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27th February

Fagerson ban upheld but he could play last Six Nations game

LONDON (Reuters) – Scotland prop Zander Fagerson’s four-match suspension has been upheld but he could play in their final Six Nations game following a change in the matches he is banned for. The Six Nations...

Wales centre Davies returns as North eyes record v England

(Reuters) – Wales coach Wayne Pivac has opted for midfield muscle and selected Jonathan Davies to play at inside centre alongside George North in the Six Nations clash with England at the Principality Stadium on Saturday. Davies will make his first appearance of 2021 after being recalled to the side, while North, 28, is set...

Ireland refresh pack, welcome Sexton back for Italy clash

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland refreshed their pack for Saturday’s Six Nations trip to Italy and welcomed Johnny Sexton back after the captain missed the loss to leaders France in a disappointing start to the tournament. Ronan Kelleher, who scored one of only two Irish tries in their opening two defeats, starts at hooker alongside fit-again...

Nadal pulls out of Rotterdam Open with back issue

(Reuters) – World number two Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from next week’s Rotterdam Open due to a back injury, the Spaniard said on Thursday. The 20-time Grand Slam winner has been struggling with a back issue since the build-up to the Australian Open and was forced to skip Spain’s ATP Cup ties earlier this month....

26th February

Edwards named as first female president of the PCA

LONDON (Reuters) – The Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) elected former England captain Charlotte Edwards as their first female president on Thursday. Edwards, 41, led England to World Cup success in 2009 and scored 10,000 runs across all formats in a playing career spanning two decades. “I think the introduction of 41 new female members to...

Arsenal and Milan reach Europa League last 16, Napoli and PSV exit

LONDON (Reuters) – Arsenal needed a late comeback to secure their place in the draw for the Europa League last 16 where they will be joined by Ajax Amsterdam, Manchester United, Milan and Rangers but Napoli and PSV Eindhoven crashed out on Thursday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 87th-minute header secured Arsenal a 3-2 win over Benfica for...

Former U.S. Olympics coach dies by suicide after being charged

(Reuters) – Former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert, who had ties to disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar and was charged earlier on Thursday with human trafficking and sexual assault, has since died by suicide, authorities said. According to court documents filed in Eaton County, Geddert was charged with 20 counts of human trafficking, one...

Tovata leads after day one of competition

Tovata house currently lead the medal tally at the Queen Victoria School inter-house after day one of competition. The red brigade is in the lead with five gold medals, three silver and three bronze. Rewa house is in second place with four gold medals, four silver and three bronze. In third place is Bau with...

Tamata: Target to expose Fellow Fijians

THE organisers of the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s hopes to exposure the teams in the Fellow Fijians category by increasing the numbers in future tournaments which will aid in the development of its players to push for a spot in the national training squad. The Fellow Fijians category caters for Fijian players of Indian heritage....

Plan to spice up event

CONSOLATION prizes will be up for grabs as part of the plan to spice up the 34th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s. Nawaka Rugby Club executive Jeff Tamata said they would be giving out consolation prizes like they had done in previous years. “These prizes will go to the team that travelled the furthest to participate...

Nawaka 7s organisers increase top prize – $40k at stake

FROM the $1000 prize purse and three cartons of beer sponsorship back in 1987, the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s has grown in proportions now with a prize purse of $40,000 and 50 cartons of beer on offer for the 34th edition of the tournament. It kicks off at Prince Charles Park in Nadi this morning....

Vakasisikakala’s aim

SUVA Sangam High School athlete Mosese Vakasisikakala is confident of winning a medal for his school despite the stiffness of competition. Representing his school for the first time on the track, the islander from Naroi Village on Moala took first place in the 400 metres intermediate boys final during the school’s inter-house meet at the...

Macunaqio aims high

ISOA Macunaqio has laid down a challenge to fellow 400 metres runners in Fiji after clocking 54.75s during the combined Nabua Secondary School and Suva Sangam College inter-house meet at the ANZ Stadium in Suva yesterday. Macunaqio said finding a suitable training venue was an issue for him in the lead-up to the race yesterday,...

Nabua, Sangam lay down zone challenge

Although gauging their students for the first time during the Nabua Secondary School inter-house meet, teachers were pleased to see the determination of their athletes. “This has been our first official chance to see the capabilities of our student athletes, and also finally have them compete together,” said assistant head of PEMAC Soloila Muavono. Muavono...

SVC set for the finals

WITH the National Schools Swimming Finals back on the calendar, defending boys high school champion Swami Vivekananda College is optimistic of retaining their title. “The students are excited and we are ready to return to defend our title,” said school principal Rajesh Krishna. The Nadi-based school, and top contender in the pool, finished strong in...

