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30th January

It’s a blackwash: New Zealand women and men do the double at Sydney Sevens

Anything the New Zealand rugby sevens women can do, well, the Kiwi men can manage just as impressively. That was the case at least in the Sydney leg of the world series at Allianz Stadium...

Emotional Djokovic hails biggest victory of his life

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic said his win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday’s Australian Open final was the “biggest victory” of his career, as he claimed his 22nd Grand Slam title and won back the hearts of the home fans a year after being deported from the country. Having arrived in Australia unvaccinated 12 months...

29th January

Sydney 7s: Fiji wins bronze

The Fiji Airways men’s 7s team finished in third place and took out the bronze medal at the Sydney 7s after a convincing win over France, 29-5. Fiji led at halftime 17-5, with two tries to Iowane Teba and one through Vuiviawa Naduvalo. This was despite France scoring the first try in the first half...

Sydney 7s: Fiji men’s side lose to South Africa in Cup semis

The Fiji Airways men’s 7s team has been bundled out of the Cup competition at the Sydney 7s after being defeated by a determined South African side in the semi-final, 31-12. South Africa dominated possession in the first spell and had a comfortable lead going into half-time, 17-0. Iowane Teba and Vuiviawa Naduvalo scored Fiji’s...

Under the spotlight – Korovulavula questions recruitment process

PAULINI CURUQARA and MELI LADDPETER Former Fiji Pearls assistant coach Filomena Korovulavula says the national side is not ready to play in the Netball World Cup. The World Cup will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from July 28 to August 6. Korovulavula claimed there was a lack of consistency, support and training for...

Yavala commends young bodybuilders

Fiji Bodybuilders and Fitness Federation vice-president is happy with the performance of young builders in the Mr & Mrs Fiji Bodybuilding Championship 2022. Ratu Meli Yavala Navutovuto said it was good to see young people taking part in this sport. Despite the competition being canceled last year it did not dampen the spirit of these...

Tazim gives back

The Vatuwaqa Rugby Club and Flick Hygiene continued their seven year relationship yesterday. The club was grateful to businessman Mohammed Tazim for sponsoring their rugby kits. Tazim owns Flick Hygiene and said it was all about giving back to the community where he grew up. “I know how difficult it is for the players to...

Fijiana needs to play smart

The Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team will need to play smart if they want to win the Sydney 7s. Coach Saiasi Fuli said since they were in one of the toughest pool they need to work hard to get to the top. “We are prepared well mentally during the week,” he said. “We know that...

Coach hails reps urgency

Head coach Ben Gollings says the players are well under control after a successful three win at the Sydney 7s. The Fiji Airways-sponosored 7s team beat Tonga 52- 7, Japan 54-0 and France 19-12 yesterday. Gollings said they had to set their benchmark against Tonga and Japan and it has been a good start. “It...

Vakacegu says it ‘worth the travel’

Traveling all the way down from Suva to Nadi to watch the Swire Shipping Drua take on the Melbourn Rebels at the Prince Charles Park was worth it, says Vesidrau Vakacegu. The 44-year-old said the four-hour bus ride was worth it and gave his praises to the Drua for a thrilling game. “It was such...

Foote recalls first visit

Melbourne Rebels coach Kevin Foote clearly remembers the last time he came to Fiji in 2017. Coaching Perth Spirit during the National Rugby Championship (NRC, Foote and his boys came to Suva and were met by a hostile crowd and humid weather they were not use to. They lost that day 5-41 to the Fijian...

Drua thrashes Rebels

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua showed glimpses of what fans can expect during the Shop N Save Super Rugby Pacific competition after beating the Melbourne Rebels 24-0 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday. Played in four 20-minute quarters and an unlimited interchange, the Drua crossed over for four tries to Tuidraki Samusamuvodre, Kitione Salawa,...

Sabalenka overpowers Rybakina for first Grand Slam win at Australian Open

By Shrivathsa Sridhar MELBOURNE (Reuters) -Aryna Sabalenka tamed her nerves to blast her way to a maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over Kazakh 22nd seed Elena Rybakina on Saturday in a thrilling final featuring two power-hitters in the women’s game. Sabalenka’s 11th straight win of the...

28th January

Sydney 7s: Fiji books semi-final spot against South Africa

The Fiji Airways men’s 7s team have booked a spot in the cup semifinals after defeating Great Britain 26-14 at the Sydney 7s. Fiji’s tries came from Viwa Naduvalo, Josua Vakurunabili,  Waisea Nacuqu and Manueli Maisamoa. Fiji who led 19-7 at the breather only missed one conversion. The Fijians will now meet South Africa in the...

Drua defeat Rebels in trial match

The Swire Shipping Fijian Drua beat the Melbourne Rebels 24-0 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi in their pre-season trial match this afternoon. The hosts scored four tries against the visitors. At halftime both team were locked at nil-all. Drua coach Mick Barne was able to test his combinations before their Shop N Save Super...

