New board members selected for FRU

Four new board members were elected to the Fiji Rugby Union board at the Annual General Meeting held last week.

Nominees from the Eastern Unions dominated the election which were former Flying Fijians Captain Mosese Taga, Vice Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific Doctor Ester Williams, Filimoni Vatuvoka and Daniel Whippy.

From the previous board Carl Ngamoki-Cameron replaced Joeli Baleidrokadroka as the new director legal while Napolioni Batimala remained as the Director Finance.

Nominated by the Tailevu Rugby Union, Dr Williams managed 32 votes, Vatuvoka nominated by Naitasiri Rugby Union raked in 30 votes, Taga got 32, Whippy 31 and Cameron 32.  Batimala stood unopposed.

Other members of the board include the President Ratu Isikeli Tasere, two members from the Trustees and a nominee from the Prime Minister.

The new board will decide on the Chairman.

 

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Male starts preparations for Centennial Match

Flying Fijian Josefa Levula epitomises the legendary player for the islanders.

Flying Fijian Josefa Levula epitomises the legendary player for the islanders.

Flying Fijians head coach Inoke Male has already started preparations for the Centennial Match against the Classic All Blacks on June 12.

19 local players marched into camp yester

day for the Pacific Nations Cup and Male says that these players will make up the core team that will take on the Kiwis.

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Beale back for the Rebels

beale_2924412The Rebels have selected troubled Wallaby Kurtley Beale on the bench for Friday’s clash with Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs, at AAMI Park.

Beale returns to the Rebels side for the first time since breaking his hand against the Waratahs.

The playmaker addressed the players and coaching staff on Tuesday, before taking to the training paddock later that afternoon.

Rebels coach Damien Hill said the decision was one that needed consultation, with the players having a considerable impact on the decision.

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Fijian wingers make team of the semi-finals

Nalaga, Brown made the top pick of the Heineken Cup semi-finals. Photo: Planet Rugby

Nalaga, Brown made the top pick of the Heineken Cup semi-finals. Photo: Planet Rugby

Now that the dust has settled on the European semi-finals, we select the players who stood out from the crowd this weekend.

Without further ado, here comes Planet Rugby’s offering – be sure to add your own 15-1 team selections below.

Heineken Cup Team of the Semi-Finals:

15 Delon Armitage (Toulon): Many forget that Armitage was one of England’s best players during the Martin Johnson era. For those that had, he offered a sharp reminder on Sunday. Outstanding under the high ball and in defence, he also showed great pace.

14 Sitiveni Sivivatu (Clermont): Class. A constant threat whenever he had ball and especially when offloading, ‘Sivi’ will be one of the first names in the mix when we pick our team of the tournament.

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Speight makes Round 11 XV

Now that the dust has settled over in the south, we thought it was only right to hand out praise to the stars of Super Rugby, Round 11. Here’s the Planet Rugby XV for week 11 of Super Rugby.

Steyn, Speight made the top picks for week 11 in Super Rugby. Photo: Planet Rugby

Steyn, Speight made the top picks for week 11 in Super Rugby. Photo: Planet Rugby

15 Israel Folau (Waratahs): Playing his first game in South Africa, anyone in the capital who didn’t know the rugby league convert’s name certainly won’t forget it after this performance. Injected plenty of pace into the Waratahs back-line, looked dangerous every time he touched the ball and scored a superb try as a result.

14 Henry Speight (Brumbies): Undoubtedly the in-form wing in Australia. Speight bagged two tries for his efforts against the Force, as he continues to turn heads every time he touches the ball out wide.

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Time not on Speight’s side

Henry Speight won't dwell on selection for the Wallabies. Photo: Planet Rugby

Henry Speight won’t dwell on selection for the Wallabies. Photo: Planet Rugby

In-form Brumbies wing Henry Speight will miss out on representing Australia and facing the British and Irish Lions by just a few months.

Based on his Super Rugby form, the Fijian-born speedster would have been an automatic choice in Wallaby coach Robbie Deans’ squad to tackle the Lions in June.

However, the current leading try-scorer (seven) in this season’s Super Rugby tournament has to wait until the end of October for the IRB to grant permission for Speight to wear the gold jersey – ruling him out of the Lions’ tour Down Under by just four months.

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Russia on exciting RWC Sevens pathway

Russian Yuri Gostyuzhev celebrates a try in Hong Kong. Photo: IRB

Russian Yuri Gostyuzhev celebrates a try in Hong Kong. Photo: IRB

Russia Sevens will once again get an opportunity to gain valuable experience before they compete in the Rugby World Cup Sevens on home soil in June, at this weekend’s Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens.

Having qualified from Hong Kong to head to next week’s Marriott London Sevens for a chance to qualify as a core team on the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series, this weekend’s penultimate round on the Series will act as another milestone in Russia Sevens’ busy season.

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