FRU in the hunt

THE Fiji Rugby Union is seeking private capital to meet New Zealand Rugby’s stringent financial conditions to provide long term viability of the Fijian Drua’s proposed participating in the Super Rugby competition from next year. As a result the FRU has forwarded a confidential business plan to the NZR outlining not only the financial targets...

Silktails serenade openly at quarantine hotel

PEOPLE around Sydney’s Central Business District came to a halt at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel on Wednesday, as members of the Kaiviti Silktails team serenaded openly to celebrate the end of their 14-day isolation period in quarantine. Team pastor Suliasi Cakautabu said it was only right for the team to thank the Lord and hard...

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Fiji Barbarians thumps Buinivai, 41-0

The Gareth Barber coached Fiji Barbarians team has eliminated Buinivai 7s team from the cup competition. The Fiji Barbarians team led Buinivai by 19-0 going into the breather. The Fiji Barbarians put on a stellar performance as they demolished the Buinivai side. Full time score 41-0 in favour of Fiji Barbarians.

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Cross of Victory powers on

 Wardens Gold lost to Cross of Victory 19-17 and is out of the cup competition. Both teams put on a spirited performance, but the Cross of Victory 7s team has emerged as winners. Stay with us for more updates from the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s at Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Swift Roofing defeats Blue Diamond

Blue Diamond is out of the cup competition after going down to Swift Roofing 22-19. Swift Roofing led Blue Diamond by 17-14 going into the break. Both teams scored one try each in the second half, however, the Blue Diamond 7s team wasn’t able to turn the scoreboard in their favour. Full time 22-19 in...

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Tagimoucia out of cup contention

Wadigi Salvo has eliminated Tagimoucia Babas from the cup competition after beating them by 21-0. The Wadigi Salvo team led Tagimoucia Babas by 12-0 at the break. Tagimoucia Babas had no answers to the tries scored by Wadigi Salvo as they extended their lead in the second half. Nadi’s Prince Charles Park is hosting the...

Victorians on fire on day one of competition

Students of Queen Victoria School were on ‘fire’ today during the first day of their inter-house at their school grounds in Matavatucou. School principal Joseva Gavidi said it was all about the students to enjoy themselves. Joeli Lutunadokona of Tovata house won the first gold medal today in the 3000 meters event. Results of the...

Davis will always be ready to Fiji’s call

Israel bound Fiji football star Trina Davis says she will always be ready to answer to Fiji’s call. “Fiji will always be my team and my home,” said Davis who became the first Fijian woman to become a professional woman footballer taking up a professional contract with the the ASA Tel Aviv Women’s club. “I...

Sila to come out strong at Triple N Zone

Sila Central High School is eager to put up a strong challenge at this year’s Triple N Zone meet. Head coach Chris Waqa is confident the school can put a strong performance against the traditional leaders in Lelean Memorial School and Adi Cakobau School. “We are optimistic and our students are very enthusiastic,” Waqa said...

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Vunimono eliminated from cup competition

Police Blue has eliminated Vunimono from the cup competition after piping them by 21-19. Police Blue led Vunimono by 21-7 going into the break, but the Vunimono 7s team came out strongly in the second spell but it was little to late, as they bowed out from the cup competition. Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s is...

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Tagimoucia Babas goes down to Nawaka Black

The Nawaka Black 7s team has defeated Tagimoucia Babas team by 17-10 at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park. Nawaka Black led Tagimoucia Babas by 17-5 going into the break. The Tagimoucia Babas team pulled one back, however, the try was not enough to down the Nadi based Nawaka Black team. The crowd is slowly pouring into...

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Raiwasa Taveuni defeats Kwaiyata

The Raiwasa Taveuni 7s team has defeated Kwaiyata Nasaunivalu team by 22-5. Raiwasa Taveuni led Kwaiyata Nasaunivalu by 17-0 going into halftime break. Kwaiyata Nasaunivalu pulled one back in the second half, but it was not enough as Raiwasa Taveuni toppled them by four tries to one. The 34th edition of the Fiji Bitter Nawaka...

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Syd Bukya wins tightly-contested match

The Syd Bukuya 7s team has won their tightly contested pool match against Fire by 14-12 in Nadi. Both the team gave their all, however, the two converted tries from Syd Bukuya team led them to victory against a spirited Fire team.

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Fiji Barbarians thrashes Natutale

The Fiji Barbarians 7s team has thrashed Natutale team by 43-5 in their pool match at the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s held at Prince Charles Park. The Gareth Barber-coached side led Natutale by 24-5 going into the break. The team came out firing in the second half and further extended their lead. The Fiji Barbarians...

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Kwaiyata wins pool match

Kwaiyata Nasaunivalu 7s side gave Korotabu a 38-0 thumping in their pool match at the 34th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s happening at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. Kwaiyata Nasaunivalu led by 21-0 going into the breather. Competing teams are braving the Western heat and the players are putting in their best performances for their respective...

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