Rugby

Club marks 50th anniversary

The Nasinu Rugby Club celebrated its humble beginning in style with 50th anniversary celebration in Suva on Friday night. The club pay tribute to the foresight and hard work of its founder Taito Rauluni, who...

RKS, MBHS stamp mark

Two teams from the Central Division will fight for the Vodafone Super Deans Championship under-14 trophy next Saturday at Churchill Park in Lautoka. The final will be between Ratu Kadavulevu School and Marist Brothers High School. They won their respective semi-finals at Prince Charles Park in Nadi yesterday with RKS given a ticket to the...

Buca girls to come back stronger next year

The Bucalevu Secondary School team players had their hopes of reaching the Raluve under-16 final shattered after they were defeaded 24-0 by Sigatoka Methodist School in the semi-finals in Prince Charles Park, Nadi yesterday. The teacher in charge of organising the team, Akata Samuri, said despite their loss, they were content with how far they...

Fans turn out for team

The huge turnout from the Suva Grammar School supporters and former students was perhaps a key factor in the school’s good performance in the Deans Trophy competition. Out of the many SGS supporters was Vani Tudrau, a former student. Tudrau and many other supporters made their way down from the Capital City around 4am yesterday...

Suva schools battle for Deans U18 title; Marist faces Lions in final

Suva Grammar School and its neighbour Marist Brothers High School will battle in the Vodafone Super Deans Championship under-18 final at Churchill Park in Lautoka next Saturday. Suva Grammar beat a strong Natabua High School challenge 30-26 in the first U18 semi-final while MBHS outclassed Ba Provincial Freebird Institute 17-13 in the second semi. Suva...

Tupaea targets playing return in nine months after knee surgery

Oct 1 (Reuters) – All Blacks centre Quinn Tupaea is hoping to return to action ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup as he prepares for knee surgery on a season-ending injury sustained against Australia last month. Wallabies lock Darcy Swain was banned for six weeks for the controversial clean-out that ruptured the 23-year-old’s knee...

1st October

2022 Super Deans: MBHS to face SGS in U18 final

Marist Brothers High School defeated Ba Provincial Freebird Institute 17-13 to book a date with Suva Grammar School in the under-18 division final of  the Vodafone Super Deans next week. SGS had earlier defeated Natabua High School 30-26 in the first semi-final. The finals will be held at Lautoka’s Churchill Park.

2022 Raluve Trophy: Lautoka schools clash in U18 final

It will be an all-Sugar City final in the Weet-Bix Raluve under-18 grade when Natabua High School faces neighbours Jasper Williams High School next Saturday at Lautoka’s Prince Charles Park. Jasper Williams beat St John’s College 19-10 while Natabua had slow start to beat St Bedes College 12-7 in the semi-finals. More in tomorrow’s edition...

2022 Raluve Trophy: NHS through to Raluve U18 final

The Natabua High School side beat St Bedes College 12-7 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi to book its place in the Weet-Bix Raluve under-18 final. St Bedes got off to a flying start to score a converted try and led 7-0 after two minutes into the game. Natabua hit back in the final minute...

2022 Super Deans: Ra High beats RKS to secure U19 final spot

The Ra High School side will feature in the final of the under-19 grade at the 2022 Vodafone Super Deans Rugby competition. This after the side beat Ratu Kadavulevu School 20-18 in the semi-final. RKS led 13-10 at half-time. More in tomorrow’s edition of The Sunday Times.   

2022 Super Deans: SGS through to U17 final

The Suva Grammar School under-17 team is a match away from retaining its title after beating a strong Queen Victoria School challenge in their Vodafone Super Deans semi-final at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. The champion from Veiuto won 14-9 despite carrying injuries before the match. Coach Tevita Koroi said stern advices and support from...

2022 Super Deans: RKS to face MBHS in U14 showdown

A NEW Vodafone Super Deans under-14 champion will be crowned next week. The new will be decided Ratu Kadavulevu School and Marist Brothers High School in the final at Churchill Park in Lautoka next Saturday. RKS dethroned holders Suva Grammar School in the first semi-final at Prince Charles Park in Nadi this morning. The teams...

