Rugby

Fiji’s athletes can be groomed to become Olympians – Lenoa

If there is one take-away from Fiji’s successful defence of its Olympics gold medal in sevens rugby – it’s the potential that athletes in Fiji can be trained and groomed to become Olympians. That’s the...

Baber – Composure and discipline helped the team

Team Fiji men’s rugby 7s coach maintained its composure and discipline on their way to successfully defend the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Gareth Baber-coached side faced giant-killers Argentina in the semi-final grinding out a 26-14 victory after being down 12-14 at the break. Baber said day three of action was good...

Bronze win – Fijiana 7s wins first Olympic Games medal

The Fijiana 7s team have created their own piece of history by beating Team Great Britain 21-12 to win the Tokyo Olympics sevens rugby women’s bronze medal. Two tries to lanky Alowesi Nakosi in the first half and one to Reapi Uluinasau in the second half was enough to secure the third spot. Team GB...

Olympics-Rugby-New Zealand’s culture club behind gold medal showing in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – New Zealand celebrated their gold medal in the women’s Olympic Rugby Sevens with a special version of the haka, showing all the fierceness and focus that had seen them become worthy winners against France in the final at the Tokyo Stadium on Saturday. Their version is called ‘Ko Uhia Mai’, or ‘Let...

Rugby-Dominant second half sees Boks beat Lions to level series

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) -South Africa’s backs Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am scored second half tries as the Springboks beat the British & Irish Lions 27-9 to win Saturday’s second test at the Cape Town Stadium and level the series. Handre Pollard added five penalties and a conversion for a 17-point contribution while the Lions points...

31st July

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fantastic Fijiana win historic Bronze medal

The Fijiana side has won Bronze in the Women’s Rugby 7s event at the Tokyo Olympics. This after the Saiasi Fuli coached side beat Great Britain 21-12 in the Bronze medal playoff this evening. Alowesi Nakoci gave Fijiana the perfect start with two tries inside the first seven minutes as Fiji led 14-nil. Great Britain...

Fiji’s national 7s coach keeps his next option open

Nationalrugby 7s coach Gareth Baber has left his future options open after guiding the Team Fiji men’s rugby 7s team to its second gold medal victory at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan. Baber took over the coaching role from Ben Ryan who coached the national side to the first-ever gold medal victory at the...

Bolaca sets his rugby plan

Olympics gold medal winner Napolioni Ratu Bolaca has aspirations to follow in Fijian Sevens superstar Jerry Tuwai’s footsteps. His father Apimeleki Nasalo says while they have yet to discuss the 23-year-old’s next step in his rugby career, it was clear that the Bolaca wanted to emulate the two-time Olympic gold medallist. “We have had calls...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fijiana lose to New Zealand in extra-time

The Fijiana side lost 22-17 to New Zealand in the semi-final of Women’s Rugby 7s at the Tokyo Olympics. It was an exceptional performance by the Saiasi Fuli coached side who led 7-5 at half-time. New Zealand made a comeback in the second spell and led 17-12 with a try just before full-time. Fiji scored...

Back home … Olympics rugby champion whisked away for quarantine

The Fiji men’s rugby 7s side received a low-key welcome amidst the safe COVID-19 protocols upon arrival in the early hours of yesterday morning at the Nadi International Airport from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The side, minus head coach Gareth Baber and the Europe-based players Vilimoni Botitu, Aminiasi Tuimaba and Semi Radradra, was whisked...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fijiana to play NZ at 2pm

The Fijiana side will face New Zealand in the first semi-final of the Tokyo Olympics Women’s Rugby 7s competition at 2pm today. The Fijiana side shocked defending gold medalists Australia 14-12 in their quarterfinal match last night. The second semi-final at 2.30pm between Great Britain and France. The Bronze medal playoff will be at 8.30pm...

30th July

Baber lauds Fijians’ love

By setting the record as the second rugby coach to win the Olympics rugby 7s gold medal, Welshman Gareth Baber is heading home for a well-deserved rest and relaxation after the Japan Olympics victory on Wednesday. The former Hong Kong coach who has not seen his family for seven months took on social media after...

Bolaca delivers promise

We thank him for keeping his promise to his family, his country and to God. These were the words of proud father Apimeleki Nasalo whose son Napolioni Ratu Bolaca was part of the winning team that made history by becoming the only sevens team to win back to back gold medals at the Olympic Games...

Derenalagi’s family proud of his achievements

The family of lanky Fijian 7s forward Ratu Meli Derenalagi could not be more proud when their son scored Fiji’s first try at the Tokyo Olympics sevens rugby final against a star-studded All Blacks side on Wednesday. Proud father Ratu Vuniani Derenalagi said the achievement would be one of the most memorable for his rugby-mad...

Plans for celebrations

Discussions have started for a national celebration to commemorate Fiji’s gold medal rugby 7s win at the Olympic Games in Japan on Wednesday. This was revealed by Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O’Connor who told Radio New Zealand that plans were in place for a grand 7s party in Fiji which is suffering from the...