Bodybuilders set to show muscles

Fiji Bodybuilding Federation will be hosting the 2023 Mr and Mrs Fiji competition at the Civic Centre at 5pm today. Vice-president for Fiji Bodybuilding Federation Meli Yavala, made this known during a weighing in session for competitors in Suva yesterday. “So we’re just taking the competitors’ weight to see who will be in what category,”...

Netball Fiji receives $35k

The signing of a sponsorship agreement and the handing over of a $35,000 cheque from Vinod Patel to Netball Fiji was a timely occasion, says Netball Fiji CEO Vivan Koster. “Since it’s a World Cup year, our players will be training very hard and preparing for the tournament that will be held in South Africa,”...

Drua to make fans proud

The Swire Fiji Shipping Fijian Drua management aims for the team to make the country proud in the 2023 Shop N Save Supermarket Super Rugby Pacific competition. The Fijian Drua has named a 40-member squad for the season with 10 players as part of its development process. Fijian Drua head of commercial and marketing Shane...

Rebels to gauge standard

The Melbourne Rebels will using today’s pre-season trial match against the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua team in order to gauge their standard in the 2023 Super Rugby Pacific competition. Moses Sorovi, the Melbourne Rebles scrum-half and former Flying Fijians rep said the Fijian Drua would be an aggressive opponent. Sorovi said it would be a...

Drua ready to play

Nadi man and Fijian Drua player Tuidraki Samusamuvodre says it will be a proud moment to be “playing in front of our people”. “It will be a proud moment for me to don the Drua jersey for the first time in Nadi,” Samusamuvodre said in a statement. “The feeling will be like no other playing...

Tough clash – Rebels coach expects Fijians to give them good game

The Melbourne Rebels are expecting a tough encounter against the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua in the pre-season trial match at Prince Charles Park in Nadi this afternoon. The Rebels finished 10th in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition while the Fijian Drua was ranked in 11th position in the points table. Rebels coach Kevin Foote...

27th January

‘Too early to assess performance’

SWIRE Shipping Fijian Drua chief executive officer Mark Evans says while it is too early to accurately assess the team’s performance, only having debuted in its first season last year, he adds it has captured Fiji’s imagination of the sport to a noteworthy degree. In an interview at the Drua home base in Nadi yesterday,...

Best rugby fans

THE world’s best rugby fans are in Fiji, says Swire Shipping Fijian Drua chief executive officer Mark Evans, when asked about their fan base after having only debuted in their first Super Rugby season. “Best fans in the world. No question,” Evans said. “I’ve been absolutely blown away by the level of enthusiasm, interest and...

Baselala – the next big name

PHILIP Blade Daniel Baselala could become the next big name in the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua side. Why? Because the 18-year-old has a bit of stardust in his name to add to the explosiveness of his game. In 2004, when Baselala was born to his parents Elenoa and Mosese, they didn’t know what to name...

Ready for action

THE world-famous Sydney Harbour Bridge provided the backdrop as captains of the 28 men’s and women’s teams gathered ahead of the HSBC Sydney Sevens which kicks off today. The high-speed, all-action event will continue tomorrow with the culmination of the pool phase and quarter-fi nals, before the semi-finals and finals on Sunday. With the popular...

7s platform – Coach Maps Plans to Help Side Lifts Series Standings

THE Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team plans to set a platform at the Sydney 7s which will propel it up the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series points table. The national side dropped to eighth spot in the series after losing to Argentina in the quarterfinal at the Hamilton 7s in New Zealand last week. A...

Kumar proud of Baby Bula Boys performance

FIJI Digicel under-17 coach, Sunil Kumar said even though their loss to New Zealand in the OFC Semifinals was a tough pill to swallow, the team had learnt a lot of lessons and allowed them to notice their weaknesses. New Zealand, OFC favorites, thumped Fiji 4-1 on Wednesday night at the HFC Stadium, dominating throughout...

Silktails aim for elimination stage

THE Kaiviti Silktails are aiming to qualify for the elimination stage of the Ron Massey Cup (RMC) this year. The Silktails finished sixth in the RMC last year just missing out on the semi-fi nals. Silktails head coach Wes Naiqama said they needed to build on from last year. Naiqama said their focus was on...

U17 dreams shattered

THE Fiji Digicel Baby Bula Boys had their dreams of reaching the 2023 FIFA World Cup shattered when they were overpowered by a strong and determined New Zealand team at the OFC Championship semifinals on Wednesday night. The under-17 side lost 1-4 to the boys in black at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva. It...

Boost for volleyball

FIJI Volleyball Federation (FVF) received a boost in preparation for their first tournament of the year after Hot Bread kitchen gave $5000 to the federation. FVF president Kemueli Naiqama was present at the Hot Bread Kitchen headquarters in Lami yesterday to receive the cheque from Hot Bread Kitchen director Mere Samisoni. This will be the...

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