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Fiji Rugby’s Top Awards celebrated in Suva
The 2019 FRU Annual Awards Gala which was held at Grand Pacific Hotel was a joyful night filled with memorable moments for many, with the astonishing Conservatorium of Music choir entertaining the guests and the presence of lovely family members, players, cooperates, company, staffs and fans that turn up to enjoy the night.   The awards in partnership with FBC aired its first ever live broadcast, so not only the attendees enjoy the night but also a chance for the general public to be part ...
New Zealand take the honours in Australia
New Zealand beat USA 21-5 to win the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Sydney and move top of the overall standings after four events.   The All Blacks Sevens were ruthless throughout the final, striking first and refusing to let go. Vilimoni Koroi played an effortlessly magical offload to Regan Ware on the left wing and his side took the lead.   After his side displayed some resolute defending, Sam Dickson doubled the lead on the stroke of half time, New Zealand capitalising on a col...
Black Ferns Sevens win HSBC Sydney Sevens title
New Zealand now hold all six titles on the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series after beating hosts Australia in the final of the HSBC Sydney Sevens.   New Zealand have won six tournaments in a row for the second time in HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series history after a Michaela Blyde hat-trick inspired them to a 34-10 defeat of hosts Australia in the HSBC Sydney Sevens 2019 final at Spotless Stadium on Sunday.   Twelve months ago, New Zealand had left Sydney licking their woun...
Fiji Veteran Stars Nagusa and Nadolo hand back their White Jersey
With just 8 months to go until the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, two stalwart members of the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians have announced they will step away from the international arena.   Montpellier wingers Timoci Nagusa and Nemani Nadolo both revealed to the world their decisions to hang up their White Jersey’s from their home bases in France after a combined 56 test caps for Fiji.   Fiji Airways Flying Fijians Head Coach John McKee was aware of the duo’s intended decision but...
ICTSI PALAIS UNFAZED BY BIG TEAMS AT SYDNEY 7s
COACH of the ICTSI South Pacific Palais Paul Tietjens believes he has given his Papua New Guinea team the best possible preparation as they put the finishing touches to their training for the Sydney leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series this weekend.   Tietjens concedes that his team will start as underdogs in the opening match against New Zealand at 1pm match (12pm PNG time) to be carried live on local TV station EMTV which has secured broadcast rights jointly with TV Wan for the Rugb...
Captains ready for HSBC Sydney Sevens
  Twenty-eight captains assembled at Spotless Stadium in the Sydney Olympic Park ahead of this weekend’s HSBC Sydney Sevens.   The HSBC Sydney Sevens is the fourth tournament of the men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the third tournament for the women. Defending HSBC Sydney Sevens champions for both men and women are Australia who triumphed at Allianz Stadium last year.   The competition kicks off at 12:00 local time (GMT+11) on Friday 1 February when Ireland plays Russia i...
Fiji Make A Winning Start To 2019
In front of a full house at FMG Stadium, Fiji were unstoppable against the USA and have retained their title at the HSBC New Zealand Sevens and won their second tournament in succession on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 as a result of an emphatic weekend in Hamilton.   The defending champions had looked electric from the very first moment that they stepped onto the park at the FMG Stadium and it wasn't any different when it came to the Cup final against the USA.   Kalione Nas...
PNG Rugby Union Uniform Design Contest
With the launch of the PNG ICTSI South Pacific Palais 7s campaign to break into the HSBC 7s World Series and to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Rugby PNG has initiated a uniform design contest for the 2019 playing season.          Entries should meet the following criteria: Front and back design Home & away jerseys 4 colours: red, white black and gold Incorporate png's cultural uniqueness or a cultural motif  Lizard theme in keeping with the mean...
Captains ready for HSBC New Zealand Sevens
Sixteen captains lined up at the iconic Turangawaewae Marae, ahead of the HSBC New Zealand Sevens, which kicks off this weekend at the FMG Stadium in Hamilton.   The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series has delivered scintillating action from the opening two rounds in Dubai and Cape Town.   Heading into Hamilton, USA sit top of the standings for the first time and are closely followed by Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 champions New Zealand and Olympic gold medallists Fiji in third.   The ...
RUGBY AUSTRALIA RELEASES SERIOUS INJURY REVIEW REPORT
Rugby Australia has today released a report from a review of serious injuries sustained by four schoolboy rugby players in the Queensland Great Public Schools’ (GPS) competition. The four serious spinal injuries occurred in four unrelated and dissimilar incidents between July 13 and August 4, 2018. The injured players were Oliver Bierhoff (18, Toowoomba Grammar School), James Kleidon (17, Toowoomba Grammar School), Conor Tweedy (16, St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace), and Alexander Clark (15...
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...