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Oceania Rugby integrates mental health in its annual Staff Planning Workshop
Mental health and optimal performance has been on the sports agenda for quite some time now however its role in the health and wellbeing of sports administrators has been rarely explored and if it has – it has always been reactive.   At the recent Oceania Rugby Staff Planning Workshop in Sydney, Australia, staff heard firsthand, the personal story and experience of one of Australia’s leading Mental Health Advocates, Key Note Speaker and Author, Craig Hamilton.   “There’s lots of menta...
Participation and Pathways Manager scoops “Most Valuable Team Member” award
Determination and hard work paid off for Oceania Rugby’s Participation and Pathways Manager Tihrani Uluinakauvadra when he was awarded Oceania Rugby’s Most Valued Team Member Award at the 2018 Staff Planning Workshop in the Blue Mountains, Australia west of Sydney.   This inaugural Oceania Rugby Award is based on World Rugby’s Core Values of integrity, respect, solidarity, passion and discipline.   “Our staff work closely with each other as well as with multiple stakeholders such as o...
Oceania Rugby explores regional synergies at annual Staff Planning Workshop
The similarities in opportunities and also challenges in program and activity delivery were evident at the recent Oceania Rugby Staff Planning Workshop.   The 4-day retreat, held at Katoomba in the Blue Mountains with the theme “Across the Andes by Frog” - was a combination of planning, networking, and team-building activities and was attended by Oceania Rugby staff and for the first time an observer from Rugby Europe.   “This was a great opportunity for two regions to come together t...
Excitement building ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019 general ticket sales
Following record demand across the 2018 ticket ballot phases for Rugby World Cup 2019™, first-come-first-served ticket sales are set to begin this month.   Ticket sales will take place via a two-stage process with an exclusive opportunity for applicants who were unsuccessful in the 2018 sales ballots commencing on 15 January and sales to the general public following on 19 January.   Ticket availability across the tournament remains limited following record sales throughout the 2018 ba...
Women’s schedule and pools announced for HSBC Sydney Sevens
The stars of sevens will resume the race for Olympic Games qualification at the HSBC Sydney Sevens on 1-3 February, the third round of the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2019. Hosted for the first time at Spotless Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park, the HSBC Sydney Sevens features the 11 series core teams and invitational team - Papua New Guinea. After a thrilling second series round in Dubai, where Canada reached their first Cup final, and all series points counting towards Tokyo 2020 qual...
ICTSI Palais Head into Camp Ahead of Sydney 7s
COACH of the ICTSI South Pacific Palais Paul Tietjens has commended his team for their commitment to training especially as the last two weeks would have been quite disruptive due to the festive season. The wet weather that Port Moresby faced where the majority of his players reside would have been equally challenging. He said it would have been quite testing since the last training camp was in early December prior to the Christmas and New Year period when everybody is in celebratory mode and t...
World Rugby and unions advancing evidence-based approach to injury-prevention
World Rugby has set out its 2019 plan to further mitigate the risk of injury in the sport, beginning with a dedicated laws forum in March. In a year set to see the most rigorous tournament player welfare standards ever at Rugby World Cup 2019, the focus areas build on significant progress in the management of injuries, particularly concussion ( the latest Professional Rugby Injury Surveillance Project for the English elite game published this week demonstrates a 14.3 per cent drop in concussion...
Beaumont "honoured and humbled" after being awarded knighthood for services to rugby
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont has expressed his gratitude and says that he is "honoured and humbled" after being awarded a knighthood for services to rugby in Her Majesty The Queen’s New Year’s honours list. The honour is in recognition of a champion of rugby, who has dedicated his life to the betterment of the sport on and off the field in both a domestic and global context. The announcement comes at a particularly exciting time for Beaumont and the sport. Elected Chairman of World Rugby ...
Governance workshop for Rugby PNG hailed a success
THE successful governance workshop recently staged in Port Moresby, signals more good things to come for PNG Rugby Union as the administration of the game heads towards providing the necessary pillars to guide the game into the future.   That is the general consensus expressed by Provincial Union Presidents and other stakeholders from the one-day workshop on 9 December held at the Gateway Hotel.    An initiative of World Rugby, Oceania Rugby and the Interim Board o...
