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16th December

UFC: Don’t underestimate the power of Hooker

UFC fighter Dan Hooker is circling for the highly contested UFC lightweight title undetected. It’s cold in Milwaukee, negative three degrees in fact, but Dan Hooker is never one to complain… about anything. Some find...

Hansen: Two reasons for decision

Steve Hansen says his decision to step down as All Blacks coach after next year’s World Cup is the right decision for himself and the team he has led to new heights. Hansen announced his long-awaited decision today, confirming he will leave the role after the team’s tilt for a record third consecutive World Cup...

Noeline Taurua was right to exclude Rore

Veteran netballer Katrina Rore’s omission from the Silver Ferns has shocked many but coach Noeline Taurua has made the right decision. This week’s Silver Ferns selections camp was not a dress rehearsal. Coach Noeline Taurua’s 12 players selected for the upcoming Quad Series in England, in her opinion, is a step closer to a New...

PNG Hunters coach Marum happy with draws and finals format

PORT MORESBY, 16 DECEMBER 2018 (POST COURIER0 – Papua New Guinea Hunters coach Michael Marum is happy with the draws and the top eight final formats. “The first six rounds will see us (SP Hunters) having two consecutive home games and three straight on the road. After that we will have either one or two...

Football legend Adams named RFL President in shock move

LONDON, 16 DECEMBER 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Former footballer Tony Adams has been named as the next Rugby Football League (RFL) President. The surprise appointment will see the ex-Arsenal and England captain replace Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, in the summer of 2019. Fifty-two-year-old Adams will become the 29th President of the RFL...

15th December

Eels release Norman from final year of contract

SYDNEY, 15 DECEMBER 1208 (NRL) – Corey Norman has this afternoon been released from the final year of his contract by the Parramatta Eels. The 28-year-old five-eighth, who has played 167 games in the NRL, has been linked with an immediate switch to St George Illawarra although the Dragons are yet to make any official announcements...

CNMI swimmers begin FINA Championships experience

HANGZHOU, 15 DECEMBER 2018 (MARIANAS VARIETY) – CNMI young swimmers, Nelson Batallones, Jinju Thompson and Suzuki Lennosuke on Tuesday and Wednesday plunged into an incredible experience at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships 2018 in Hangzhou, China. Although none of them made to the semis, the NMI delegations to the world stage on swimming were...

Cuvu 7s: Ravuka Sharks U19 take out top honours

RAVUKA Sharks took out top honours in the Cuvu Collegian Rugby 7s under 19 competition at Lawaqa Park this afternoon. The side survived a tough onslaught from Gaunavou of Nadi to score a winning try in the sudden death. Super sub Sikeli Nahiga was the star for his team scoring the winning try from a...

Ratu Filise stamps authority at Cuvu 7s

RATU Filise stamped its authority in this year’s Cuvu Collegian Rugby 7s open tournament. This, after both of their teams won their respective semi-final beating Fire and Saunivalu, respectively. Both managers have decided not to play in the final and shared the prize money. Fiji Airways national 7s playmaker Amenoni Nasilasila was the star attraction...

Inga the Winger – Parker will respond on Saturday

AUCKLAND, 15 DECEMBER 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – Samoan boxing influencer and former rugby star Fesola’i Va’aiga Tuigamala is predicting a great fight for Lupesoliai Joseph Parker this weekend. The former World Boxing Organisation heavyweight champion Lupesoliai takes on Mexican-American Alexander Flores in Christchurch on tonight. Samoa Boxing Federation vice-president Fesola’i said Flores is a bit...

Cuvu 7s: Lautoka Crusaders crowned women’s champ

LAUTOKA Crusaders was crowned the new champions of the Cuvu Collegian Rugby 7s women’s title at Lawaqa Park this afternoon. The side thumped Nadi Blazers 19-0 to also secure its spot in the McDonald’s Coral Coast 7s next month. Former Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s rep Merewai Cumu was the toast of the Lautoka team for...

Former rugby league international Folau joins brother at Waratahs

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former Tonga rugby league international John Folau has followed his elder brother Israel into rugby union and will join him at the New South Wales Waratahs for the 2019 Super Rugby season. The 24-year-old winger played one rugby league test for Tonga in 2014 but struggled to cement a career in the...

Two Ratu Filise teams to feature in semis

RATU Filise will have two of their teams playing in the semi finals of the Cuvu Collegian Rugby 7s tournament at Lawaqa Park this afternoon. The Ratu Filise Blue team defeated Sigatoka Young Boys 24 – 0 while the Ratu Filise Yellow team downed Caginitoba 24- 13 in their respective semi-final. Fiji Airways national 7s playmaker Amenoni Nasilasila was...

Premier League condemns discrimination and asks fans to show respect

LONDON (Reuters) – The Premier League has acknowledged that a small number of fans have behaved “unacceptably” at matches and urged supporters to conduct themselves in a respectful manner in light of recent alleged discriminatory incidents. Chelsea banned four supporters this week pending a police investigation into alleged racial abuse of Manchester City forward Raheem...

Army bears win 9s tournament

THE Army Bears won the Fiji National Rugby League Nines tournament after defeating Makoi Bulldogs 18-4 today. The Sukuna Bowl rugby league champions led 6-4 in the first half. The Delainabua brigade defeated Nadera Panthers 20-12 in the semi finals and in the quarter finals crushed Topline 30-9. The FNRL management has also requested all...

