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‘Smart’ rugby – Cotter wary of Ikale Tahi trio

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter says his team is ready for its opening Pacific Nations Cup match against a Tonga side bolstered by a former Wallaby and All Blacks players who will show...

Hits for schools league as interest grows

Secondary schools rugby league in Fiji is getting more bytes or following on the internet, says Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League association secretary Lai Corerega. The huge following has seen the fan base for the FSSRL Vodafone Trophy soar to an unbelievable new height in the past two months. “The Vodafone Trophy social media audience...

Rewa to give its all

The Rewa rugby side knows winning the Inkk Farebrother Trophy Challenge against Nadroga this Saturday will be a tough ask. However, team secretary Petero Kaveni said the 28-all draw in the first round against the Stallions at Burebasaga grounds gave the side some hope. The Rewa team travels to Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka to face...

Waisega savors Fijiana 15s call

Netherlands-based Fijiana 15s player Sunita Waisega, 18, is happy to be a part of the national squad and cherishes the experience. “Playing in the Netherlands, there was not much competition, so I decided to take part with the boys,” said Waisega. “Playing with them helped me understand the game more faster because it is fast...

Veteran lock back for more

Vodafone Flying Fijians forward Api Ratuniyarawa looks forward to running out in the national colours at home on Saturday after a long time if given the chance to be in Vern Cotter’s match day 23. “It is good to be back in the country,” said Ratuniyarawa. “It has been three years and it is good...

Samoa wary of Wallabies in Australia side

Manu Samoa captain Michael Ala’alatoa says they are here to compete and show what Samoan rugby has to offer during the Pacific Nations Cup. The Samoans take on Australia A on Saturday at 1pm at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay and they are ready for the challenge. “All players come from competitions all around...

FABA pleased with growing interest

Fiji Amateur Boxing Association president Manasa Baravilala is happy with the attention and interest from individuals taking up the sport this year. “We have seen a tremendous rise and interest in amateur boxing in 2022,” said Baravilala. “Specifically post COVID, the numbers have been outstanding with the greatest increases in the age group competition where...

Vota says he is up for the challenge

Vodafone Flying Fijian and Swire Shipping Fijian Drua player Apisalome Vota is relishing his moment in the national squad and adamantly waits for his opportunity to run out and represent his country in the Pacific Nations Cup. “It is an honour to play for the Drua and to be selected into the Flying Fijians squad,”...

Fekitoa fulfilling dream

Former All Blacks midfielder Malakai Fekitoa will be fulfilling a dream of donning the Tongan jersey if he is named to run out against the Vodafone Flying Fijians in the opening round of the Pacific Nations Cup on Saturday. The Ikale Tahi know how threatening the Fijians are across the park and Fekitoa said they...

Marist aims for top finish

The Marist Brother’s High School side is aiming for a top finish at the 2022 National Schools’ Swimming Championships. Team manager Shivneel Raju said the squad of 24 swimmers had prepared thoroughly and were ready to take on the best at secondary school level. “We are aiming for a top finish at the championship this...

Binnu’s boxing journey

Binnu Singh is a name known to nearly everyone on the streets of Sigatoka Town. Whether it be in the boxing ring, on the horse racing track, soccer field or farm life, the 51-year-old has made a name for himself in every field he has stepped foot into. Now a full-time farmer, The Fiji Times...

Nadi school out to make a splash

Three swimmers will for the first time fly the Maharishi Sanatan College flag at the 2022 National Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championship which starts in Suva this Friday. The Votualevu, Nadi school, which has a roll of about 180 students, is one of the newcomers to the competition this year. Travelling team manager Kartika Mani said...

Team thanks President

Team Fiji to the 11th edition of the Pacific Mini Games presented its sevusevu to the President of Fiji, Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere, yesterday upon returning in the weekend from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. Before leaving Fiji, Team Fiji had presented its itatau to Ratu Wiliame, who had encouraged the team to return to State...

28th June

Secret weapon – ‘Put God first and do the little things right’

Flying Fijians squad member Manasa Mataele has a tough task, ahead of the game against Tonga at the ANZ Stadium this Saturday. He will have to edge out some of the best in the business – Olympic gold medalists Josua Tuisova and Jiuta Wainiqolo, and the rampaging Swire Shipping Fijian Drua winger Vinaya “The Bossman”...

Swimmers ready for pool tourney

The 2022 Nationals Schools Swimming Championships is set to roll. Some schools which are likely to be part of the event include Holy Trinity Primary and Veiuto Primary. Tailevu-based Ratu Kadavulevu School will compete in the secondary schools division alongside Marist Brothers High School in the boys while St Joseph’s Secondary School and Ballantine Memorial...

