Rugby

Fijiana work on ‘D’ for WC

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana team is leaving no stone unturned in getting players match ready for what will be the biggest game of their lives when they take on England next week Saturday at the...

Derenalagi says team ready

Swire Fijian Drua captain Ratu Meli Derenalagi says the side will have to lift its tempo if they were to successfully compete in the 2023 Super Rugby season. Derenalagi, who has just returned from surgery for ACL injury, said every player had to prepare individually in the lead up to the 2023 competition. “I’ve been...

Whybird upbeat about rugby league challenge

“This is the start of something which will last very long.” These were the words of Australian Under-18 School Girls team manager Scott Whybird as his team prepares to take on the Fiji School Girls in the Vuvale Challenge this Friday. This is the first time the Aussie teams are visiting Fiji to take on...

Worcester enter administration after RFU suspends club amid financial issues

(Reuters) -Premiership club Worcester Warriors went into administration on Monday after being suspended by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) from all competitions after failing to meet a deadline to prove they could operate amid their financial difficulties. Worcester are looking for new owners after they were served in August with a winding-up order over unpaid...

27th September

Lancaster to leave Leinster and join Racing 92

(Reuters) – Leinster’s senior coach Stuart Lancaster will leave the club after seven seasons and join TOP14 side Racing 92 at the end of the current campaign, Leinster Rugby announced on Monday. Lancaster, who previously coached England before joining the club in 2016, will see out his contract at the Irish club where he was...

Jones seeking players who can control the ‘uncontrollables’

By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) – With less than a year to go until the Rugby World Cup, England coach Eddie Jones is trying to formulate a group of players who can think for themselves in what he expects to be a maelstrom of on-pitch distractions during the tournament in France. Jones named his latest...

Retailer snaps up naming rights

Retail giants Shop N Save Supermarket have secured the new Super Rugby Pacific competition naming rights. Shop N Save will also sponsor the 2023 season for the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua. The sponsorship means the competition will now be called the Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific next season. The supermarket giants have also renewed...

Fijiana work on the basics

The Rooster Chicken Fijiana will “do the little things right” and trust that the processes will take of itself during the women’s Rugby World Cup, says backline coach Mosese Rauluni. This is the first time our women will take part in the pinnacle of women’s rugby and it will also be the first time they...

Drua to host Crusaders at Churchill Park

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua will host Super Rugby Pacific defending champion the Crusaders at Churchill Park, Lautoka, on March 11 next year. The Drua will return to Fiji two rounds later to take on the Melbourne Rebels at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva on April 1. Another blockbuster match, guaranteed to pull in...

Doge sails with Drua

Flying Fijians prop Mesake Doge is home after playing for the Welsh Dragons in the Wales Pro14 competition and is ready to don the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua colours. He said representing the Drua would cap off a stellar career so far. Doge first appeared for the Flying Fijians in 2016 against Georgia at the...

26th September

Super Rugby – Six home games for Fijian Drua

Six home games have been confirmed for the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua next year. Coming to Fiji next year are 2022 champions Crusaders, 2022 finalists Auckland Blues, the Melbourne Rebels, Queensland Reds, Moana Pasifika and the Hurricanes. The Drua will host the Waratahs in Melbourne during the Super Round, which was announced last week. For...

Grammar U18 ‘ready’

Suva Grammar School is off to the Vodafone Super Deans Championship semi-finals next week after they defeated Lelean Memorial School 21-8. Team manager Bulou Vola Wainiqolo says they are taking one step at a time. “We had worked on our weakness before this competition that had enabled us to execute our game plan and win,”...

Ra high school secures U19 semi-final spot

The Ra High School Under-19 team players have made their school proud after they secured their spot in the Vodafone Super Deans Champion semi-finals next week at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. They beat Nasinu Secondary School 15-13 at Bidesi Park in Suva on Saturday. Coach Luke Serubasaga said they would need to work on...

Ba Pro creates history

Ba Provincial Freebird Institute created history after securing their spot in the Vodafone Super Deans Championship semifinal for the first time. This is the first time the school has ever made it to the national quarters. They beat Nasinu Secondary School 12-5 at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva on Saturday. They were on attack...

All Vuda battle for finals

It will be an all Vuda battle during the super premier final of the Lautoka Rugby Union (LRU) round two competition at the Nadovu Park this Saturday. This is after the two Vuda teams dominated the semi-finals which were played at the same venue last weekend. Vuda Green defeated Army 29-10 while Vuda Blues downed...

Cheika rues missed opportunity in Rugby Championship

DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) – Argentina coach Michael Cheika says this year’s Rugby Championship proves his side can compete with the best teams in the world but was also a missed opportunity to make a major statement ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup. Argentina finished the competition with a 38-21 loss in South Africa...

