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All Blacks run riot, Wallabies survive Japanese onslaught

Heading to this week’s International Test matches, Southern Hemisphere giants All Blacks and Wallabies had a good workout. While the Wallabies were made to work hard against the Brave Blossoms, the All Blacks scored 16 tries as they hammered the USA Eagles. Sky...

Trio commended for their service to Netball Fiji

Netball Fiji is proud that Wainikiti Bogidrau, Vasiti Vocea and Unaisi Rokoura were bestowed the 50th Anniversary of Independence commemorative medal for service to netball and sport in Fiji. Netball Fiji chief executive officer Vivian Koster congratulated the trio for their well-deserved recognition. “The netball community is always proud to celebrate the achievements of its members, and Wainikiti, Vasiti and Unaisi have a long history of contributing to the...

Moana Pasifika signs first Fijian player

Moana Pasifika is raking in its first Fijian player to the franchise as the search continues for the newly formed side. Timoci Tavatavanawai, Moana Pasifika reported on its Facebook platform, is a winger and was part of the Crusaders and Highlanders wider squads during the 2021 Super Rugby season. The former Fiji under-20 utility back...

Talatala Tokaibai aims for rugby haven

Talatala Tokaibai is among young Fijian rugby players looking for refuge in the sport. With rugby becoming a haven for players through lucrative contracts, international exposure and test experience, the Vunibau, Serua lad is among players in the Fiji Rugby Union High Performance Unit. The unit’s academy is a pathway for blokes such as him...

Lautoka Golf Club is marking its return to sports with a charity drive

Lautoka Golf Club is marking its return to sports with a charity drive to help Fijian children who are suffering from cancer. The club, one of the oldest in Fiji, will host its Diwali Cup 18 holes stroke event next month to kick-start its fundraising drive for WOWS Kids Fiji. Tournament organiser Raymond Singh aims to...

Fiji rugby club coaches encouraged to attend clinics

Fiji Rugby Union development officer Koli Sewabu is encouraging all club coaches and interested participants to attend coaching clinics hosted by the parent body. Sewabu said the idea of going to provinces and working with club coaches was to boost the coach accreditation process. “We’ve been through a total shift in paradigm in terms of...

Fiji rugby in need of playmakers

Fiji needs first-five-eighths, said Fiji Rugby Union elite player pathway manager Viliame Gadolo. The FRU, through its development programs, is working hard to identify, groom, supply and patch areas national teams are lacking such as player supply. Especially on key and specialised positions such as the flyhalf, who masterminds and controls play, and know when,...

Cavallo becomes first active A-League player to come out as gay

Adelaide United midfielder Josh Cavallo is the first active A-League player to come out as gay. He said he was done with feeling ashamed about his sexuality and the exhaustion of trying to live a “double-life”. “I’m a footballer and I’m gay,” the 21-year-old said on a video posted on Adelaide’s social media, drawing support...

Enes Kanter calls out Nike for ‘silence’ over human rights abuses in China

NBA star Enes Kanter, currently of the Boston Celtics, is calling out Nike for what he deems the brand’s silence over ongoing injustices against minorities in China, namely the mostly Muslim Uyghur population. Kanter began taking a stance on the issue in recent days through messaging on custom footwear, choosing to double down during last night’s road...

Back in time! Top trainer for Ve

The boxing fraternity was abuzz with news that Fiji’s “Golden Boy” and boxing idol Sakaraia Ve was to be trained by one of Australia’s leading trainers, Jack Rennie. A report was published in The Fiji Times on December 17, 1981. According to the article, Rennie — who had already trained a world boxing title winner...

All Blacks forwards coach John Plumtree is a fan of Ardie Savea at No 8

Being unencumbered by the captaincy could empower All Blacks loose forward Ardie Savea to create fireworks against Wales in Cardiff. The question is whether Savea lights the fuse at openside flanker or No 8, when the sides clash at Principality Stadium on Sunday morning. Savea hasn’t played since lock Sam Whitelock replaced him as skipper for...

World Rugby’s massive blow to World 12s concept

The proposed World 12s rugby tournament has been delivered a potentially terminal blow by the sport’s global governing body. World Rugby says after consideration by powerful committees, “stakeholders do not wish to explore the concept further at this time”. Dubbed the Indian Premier League of rugby, organisers planned to launch the 12-a-side tournament in August...

Former All Black loses memorabilia as storage unit sold without him knowing

Former All Black and Wellington wing Bernie Fraser has lost precious family possessions and treasured rugby memorabilia after a storage unit he owned was sold without his knowledge. Fraser’s children said the storage unit in Wellington was filled with entirely personal property of great sentimental value to the family, including childhood family photos and videos,...

Former rugby league internationals to sue RFL over brain damage

Head injuries, concussions and their potential long-term health impact have been in the spotlight in rugby since former rugby union players filed a class-action lawsuit against governing bodies, including World Rugby, alleging a failure to minimise the risks. Former Britain and England halfback Bobbie Goulding, ex-Wales winger Michael Edwards and former Scotland fullback Jason Roach...

Osea Kolinisau inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame

2016 Rio Olympics gold medal winning Fiji 7s captain Osea Kolinisau will be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2021. World Rugby has revealed that six legends of the game in Osea Kolinisau (Fiji), Humphrey Kayange (Kenya), Huriana Manuel-Carpenter (New Zealand), Cheryl McAfee (Australia), Will Carling (England) and Jim Telfer (Scotland) will...

