Rugby

Oceania U20 Championship: Fiji gets ready for NZ

THE Vodafone Fijian Under-20 side is in camp and ready for their first match of the Oceania U20 Championship against New Zealand. Head Coach Kele Leawere said the team has been working hard and excited...

Folau code of conduct hearing set for May 4

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rugby Australia (RA) has scheduled a code of conduct hearing for May 4 over Israel Folau’s controversial social media comments, the governing body has said. The 30-year-old Folau, a devout Christian, sparked controversy for the second time in 12 months after posting comments on social media that gay people were destined for...

Rugby – Brumbies’ Pocock heads home as calf strain lingers

SYDNEY (Reuters) – ACT Brumbies loose forward David Pocock is heading for more time on the sidelines after being sent home from South Africa to continue his recovery from a calf injury that has kept him out since early March. The 30-year-old sustained the injury in a pre-season Wallabies camp and aggravated it in their...

22nd April

Fijiana 7s girls win Kitakyushu 7s Challenge Trophy final

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team won the Challenge Trophy final at the Kitakyushu 7s in Japan after beating Spain 41-12 yesterday. Fiji scored seven tries where Asinate Savu scored a hat trick, two from Raijieli Daveua, and Ana Maria Naimasi and Paulini Korowaqa scored a try each. The Fijiana 7s team remains at 10th...

Rugby: Carter would not let New Zealand down at World Cup – Henry

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – World Cup winner Dan Carter would not be out of place in the All Blacks squad at the global showpiece in Japan later this year if selectors sent him an SOS to fill the gap left by the injured Damian McKenzie, former coach Graham Henry has said. Utility back McKenzie was ruled...

21st April

Saracens power past Munster to reach Champions Cup final

(Reuters) – Saracens produced a powerful second-half surge to reach their third Champions Cup final in four seasons by beating Munster 32-16 at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday. The English champions edged a tight first half 12-9 thanks to four Owen Farrell penalties, with Tyler Bleyendaal and Conor Murray replying for Munster. The match burst...

Foley leads Waratahs in second-half fightback to beat Rebels

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Bernard Foley scored 16 second-half points as the New South Wales Waratahs produced a controlled second 40 minutes to stay in contention for the Australian conference title with a 23-20 win over the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby on Saturday. The Rebels had taken a 20-7 lead into halftime following tries to...

20th April

Change in travel plans for Silverwater Tiliva 7s and netball tournament teams

ALL teams and officials to take part at the Silverwater Tiliva 7s and Netball tournament will depart one day earlier on the MV Lomaiviti and not the MV Liahona as originally planned. Tournament spokeswoman Lynda Tabuya said that because of unforeseen circumstances surrounding the MV Liahona II this week, the Silverwater Tiliva 7s and Netball...

Folau’s comments hurt Waratahs, but ready for Rebels clash: Foley

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Israel Folau’s controversial social media posts have hurt the New South Wales Waratahs but the Super Rugby side have managed to refocus ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Melbourne Rebels, flyhalf Bernard Foley has said. The 30-year-old Folau, a devout Christian, sparked controversy for the second time in 12 months after posting...

19th April

HSBC World Series: Fijiana to play Ireland and USA

THE Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s girls need to lift their standard at the Kitakyushu 7s tournament in Japan if they want to be part of the HSBC World Sevens Series next season. The Fijiana team is placed 10th in the points table after three tournaments and the fourth meet will be held in Japan and it kicks off today. Fiji is in Pool C with Ireland, England and...

Folau’s comments ‘completely wrong’ – Genia

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Israel Folau’s controversial views that have created a furore in Australian rugby have an element of “selfishness” and are “completely wrong”, according to Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia. The 30-year-old Folau, a devout Christian, created controversy for the second time in 12 months for Rugby Australia (RA) by using social media to express...

Ireland captain Best to retire after World Cup in Japan

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ulster and Ireland captain Rory Best announced on Thursday his retirement from professional rugby after this year’s World Cup in Japan. “It is with mixed feelings that I announce my retirement from Ulster Rugby as of the end of this season,” the 36-year-old hooker, who had previously flagged up his likely international...

18th April

Australia’s Folau asks for code of conduct hearing

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has asked for a code of conduct hearing to be scheduled by Rugby Australia (RA) after the governing body said they intended to terminate his contract for controversial social media posts. The 30-year-old Folau, a devout Christian, was issued a code of conduct breach notice on Monday following...

Rugby: Galthie to take over as France coach after World Cup – report

PARIS (Reuters) – Former captain Fabien Galthie will become France coach after this year’s World Cup, French sports daily L’Equipe reported on Tuesday. Galthie, who skippered Les Bleus at the 2003 World Cup, will support current boss Jacques Brunel through this year’s tournament in Japan, the L’Equipe report added. The French rugby federation (FFR) was...

17th April

Silverwaters Tiliva 7s announces team line-up

ORGANISERS of the Silverwaters Tiliva 7s and Netball Festival today confirmed the announcement of the final line-up of teams. Twenty-four rugby 7s teams, led by Marist 7s 2019 champions Police, are expected to make for an exciting tournament. Other top teams include national 7s rep Terio Tamani’s 2017 Tiliva Champion side Niubuto Uro Kadavu. The...

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