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17th April

Rokovereni among match officials selected to officiate at the Olympics

Fiji top referee Tevita Rokovereni was among a squad of 22 match officials from 12 countries selected for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Eight female referees were also included to be part of the event,...

Naitasiri rugby fans in high spirits

With the second challenge for the Inkk Farebrother Sullivan Trophy set to take place in Nadi’s Churchill Park at 3pm this afternoon, the Suva City was treated with the presence of challengers mascot. Fans inside the George Transport Bus and Jack’s of Fiji staff members were optimistic they will bring back the trophy with them....

‘It’s already starting’ – Overseas stars lining up for Fijian Super Rugby franchise

SUVA, 17 APRIL 2021 (RUGBY PASS) – Fiji’s gold medal chasing Olympic Games sevens players and internationals who have represented other nations are set to join the Fijian Drua squad being assembled to take part in a planned new professional competition next year that will transform rugby in the Pacific Islands and help end the...

FSSRL: Stage set for secondary school rugby league action; U19 final today

The stage is set with top teams ready to go head to head in Fiji Secondary School Rugby League grand final at the ANZ Stadium in Suva today. Nasinu Panthers and the RKS Eels clash in tomorrow’s Under-19 grand finale to see who will take home the prized Vodafone Trophy. Nasinu has won the title...

Pasifika teams in Super Rugby could be catalyst for international comp to rival Europe’s Six Nations

AUCKLAND, 17 APRIL 2021 (ABC) – The Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika have only conditional licences at this point, but should their places in Super Rugby next season be confirmed, former All Black great, Sir Bryan Williams, says a Five Nations international tournament could follow, with Samoa, Tonga and Fiji lining up against New Zealand...

Moana Pasifika urged to create pathways for locals

AUCKLAND, 17 APRIL 2021 (RNZ PACIFIC) – There are hopes in Tonga that Moana Pasifika’s entry into Super Rugby will help the kingdom retain its best local talent. New Zealand Rugby confirmed this week two Pacific Island franchises have been awarded a conditional licence to join an expanded competition from next year. Tonga Rugby Union...

All Blacks star Perenara linked to Roosters

SYDNEY, 17 APRIL 2021 (NRL) – Former All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara has been linked with a move to Sydney Roosters as a hooker. Perenara – who is a cousin of NRL referee Henry Perenara and his brother Marcus, the former Parramatta halfback – is understood to be seriously considering a code switch after the...

16th April

NRL’s Broncos admit Hunt is on for former Wallaby

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters said Karmichael Hunt could be playing for the struggling National Rugby League (NRL) team within a month once a deal is ironed out for the dual code international. Twelve years after leaving the Broncos in 2009, former Wallabies centre Hunt is expected to return to Brisbane next...

Tokyo Olympics must be ‘reconsidered’ due to Japan’s failure to contain pandemic – report

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s inability to contain the COVID-19 pandemic means that plans to hold the Olympics in Tokyo should be reconsidered, health experts wrote in a commentary. The 2020 Games, already delayed by one year, are due to begin in fewer than 100 days, even as Japan expands quasi-emergency measures to halt a fourth...

ACS anticipates tough 2021 Fiji Finals

DEFENDING Coca-Cola Games girls champion Adi Cakobau School will be fighting hard to be in the standard they were in when they last won the title. According to coach Tony Raboiliku, the long break caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the girls’ fitness. However, Raboiliku is adamant the girls would...

Rewa eyes Suva in round two

REWA head coach Ro Alivereti Doviverata said his team had mentally reset to a clean slate after last week’s Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy challenge and is prepared to host the Skipper Provincial Cup defending champion Suva tomorrow. “The challenge is over and although it was not the outcome we wanted, we have put it behind us and...

Nawanawailagi’s abilities a living testament

NORTHLAND assistant backline coach Waisake Bole has labelled winger Nasoni Nawanawailagi as a living testament that people with disabilities can do anything. “He is one of the brightest players we have in our squad and a living proof that we can do anything when we put our heart to it,” Bole said. Nawanawailagi of Naimasimasi...

Jetsetters keep low key approach in second defence

THE Jack’s Nadi team is anticipating a titanic battle against Naitasiri in its second defence of the prestigious Farebrother-Sullivan trophy on Saturday at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Nadi Rugby Union spokesman Jeff Tamata said the Jetsetters would be battling a fired-up brigade for 80-minutes of footie. “Naitasiri is a champion outfit and are packed...

Drua to inject $15m

THE inclusion of the Fijian Drua team into Super Rugby competition from next year is a financial and economic saviour for Fiji amidst the global infection of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fiji’s participation in the annual tournament, regarded as the most entertaining rugby competition on the planet, is expected to rake in more than $15 million...

Rising star praises tournament

TWO years since he started playing rugby has taught Vuiviwa Naduvalo a lot of lessons and one important ones is that teamwork is the core ingredient to a winning environment. Even though the Semo, Nadroga flyer will not be part of the Malomalo 7s this weekend, he has given his support to the organisers, who...