Tuwai: Gold ‘for Fiji’

COVID-19 and the controversial land Bill public debate has taken back seat after Fiji retained the Olympic Games gold medal beating New Zealand 27-12 in Japan on Wednesday night. Fijians across the globe, Fiji’s rugby fans and some international leaders are celebrating the rare feat and the record Fiji set in the games as the...

Fiji stuns New Zealand

Wednesday night was special and historic, as Fiji stunned the All Blacks in the Tokyo Olympic Games rugby 7s final to win gold medal again. Tears flowed freely, as the tiny Pacific nation tasted glory again after an emphatic win. The flamboyant Flying Fijians maintained their dominance of Olympics rugby 7s with a comprehensive 27-12...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fijiana secure semi-final spot dumping defending Gold medalists out of competition

The Fijiana side is through to the semi-final of the Tokyo Olympics after shocking defending champions Australia 14-12 in the quarter-finals. Alowesi Nakoci gave Fiji a dream start with a try early on as Fiji led 7-nil. Ana Maria Naimasi scored Fiji’s second as they extended the lead to 14-nil. Vasiti Solikoviti was sin binned...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fijiana’s quarterfinal against Australia delayed due to weather

The quarterfinal between Fijiana and Australia has been delayed due to weather at Tokyo Olympics. According to reports, there is a possible thunderstorm  approaching the Stadium vicinity and a decision on what time competition will resume is expected soon. Stay with us for updates.  

The real Quade Cooper impresses Wallabies coach Dave Rennie

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie stressed the importance of good character when he sat down with Quade Cooper for a coffee last week and got his first good look, up close, of the enigmatic playmaker. After a decade of watching Cooper from afar, and occasionally coaching against him, Rennie’s knowledge of the Wallaby most New Zealanders...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Reapi Uluinasau scores four tries as Fijiana thumps Brazil

It was a Reapi Uluinasau show as her four tries saw the Fijiana thump Brasil 41-5 in their last pool match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Brazil started well with a try but Alowesi Nakoci replied with a try while Uluinasau added two tries as Fiji led 19-5 at halftime. Ana Maria Naimasi scored the...

Baber yet to decide on future

The man who helped Fiji create history by securing its second 7s gold medal at the Olympic Games on Wednesday says he is yet to make a decision about his future. Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber said his first priority was going home to the United Kingdom to be with his family. He said the...

‘You have this one’ – Jerry Tuwai offers Gold Medal to Baber

Nothing could speak more about the humility of Fiji 7s captain Jerry Tuwai — Fiji’s only dual gold medallist — than the way he offered coach Gareth Baber his gold medal after their victorious 27-12 win over New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday. Baber turned down the generous offer and said “that’s the...

29th July

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Dominant Fijiana thump Canada

The Fijiana side defeated Canada 26-12 in their second match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Fijiana dominated the first spell running in three tries through Reapi Ulunisau, Ana Maria Naimasi and Viniana Riwai to lead 21-nil at halftime. Ulunisau added a second and fourth for Fiji as they extended their lead to 26-nil. The Canadians...

‘Fiji’s time’: How world media reacted to the men’s Olympic sevens finals

Comment – Surely, we’re all Fijian supporters now. Yes, we’d have loved New Zealand to have won the men’s sevens gold, but deep down we like the Fijians out here in amateur Olympic watching land. They look great. They pray after every try. They have cool jerseys. They were down to fly to Tokyo on...

We did it – Fiji Beats NZ To Claim Gold At Olympics

The Fiji 7s team retained the Olympics rugby 7s gold medal after beating arch rivals New Zealand 27-12 in a hard fought final at the Tokyo Stadium in Japan last night. Fiji gave all its best, even debutant Sireli Maqala managed to score a try in his first Olympics rugby final. Tries to Meli Derenalagi,...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fijiana lose first match

The Fijiana side was edged 12-5 by France in its first match at the Tokyo Olympics today. Fiji started the match well with a try to Viniana Ravai as they led 5-nil. France replied with a try to take a slender 7-5 lead at halftime. The French added another try in the second spell to...

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Fijiana to face France and Canada today

The Fijiana 7s side will play France and Canada in their two pool matches at the Tokyo Olympics today. The Saiasi Fuli coached side plays France at 12pm after which they play Canada at 7.30pm. Fiji’s last pool match is against Brazil at 12pm tomorrow.    

Fijians think of home after gold medal win over All Blacks Sevens at Olympics

Even as triumphant sevens players Jerry Tuwai and Sireli Maqala celebrated an Olympic victory over the All Blacks Sevens team, their thoughts were with their people in COVID-ravaged Fiji. Fiji were far too good for New Zealand at Tokyo Stadium on Wednesday night, the comprehensive 27-12 victory securing another gold medal to go with the...

Rugby-Gatland praises Itoje but also gets in a dig

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – British & Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland praised Maro Itoje’s man of the match performance last weekend, but not before delivering a barb at a news conference as he named the giant lock among the starters for Saturday’s second test against South Africa. The England international fought an attritional physical battle...

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