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Black Ferns forced to tweak Pacific Four squad

The Black Ferns have been forced to make three changes to their squad for next month’s Pacific Four Series against Australia, the US and Canada. New Zealand Rugby confirmed on Thursday first five-eighth Patricia Maliepo...

US follows NZ in equal pay agreements for female footballers

After a six-year battle for gender equality, US female footballers will now receive equal pay, the U.S. Soccer Federation has said. It makes the American national governing body one of the first in the sport to promise both sexes matching money. New Zealand Football closed the gender pay gap for its female players in 2018, under...

Bryson DeChambeau withdraws from PGA Championship after testing repaired wrist

Bryson DeChambeau withdrew from the PGA Championship on Thursday (NZ time) after practising for two days at Southern Hills to test his surgically repaired left wrist. The former U.S. Open champion practised with a wrap that extended several inches up his left forearm. He tweeted Tuesday it had “held up nicely” after his initial practice...

Eintracht Frankfurt beats Rangers in penalty shootout to win Europa League

Eintracht Frankfurt’s 42-year wait for a European title has ended with a 5-4 penalty shootout win over Rangers in the Europa League final. Rafael Borré converted the decisive penalty kick after Kevin Trapp saved Aaron Ramsey’s shot, giving the German club its first European trophy since the 1980 Uefa Cup, a predecessor to the Europa...

Two new faces in England first test cricket squad to meet New Zealand at Lord’s

England have named two uncapped players in their squad to play the Black Caps in the first two games of the three-test series. Yorkshire batter Harry Brook and Durham seam bowler Matthew Potts have been called up for the first time, while veteran fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been recalled under new...

All Black Scott Barrett sought mental skills and tackle technique advice after high-shot ban

Crusaders captain Scott Barrett says he took advice from the All Blacks’ mental skills experts and worked on his tackling technique during a “long three weeks’’ ban. Barrett – who will lead the Crusaders from blindside flanker against the Fijian Drua on Friday night – was suspended after a red card for high shot on Blues...

Super Rugby Pacific teams: Highlanders keep Sam Gilbert at 10, Ioanes out for Blues

Crunch time is here as the business end of the competition nears. The crucial final standings on the Super Rugby Pacific ladder will be determined in the next two weeks, and the Kiwi teams can’t afford any slip-ups this weekend. Round 14 starts with the Crusaders-Fijian Drua game in Christchurch on Friday, and concludes with...

Pop star Cody Simpson qualifies for Commonwealth Games and world champs

Cody Simpson has put the finishing touches on one of the most remarkable stories in Australian sport, completing his audacious switch from international pop star to elite athlete by blasting his way onto the national swimmng squad for this year’s World Championships and the Commonwealth Games. The 25-year-old from the Gold Coast, who toured the...

Tiger Woods says he’s all about majors and legacy in sharp rebuke of Phil Mickelson

Tiger Woods is all about majors and legacy, a point he drove home in a sharp rebuke of Phil Mickelson and his support of a Saudi-funded golf venture that led to Lefty not defending his title at the PGA Championship. Even as Woods resumes a remarkable return from a car crash 15 months ago that nearly...

18th May

Denelanagi out for remainder of season, more changes for Drua

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua Head Coach Mick Byrne has announced his line-up for big clash against the Crusaders in Christchurch this Friday. Missing from the line-up will be recent team captain Meli Derenalagi and prop Meli Tuni, both of whom will undergo immediate surgery for ACL injury. The injuries and required rehabilitation mean both players...

Super W win to aid rugby growth

The chairwoman of Australia’s sports diplomacy advisory council says the achievement of the Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua in winning the Super W rugby title has set a platform for women’s rugby in Fiji to grow. Stephanie Brantz, who is an Australian TV sports reporter events presenter, producer and commentator spoke highly of the Fijiana Drua’s...

Drua after good results

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will work on different patterns of play in order to overcome the might of the Crusaders at the Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand this Friday. The Fijian Drua have a short turnaround period having played the Moana Pasifika in Sydney, Australia last Sunday. The side travelled back to its...

Uluinasau among stars

Fijiana star Reapi Uluinasau is one of seven players named by World Rugby to watch during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in Toulouse, France this weekend. The 27-year-old is named among 7s stars Michaela Blyde of New Zealand, Australia’s standout performer Charlotte Caslick, Brazilian speedster Thalia Costa, USA forward Ilona Maher, the most...

Fijiana duo on a mission

Fijiana 15s players Vika Matarugu and Joana Sauto have one mission – and that is to represent Fiji at the upcoming Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship in New Zealand. The two were spotted in Labasa on Monday returning to their families on Vanua Levu and Taveuni. Matarugu and Sauto have been away in Australia with the...

