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New-look France hammer Fiji

France winger Teddy Thomas celebrates his hat-trick against Fiji.

By ANA VURU An expansive game by a new-look France side set the platform for a 40-15 hammering of the Flying Fijians in their first Northern Hemisphere tour match at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, southern France. The match became only the second time in history that a French player scored a hat-trick on debut. That player was Racing Metro ... Read More »

England pick Fiji-born wing

Semesa Rokoduguni in Bath colours. He has made history by being the first Fijian named in the England rugby team.

England have named uncapped Semesa Rokoduguni on the right wing for their November series opener against world champions New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday. Fiji-born Rokoduguni, a serving soldier in the British Army with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, has been called up after an impressive start to the season with Bath. Now England will look to the 27-year-old, who ... Read More »

Kelly Slater breaks toes in Fiji surf

World surfing champion Kelly Slater in action.

World surfing champion Kelly Slater’s chances of adding to his record 11 world surfing championships have copped a setback with the American breaking two toes in Fiji. Slaters was surfing Cloudbreak in Fiji when he broke the second and third toes on his left foot. The injury is expected to take about three weeks to heal with several weeks of ... Read More »

Yamacia, Red Rock meet in Coral Coast 7s pool

Donasio Ratubuli attacks for Yamacia in last year's tournament.

Reigning champions Yamacia will take on two-time champion Red Rock in pool play of next week’s Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens. The Navosa club burst onto the local sevens scene with a 26-19 win in last year’s final and w-ill feature Semi Kunatani, one of the heroes of the recent IRB Gold Coast Sevens, in their lineup. Standing in their ... Read More »

Fiji-born soldier set to make England debut

Semesa Rokoduguni in Bath colours. He has made history by being the first Fijian named in the England rugby team.

Fiji-born soldier Semesa Rokoduguni is in line to make his England debut against the All Blacks at Twickenham this Saturday after being retained in coach Stuart Lancaster’s 23-man match-day squad. The 27-year-old Fijian-born British Army soldier is one of four Bath backs who could all feature against the All Blacks in the first of 2015 World Cup hosts England’s November ... Read More »

Fiji wing Nalaga out of November Tests

Napolioni Nalaga attacks for his Clermont club side in the French Top 14 competition.

Clermont wing Napolioni Nalaga will miss Fiji’s November Tests against France, Wales and the USA due to family reasons, Fiji coach John McKee told AFP. The prolific 28-year-old has scored nine tries in 16 internationals for Fiji, but won’t be adding to that this winter. “He expressed that he didn’t want to be considered for this tour,” said McKee. “That ... Read More »

Flying Fijians session with Georgia ‘very beneficial’

Vodafone Flying Fijians reps (from left) Nikola Matawalu, Metuisela Talebula and Waisea Nayacalevu at the team's training camp in Toulouse, France. Photo by FRU MEDIA

The Vodafone Flying Fijians have had a scrimmage session with the Georgian national team at the side’s Blagnac Rugby Club base just outside Toulouse in southern France, which head coach John McKee has described as very beneficial. This is as the team fine-tune tactics ahead of the one-off Test against France this weekend to open their Northern Hemisphere tour. The ... Read More »

Fijian Etonia Nabuli to fill Morris void

New Dragons signing Eto Nabuli in action for Penrith in the NSW Cup.

The Saint George Illawarra Dragons will be looking to fill the hole left by departing superstar Brett Morris with some bargain buys after announcing the signing of former hotel porter Etonia Nabuli and home-grown talent Yaw-Kiti Glymin on Monday. Nabuli was discovered carrying suitcases by NRL greats Andrew Johns and Brad Fitler while on an ambassadorial trip to Fiji in ... Read More »

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