Rugby

Malomalo 7s: Police White secure spot in last eight

The Police White side survived a scare to edge Henibua 14-7 in their elimination match at the Fiji Bitter Malomalo 7s. Henibua dominated early play and were unlucky as their first attempt was held up...

Union sets focus on championship to boost 15s code

Cakaudrove Rugby Union has shifted its focus to this season’s Vodafone Vanua Championship in Taveuni as they aim to boost the 15s code on the Garden Island. Team manager Taraiasi Wara said they have moved the camping.period to Lamini Village on Taveuni because they wanted to promote 15s rugby in various villages. “Our players have...

Fijian British Army soldier signs one year rugby league deal

Fijian British Army soldier, Mitieli Vulikijapani  has signed a one year rugby league deal with Hull FC after he was granted release from active service in the army. According to BBC Sports Vulikijapani, who serves as a gunner in the 47 Regiment Royal Artillery, has converted from rugby union. The online news report says Vulikijapani...

Moana Pasifika urged to create pathways for locals

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 CEO Peter Harding said they haven’t had...

Malomalo 7s: Police Blue book quarterfinals spot

The Police Blue side has secured a spot in the Cup quarterfinals of the Fiji Bitter Malomalo 7s. The side beat Malomalo Sharks 17-5 in their elimination round. They will now face the winner of the Duavata Devo Babbas and Noi Toga match in the quarterfinal.

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, World Rugby stated. The Matamaivere Namara, Tailevu man is the lone representative from the Pacific to officiate. Rokovereni attended Dilkusha...

Naitasiri rugby fans in high spirits

With the second challenge for the Inkk Farebrother Sullivan Trophy set to take place in Nadi’s Prince Charles 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...

‘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...

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...

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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...

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.

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...

Nadroga in transition

Nadroga Rugby Union is in a transition period after its annual general meeting last week. The change is expected to see the Stallions galloping at full speed to catch the winds of change within the Fiji rugby circle after its dismal performance in the past season. The union conducted its AGM last week where a...

New Zealand concerned as Goodhue added to All Blacks injury list

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Rugby (NZR) has warned that the intensity of the domestic Super Rugby Aotearoa competition is not sustainable after All Blacks midfielder Jack Goodhue was ruled out for the entire 2021 season with a serious knee injury. The last two weeks of the bruising, five-team competition has taken a heavy toll,...

Young Stallions rise to the rugby occasion

The Suva versus Nadroga match in round one of the Skipper Cup competition was billed as the weekend’s biggest blockbuster, and I’m glad it lived that way. Prior to the kick-off, both teams had prepared well, and the defending champion were wary of the young side that Nadroga had brought from the Coral Coast. In...

Stage set for 7s

The stage is set for the 2021 Malomalo 7s to give its best as it hosts a highly competitive tournament this weekend. Tournament co-ordinator Semi Tanikili said with Fiji Bitter sponsoring the two-day tournament at Lawaqa Park on Friday and Saturday, they were looking forward to deliver what was required of them. “We have roped...

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