Japan to host World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup matches ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019
Japan will host two Pacific Nations Cup 2019 matches in preparation for Rugby World Cup Brave Blossoms play Fiji in Kamaishi and Tonga in Hanazono, both Rugby World Cup venues All six participating teams qualified for Rugby World Cup and ranked in world top 20 Fiji are reigning champions and highest ranked team following recent victory over France Played across three rounds on 27 July, 3 August and 9-10 August with matches also taking place in Fiji, Samoa and USA Fiji to host World Rugby Pacifi...
FIJI’S PROVINCES GENERATING MORE WOMEN RUGBY PLAYERS FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
A record number of close to 400 girls are converging at Prince Charles Park in Nadi today for the National Women’s Age Grade Provincial Sevens Rugby. In just its second year, the competition has almost tripled in size, from 12 girls’ teams competing in 2017 to 32 teams this year with 384 girls participating.   This reflects the increasing focus on equal participation in rugby - for women and men and for girls and boys – by Oceania Rugby and Fiji Rugby Union that in the past year has result...
FIJI NATIONAL PROVINCIAL AGE GRADE CHAMPIONSHIP TO CREATE PATHWAY FOR GIRLS
Draws for tomorrow’s fixtures can be found here   The National Provincial – Age Grade Championship – Girl Sevens Competition will kick off tomorrow, Wednesday 12 December at 9AM at the Prince Charles Park in NADI – Fiji.   The tournament now in it’s second year will feature 32 teams that will participate in three main age grades, the Under 15, 17 & 19.   It will also feature 12 provinces and over 384 girls which is more than double the number of provinces and girls represente...
FIJI CROWNED CHAMPIONS AT HSBC CAPE TOWN SEVENS
It was Fiji's first final since 2009 and completed a fantastic weekend — in which they remained unbeaten — by defeating the United States.   Nasoko opened the scoring with a solo run after some excellent Fiji defending, before they were handed two gift tries. First Botitu got between a Madison Hughes pass and was free to run from deep in his own half, and then Perry Baker fumbled a one-handed play for Sevuloni Mocenacagi to capitalise.   Botitu — who won HSBC Player of the Final — exp...
Rugby World Cup 2019 on track to be a game-changer
  World Rugby completed final tournament review of 2018 World Rugby pleased with strong progress over the year Stage now set for one of the great game-changing Rugby World Cups Productive Team  Managers’  Meeting demonstrates excellent operational progress   World Rugby believes preparations are on track to ensure a truly “ special, successful and game-changing ” Rugby World Cup 2019 following a week of highly-productive meetings in Tokyo. Having completed the final set of t...
TONGA WINS 2018 OCEANIA RUGBY U20s TROPHY
It was nothing short of a grand final as Tonga and Samoa took to the field for the second match of the Oceania Rugby U20s Trophy at the Marist St Joseph Park in Samoa’s capital Apia. The encounter was a brutal one, and bodies were put on the line for a place at the 2019 World Rugby U20s Trophy in Brazil.    It wasn’t a walk in the park for the visiting Tongans as the Samoa U20s led convincingly in the first half in front of a local home crowd.   However the Manu Samoa U20s failed...
CAPTAINS ALL SET FOR HSBC CAPE TOWN SEVENS
Sixteen captains lined up at the iconic Robben Island Blue Frame ahead of the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, which takes place this weekend at the Cape Town Stadium.   Cape Town is the second stop on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 and follows on from a thrilling opening round in Dubai last weekend, where New Zealand claimed the title for the first time in nine years.   The competition kicks off at 10:15 local time (GMT+2) on Saturday, 8 December when Canada take on Scotland before th...
TONGA PROVES TOO STRONG FOR HOSTS
An early yellow card to their loose head prop wasn’t enough to stop Tonga putting the first points on the board courtesy of a pure team try which saw Inisi cross the line following a 95metre team drive this afternoon.   The young Samoan outfit tried to spread the ball in order to break through the Tongan defense often in the first half and moments after a break in play at the 22min mark their determination paid off when Ah See crossed and Falaniko converted to take the lead 7-5.   Wit...
