Rugby

21st November

All Blacks flanker Ardie Savea ‘refocused’ for Italy Test, still ‘sore’ after Ireland loss

(TVNZ) – The All Blacks are still feeling the hurt after losing to Ireland 16-9 last Sunday in Dublin, but flanker Ardie Savea says his side are have shifted their focus to the next task...

20th November

Fiji Bati residents introduced to yoga for post-game recovery

FIJI Bati residents have taken a different step into injury prevention and recovery post-games by yoga sessions conducted by Nadi-based Ashtanga Yoga Team manager Chris Tomlinson said yoga was a popular recovery method for rugby. “Yoga is increasing in popularity with all the rugby codes and it is something I was keen to introduce during...

Flying Fijians remain in 10th spot

THE Fiji Airways Flying Fijians remain on 10th spot in the latest World Rugby rankings released today. Despite thrashing 18th-placed Uruguay 68-7 last Sunday, the Flying Fijians stayed behind ninth-placed Argentina and eighth-placed France. Fiji will play France in their last match of the northern tour at 9.45am this Sunday, November 25. Meanwhile, New Zealand...

Oceania women’s 15s: Samoa thumps Tonga on Fijian soil

SAMOA thumped Tonga 68-7 in their Oceania Women’s 15s encounter at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this afternoon. The Samoans played structured rugby and outclassed their opponents throughout the game. The side also defeated Papua New Guinea in its opening match and to face the Fijians in the decider match this weekend.

Seven new inclusions as Fiji continues build-up for Dubai 7s

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s rugby team continues their build-up towards the first leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai at the end of the month. A total of 18 players are training in the extended squad whereby seven are the new inclusions to the side. Kalione Nasoko, Jerry Tuwai, Amenoni Nasilasila,...

Timely message for Sukuna Bowl teams

THE 2018 Sukuna Bowl Challenge was opened in style yesterday in Suva. With the theme ‘Zero Tolerance on Violence Against Women and Children’ four children were chief guests at the opening ceremony at the National Netball Centre at Laucala Bay, Suva. Republic of Fiji Military Forces representative, Akuila Niumataiwalu, 12, said he was honoured to...

Oceania women’s rugby: Fiji and PNG in final

IT will be a repeat of the 2016 final when the Fiji Airways Fijiana XVs take on Papua New Guinea during the second round of the Oceania Rugby 2018 Women’s Rugby Championship at Churchill Park in Lautoka this afternoon. The Fijiana VXs claimed the inaugural title after beating PNG 37-10 at the ANZ Stadium in...

Final test: Sewabu says Flying Fijians can match French XV

THE Fiji Airways Flying Fijians will take the positives from their 68-7 win over Uruguay to boost its campaign against France this weekend, says Koli Sewabu. The former Flying Fijians flanker who has played twice against the French team said Fiji had the ability to match its opposition in all facets of the game. He...

19th November

Fijiana expects a tough game against PNG

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana 15s side is expecting a tougher competition when it takes on Papua New Guinea in its second match at the Oceania Women’s Rugby Championship. The Fijian side hardly got out of first gear in their 53-8 win over Tonga last Saturday. PNG had a good game but lost narrowly 56-45 against...

Wife Luisa (left), 1 year old Grace with dad Fiji Airways 7's sledge hammer Eroni Sau and 4 year old Esther at their home yesterday prior to leaving for HSBC World 7's at San Fransisco,USA today. Picture: RAMA

Sau soaring to greater heights

FIJIAN 7s rugby sensation Eroni Sau is soaring to greater heights in the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians rugby team circle. The Yasawa flyer is the talk of the Fiji team’s 68-7 big win against Uruguay yesterday in the Europe Tour Test series. The Los Teros lost in Gloucester yesterday morning against a composed Fijian side...

18th November

Boost for Oceania women’s rugby

REDUCING barriers to engage more teams from the Pacific region is a key theme at this year’s Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship which kicked off at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Friday. Four nations Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Papua New Guinea are participating in the round robin format to decide the women’s XVs champion in the...

17th November

Fiji Residents lead at half-time

FIJI Residents lead the Australian Affiliated States at halftime 20-6 at Lawaqa Park this afternoon. The visitors scored the first try but the Fijians replied with four spectacular tries to lead. Flyers Simeli Vatanitawake, Vereti Bukavesi, Rusiate Ratu and Josua Roko scored a try each for the Residents. The Fijians also defeated the visitors 32-16...

Test debut for Sau

FIJI Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee has named 7s star Eroni Sau on the left wing for his Test debut against Uruguay tonight in Gloucester, England, while Toulon’s “bouncer” Josua Tuisova mans the right wing. Four other changes from last week’s loss to Scotland will see Semi Kunatani replace Viliame Mata in the back...

16th November

Fijiana 15s women expecting tough title defence

LAUTOKA, 16 NOVEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The Fiji women’s rugby team are expecting plenty of competition as they seek to defend the Oceania Championship title. The Fijiana 15s defeated Papua New Guinea 37-10 in the inaugural regional event two years ago. Samoa and Tonga have joined an expanded sophmore competition this year, with all...

Manu Samoa make four changes to face Georgia

TBLISI, 16 NOVEMBER 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – Piula Fa’asalele and Dwayne Polataivaia will start for Manu Samoa against Georgia in the second match of their Northern Rugby Tour this weekend. Toulouse flanker Fa’asalele was not selected for the Manu’s 30-29 defeat by the United States in San Sebastian while Auckland-based halfback Polataivaia was a second-half...

Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship: Samoa defeats PNG

SAMOA defeated Papua New Guinea 56-45 in a high scoring encounter during the opening round of the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship at Churchill Park in Lautoka this afternoon. A low turn out was recorded with about 50 spectators watching the fixture. It was a close battle in the first half with Samoa leading 29-26 at...

Rugby-‘Big-game player’ Yamada back for Japan against England

LONDON (Reuters) – Experienced winger Akihito Yamada returns to the Japan team to face England at Twickenham on Saturday as one of eight changes from the side beaten by New Zealand two weeks ago. The 33-year-old Yamada, one of the survivors of the 2015 World Cup upset win over South Africa, missed the 69-31 defeat...

Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship: Fijiana thumps Tonga 53-8

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana hammered Tonga 53-8 to make a perfect start in the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship at Churchill Park in Lautoka this afternoon. Coached by Inoke Male, the Fijiana players ran in nine tries to Tonga’s one. Fijiana led 22-3 at the break. Captain Rusila Nagasau said their aim was to score as...

Ireland names team to play New Zealand

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland coach Joe Schmidt named the following team on Thursday for their match against New Zealand in Dublin on Saturday: 15-Rob Kearney, 14-Keith Earls, 13-Garry Ringrose, 12-Bundee Aki, 11-Jacob Stockdale, 10-Jonathan Sexton, 9-Kieran Marmion, 8-CJ Stander, 7-Dan Leavy, 6-Peter O’Mahony, 5-James Ryan, 4-Devin Toner, 3-Tadhg Furlong, 2-Rory Best (captain), 1-Cian Healy Replacements:...

Holmes handed debut for new-look Wales against Tonga

CARDIFF (Reuters) – Fullback Jonah Holmes will make his Wales debut as one of 14 changes to the side that will host Tonga at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. Lock Adam Beard is the only player to start against Tonga from the team that claimed a 9-6 victory over Australia last weekend, with the majority...

Argentina announce team to face France in Lille test Rugby Union – Rugby Championship – Argentina v New Zealand

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina have made one change to their team to face France in Lille on Saturday with coach Mario Ledesma bringing back experienced scrumhalf Gonzalo Bertranou to replace Tomas Cubelli, who drops to the bench. Bertranou started five of Argentina’s six Rugby Championship games this year but gave way to Cubelli for...

Cokanasiga starts for England as Jones makes 11 changes

BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) – Winger Joe Cokanasiga will make his England debut and flyhalf George Ford will mark his 50th cap by captaining the team against Japan on Saturday after Eddie Jones named a side showing 11 changes to that beaten 16-15 by New Zealand. Regular co-captains Dylan Hartley and Owen Farrell are named among...

Radradra, Tuisova ready for Uruguay match

WHEN they play together, they are billed as one of world rugby’s lethal rugby combinations. They proved that by helping Fiji win the London 7s and then they played together for France club, Toulon last year. This weekend, the deadly duo of Semi Radradra, called during his Australian National Rugby League days as ‘Semi-trailer’ and...

Australia team to play Italy

PADUA, Italy (Reuters) – Australia coach Michael Cheika on Thursday named the following team to play Italy in Padua on Saturday: 15-Israel Folau, 14-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13-Samu Kerevi, 12-Bernard Foley, 11-Jordan Petaia, 10-Matt To’omua, 9-Jake Gordon, 8-David Pocock, 7-Michael Hooper (captain), 6-Jack Dempsey, 5-Adam Coleman, 4-Izack Rodda, 3-Taniela Tupou, 2-Folau Fainga’a, 1-Scott Sio Replacements: 16-Tatafu Polota-Nau,...

Tana Umaga stands down as Blues coach

Former All Black Tana Umaga is stepping down as head coach of the Blues. He is to be replaced by Leon MacDonald for a three-year stint. Umaga will stay on and take up a two-year contract as defensive coach. Umaga’s contract was extended in May to 2019, but the changes have been put in place...

Rugby – Huget returns as France bid to end horror run

PARIS (Reuters) – Recalled wing Yoann Huget will play his first test for France in 2018 after being named as one of two backline changes by coach Jacques Brunel for Saturday’s clash against Argentina in Lille as the side seek to end a five-match losing run. Huget was not in the original squad for this...

Rugby – World Cup could spark debate in tattoo-averse Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – World Rugby has advised players to cover-up tattoos during next year’s World Cup in Japan, but many advocates for the body art hope the arrival of the inked athletes sparks a debate in a country with a complicated relationship with tattoos. Tattoos form a traditional part of Polynesian culture, with numerous players...

Crotty only change in strong All Blacks side to face Ireland

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Midfield back Ryan Crotty was the only change to the All Blacks side that started against England as New Zealand coach Steve Hansen named his strongest available team for their mouth-watering clash against Ireland in Dublin on Saturday. Crotty will slot into his more comfortable inside centre role alongside Canterbury Crusaders team...

15th November

New Zealand to host Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021

DUBLIN, 15 NOVEMBER 2018 (WORLD RUGBY) – New Zealand will host Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 after World Rugby awarded the hosting rights for the prestigious tournament to New Zealand Rugby. It will be the first Women’s Rugby World Cup in the southern hemisphere. With women’s rugby continuing to experience record global growth and participation...

World Rugby welcomes Fiji and Samoa onto expanded Council

DUBLIN, 15 NOVEMBER 2018 ( WORLD RUGBY)—World Rugby has welcomed Fiji and Samoa onto an expanded Council, while Burkina Faso and Lebanon were accepted as associate members on an historic day for the international federation. With a new governance model paving the way for wider representation on World Rugby’s Council, the unions will take their...

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