Rugby

ABs silence critics

Johannesburg – Centre David Havili and lock Scott Barrett scored late tries as New Zealand eased the pressure on coach Ian Foster with a superb 35-23 victory over South Africa in their Rugby Championship clash...

FRU terminates three staff; downplays speculation of CEO suspension

The Fiji Rugby Union has terminated three staff members, grounds of which it cannot disclose publicly. FRU chairperson Commodore Humphrey Tawake said the board was also planning to conduct an internal audit. “We had to terminate three staff members and I cannot divulge the names or the offences now due to investigations being conducted,” said...

Rennie expresses frustration after loss

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has expressed his frustration after a record defeat to Argentina in San Juan. The visitors were dominated from siren to siren as Los Pumas cruised to a 48-17 win, looking like a side properly dealing with life without Michael Hooper and a near full XV of players. It caps off a...

Olympian Masi signs two-year contract for Fijian Drua

Olympic gold medallist Iosefo Masi has signed up with the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua on a two-year contract. Masi made the switch to rugby league after Fiji’s triumph in Tokyo two years ago and joined the Northland Queensland Cowboys outfit in the NRL competition. The 24-year-old is one of two new signings for the Drua...

Naiteqe Snr: Heavy reliance on overseas-based 7s stars; ‘have faith in our local players’

With the Sevens Rugby World Cup to be later this year, “our coach needs to trust and have faith in our local players who are playing together in the World Rugby Series (HSBC)”. Those were the words of Sailosi Naiteqe Snr, a well-known local rugby coach. The three-day pinnacle event of rugby’s abbreviated code kicks...

14th August

Navosa back in the fold

Navosa Central College has returned to the Vodafone Deans Trophy competition after a span of five years. It beat Nadroga Arya College 19-5 in the under-16 grade at Lawaqa Park yesterday in Sigatoka. The young men from the highlands of Navosa displayed an impressive performance where 16 of the 27-member squad are 14 and 15...

Extended squad for LA 7s

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team will take a wider squad to the HSBC Los Angeles 7s in the build up to the Rugby World Cup 7s in Cape Town, South Africa. The LA 7s will be played at the Dignity Health Sports Park from August 27-28. The Fiji 7s team participated at the Duavata...

College girls swing to good Raluve start

The under-16 Swami Viveknanda College girls team got their 2022 Weet-Bix Raluve Trophy competition to a good start holding Sigatoka Methodist School in a 10-all draw yesterday at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Team manageress Vika Bakewa was proud of the effort shown by her players in their first outing his year. “First of all I...

Police claims title

Police Sharks have secured their spot in the Vodafone Cup semi-finals after beating Ravoravo Rabitohs 8-6. They will take on Navy Albatross while Vusu Raiders will meet Mataivalu Bears for the semi-finals next week Saturday at Lawaqa Park. Manager Ratu Akuila Rokotua said they were expecting a tough competition from their opponents. As defending champion...

Ba Provincial edges Cuvu in U18 battle

It was a close tussle between Ba Provincial Secondary School and Cuvu College in the Vodafone Deans Trophy competition at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka where the Lautoka-based school prevailed 25-17 yesterday. Ba Provincial lead 10-5 at halftime as both schools were hungry for a win. Cuvu College showed glimpses of the champion team they are but...

Nadro rules – Farebrother Trophy rests at Talenavuruvuru

The BLK Nadroga side successfully retained the Farebrother Trophy after holding out a gutsy Yasawa side 17-0 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. It was a cracker of a game with Nadroga opening the scoresheet through winger Apimeleki Nabore crossing over in the 21st minute with outside centre Eseroma Rikou adding the extras to lead...

13th August

Nadroga retain Farebrother trophy

Nadroga are still the holders of the Farebrother Trophy after holding a gusty Yasawa side 17-0 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka this afternoon. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Sunday Times.  

Rugby probe – FRU to review women’s rugby rules

The Fiji Rugby Union will review its player safety, welfare, rules and regulations surrounding women’s rugby in Fiji. This follows the death of a Nadroga women’s team player last week. Fiji Rugby Union chairman Humphrey Tawake said the incident shed light on issues surrounding player welfare moving into the future. “This incident gives us the...

Company helps Yasawa islanders

The inaugural Fiji Bitter Nacula Yasawa 7s will not only help in the development of the sport but also boost the economy in the Yasawa Group. The tournament was officially launched at the Stadium View Bar in Waiyavi, Lautoka on Thursday. It will be played at Churchill Park from November 4-5. Paradise Beverages general manager...

Slow start for Fiji 7s team

The players in the wider Fiji 7s squad have been given a chance to impress at the Duavata 7s tournament in Rakiraki this weekend before the national squad for the HSBC Los Angeles 7s is announced next week. The Fiji 7s team made a slow start in the opening round of the tournament at the...