SAMOA SET TO TAKE ON TONGA AT HOME FOR OCEANIA RUGBY U20 TROPHY
With less than 24 hours to go for Match One in the 2018 Oceania Rugby Under 20s (U20s) Trophy, both camps are in high spirits and are looking forward to their first clash at Apia’s Marist Stadium at 3.00pm Samoan local time tomorrow.   This qualification tournament is an important one for both teams.     “This competition serves as a qualification for the World Rugby Trophy and this year round we have Tonga and Samoa contesting that opportunity to qualify for the World Rugby U20s...
ALL BLACK SEVENS CLAIM GOLD IN DUBAI
New Zealand beat USA 21-5 to win a first Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens title since 2009 and start the new HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series off on a winning note. New Zealand's record 10th appearance in the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Cup final saw them end their title drought at the 7he Sevens Stadium, the 21-5 victory over USA giving the All Blacks Sevens their first title here since 2009.   They had gone into the final with only nine fit players with captain Scott Curry ...
BLACKFERN SEVENS TAKE GOLD AU 7's CLAIM BRONZE IN DUBAI
A brace of tries from HSBC Player of the Final Tyla Nathan-Wong secured a fourth title in seven years for New Zealand at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2018 on Friday.   New Zealand had to work hard for their 26-14 victory over Canada, who were playing in their first Cup final at 7he Sevens Stadium in series history, but have now won their last 30 matches on the series and 39 in a row in global competitions.   The Black Ferns Sevens' fifth tournament title in a row on the ser...
RUGBY ATHLETES COMMISSION MEETS IN MANACO
Representatives of the world’s top men’s and women’s players furthered collaboration on some of the biggest topics impacting players at the 2018 Rugby Athletes’ Commission (RAC) meeting in Monaco on Monday.  The fifth edition of this important and productive forum, which is a collaboration between World Rugby and International Rugby Players and is designed to ensure that players are at the heart of global rugby decisions.  The RAC has been the catalyst for projects that are benefiting...
SKIPPER TUNA SCHOOL SEVENS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SAVAII, SAMOA
Girls can do what boys can do says rugby captain Grace Manase as Day One of the Skipper Tuna Schools Sevens concludes on Samoa’s second biggest island, Savaii.   Day One of the Skipper Tuna Schools Sevens Competition concluded at Prince Edward Park, Iva on the island of Savaii in Samoa yesterday  afternoon with the following schools at the top of their grades:   Under 14 Girls     Salailua Primary School 30 def Gagaemalae Primary School  15    Under 14 Bo...
CAPTAINS ALL SET FOR EMIRATES AIRLINE DUBAI SEVENS
Sixteen men’s and twelve women’s captains lined up ahead of the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, which takes place at The Sevens Stadium from 29 November-1 December.Dubai again hosts both the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, acting as the men’s series opener and round two of the women’s, following on from the opening round in Glendale, Colorado, last month. The women’s competition kicks off day one (29 November) with the Pool C match between Canada and France in a repeat of...
OCEANIA RUGBY U20s TROPHY TO BE STAGED IN APIA, SAMOA
The annual 2018 Oceania Rugby U20s Trophy will be staged at the Marist Stadium in Apia, Samoa next week. This takes place just after the successful completion of the 2018 Oceania Rugby Women’s 15s Championships jointly hosted with Fiji Rugby at Lautoka’s Churchill Park in Fiji.   The Oceania Rugby U20s Trophy competition which will include Tonga Rugby U20s and the Samoa Rugby U20s will be held at the Marist Park in Apia at 3.00pm on Tuesday 4 and Saturday 8 December, 2018.   With the ...