Reshuffle in ranks at Rugby House as coaching positions announced

A RESHUFFLE in the ranks at Rugby House as the Fiji Rugby Union announced the selected appointments for the positions of the Fiji Airways Fijiana Sevens coach, the Fiji Airways Fijiana XV’s coach and the positions of Strength and Conditioning coaches in both codes. FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor has highlighted that the appointments...

AC Milan given until 2021 to break even or face European ban

ZURICH (Reuters) – AC Milan have been given until June 2021 to comply with UEFA’s break even Financial Fair Play rule or face a one-season ban from European matches, European soccer’s governing body said on Friday. Under UEFA regulations, any club spending more than the revenue it generates faces possible sanctions, including, in certain circumstances,...

Gritty Australia edge ahead after day one in Perth

PERTH (Reuters) – Australia doggedly overcame a green-tinged Perth Stadium pitch in fierce heat to wrest back control of the second test on Friday after India had threatened to take advantage of some favourable bowling conditions on day one. The hosts, 1-0 down in the four-match series after losing the opener in Adelaide, reached stumps...

New rules meant to be make golf faster, fairer and simpler

(Reuters) – The New Year will usher in dozens of new rules in the biggest revamp of golf regulations in decades, even if at the recreational level it is more a case of catching up to what many casual players have been doing for years anyway. Formulated by the U.S. Golf Association and the Royal...

Namatakula Village continues to groom new players

NAMATAKULA Village continues to produce and groom new players for future games. The village has produced rugby superstars such as former Australian dual international Lote Tuqiri, Wallabies centre Tevita Kurudrani, Flying Fijians flyer Nemani Nadolo, former dual international and NRL rep Noa Nadruku and Fiji Airways national 7s rep Amenoni Nasilasila. At the Cuvu Collegian...

Future rugby stars on show in Nadroga

AN abundance of rugby talents were displayed in the first two days of the Cuvu Collegian Rugby 7s Festival held at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Hundreds of young players ranging from under-13 to U19 captivated the fans with rugby styles that Fijians are renowned for. The competition has four different divisions which include under-13,...

Sigatoka Young Boys rugby team take out top honours

THE Sigatoka Young Boys team took out top honours in the Cuvu Collegian Rugby 7s Festival under-17 competition at Lawaqa Park yesterday. The players last played together while at primary school and at the national Milo Kaji Rugby competition. They reunited early this week for training for the tournament. Their 15-5 win also sealed its...

Nailaga teams show clasas, Tuwai optimistic

RENOWNED for producing Fijian football stars, the youths of Nailaga, Ba, have opted for rugby 7s as a way to secure a better future. Nailaga is well known in the football arena and now some of their young men are playing rugby. For the past two years, the Nailaga under-19 rugby 7s team has been...

Ratu Filise exposes young ruggers

KNOWN as the rugby factory, the Namatakula Village-based Ratu Filise club exposed its young talents in the Cuvu Collegian Rugby 7s tournament. The under-13 rugby side lost to Young Lions of Suva in the semi-final but team manager Peniasi Max Vivalawa said the boys were content with their performance. Some of the big names produced...

Breeding stars: Fiji’s future rugby reps on show

FIJI is blessed with a lot of young rugby 7s talents which was on display at the home of rugby in Nadroga for the past two days. Hundreds of young rugby players from under-13 to U19 showcased their talents in their quest to win the top awards on offer at the Cuvu Collegian Rugby 7s Festival. The famous Waisale...

World Rugby appoints Mihir Warty as Director of Strategy

DUBLIN, 15 DECEMBER 2018 (WORLD RUGBY) – World Rugby has announced the appointment of Mihir Warty as Director of Strategy. Warty will join the international federation’s leadership team in late February and arrives at an exciting time for the sport as it continues to penetrate new markets and experience strong fan and participation growth. As...

Tokyo 2020 set to be pilot project for new climate action initiative launched with support of IOC

KATOWICE, 15 DECEMBER 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – The International Olympic Committee has taken up a leadership role within the “Sports for Climate Action Initiative”, a new programme established by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Initiative was launched in partnership with the IOC at the 24th Conference of the Parties...

Curry agrees to lunar lab visit: NASA

(Reuters) – Three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry will take space agency NASA up on its offer to tour its lunar lab after he sparked controversy by saying he did not believe humans had ever been to the Moon, comments he later called a joke. Allard Beutel, a spokesman for the agency who this week invited...

Crusaders coach Robertson ready for All Blacks – O’Gara

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Canterbury Crusaders coach Scott Robertson is far more than the breakdancing, surfer dude that he is portrayed as and is ready to step into the All Blacks role, according to former Ireland flyhalf Ronan O’Gara. New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said earlier on Friday that he would step down following next year’s...

French league postpones five more games following protests

PARIS (Reuters) – Five top-flight French soccer matches have been postponed this weekend due to security concerns following anti-government protests, depleting the league program for the second week in a row, Ligue 1 said on Thursday. Paris St Germain’s match at Dijon on Saturday is among those postponed, along with Amiens’ match against Angers and...

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