hemisphere returns this weekend after the COVID-19 hiatus. “Everyone knows it’s different, even the build-up is much quieter than normal which is a bit weird,” he said amid a lockdown in Wales...

21st October

Training an oasis for Ireland amid COVID-19 constraints, says Sexton

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Training offers some normality to Ireland’s rugby players amid the COVID-19 pandemic, captain Johnny Sexton said on Tuesday after tough new restrictions were imposed on the country at the start of the week. “The most normal thing we’re doing at the moment is rugby training. We don’t have to wear masks, we...

Man United, Liverpool in talks to join new European super league – report

(Reuters) – Manchester United and Liverpool are in talks with Europe’s elite clubs to join a new FIFA-backed competition that would reshape soccer’s global landscape, Sky News reported on Tuesday. United declined to comment on the report and Liverpool did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Citing unnamed “football industry” sources, Sky said...

Chelsea frustrated in 0-0 draw with Sevilla

LONDON (Reuters) – Chelsea were frustrated by a disciplined Sevilla as their opening Group E fixture in the Champions League ended in a cagey 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Europa League winners Sevilla, who have been a thorn in the side of English clubs in Europe, contained Chelsea’s attacking threats in a game...

Federer pain-free and on track for Australian Open

(Reuters) – Roger Federer is practising pain-free after undergoing two knee surgeries this year and says he expects to return to the circuit at the Australian Open in January. The 39-year-old Swiss reached the semi-finals at Melbourne Park at the start of the year but missed the rest of the season after undergoing a second...

Jetsetters keep low profile against trophy holders

The Nadi rugby team has opted to keep a low profile in its buildup to the Farebrother Sullivan Trophy challenge against holders Namosi this Saturday. The double-header match is a crucial one for both teams in their bid to cement their Skipper Cup semi-final spot. Nadi has recorded a mixed bag of results in the...

Levuka boy joins All Blacks

“They were dancing in New Zealand and we were dancing here.” These were the words of Tony Lagicere when the news came that his nephew George Bower had made the All Blacks squad for the 2020 Tri-Nations Series. “George’s parents called from New Zealand, and when they told us he had been called up again,...

Cricket mission

Lakeba Cricket will look to secure its spot to the elimination round when they take on Komo Cricket today during their Cricket Fiji Associations Cup Challenge match today. After beating Cicia in their first match on Monday, manager Sevuloni Baba said they were positive of a good outing in today’s game. “We had a strong...

Boost for Savusavu 7s

An extra boost for the 13th Fiji Bitter Savusavu 7s with apparel sponsors BKL coming on board to outfit officials at next week’s tournament. “We are privledged and honoured and give a small sponsorship to the Savusavu 7s,’ said BLK sales consultant team leader central Suka Taufa. “We are grateful to the organising body for...

Doviverata: We learn valuable lesson ahead of top flight return

The Ro Alivereti Doviverata coached Rewa team has learnt valuable lessons in the Vodafone Vanua Championship this season which will help in their transition back into the Skipper Cup next year. Rewa defeated Nanukuloa 22-13 in the semi-final at Garvey Park in Tavua last Saturday to gain automatic promotion to the top flight together with...

Lakeba ready to learn

The Lakeba Rugby Union is eager to learn all they can when they host Vodafone Vanua Championship finalist Rewa on Lakeba in December. Lakeba Rugby Union president Seniteteva Diloi said they had accepted an approach from the Rewa Rugby Union for the 2021 Skipper Cup entrants to tour the island. “It is a great initiative...

Suva clubs to crown new rugby winner

A new Escott Shield champion will be crowned in this year’s 2020 Suva Rugby Union club games. Defending champion Army Green was bundled out of the competition going down to a strong Ratu Kadavulevu School Old Boys Rugby Club )RKSOB) by 17-12. Suva Rugby secretary Tevita Tuiloa said the results at this year’s club games...

FNRL targets women’s tourney in new season

The Fiji National Rugby League plans to set up the women’s competition next year. This is after the introduction of the women’s competition in the 2020 Pherrus State of Origin proved to be a success. The concept of the competition will be similar to the National Rugby League Women’s Premiership in Australia. FNRL acting chief...

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