Lautoka to host last 7s series event

THE Fiji Rugby Union will be holding the fourth and final leg of the 2021 Fiji Rugby Union Super 7s Series at Churchill Park in Lautoka at the end of the month. FRU national operations manager Sale Sorovaki said planning for the last leg had already started. “The two-day tournament would be held on Friday...

Timely boost for BMS reps

MEMBERS of the Ballantine Memorial School athletics team were presented with their sporting gear this week as they prepare for the 2021 Coca-Cola Games next week. School principal Tokasa Wilson was delighted to receive the assistance from students who attended the school in the 1980s.The name of their group is BMS Walusaiva. “We are delighted...

Boost for Silktails

THE Kaiviti Silktails rugby league side received a major boost this week ahead of its clash against Western Suburbs Magpies tomorrow with former Fiji Bati flyer and Reds player Suliasi Vunivalu visiting the players along with teammates Seru Uru and Filipo Daugunu. The trio were attending a Wallabies camp with another former Fiji Bati winger...

Malomalo 7s: Police White ease past pool stage

The Police White side has won all three pool matches on day one of the Fiji Bitter Malomalo 7s. The side thumped Kai Ni Yahawa 27-nil in its last pool match. They led 12-nil at half time.

Ram Sami maintains naming right for Suva Rugby Union

The Suva Rugby Union (SRU) has announced that Ram Sami and Sons (Fiji) Ltd will continue to be the major naming right sponsor of the defending Skipper Cup champions. In receiving the cheque, SRU secretary Tevita Tuiloa highlighted the successful partnership shared by SRU and Ram Sami in 2020, helping Suva defend the Skipper Cup...

Malomalo 7s: Henish Nasovotava registers second win

The Henish Nasovotava side has registered its second win in as many matches at the Fiji Bitter Malomalo 7s. The side beat Genesis Brothers 22-nil in its second pool match. They led 10-nil at halftime.  

Malomalo 7s: Police Blue team to beat

The Police Blue rugby side is the team to beat at the Fiji Bitter Malomalo 7s underway at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. The Keponi Paul side eased passed in its opening two matches today. Police thumped Biasevu 33-7 in their opening pool match before accounting for Noi Toga 31-nil in their second pool match.  ...

Malomalo 7s: Police White edge Navutulevu

The Police White side beat Navutulevu 17-10 in an entertaining match at the Fiji Bitter Malomalo 7s. Led by veteran Apisalome Waqatabu, Police White scored two tries in the first spell to lead 12-5 at the break. Both teams scored a try each in the second spell as the Police side walked away victorious.

Malomalo 7s: Hosts make winning start

Malomalo Sharks edged Devo Babbas 12-10 in their first pool match at the Fiji Bitter Malomalo 7s. The Sharks scored the first try of the first spell to lead 5-nil at the break. Devo Babbas replied with two unanswered tries in the second half to lead 10-5 lqte in the second spell. Malomalo Sharks had...

Malomalo 7s: Army Red draw first match

The Army Red side has been held to a draw by Nadrala at the Fiji Bitter Malomalo 7s. Nadrala scored the lone try of the first spell to lead 7-nil at the break. Army equalized through a converted try in the second spell which saw the match end in a draw.

Injury to All Black Jack Goodhue creates midfield mystery

All Blacks coach Ian Foster must hate opening injury reports following each Super Rugby Aotearoa round. He can’t say he doesn’t know what’s coming. It’s inevitable that fit young players who march to work each weekend will return with cracked bones, torn tendons and concussions. From there it’s a matter of determining how long it...

Malomalo 7s: Davetalevu registers first win

The Davetalevu rugby side has made a winning start at the Fiji Bitter Malomalo 7s underway at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. The side beat Kai Ni Yahawa 19-nil. Davetalevu led 7-nil at the break.

Lydia Ko into lead at Lotte Championship with stunning second round

Lydia Ko has got off to a flying start in her second round to move into the lead at the Lotte Championship at the Kapolei Golf Club in Honolulu. After shooting 67 on the opening day of the LPGA tournament, the Kiwi opened up on the second day with four birdies over her first seven...

Concussion education driving surge in World Rugby course completions to 1.8m

DUBLIN, 16 APRIL 2021 (WORLD RUGBY) – World Rugby online learning course completions have surged in 2021 with more people per month engaging with the educational materials in the first three months of the year than in any other three-month period. Already in 2021, online module completions by the worldwide community of players, coaches, match...

Tokyo 2020 will be difficult to stage, head of Japan medical group warns

TOKYO, 16 APRIL 2021 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Tokyo Medical Association chair Haruo Ozaki has warned staging this year’s rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be “really difficult” amid growing concerns over a resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic in Japan. Ozaki has also called on organisers to present “concrete measures” on how it...

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