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Fiji feel the pinch in fixture wilderness

Fiji have added to the discontent surrounding their fellow Pacific Islanders from Samoa by claiming the international rugby calendar will leave them underprepared to face England in next year’s World Cup. The Fijians have been drawn to play in the showpiece opening match of the 2015 World Cup against England at Twickenham next September in a tournament predicted by the ... Read More »

Fiji advance to World Cricket League Division 6

Fiji triumphed over Samoa in their final match at Oakes Oval in Lismore and  join Vanuatu to represent the East-Asia Pacific region at World Cricket League Division 6. Threatening storm clouds did not delay the start of play, with Fiji captain, Joe Rika, winning the toss, and sending the Samoans into bat. The situation was dire early for Samoa, with ... Read More »

Fiji beckons for Crusaders and Super Rugby

The Pacific Islands may get a taste of Super Rugby after all with the Crusaders eyeing a game in Fiji next year. The Crusaders are reportedly looking at alternatives for their May 29 match with the Hurricanes because the date clashes with Fifa under-20 World Cup football commitments at their Christchurch ground. Plans to take the usual route and play ... Read More »

Fiji set to host regional basketball tourney

Fiji has been selected to host, advice for the first time, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) University of the South Pacific under 19 Oceania Championship, in Suva from 1-6 December , 2014. Fiji’s ambassador at large and Basketball Fiji association president Ioane Naivalurua said this will be the first regional tournament to be held in the country after elections and ... Read More »

Fiji 7s await bonus payments

Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan says there are still improvements to be made with player contracts but insists his team has not been distracted by off-field disputes in the build-up to Dubai. Last week the Fiji Rugby Union denied knowledge of a claim by former sponsor Digicel that the company released a payment of FJ$20,000 to players at the Gold ... Read More »

Three new caps in 7s team to Dubai, South Africa

Three new caps, one of them a veteran who has been out of the Fiji side for years, have been named by Fiji coach Ben Ryan to be part of the 12-member Vodafone Fiji 7s team to the Dubai and South Africa tournaments next month. Ryan retained nine players from the team that won the Gold Coast Sevens in October ... Read More »

Prop Ma’afu banned, out of U.S.A match

England-based Vodafone Flying Fijians prop Campese Ma’afu has been suspended for a week having been sent off for two yellow-card offences against Wales. The 29-year-old, who plays for Championship side Nottingham, was handed the ban when appearing at an independent disciplinary hearing earlier this week. Ma’afu was initially sin-binned at the end of the first half for collapsing a maul and ... Read More »

Amicale down Fiji U20 in President’s Cup opener

The Vodafone Fiji U20 football team lost its opening match of the inaugural OFC President’s Cup 3-0 to Vanuatu’s Amicale at The Trust Arena in Auckland last night. The Ravinesh Kumar-coached side played with a lot of passion and confidence and dominated possession in the first 25 minutes of the match, despite losing the encounter. Narendra Rao Junior found the ... Read More »

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