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Rugby treat for fans

This weekend, fans will be in for a 7s treat as the Toulouse 7s kicks off. Fiji missed out on the second leg in Spain, but made an impact in the third leg in Singapore...

Suva finds its winning mojo

Suva continues to record positive results in the Skipper Cup competition after accounting for a young and inexperienced Nadroga XVs 26-19 on a soggy Lawaqa Park ground two in Sigatoka during a Round 8 clash yesterday. The Capital City boys outscored the hosts four tries to three and earned a vital bonus point victory to...

Sister act leads to Lagakali victory

Sisters Kinisalote and Filomena Navula achieved a remarkable feat winning their events at the Adi Cakobau School athletics inter-house at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay yesterday. Younger sister Filomena claimed gold in the 100 and 200 metres, while elder sister Kinisalote was crowned the blue ribbon champion in the same events. Kinisalote clocked 13.63...

Tickets going fast

Tickets for next week’s Super Rugby Pacific match between the Fijian Drua and the Chiefs are selling fast. This is according to the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua chief executive officer Brian Thorburn. He said close to 50 per cent or more than 5000 tickets had been sold. “We are confident it’s going to be sold...

Drua thankful to fans

The turnout from fans in Australia for the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua home games was not up to expectations, said Fijian Drua chief executive officer Brian Thorburn. “Really disappointed with the support in Australia. The crowds that we had in the matches were all less than three thousand. Ranging from 1100 for a couple of...

Outmuscled – Drua convincingly beaten by mighty Crusaders

Mistakes from the Fijian Drua players helped the Crusaders put up a big score in their Super Rugby Pacific match in Christchurch last night. The home side scored nine tries to the Drua’s none in a 61-3 drubbing. Fijian Drua captain Nemani Nagusa said while his players gave their best shot, mistakes cost them the...

20th May

Crusaders wallop Fijian Drua 61-3 in Christchurch

At Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch: Crusaders 61 (Leicester Fainga’anuku try 2min, Tom Christie try 15min, Sam Whitelock try 28min; Sevu Reece tries 37min and 53 min, Fergus Burke try 47 min, George Bridge try 62min, Braydon Ennor try 70min, Tom Christie try 75min; Burke 8 con) Fijian Drua 3 (Teti Tela pen). HT: 28-3. Yellow card: Selestino Ravutaumada 69 min...

Tuidraki defies father’s rugby advice

As a child, Tuidraki Samusamuvodre did not like going to school. But he had a dream. And that was to one day represent the country in rugby. Tuidraki was so obsessed with the oval-ball game that he used to skip school every Friday while he was a student of Nadi Muslim Primary and play for...

Nagasau, Uluinasau say it is time Fijiana take centre stage

Two senior Fijiana 7s reps Rusila Nagasau and Reapi Uluinasau believe the side has what it takes to win the Toulouse 7s this weekend. The duo won bronze medal with the Fijiana side at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last year. Team captain Nagasau said preparations had been tough and the players were ready. “We have...

Gollings on a mission

The expectation from fans to win every tournament they play keeps the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s side on their toes. Heading into the Toulouse 7s in France this weekend, a huge number of Fijian supporters are expected to turn up and cheer the side on while tens of thousands more will be glued to television...

Lagakali House wins ACS inter-house competition

Lagakali House is the overall winner of the Adi Cakobau School inter-house athletics competition held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva today, bagging 20 gold, 8 silver, and 11 bronze medals. Mokosoi House were runners-up with 11 gold, 11 silver, and 10 bronze medals. Uci House won 11 gold, 15 silver, and 15 bronze medals....

Early test for junior lifters

Weightlifting Fiji gets an early test this weekend as a curtain-raiser to the coming Pacific Mini Games, Commonwealth Games and the 2024 Olympic Games. Ten junior and youth Fijian weightlifters compete against regional neighbours including Australia and New Zealand tomorrow and Sunday in the inaugural Oceania Weightlifting Online Youth and Junior Championship. “This is a...

Lautoka Golf Club braces for opening event

Lautoka Golf Club would be hosting the Long Run (Fiji)-sponsored 2-men stroke Ambrose event over 18 holes at the club’s golf course at Golf Links in Lautoka on Saturday. The chairman of trustees at LGC Raymond Singh said he was excited with the staging of the maiden event for the club this year. “We anticipate...

Officials expect rise in participation

The officials of the Tattsloto Fiji Open Tennis Championship expect the numbers to grow for next year’s event as the travelling restrictions are lifted around the world. This year’s Fiji Open has attracted 97 players down from 175 when the tournament was last held in 2019. Fiji Open Tennis Championship tournament referee David Smith said...

Flying start for top seed

Men’s open singles top seed Junior Benjamin made a flying start in the Tattslotto Fiji Open Tennis Championship breezing through his match without dropping a game at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club courts in Nadi. F resh from victory at the Consumers Supermarket Easter Open Championship last month, the Solomon Islander downed Salmaan Asgar...