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BSAF focuses on getting overseas exposure for its players.

The Billiards and Snooker Association of Fiji (BSAF) will focus on getting more overseas exposure for its players by participating in international tournaments from next year. BSAF has announced that it has received invitations to two major international amateur tournaments. These include the World Snooker Federation (WSF) Championship and the WSF Junior Championship which will...

Mesulame Dolokoto in Drua signing

THE Fijian Drua team yesterday announced five forwards and two backline additions to the squad for its inaugural Super Rugby Pacific campaign. Wave Six-player announcements feature seasoned reps and exciting young prospects as the Fijian Drua continues on its maiden voyage to Super Rugby. These include Flying Fijians Mesulame Dolokoto, Teti Tela and Haereiti Hetet,...

Fijian Drua and New Balance announce Apparel Partnership

The Fijian Drua, Super Rugby Pacific’s newest franchise and global athletic leader New Balance have today announced a new 3-year partnership. The deal will see New Balance, through its elite teamwear partner Belgravia Sports Apparel (BSA), provide all onfield and training performance wear for the Fijian Drua, as well as supporter apparel products for Drua...

Interim Fiji 7s coach Saiasi Fuli awarded the 50th Independence medal

Interim Fiji 7s coach Saiasi Fuli is grateful that hard work has being recognised after he was awarded the 50th Independence medal at Government House in Suva on Monday. It was a commendation for promoting Fiji, especially after guiding the Fijiana 7s team in its Tokyo Olympics bronze medal victory. He is also a former national...

Fiji Triathlon Association eyes Saipan 2022

Fiji Triathlon Association (FTA) hopes to increase its community engagement and awareness programme on the sport of Triathlon as they prepare for the upcoming Pacific Mini Games to be held in Saipan, Northern Marianas in 2022. FTA secretary Maryann Moss said they had 15 athletes who were vying to be selected in the final team to...

Nanukuloa youngsters join rugby program

The Nanukuloa Rugby Union (NRU) has embarked on a junior development program with the aim to teach youngsters in the village the basics of rugby. This task has been taken up by Moape Laweni, the man behind the resurgence of Nanukuloa Rugby Union in 2015. Nanukuloa has been one of the standout teams in the...

Fiji Rugby calls on local coaches to get proper accreditation

Club coaches need to get proper accreditation and gain enough international experience to qualify as head coach of the Fiji 7s team. Fiji Rugby recently advertised the position of the Fiji 7s head coach following Gareth Baber’s move into the 15s code as Edinburgh’s new skills and assistant attack coach. Under the knowledge, skill and...

‘It’s got massive potential’: Otago Uni finishes data collection in World Rugby head injury study

Otago University has just started the painstaking work of cross-referencing 40,000 head impacts recorded on specialist mouthguards with 400 hours of video footage in a ground-breaking study that is likely to change rugby’s understanding of head injuries and may even change World Rugby policy. The enormous study, in collaboration with World Rugby, New Zealand Rugby...

Waitui-Waidroka women‘s 7s team on a roll

A new women’s team will take part in the Fiji Rugby Union sanctioned Super Sevens Series on November 12-13 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. The Waitui-Waidroka women‘s 7s team consists of teenage girls from the villages of Naselai, Nausori, Nakaile, Natogadravu and Sawani. The team comes under their youth club that was formed under...

New Zealand pace bowler Lockie Ferguson out of Twenty20 World Cup with injury

New Zealand will be without key quick bowler Lockie Ferguson for the entire Twenty20 World Cup. Ferguson was ruled out of the tournament ahead of Wednesday morning’s (NZ time) opening game defeat by the Black Caps against Pakistan in Sharjah. The pace bowler suffered a calf tear during training and has been replaced in the squad by...

Serena Williams card fetches top dollar

An autographed Serena Williams rookie card printed in 2003 has become the most expensive women’s sports card after fetching $62,000 at auction. The previous record was $48,000 for a rookie card of former U.S. soccer player Mia Hamm sold in June. ESPN reported the Williams card was bought by alternative-asset trading platform Alt on behalf...

Fijian centre Semi Radradra makes former All Blacks captain Kieran Read dream 12 team

Kieran Read has revealed his ideal team should he get a chance to coach in the proposed World 12s. The former All Blacks captain’s dream team includes six All Blacks, including Ardie Savea, Sam Whitelock and Richie Mo’unga, while Springboks Steven Kitsoff and Cheslin Kolbe also feature. Ex-captain Read, who played the last of his 127 tests at...

OGS still at United

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given a chance to turn things around at the club and sort out the aftermath of Monday’s 5-0 hammering at home to Liverpool. Despite speculation that he was set to be replaced after nearly three years in the position, Solskjaer remains in his post and multiple sources...

France excited to take on All Blacks

Stand-in captain Antoine Dupont does not believe his new role will affect his performance and is eager for his French side to benchmark their progress against New Zealand in their clash in Paris next month. Dupont, considered arguably the best halfback in the world, has been named captain with regular skipper Charles Ollivon likely to...

Black Caps beaten in World Cup opener

Pakistan underlined their credentials as early Twenty20 World Cup favourites when they held their nerve to beat New Zealand by five wickets in Sharjah and secure a second straight victory in the tournament. Chasing a modest 135 for victory after pace bowler Haris Rauf choked out New Zealand with four wickets, Pakistan were in trouble...

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