Family motivates star – Nate’s reason for playing

Having her family support is a big boost for Asinate Serevi and for that she is grateful. Nate as she is commonly called, is the daughter of World Rugby Hall of Fame legend Waisale Serevi. The Qarani, Gau lass was named in the 32-member Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s squad for the two Test matches against...

Matera keeps Argentine flag flying in Super Rugby

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Los Jaguares might be a fading memory from the intercontinental Super Rugby competition buried by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Pablo Matera is delivering weekly reminders of the quality of Argentine rugby in the new Pacific-oriented version. The former Pumas skipper played his best game in the red shirt of the Canterbury Crusaders...

Australian Mott lined up as England limited overs coach – reports

LONDON (Reuters) – Matthew Mott, head coach of the Australia women’s team, is the front-runner to take charge of the England men’s limited-overs side, according to media reports in both countries. England put former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum in charge of their test team earlier this month having decided to split the coach’s roles...

Ten years from boom to bust, Chinese football in a tailspin

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A decade after the splash of Chinese cash first made waves in the global football market, the once racing certainty that China would become a major player in the game looks increasingly like a long-odds gamble. The decision to relinquish the rights to next year’s Asian Cup finals, which was made...

22 teams for veterans tourney

TWENTY-TWO teams will be part of the RC Manubhai/APCO Coatings International Veterans tournament to be held in Sigatoka early next month. Victoria Masters from New Zealand are top seed in Pool A with Rewa Masters, Nasinu Masters and My Suva Legends. The International Veterans tournament will be held at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka from June...

17th May

Nale savours rugby calling

Former Marist Brothers High School student Jerome Nale has been named in the USA Eagles side for the Toulouse 7s this weekend. Coach Mike Friday announced a mixed lineup of experienced campaigners and youngsters with the 22 year-old Vadravadra, Ba lad in the side. He was part of the Eagles squad earlier in the series...

Cakobau Park work yet to be completed

Works at the Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori is not complete yet, Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar said while speaking during the opening of the 143rd Girmit carnival in Nausori . She said other pavilions at the park needed to be fixed. She said the park was closed due to damage caused by tropical...

Fiji 7s gives back

The Fiji Airways Fiji 7s squad members will engage in more community work in a bid to give back to the community. Last week, the national team took time out from their hectic training schedule to do some community work in Sigatoka. The players were present at the Sigatoka hospital to where they dismantled some...

Tennis journey in Fiji

The annual Fiji Open Tennis Championship has a rich history dating back to 1907 when the first tournament was staged in Suva. This makes the Fiji Open Tennis Championship one of the oldest sporting tournaments in the country. Competitive tennis was played with great enthusiasm in the country. Each cup was donated for a particular...

Benjamin top seed for men’s category

Solomon Islander Junior Benjamin is the top seed in the men’s open singles category for the Tattslotto Fiji Open Tennis Championship which starts at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club in Nadi tomorrow. Benjamin goes into the tournament on a high having won four titles already. He won the first two editions of the Fiji...

Title-chasing Liverpool’s Salah, Van Dijk doubts for Southampton trip

(Reuters) – Liverpool are still assessing the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League trip to Southampton where they could close the gap on leaders Manchester City to one point, manager Juergen Klopp said on Monday. Forward Salah and defender Van Dijk were substituted during Saturday’s FA Cup final...

Briton Robson calls time on career due to injury issues

(Reuters) – Britain’s former junior Wimbledon champion and Olympic mixed doubles silver medallist Laura Robson announced her retirement on Monday due to persistent injury problems. A former world number 27, Robson lifted the junior crown at the grasscourt Grand Slam as a 14-year-old in 2008 and followed up her success with an Olympic medal partnering...

China withdrawal could see 2023 Asian Cup heading west

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – China’s withdrawal from hosting the 2023 Asian Cup could see the showpiece shift west to the Gulf, where new infrastructure and voracious demand for major events has made the region a magnet for international tournaments. Having planned to hold the Asian Cup across 10 cities in June-July next year, China dropped the...

Rome champion Djokovic delights in ‘sunshine double’

(Reuters) – Novak Djokovic said his seven-year-old son Stefan had won his first tournament on the same day the Serb lifted his first crown in more than six months at the Italian Open, describing their success as a “sunshine double”. Djokovic beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-0 7-6(5) to triumph in Rome on Sunday, ensuring a perfect...

16th May

7s oomph! – Kunatani, Bolaca to boost confidence levels

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s skipper Tevita Daugunu expects the inclusion of Semi Kunatani and Napolioni Bolaca to boost the confidence level of the players for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments in Toulouse and London. Kunatani marks his return in the abbreviated code after a lapse of five years while Bolaca has been drafted...

‘Write your names on stone’

Fijian Drua captain Meli Derenalagi told his players to write their names on stones and not on sand when they faced the Moana Pasifika in Super Rugby Pacific last Saturday. Derenalagi said the match was a historic one and the players were reminded of the stakes. “I just motivated them and tried to tell them...

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