Category Archives: Fiji Rugby Union

Fiji lose Nalaga for November Tests

Clermont try scoring machine Napolioni Nalaga. Photo: Planet Rugby

Clermont try scoring machine Napolioni Nalaga. Photo: Planet Rugby

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 on Sunday.

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.

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McKee gives Fiji rugby long-term mission

John McKee . . . rounding up skills for Fijian players. Photo: AFP

John McKee . . . rounding up skills for Fijian players. Photo: AFP

Fiji coach John McKee believes the Pacific islanders could spring a surprise at next year’s World Cup, driven by international exposure and smartphone technology.

Kiwi McKee, who has only been in charge since May, is currently undergoing an exhausting European trip assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a side who will face France and Wales in November.

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ARU unsure about Gold Coast Sevens future

Fiji's Apisai Domolailai goes in for a try against Samoa in the final. Photo: IRB

Fiji’s Apisai Domolailai goes in for a try against Samoa in the final. Photo: IRB

The future of the Gold Coast Sevens rugby tournament remains unclear after another disappointing attendance at the event on the weekend.

Officially 20,546 attended the two-day event in Robina, an underwhelming return when compared to some of the marquee stops on the tour such as Hong Kong, Wellington or London.

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Road to Rio 2016 kicks off for Rugby Sevens

Brazil's men qualify automatically but the race to join them at Rio 2016 begins on the Gold Coast this weekend. Photo: IRB

Brazil’s men qualify automatically but the race to join them at Rio 2016 begins on the Gold Coast this weekend. Photo: IRB

International Rugby Board Chairman Bernard Lapasset has described the beginning of qualification for Rugby Sevens’ debut at the Olympic Games as an historic moment for the sport.
Rugby will return to the Olympic stage after a break of 92 years when 12 teams will compete in each of the men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens events at Rio 2016. As excitement builds within the global Rugby family, the road to Rio will begin this weekend for the world’s top male teams with the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia.

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Fiji crowned Oceania sevens champion

Fiji hoists the Oceania 7s Cup after defeating New Zealand 21-5 in the final. Photo: FORU

Fiji hoists the Oceania 7s Cup after defeating New Zealand 21-5 in the final. Photo: FORU

In a pulsating men’s final New Zealand took the early lead but Fiji responded with some dazzling play to wrest back the initaitive with a converted try to make it 7-5 at half-time. Then converted tries to Vatemo Ravouvou and Fiji 400-metre sprinter Niko Verekauta broke the game apart for Fiji whose defence and all round play was too strong for New Zealand.

Fiji captain Nasoni Roko was delighted with the result, “We worked very hard this week to ensure we were ready and coach Ben Ryan has done a good job with the boys. We knew New Zealand would be very physical and they are always hard to beat. Luckily we have some good talent and in Niko we have some very fast speed out wide.”

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Unions plot path to the TOP

Referee Chris Linwood from UAE during a match officials' session at TOP in Stellenbosch: Photo: IRB

Referee Chris Linwood from UAE during a match officials’ session at TOP in Stellenbosch: Photo: IRB

One of the key presentations at the IRB’s Talent Optimisation Programme (TOP) in Stellenbosch, South Africa, recently was entitled “Where is rugby going?” and it’s a safe bet that the simple answer to that question is “onwards and upwards”, in no small way thanks to courses such as this one.

The ninth edition of the TOP just concluded, hosted for the eighth time by the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport, about 50km east of Cape Town, and situated in an historic rugby centre. It targets coaches, trainers and match officials from unions that don’t have their own high-performance programme.

This year’s course involved 34 participants from countries as diverse as Canada, Fiji, Georgia, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, Romania and Russia but it was also attended by delegates from Argentina and Scotland.

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Fiji based at Swansea Uni for 12 days

Fiji qualified for the RWC 2015 after defeating the Cook Islands last month. Photo: Skypacific

Fiji qualified for the RWC 2015 after defeating the Cook Islands in July. Photo: Skypacific

Fiji will be based at Swansea University in Wales for 12 days playing at the Millennium Stadium against Australia and Wales for the 2015 Rugby World Cup tournament.

The Flying Fijians faces Australia at 4.45pm on Wednesday 23 September and come up against Wales at 4.45pm on Thursday 1 October.

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