Maddening inconsistency continues to haunt Wallabies

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia had a perfect opportunity to make a big statement in their final match of the Rugby Championship on Saturday by becoming the first team to beat New Zealand at Eden Park since 1994. Improving on last week’s controversial 39-37 loss to their neighbours in Melbourne would not have been enough to...

25th September

Boks beat Argentina but New Zealand win the Rugby Championship

DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) -South Africa won the battle but lost the war following their 38-21 victory over ill-disciplined Argentina at a sold out King’s Park in Durban on Saturday, a result that handed the 2022 Rugby Championship title to New Zealand. The All Blacks top the standings with 19 points from their six games,...

Fijiana falls short

A gallant performance by the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s side was not enough to beat a much fancied Canada outfit losing 7-24 in their Test match at Suva’s HFC Bank Stadium on Friday night. It was tough against the world No.3 ranked team and coach Senirusi Seruvakula and his players knew that from the first...

Improvement – Seruvakula says more work needed for Fijiana

Less than two weeks out from Fiji’s debut at the women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand against world No.1 England, the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s team has its work cut out already. While there were a lot of positives taken from its 7-24 loss to world No 3 Canada on Friday, coach Senirusi Seruvakula...

Natabua through to the semi-finals

Natabua High School surprisingly defeated reigning Vodafone Deans U18 champion Queen Victoria School 21-19 yesterday. Natabua scored the winning try in the 66th minute from Alipate Viyalani who dived over the try line. With scores both locked at 19-all, winger Netani Volitivitivi kicked the winning conversion. The boys from Vulinituraga was first on the scoreboard...

MBHS humble to win

Marist Brothers High School defeated Ratu Kadavulevu School 16-13 in the last Vodafone Super Deans Championship quarter-finals at the HFC Bank Stadium yesterday. They came in as underdogs and defeated one of the toughest teams in Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union. The boys from Delainakaikai scored a first try from winger Ratu Etuate Veidreyaki but...

Upsets order of the Deans

A new champion will be crowned in this year’s Vodafone Super Deans U18 Championship after reigning champion Queen Victoria School lost to Natabua High School 21-19 yesterday. The Western-based school broke the hearts of Victorian fans in a last minute converted try to seal their spot. In the other results, Ratu Kadavulevu School shockingly lost...

24th September

Seruvakula opts for utilities

Fijiana 15s head coach Senirusi Seruvakula is covering his tracks well ahead of the women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in the next fortnight. He has selected a 32-member injury-free squad which is laced with utility players, three national captains, Olympians, and players with various backgrounds whose stories could motivate destruction on the field...

World rankings likely to change

The Senirusi Seruvakula-coached Fijiana 15s team is on course for a better world ranking if it continues to score international wins. Since the Fijiana’s first international match against the United states in 1997, Fiji has climbed up the rungs to be at 21 in world ranking leading up to next month’s World Rugby Cup in...

Fiji side for NZ

Two of the country’s most exciting young ruggers Philip Baselala and Sikeli Rabitu are expected to form the halves combination for the Fiji under-18 side which will tour New Zealand next month. The duo were members of the Fiji U20 side which played in the Oceania Championships against Australia, New Zealand and Argentina on the...

Navunimono Village celebrates Melrose Cup victory

It was a grand celebration as the villagers of Navunimono Village in Verata, Tailevu, when they welcomed the Melrose Cup in a traditional ceremony yesterday. The village that raised one of the Fiji 7s reps, Kaminieli Rasaku erupted in celebration and villagers merrymaking as they marched through the village green with the cup singing and...

Rugby trailblazer – Nasagau says ‘small dream’ come true to play in Rugby World Cup

When the Fijian farewell song ‘Isa, Isa vulagi lasa dina’ was sung by guests at the Holiday Inn Suva on Wednesday to the Rooster Chicken Fijiana 15s squad, tears streamed down the faces of several players. Among them was Ruisila Nagasau. She does not need introduction because she is a trailblazer, an elite Fijian player...

Who will reign – Deans and IDC trophies up for grabs

With bated breath, fans will witness rugby action from today’s Deans quarters and Rugby Championship. In the Deans quarters, the rivalry between schools will be brought out as favourites RKS and QVS will aim to make a statement at the HFC Bank Stadium, which hosted the match between the Fijiana and Canada last evening. This...

7s deal off – Land offer for 7s heroes withdrawn

A Suva-based company’s offer to gift members of the Fiji 7s team residential lots to build their homes after their win in the Rugby World Cup Sevens in South Africa has been withdrawn after the Fiji Rugby Union wanting to cite proper documentations. China Village Estate Development, on Tuesday, revealed it wanted to honour the...

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