Sexton and Trémoulière named World Rugby Players of the Year 2018
Ireland’s Johnny Sexton and France’s Jessy Trémoulière have been named World Rugby Men’s and Women’s 15s Player of the Year 2018 in association with Mastercard respectively at the World Rugby Awards in Monte Carlo on Sunday. On a night to remember in the presence of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and greats of the game past and present, the rugby family celebrated some outstanding achievers. Sexton was named the World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year 2018, becoming the first I...
All Blacks to play Tonga in Hamilton in 2019
The All Blacks’ haka will face the Ikale Tahi sipi tau when the two teams meet in a one-off pre-Rugby World Cup Test match in Waikato in September next year, New Zealand Rugby announced today. New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew today revealed details of the additional Test match fixture on the All Blacks’ 2019 calendar.  The match will be played at FMG Stadium, Waikato, on Saturday 7 September, at 2.35pm.  It will be a hit-out for the Rugby World Cup 2019 squad, and it will b...
FIJIANA GO BACK TO BACK AT OCEANIA RUGBY WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
Round three of the Oceania Rugby Women's 15s Championship proved to be the predicted grand finale, as all four teams stepped up to stamp their mark in the Oceania region. The Fiji Airways Fijiana 15s team won the main Championship defeating a tough Manusina team by 43 points to 12. Papua New Guinea Palais 26 - 62 Tonga Women's Rugby Team In the battle for third place, the Tonga Women's Rugby Union defeated PNG Palais in a 62 points to 26 game. Tonga Captain Vainga Moimoi said that the team was ...
TOGETHER FOR AN #EQUALPLAYINGFIELD
Today’s final round of the 2018 Oceania Rugby Women's Championship’s sees women athletes from Papua New Guinea and Tonga clash, while Samoa hopes to make it two wins when they go up against Fiji.   The Championship – and all Oceania Rugby supported events in the Pacific Islands region – promotes the theme ‘Together for an #EqualPlayingField’ that advocates for more equal participation in rugby for women and men, girls and boys.     The Championship leads into 16 Days of Acti...
FIJIANA AND MANUSINA SET UP A WINNER TAKES ALL ROUND THREE CLASH
It was a try-filled afternoon with the Manusina and the Fiji Airways Fijiana 15s team both stamping their mark and emphatically winning their games midway into the Oceania Rugby Women’s 15s Championship. It only took both teams just two games to get into full running gear for a combined total of 23 tries over Tonga and PNG respectively.  MATCH ONE: SAMOA v TONGA SAMOA 68 (Tries: LIVE, MAIAVA, MOSE 2; SA'U, SMALLEY, ALE, FALESITA, PULUMU, LEAULA 1; Cons: MOSE 4) defeated  TONGA 7 (Trie...
Striking new logo and brand identity launched for Rugby World Cup 2023
World Rugby and the France 2023 organising committee have unveiled the logo and visual identity for Rugby World Cup 2023. Unveiled at a special event in Paris on Friday to mark one year since the hosting rights were awarded to France, the brand conveys the vision, passion and ambition of a tournament that will inspire and unite a nation, a sport and the globe through rugby and friendship. In conjunction with the logo launch, the first phase of the official Rugby World Cup 2023 tournament websit...
FIJIANA AND MANUSINA CLAIM FIRST ROUND WINS AT 2018 OCEANIA RUGBY WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
The Fiji Airways Fijiana and Samoa’s Manusina kicked off the 2018 Oceania Rugby Women’s Championships today by registering impressive wins over Tonga and Papua New Guinea respectfully.   A strong and vocal local crowd took the opportunity to see some international women’s matches at Churchill Park in Lautoka ahead of the weekend.   MATCH ONE: PAPUA NEW GUINEA v SAMOA   PAPUA NEW GUINEA 45 (Tries: Mark 3, Yalon 2, Rama, Lavai 1; Cons: Lavai 5; YC Waula, Kaore, Wartovo) defeated by...
ENGAGING MORE WOMEN FOR RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Reducing barriers to engage more teams from the Pacific region is a key theme at this year’s Oceania Rugby Women's Championship, being held in Lautoka starting today   Events such as the Oceania Rugby Women's Championship are being leveraged by Oceania Rugby, its member unions including host Fiji Rugby Union, and its gender equality partner UN Women, to increase levels of participation and leadership of women and girls in rugby across the Pacific.   “We want to work together to make s...