French experience will be Wakeham’s weapon

Fiji under-20 squad member Janeiro Wakeham will incorporate all he had learnt from his Stade Francais, Paris club when he runs out in the national jersey at the Oceania Rugby U20 Championship at the Gold Coast in Australia in the coming days. The former Suva Grammar School student said he noticed a lot of differences...

Future looks bright

The future of Fijian rugby looks promising as the inclusion of the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua into the Super Rugby Pacific competition will greatly benefit the development of local players. Western Force and Flying Fijians winger Manasa Mataele is happy with the performance of the Drua in their first season and said they would do...

27th June

Cotter firms with current squad for RWC

Vodafone Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter does not expect to include more former tier one representatives in his squad in the lead-up to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France. This year the World Rugby Council approved an amendment to the sport’s regulations governing national team representation that will now permit an international player...

Fiji team thrashes Tonga at Oceania 7s

The Fiji 7s team thumped Tonga 47-7 in the Oceania Sevens tournament in New Zealand yesterday. This was the national side’s second win in the tournament losing two games to Australia A and one to New Zealand so far. Filipe Sauturaga, Ioane Teba and Pilipo Bukayaro scored two tries each while Iowane Raturaciri bagged a...

26th June

Tailevu Zone: Nadovu bags gold

Queen Victoria School senior boy Ilisavani Nadovu outran his competitors to win gold in the senior boys’ 200 metres event on Friday at day two of the Tailevu Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay. Nadovu was lost for words after his winning run. “I would like to first and foremost thank God...

Fiji men’s 7s team suffers third loss in Oceania 7s

The Fiji Airways Men’s 7s team suffered its third loss in the Oceania Sevens tournament in New Zealand yesterday. The national team lost to Australia A 24-26 making it their second loss to the Aussies in the tournament. Australia A came from behind to claim the win against the two-time Olympics gold medallists and it...

Vanua Cup Championship: Bua and Macuata qualify for Vanua semis

Bua and Macuata have qualified for the semi-finals of the Vodafone Vanua Cup Championship and both matches will be held at Subrail Park in Labasa. Macuata defeated Ovalau at Nasau Park and Bua beat Serua by 12-10 at Subrail Park yesterday. The unending screams and cheers that roared through the Labasa park resulted in players...

Suva escapes Naitasiri fightback to claim close win

Suva escaped with a 23-20 victory over Naitasiri in a high-intensity Skipper Cup match at the Suva Grammar School grounds at Veiuto yesterday. The physical encounter saw police officers escorting the match officials from the ground during the halftime break after heated verbal exchanges between them and officials from both teams. Team officials were not...

FSSRL: QVS books spot in the finals; aims at a clean sweep

QUEEN Victoria School will look to make a clean sweep of the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League finals next week after booking their spots in three grades at the semi-finals at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori yesterday. QVS Knights will face Nasinu Panthers in the under-15 final. The Knights made their presence felt in the...

Farebrother trophy: Nadroga wins West derby

Fullback Jack Volavola nailed a late long range penalty to earn BLK Nadroga the Inkk Farebrother Trophy after defeating holders Nadi 20-19 at Prince Charles Park yesterday. With two minutes left on the clock, Nadi misfired with a stray line-out throw handing the Stallions a scrum. Nadi, which led 19-17 at that time, gave away...

25th June

Break for Flying Fijians

The Vodafone Flying Fijians squad members have taken a break this weekend after a rigorous five-day training session in preparation for the Pacific Nations Cup. Flying Fijians head coach Vern Cotter said the preparations for the PNC had started well. Cotter said the players worked hard on the field. “I can feel the group coming...

Rewa continues winning run in U17 youth league

The Rewa football side continued its winning run in the Digicel Under-17 Youth League today. The junior Delta Tigers thumped Northland Tailevu 3-nil. In other matches, Suva beat Tailevu Naitasiri 4-1, while Nasinu and Navua played to a 1-all draw.

Pacific Mini Games: Rakesa grabs gold in javelin

Fijian athlete Iosefo Rakesa won gold in the men’s javelin ambulant F41 event at the Pacific Mini Games in the Northern Marianas yesterday. Rakesa won gold with a throw of 36.93 metres. Rakesa, who is a technician by profession, is of short stature due to a congenital disorder. He began para-athletics in 2016 in Suva...

RKS retains title

Ratu Kadavulevu School successfully retained the Tailevu Coca-Cola Games boys’ title, winning 25 gold, 21 silver and 24 bronze medals at the culmination of the two-day event at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva yesterday. Queen Victoria School was runner-up with 21 gold, 22 silver and 17 bronze medals while Tailevu North College finished...

A rare feat: Father and son to play in same team

A father and his son representing a particular team in the same game is a rare feat which could rewrite history for Lautoka in the Vodafone Vanua Championship quarter-final against neighbour Ba at Churchill Park this afternoon. Sireli Masi, who was part of the Fiji under-20 squad post COVID-19, has been named to start at...

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