Rugby League

Vanua State of Origin: Game 3 to decide winner

The Western Maroons claimed the Vodafone Vanua State of Origin game two defeating Eastern Blues 26-6 at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday. The Origin will go to a decider as both teams claimed a win each with the Blues winning game one 19-14. The Origin decider will be held at Albert Park in Suva...

FNRL to launch women’s competition

The Fiji National Rugby League will launch the Women’s 13 Premiership next week where rugby league clubs around the country will compete for top honours. FNRL acting chief executive officer Don Natabe said women in the country had been achieving remarkable feats in the sporting arena in the past few years and they would like...

FNRL aims for 2025

The Fiji National Rugby League is taking a major step in an all-inclusive sports campaign with the introduction of a national youth cup aimed at identifying talented players and opening the way for the future of rugby league in the country. FNRL acting chief executive officer Don Natabe said the youth cup would pave the...

Bulikula targets Rugby League World Cup

The Fiji Bulikula will get a chance to play in its first ever Rugby League World Cup in 2025 in France. The Bulikula have yet to play at a world cup and qualification could see the sport catapult to new heights, like what their sisters in the Fijiana (rugby union) and the Kulas (football) have...

Panthers rule zone

The Nadera Panthers rugby league team is the champion in the Eastern Zone after defeating Police Sharks 28-14 in the final at USP ground 3 at Laucala Bay yesterday. It was a close tussle as the two best sides in the East battled it out for top glory. The Panthers lead 8-6 at half-time and...

High praise for Seci

Pio Seci’s National Rugby League (NRL) debut today should be a lesson to all players gunning for top level rugby league, says Fiji Bati head coach Joe Rabele. Rabele said the star player worked hard and sacrificed a lot to get to where he was today. Seci encountered difficulties in obtaining visa problems a few...

Vanua State of Origin a ‘platform for selection’

The Vanua State of Origin is an important platform for selecting players for the 2025 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers in the women’s and youth categories and international resident matches from 2023 onwards. THE Eastern Blues defeated Western Maroons 19-14 in the first match of the Vanua State of Origin at Prince Charles Park in...

Vanua State of Origin revived in Fiji

The Fiji National Rugby League has revived the Vanua State of Origin in Fiji after the long break from COVID-19 last year. The new dates are set for July 23, August 6 and 31. Fiji holds a State of Origin type match between the East and West sides. The first Vanua State of Origin will...

Albanese idea gains support; talks to include Pacific team in NRL welcomed

The Fiji National Rugby League says it welcomes discussions to include a Pacific team in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition and the idea of having the State of Origin clash played in the region. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, while attending the Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting in Suva last week, said taking a...

Saifiti scores on debut

New South Wales Blues and Fiji Bati forward Jacob Saifiti had a dream debut as he scored a try for his side with an assist from fellow Bati teammate Api Koroisau in the State of Origin decider match on Wednesday night. But his efforts were not enough as they lost 12-22 against the Queensland Maroons....

Botei focuses on fitness for Origin

Salote Botei is originally from Vunidamoli, Savusavu. She plays the position of a centre for her Police Sharks Club, and now she has been chosen to represent the Eastern Blues women’s team in the State of Origin competition. The 22-year-old said she was proud, motivated and honoured to represent Eastern Blues women’s team for the...

Queensland win epic Origin decider over New South Wales

In a crowded list, Billy Slater has placed Queensland’s crazy 22-12 defeat of NSW in the State of Origin decider at the top of the pile. Three men exited the game with concussion inside the first three minutes in Brisbane, while Matt Burton and Dane Gagai were sin-binned for a fight that triggered an all-in...

Koroisau retains spot in Origin decider

Fiji Bati hooker Apisai Koroisau’s impressive outing in the State of Origin game two has put NSW Blues head coach Brad Fittler’s belief to let him run again ahead of Damien Cook against the Queensland Maroon in their deciding match tonight. Koroisau was instrumental in the dominant 44-12 victory over the Maroons in game two...

Warriors star Reece Walsh returning to Brisbane Broncos on three-year deal

Brisbane have signed young fullback Reece Walsh, who will return to the club on a three-year NRL contract from 2023 after securing a release from the Warriors. Walsh recently split with the mother of his child and approached the Warriors roughly six weeks ago to raise concerns about relocating from Queensland to Auckland when the...

Andrew Webster ‘excited’ after being appointed new Warriors head coach on three-year deal

The Warriors have confirmed the appointment of Panthers assistant Andrew Webster as their new head coach. The 40-year-old Australian will take the reins from next season, replacing interim coach Stacey Jones, who stepped up in the wake of Nathan Brown’s mid-season departure. “I’m excited and honoured about becoming head coach at the Warriors,” Webster said. “I loved...

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