WOMEN'S CAPTAINS READY AHEAD OF OCEANIA RUGBY WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
International Women’s Rugby continues in Fiji this weekend with the Oceania Rugby Women’s 15s Championship kicking off tomorrow 1pm at Churchill Park Lautoka.   Captains Rusila Nagasau (Fiji), Margaret Naua (Papua New Guinea), Sui Pauraisa (Samoa) and Vainga Moimoi (Tonga) met at the Boatshed Restaurant, Vuda Marina at Vuda Point in Lautoka ahead of Round 1. The Championship, in its second edition, provides valuable international match play and is a key part of the pathway for Women’s rugb...
FIJI AND SAMOA GAIN WORLD RUGBY COUNCIL SEATS
Oceania Rugby are excited by the news overnight that World Rugby Council has expanded to include Fiji Rugby Union and Samoa Rugby Union. Both Unions made their applications for membership to World Rugby Council this year following reforms to the international federation’s governance structure in 2015. The decision was made at the meeting of World Rugby Council on 14 November.   Fiji and Samoa had both reached the performance criteria at the RWC2015 and have spent the past 3 years rolling o...
CHAMPIONS NEW ZEALAND TO HOST WRWC 2021
New Zealand will host Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 after World Rugby awarded the hosting rights for the prestigious tournament to New Zealand Rugby. It will be the first Women’s Rugby World Cup in the Southern Hemisphere. New Zealand Rugby won the hosting rights over neighbours Rugby Australia in a 25 to 17 voting split of World Rugby Council members.   The showpiece event will take place in New Zealand’s North Island in July and August 2021 in the ninth edition of the tournament and the f...
FIJI AND AUSTRALIA REIGN AS REGIONAL CHAMPS
The Fiji Airways Fiji Men’s Sevens team has successfully defended their title as the Oceania Rugby Sevens Champions after defeating the All Blacks Sevens team in a thriller 17 points to 12 in sudden death. The Women’s Competition also Australia regaining their title from New Zealand by holding on till the dying minutes against arch-rivals. The Tonga Men’s team came away with a sweet victory over the Cook Islands at 5th place, qualifying them for the Hamilton, Sydney and the Hong Kong leg of the...
RECORD MAKING WOMEN'S RUGBY CAPTAINS ACKNOWLEDGED IN FRONT OF FIJI CROWD
A special moment in the final hours of this year’s Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship (Oceania 7s) preceding the final play offs was a special presentation made to the each of the eight Women’s Team Captains. Page Mcgregor (AUS), Vaine Greig (COK), Litia Naiqato (FIJ), Julinda Cain (NAU), Emmanuelle Wadrenges (NCL), Janna Vaughan (NZL), Melanie Kawa (PNG) and Tiana Jones (WSM) were all congratulated on their team's progress in the tournament and presented with garlands. The special ceremony refl...
OCEANIA SEVENS DAY ONE: A SERIES OF FIRSTS
It’s been a series of firsts for this tournament. A first ever assembled women’s team for Nauru in their first ever Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship tournament, making it their first international tournament also.   Despite the heavy losses on Day One of the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship, the Nauru Women’s 7s Team Coach Dagan Kaierua said that they can only take the positives out of this experience, as this will enable them to reach their goal.   “Our goal is marching into the Pa...
FIJIAN SCHOOL STUDENTS ADOPT NEW COUNTRIES
Teams from Australia, New Zealand, Nauru, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea were amongst those who visited schools in the Suva area today as a part of the Oceania 7s Impact Beyond Rugby programme.  The teams put a hold to final preparations yesterday and engaged with the students in sharing the joy of rugby.    Teams were greeted at the schools with excited cheers before being treated to a cultural exchange programme. Students from Latter Day Saints Primary school treated t...
