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Botia backs players to shine

The new players in the Vodafone Flying Fijians squad are expected to raise some eyebrows during the Pacific Nations Cup tournament. Sixteen players from the Fijian Drua side have been named in the extended squad...

Daugunu happy to be playing at home

Former Labasa Sanatan College student Filipo Daugunu still remembers how he used to play soccer for the Labasa side and then grab his rugby boots and rush to his rugby matches afterwards. The five-cap Wallabies player is one of the many big names who will represent Australia A in the Pacific Nations Cup in Fiji....

Baptism of fire for U20 players

The Junior Flying Fijians team faces a baptism of fire as they take on the highly ranked New Zealand side at the Oceania Under-20 Rugby Championship on the Sunshine Coast in Australia tomorrow. The national team left on Monday and according to head coach Ifereimi Rawaqa, the boys were excited for their first match. Rawaqa...

‘Pacific will benefit’

Manu Samoa head coach Vaovasamanaia Seilala Mapusua says there will be an improvement in the performance of Pacific Island nations at the Rugby World Cup next year following the inclusion of Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua in Super Rugby. The establishment of the Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua Super Rugby franchises has been rewarded...

Dragons the team to watch

Ba Provisional Freebird Institute Dragons will meet Queen Victoria School Knights in the Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League under-19 grand finals this Saturday. The Dragons dominated and proved too strong, edging RKS Eels in the semi-finals last week 16-10. The young boys from Lautoka displayed a well structured game, with plain basic ball skills...

‘Gaya’ gives back to sport – Former Fiji referee officiates at schools semi-finals

Gayanendra Prasad, known by his friends as ‘Gaya’, is one of the most respected and prominent rugby league referees in Fiji. He is the only Fijian referee of Indian descent and the only one that has a Level 3 referee qualification in Fiji. Prasad also holds a Level 3 and Level 2 referees coach and...

Knights rise to the challenge

THE Queen Victoria School Knights under-17 side will play Marist Brothers High School Storms in the national final this Saturday. The Knights produced a brave come-from-behind win over Ratu Kadavulevu School Eels 28-16 in the semi-final. RKS was leading 16-8 at halftime and failed to score any points in the second spell. QVS slowly worked...

Breakers take out golf team event

Team Magic Breakers took out the Rainbow Cool Tech (Fiji) Pte Ltd-Sponsored team Ambrose event at the Fiji Sugar Corporation Rarawai course in Ba. The side, with the inclusion of Asish Chand, Anaya Saanvi, Daman Chen and Prakrit Naidu, carded 10 under par. Team Amex, skippered by Vinesh Prasad with Vineet Prasad, Rajnesh and Deepak,...

Hornet’ to avenge defeat

Nathan ‘The Hornet’ Singh has vowed to avenge his defeat to Ronald ‘Terminator’ Naidu when the two boxers clash in the main bout of the Bula Boxing Promotions Program at Prince Charles Park in Nadi next Saturday. Flashback to March 22, 2021, Ronald Naidu staged a last-minute barrage to down Singh and win the Fiji...

Maqala challenges players to ‘believe’

France-based Sireli Maqala has challenged rugby players in Labasa to believe in themselves and make a difference in life. Maqala arrived in the country recently for a break from rugby with his Bayonne Club in France. He will also be the ambassador of the Fiji Bitter Labasa Service Tournament which will be held at Subrail...

Vern Cotter names five debutants for PNC opener against Tonga

Vodafone Flying Fijians Head Coach Vern Cotter has named five debutants in the run-on team which faces a high-profile Tongan side in the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup match on Saturday at HFC Bank Stadium in Suva. Cotter has injected a mixture of young and experienced players who have been in camp for the past...

300 runners for marathon

More than 300 athletes are expected to take part at this Saturday’s Namosi Marathon. Event director Marita Manley said there had been a lot of interest from stakeholders after a successful maiden event in the highlands in 2020. “We have had more than 300 registrations so far and expecting around the same number of runners...

Lawyer looking forward to event

Prominent Suva lawyer Richard Naidu is looking forward to taking part in his second Namosi Marathon event this Saturday. Naidu was part of the same event in 2020 and said it was a tough experience but one he would love to experience again. “Very different from my normal runs on the Suva sea wall. The...

School makes most of ties

The Suva Marathon Club’s partnership with Namosi Secondary School is slowly showing its results. The school recently took part in the Suva Zone 1 athletics competition and made a clean sweep of the 1500 metres events in the boys and girls divisions. Namosi Marathon event director Marita Manley said it was good to see the...

Calm before the storm

Flying Fijians fly half Ben Volavola has set his sights on the next three weeks when his team will play exciting matches in the Pacific Nations Cup. Volavola said it was great to be back after a lapse of three years and the Flying Fijians squad had a good mixture of players. “I’m excited to...

29th June

‘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 a lot of emotion at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday. Former Wallaby Israel Folau, ex-All Blacks Malakai Fekitoa...

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...

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