Parents, officials intervene in rugby match scuffle

Parents and officials intervened in a scuffle involving a match between two secondary school rugby teams in Labasa today. The players of Under17 All Saints Secondary School and Gurunanak Khalsa College got into a fight after their semi-final match forcing officials and parents to intervene. Gurunanak Khalsa College won the match, 13-12 and will go...

Ba Provincial defeats Cuvu College

Ba Provincial Freebird Institute under-18 defeated a tough Cuvu College side 25-17 in the Western Secondary Schools Rugby competition in Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka this afternoon. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Sunday Times.

Los Angeles 7s – Fiji’s past victories in USA

Much to the disappointment of fans, the national men’s 7s team settled for silver medal in Birmingham, losing to South Africa 31-7. Hopes were high that the Ben Gollings side was going to end our losing drought in the Commonwealth Games 7s, but the jinx continued to haunt us. Fiji beat defending champions, NZ, who...

New sponsorship for Fijiana Drua

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua and Fiji Rugby Union have another reason to smile with Fiji Gas, Fiji’s largest and most trusted LPG brand, hopping on board to support the 2022 Super W winners for the next three years. The three-year deal will see the Fiji Gas logo on the Fijiana Drua playing shorts from...

Tuisawau calls for probe

FORMER Fiji Rugby Union president and patron of Rewa Rugby Union, Ro Filipe Tuisawau has called for an investigation in the death a Nadroga women’s player, Monika Koroidrekelevu. Tuisawau, in a statement, paid tribute to the late rep, her family and the Nadroga Rugby Union. “It is with sadness and regret that we learn of...

6 Drua become Warriors

Swire Shipping Fijian Drua players Tevita Ikanivere, Sorovakatini Tuifagalele, Christopher Minimbi, Raikabula Momoedonu, Apisalome Vota and Simione Kuruvoli have been named in the Kele Leawere -coached Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors side to prepare for the World Rugby Pacific Challenge (WRPC) two match series against Samoa. Leawere said the players brought in a lot of experience...

12th August

Lomary up for the task

The Fiji Rugby Union has set the platform for women’s rugby with the introduction of the WeetBix Raluve Trophy competition and the under-18 Lomary Secondary School ruggers got off to a winning start last Saturday over their Nasinu Secondary School counterparts. Lomary school teacher and coach Josua Tawake said the 17-5 win last weekend meant...

11th August

Farebrother Trophy: Yasawa ready to challenge Nadroga

Yasawa will challenge Nadroga for the Farebrother Trophy this Saturday where the Stallions host the Marlins at 3pm. Yasawa head coach Iliesa Tanivula said the team had been preparing well knowing they would go up against the giants of Fijian rugby. “Nadroga is the best opposition to go up against,” said Tanivula. “They had set...

Tanivula: ‘Get behind our team’

Former Fiji men’s and women’s 7s coach Iliesa Tanivula is calling on fans to get behind the teams as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup 7s in South Africa next month. With the 2022 Commonwealth Games now behind us, all focus is moves to Cape Town for the September 9-11 tournament for the pinaccle...

RWC 7s target: Back to the drawing board for Fijiana

It is back to the drawing board for the Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s as they eye a better finish at the Rugby World Cup Sevens that will be played in Cape Town South Africa next month. Fijiana 7s has played at two RWC 7s previously but haven’t made a podium finish. During the 2013 RWC...

10th August

Cane says All Blacks know where they must improve against Boks

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – New Zealand captain Sam Cane says his side have identified the areas where they can apply pressure back on South Africa in their second Rugby Championship clash at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday. The All Blacks have lost five of their last six tests, and were thoroughly outplayed in the first...

No timeline on Hooper’s Wallabies return: White

(Reuters) – Wallabies captain Michael Hooper is in good hands as he deals with wellbeing issues in Australia but there is no timeline on his return to the group, scrumhalf Nic White said on Tuesday. Hooper was selected for the Rugby Championship opener against Argentina in Mendoza last Saturday but flew home after informing coach...

Bok wing Arendse suspended for four weeks after red card

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa wing Kurt-Lee Arendse has been suspended for four weeks following his red card in the 26-10 Rugby Championship victory over New Zealand in Nelspruit on Saturday. Arendse was red carded after 75 minutes following a dangerous tackle on All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett that saw the latter land on his...

9th August

Fiji flyer Nadolo signs with NSW Waratahs in Super Rugby

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Fiji winger Nemani Nadolo will leave English club Leicester midway through the Premiership season to join Super Rugby side New South Wales Waratahs on a one-year deal in 2023. The 34-year-old has scored 16 tries in 37 appearances since his Tigers debut in Aug. 2020 and topped the club’s try-scorers list with...

Suva Rugby officials honour U19 players

The Suva Rugby Union U19 team held its vakacirisalusalu on Saturday to honour its players. Team assistant coach Neori Buli said the effort put in by the players was tremendous and they needed to be rewarded. “We have a player who is a 16-year-old,” he said. “But big thanks to our head coach Waisea Cama...

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