SEVENS TEAMS RARING TO GO FOR THIS WEEKEND
The National Sailing Centre in Laucala Bay hosted the 21 captains this morning ahead of the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships starting at 11am tomorrow at ANZ Stadium, Suva.    Papua New Guinea Women’s will be hoping new coach Paul Tietjens will be able to steer the team to another HSBC Women’s World Series qualification berth and continue to momentum built from their appearance at the 2018 RWC7s in July.   Husband and Wife team Ben and Crystal Kaua will be pitted against e...
SEVENS TEAMS WELCOMED TO SUVA
The Fijian Government has pledged its commitment to hosting the Oceania Rugby Championships for three years commencing last year.   “This is a true reflection of the commitment of Government to develop sports in our country and in our region with support from Oceania Rugby, whose commitment, dedication and work done behind the scenes continuous to make this event happen and happen successfully.    Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou said as he welcomed the Coach...
Men’s and Women’s match schedule confirmed for Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2018
The  match schedule for the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens 2018, which takes place on 29 November-1 December, has been confirmed. Dubai again hosts both the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, acting as the men’s series opener and round two of the women’s, following on from in the opening round in Glendale, Colorado, last month. Twenty-eight teams will compete over the course of three days, 15 men’s core sides and 11 women’s core sides, with Zimbabwe’s men and Kenya’s wo...
SEVENS TAKES EDUCATION TO THE PLAYGROUND
Students of Nabua Primary school in Suva hosted the Toa ni Vala of the tournament, the Fiji Airways Men’s Sevens team today. The visit is part of the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship ‘Impact Beyond Rugby’ initiative. Each of the 21 International Sevens Rugby teams participating at this weekend’s tournament will visit a school around the Suva area. Over 4000 Primary and High school students and 250 players will engage in the program over Tuesday 6 and Thursday 8 November.     Rup...
REGIONAL CANDIDATES ATTEND WORLD RUGBY IMMEDIATE CARE IN RUGBY COURSE
The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Lasisenia Tuitubou opened the World Rugby Immediate Care in Rugby (ICIR) course at the Grand Pacific Hotel on Sunday 4 November ahead of the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships.   The level 2 ICIR is aimed at providing health care and allied health care professionals working in rugby the ability to assess, stabilise and package for removal to a safe area awaiting the arrival of advanced care provision. A Level 1, First Aid in Rugby (FAIR) and Med...
MEDIA ENCOURAGED TO USE A GENDER EQUAL APPROACH TO RUGBY REPORTING
  A Women in Rugby and the Media Forum was conducted on Monday 5 November, just days before the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship, with the aim of encouraging and assisting journalists to report equally on women’s and men’s rugby.   20 journalists and media staff from around Suva gathered at ANZ Stadium for the one-day workshop, called ‘Using a gender equal, rights-based approach to news reporting’. The forum will also give journalists the chance to discuss opportunities and barr...
Nominees for World Rugby Players of the Year announced
World Rugby has announced the shortlists for the prestigious Men’s and Women’s 15s Player of the Year awards for 2018, which will be presented at the World Rugby Awards at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on 25 November.   Following a stellar year for international rugby, the shortlists for the ultimate accolade feature players who have excited and inspired fans around the world with their feats in 2018.   The nominees for World Rugby Men’s 15s Player of the Year in association wi...
Continued evidence-based advances in injury-prevention tops World Rugby Medical Commission agenda
  Injury-prevention and player load in elite rugby will top a packed agenda at the World Rugby Medical Commission Conference in London on 1-2 November, 2018. In its 10th edition, the conference will bring together a host of experts from a range of medical disciplines to present and share the latest research, practice and industry learnings on a range of topics including concussion prevention, reducing injury-risk and training load management.   The conference has grown into the leadin...
AU 7s WOMEN LOOKING TO MAKE A COMEBACK AT OCEANIA SEVENS
Sevens   fever has descended upon Fiji again and expectation for a hot competition at running high at next week’s Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.   Given what will be at stake during the 2018/19 HSBC Sevens World Series with Olympics Qualification, fans can expect teams to kick off their campaign with a sense of urgency.   With a couple of scores to settle from this year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens and Commonwealth Games tournaments, next weekend should...
