Rugby

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...

26th February

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....

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...

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: 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...

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Army Green downs Vuda Giants

Army Green defeated Vuda Giants 24-0 in their Pool 3 fixture at the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s. The Army Green 7s team led Vuda Giants by 10-0 going into the halftime break. Army Green further extended their lead in the second half of the match and won the match comfortably. Stay with us for the...

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s: Ratu Filise defeats Army Red

Ratu Filise edged out Army Red in their Pool 10 clash by 14-10. Both teams played out a feisty match in both halves of the match. A total of 90 teams that are competing at this year’s Nawaka 7s are eyeing the $10,000 prize money for the Cup Final.

Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s kicks off in Nadi

The 34th edition of the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s is underway at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park. Excellerate Stallions has beaten Bila Young Boys in their Pool 8 clash this morning. Excellerate Stallions won 29-5.

Fijian rugby league team sing their hearts out from quarantine hotel balconies

SYDNEY, 26 FEBRUARY 2021 (STUFF NZ) – Members of the Fijian rugby league team, the Kaiviti Silktails, have sung a heartfelt hymn to thank the staff of a Sydney hotel where they have spent two weeks in quarantine. From their individual room balconies at the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel in central Sydney, the Fijian players sung...

Uncapped Martin, 19, on bench for England against Wales

LONDON (Reuters) – Teenage forward George Martin, who has played only seven senior games for Leicester, is in line for a shock England debut after being named on the bench for Saturday’s Six Nations game against Wales in Cardiff. Martin, 19, can play lock or in the back row and was thrown into the matchday...

25th February

Support for kids – 2021 Nawaka 7s support WOWS campaign

THE 34th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s is set to kick off at Prince Charles Park in Nadi tomorrow with a total of 90 teams featuring across three categories making it one of the biggest tournaments in the country. Top teams including defending champions Police Blue, Police White, Warden Green, Raiwasa Taveuni, Uluinakau, Yamacia together with...

Ikanivere uses touch rugby to keep up fitness

FLYING Fijians hooker Tevita Ikanavere plays touch rugby as he works on his off-season preparation. He joined Suva Rugby Union teammate Enele Malele for the Vunivola touch rugby side. Malele is a tough rugby gold medallist for Fiji at the Pacific Games. During the ‘Bring a date tournament’ on February 14 at USP organised by...

Tuisova at No.8

FLYING Fijians superstars Josua Tuisova and Levani Botia could soon add to the list of rugby reps packing in on different positions apart from their specialised berths. The France-based centre and wing recently played in different positions in a match lately. This continues the rugby trend internationally on positional changes for some players who will...

Nawaka takes up initiative

THE Nawaka Rugby Club will take up an environmental clean-up program as part of its community awareness program during its annual tournament in Nadi this weekend. Themed ‘Go Green Again’ the tournament volunteers will not only clean up Prince Charles Park each day, but also remove waste from the Nawaka Village and plant trees. Nawaka...

Ratu Filise hopes top reps return

THE Ratu Filise rugby 7s team is hoping all their injured players will be fit to take part in this weekend’s Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s tournament. The club has produced renowned players not only in the province of Nadroga but for Fiji and also around the world. Players such as Noa Nadruku, Isei Nasiganiyavi, Nemani...

New club for Nadro

THE Nadroga Rugby Union could soon revive an old tradition of Fijian rugby if a new plan is successful. To improve the standard of club competition in the Nadroga-Navosa Province, the union is expected to include a new member called Service Rugby Club. It comprise of members of the Fiji Police Force (FPF), Republic of...

Wadigi Salvo ready to face 7s giants

THE Wadigi Salvo team is aiming for a top four finish at the 34th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s tournament which starts at Prince Charles Park in Nadi tomorrow. Wadigi Salvo proved to be the surprise package of the Fiji Rugby Union Super 7s Series reaching the cup quarter-finals last week. The side lost to eventual...

UFC fighters to tackle NZ Rugby over right to wear the silver fern

Auckland’s star UFC outfit City Kickboxing is taking on New Zealand Rugby (NZR) over the right of its fighters to wear the silver fern. City Kickboxing coach Eugene Bareman has told a press conference in Auckland that his fighters have as much right to wear the silver fern as the All Blacks do. “The UFC...

Australia makes ‘game-changing’ offer to host British and Irish Lions tour

Rugby Australia has made a “game-changing” intervention over the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa by offering to underwrite the cost of playing Down Under. It is understood that Rugby Australia’s offer of a minimum guarantee, which has government backing, would ensure a profitable return for both the Lions and South Africa – even if...

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