Weightlifters’ battle

Young and upcoming Fijian weightlifters face regional counterparts this weekend in the inaugural Oceania Weightlifting Online Junior and Youth Championship. Team Fiji weightlifters will face counterparts from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Guam, Solomon Islands, New Zealand, Kiribati, Samoa, Tonga, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. “We have a strong team of upcoming boys and girls,”...

Ticket refund – Fans given opportunity for Fiji Finals purchase

Members of the public who had bought tickets for the 2021 Coca-Cola Games have the option to refund or replace their tickets before this year’s event from August 4-6 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. This was revealed during a media conference at the Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Fiji headquarters at Laucala Beach, Suva on Wednesday....

Uluilakepa says Fijian Drua ready to take on Crusaders

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will battle one of the most successful teams in Super Rugby this evening going up against the mighty and champion Crusaders. The Crusaders have won the coveted Super Rugby title 12 times. Speaking to The Fiji Times from Christchurch, Drua prop Kaliopasi Uluilakepa, 23, said even though the team lacked...

Fijian Drua faces daunting task in Christchurch

It’s the penultimate week of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific regular season and fans have a pretty good idea of the finals picture as it stands. Avoiding defeat against the second placed Brumbies on Saturday evening would lock up the minor premiership for the Blues with the Brumbies in a battle for second spot with...

Battle of the top 8 spot

Winners are grinners. It was great to see the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua start well against Moana Pasifika in Western Sydney and then complete the job. The Drua earned bragging rights against the other new team and the four points will help to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon in their debut season. Moana Pasifika has...

The runaway player – Tuidraki skips school to follow dream

Tuidraki Samusamuvodre skipped school and used to fib that his grandmother had passed away – just to train and play rugby. Such was his obsession with the oval ball game. Not even the stern words of his father, Mesake Samusamuvodre, that “no child in the family would become a rugby star” could deter him. The...

Australia’s Jack ‘proves’ her point after successful comeback from doping ban

MELBOURNE, May 19 (Reuters) – Three years after becoming the pariah of Australian swimming, Shayna Jack can finally look ahead with hope after coming back from a doping ban to book her place at the world championships and Commonwealth Games. The 23-year-old finished second behind Mollie O’Callaghan in the women’s 100 metres freestyle final at...

Red-hot Swiatek primed to claim second French Open title

PARIS, May 19 (Reuters) – The women’s tournament at the French Open has often sprung surprise winners but it is hard to see anyone other than Iga Swiatek lifting the Suzanne Lenglen Cup on the Parisian clay this year. The 20-year-old Polish player has it all — and in recent months she has simply been...

19th May

Black Ferns forced to tweak Pacific Four squad

The Black Ferns have been forced to make three changes to their squad for next month’s Pacific Four Series against Australia, the US and Canada. New Zealand Rugby confirmed on Thursday first five-eighth Patricia Maliepo had been ruled out with concussion, while outside back Grace Steinmetz and veteran utility back Carla Hohepa had foot injuries....

US follows NZ in equal pay agreements for female footballers

After a six-year battle for gender equality, US female footballers will now receive equal pay, the U.S. Soccer Federation has said. It makes the American national governing body one of the first in the sport to promise both sexes matching money. New Zealand Football closed the gender pay gap for its female players in 2018, under...

Bryson DeChambeau withdraws from PGA Championship after testing repaired wrist

Bryson DeChambeau withdrew from the PGA Championship on Thursday (NZ time) after practising for two days at Southern Hills to test his surgically repaired left wrist. The former U.S. Open champion practised with a wrap that extended several inches up his left forearm. He tweeted Tuesday it had “held up nicely” after his initial practice...

Eintracht Frankfurt beats Rangers in penalty shootout to win Europa League

Eintracht Frankfurt’s 42-year wait for a European title has ended with a 5-4 penalty shootout win over Rangers in the Europa League final. Rafael Borré converted the decisive penalty kick after Kevin Trapp saved Aaron Ramsey’s shot, giving the German club its first European trophy since the 1980 Uefa Cup, a predecessor to the Europa...

Two new faces in England first test cricket squad to meet New Zealand at Lord’s

England have named two uncapped players in their squad to play the Black Caps in the first two games of the three-test series. Yorkshire batter Harry Brook and Durham seam bowler Matthew Potts have been called up for the first time, while veteran fast bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad have been recalled under new...

All Black Scott Barrett sought mental skills and tackle technique advice after high-shot ban

Crusaders captain Scott Barrett says he took advice from the All Blacks’ mental skills experts and worked on his tackling technique during a “long three weeks’’ ban. Barrett – who will lead the Crusaders from blindside flanker against the Fijian Drua on Friday night – was suspended after a red card for high shot on Blues...

Super Rugby Pacific teams: Highlanders keep Sam Gilbert at 10, Ioanes out for Blues

Crunch time is here as the business end of the competition nears. The crucial final standings on the Super Rugby Pacific ladder will be determined in the next two weeks, and the Kiwi teams can’t afford any slip-ups this weekend. Round 14 starts with the Crusaders-Fijian Drua game in Christchurch on Friday, and concludes with...

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