30th September

Rugby World Cup ticket sales surge past 30,000 for Eden Park opener as records tumble

Rugby World Cup organisers have set their sights on selling out Eden Park for the opening match day of the tournament after announcing that ticket sales have already surpassed 30,000. The Black Ferns will play Australia next Saturday at the 47,000-capacity venue as part of a triple-header to start the Rugby World Cup, and the...

‘Character building’ – Grammar rugby team out to emulate athletics victory

Expect to see the unusual walk of the Suva Grammar School under-18 team rugby side against rare opponent Natabua High School in tomorrow’s 2022 Vodafone Super Deans Trophy Championship at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. The Veiuto-based school will put on its Lion characters as it marches towards reclaiming the coveted Fiji Secondary Schools rugby...

Ba Pro works to counter Marist

The Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute team has been working on a game plan a superior Marist Brothers High School team in the Vodafone Dean Super Rugby under-18 trophy semi-finals at Prince Charles Park in Nadi tomorrow. The Lautoka school team qualified for the semi-finals of the U18 competition for the first time after defeating...

Tanivula, Politini assist Natabua

Two of Natabua High School’s former standout old boys have committed themselves to get rugby glory for the Sugar City-based academic institution in the Vodafone Super Deans Championship. Natabua will face Suva Grammar School in the Super Deans under-18 semi-finals at Prince Charles Park in Nadi tomorrow. Iliesa Tanivula, the former 100 metre sprint champion...

Rugby inspiration

Fijiana 15s rep and policewoman, Bulou Vasuturaga, hopes to excel in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand to inspire her three children to better futures. Vasuturaga, 30, who had played three Tests for Fiji, was selected into the national squad after a strong performance in the Oceania Championship. “It has been a challenging journey,”...

Ratu Wiliame reminds touring RFMF women’s team of discipline

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces women’s 15s players were reminded that living a disciplined life can take them to greater heights. Fiji President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere, while receiving the team’s itatau at State House in Suva yesterday, told the players said they were not only representing the RFMF but the country as a whole....

Fijiana out to pluck English roses

The Fijiana 15s team is planning to shock the world in its first Rugby World Cup appearance in New Zealand next Saturday. Front-rowers Vika Matarugu and Bulou Vasuturaga believe the south seas islanders can pluck the English roses in their first pool match at the iconic Eden Park in Auckland after the official opening. They...

All Blacks centre Tupaea sidelined for nine months

(Reuters) – New Zealand centre Quinn Tupaea will sidelined for nine months by the knee injury he sustained during a clear-out by Australia’s Darcy Swain in Melbourne earlier this month that incenesd the All Blacks. The team said on Thursday that further scans on the anterior cruciate ligament injury revealed “more extensive damage” that would...

29th September

Living a dream: Naitasiri U16 girls share passion for rugby

The Naitasiri Secondary School under-16 girls team carries the hope of the province in the semi-finals of the Weetbix Raluve competition in Nadi this weekend. Coach Semiti Soqoiwasa said the players knew the challenges they endured during the tournament and that drove them through. He said the players dream to one day represent the Fijiana...

Rugby-Maynal ‘100%’ stands by time-wasting call on Australia’s Foley

(Reuters) – French referee Mathieu Raynal said he “100%” stood by his much-criticised decision to penalise Australia’s Bernard Foley for time-wasting against the All Blacks earlier this month. The Wallabies were leading the Rugby Championship test 37-34 in Melbourne when Raynal awarded them a penalty close to their own posts with less than two minutes...

28th September

Aussies here to help grow sport

The Australian under-18 school girls side is ready for their first ever outing against their Fijian counterparts in Suva this Friday. In a historical occasion, two Australian teams – a girls and boys schools teams – have travelled to Fiji to take part in the Vuvale Challenge Shield. The Australian teams will be visiting schools...

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 Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Fijiana assistant coach Mosese Rauluni said they were using their early arrival in...

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...

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