SHORTLIST REVEALED FOR INTERNATIONAL RUGBY PLAYERS TRY OF THE YEAR 2018
The contenders for the International Rugby Players (IRP) Try of the Year 2018 have been revealed, with the winner to be announced at the World Rugby Awards in Monte Carlo on 25 November. Two of the tries shortlisted began with turnovers deep in their team ’ s own half with New Zealand second-row Brodie Retallick and fly-half Beauden Barrett the finishers, with the others scored by Ireland number eight CJ Stander and Scotland winger Sean Maitland. Barrett, the 2016 and 2017 World Rugby Men ’ s 1...
AN EQUAL PLAYING FIELD FOR WOMEN AND MEN A PRIORITY FOR OCEANIA 7S
A record number of women in the workforce and local women assistant referees are part of this year’s Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship reflecting a global movement to achieve more equal participation of women and men in rugby.   The number of women working in the tournament team has almost doubled in just a year, up from about 40 last year to 80 in 2018. In a first for the regional tournament, there will also be locally appointed women assistant referees – with two of the eight appointed f...
Rookie All Black Karl Tu’inukuafe’s in the running for World Rugby Awards
All Blacks prop Karl Tu’inukuafe will officially graduate from the international newcomers’ class of 2018 as one of the world’s best. The 2018 All Black prop, who shot to fame after a shock call-up as injury cover for the All Blacks during the June international season, has been named one of three World Rugby nominations – and the only forward - for the Breakout Player of Year.  The other nominees are South Africa winger Aphiwe Dyantyi and Ireland winger Jordan Larmour. Called into the Chi...
Maiden NRC title for Drua
The Fijian Drua have won the 2018 National Rugby Championship after defeating Queensland Country 36 to 26 in the Final at Churchill Park, Lautoka on Saturday afternoon.    Fiji were favourites for the clash, finishing as minor premiers, but they had to pull out their full range of tricks to clinch the historic title against Country, the only team to have tasted vistory against the Drua in 2018.   The first half was a textbook slog, with the Drua relying on the power of their forw...
OCEANIA RUGBY WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE STAGED IN FIJI NEXT MONTH
Four senior national women’s teams will converge at Lautoka’s Churchill Park next month to contest the 2018 Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship.   Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and hosts Fiji will play in a three round robin tournament on Friday 16, Tuesday 20 and Saturday 24 November in pursuit of Pacific supremacy and the opportunity to showcase and promote International Women’s XVs Rugby in Fiji and the Pacific.   “We are entering some exciting times in the region for Women’s Rugby...
2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship Draws announced
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AUSTRALIA, FIJI & NEW ZEALAND INCLUDED IN NOMINATIONS FOR WORLD RUGBY SEVENS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR 201
World Rugby has revealed the shortlists for the Men’s and Women’s Sevens Players of the Year 2018 awards in association with HSBC, which will be presented at the World Rugby Awards at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on 25 November.   The shortlists feature players from four nations, including three previous recipients of the prestigious award, with five of them having featured in the dream teams for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 or Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018.   The nom...
NEW ZEALAND CROWNED HSBC USA WOMEN’S SEVENS CHAMPIONS
New Zealand claimed a fourth successive title on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series – and sixth in total – after beating the Women's Sevens Eagles in the HSBC USA Women's Sevens final in Glendale, Colorado, on Sunday.   The Black Ferns Sevens have now won 33 consecutive matches, including the Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup Sevens, after another dominant weekend in the opening round of the 2019 series at Infinity Park.   USA were bidding to win a first series ...
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND UNBEATEN ON DAY ONE IN GLENDALE
Australia, Canada and New Zealand finished top of their pools as the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series 2019 kicked off at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado, on Saturday.   Defending series champions Australia had to recover from 15-0 down at half-time in their Pool A decider with Russia to make it three wins from three at the HSBC USA Women's Sevens and set up a Cup quarter-final with the hosts who finished third in Pool B.   VIEW #USAW7S RESULTS >>   VIEW FINAL POOL...