The Latest: Wales edges Fiji in a thriller
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 20 at the Rugby World Cup (all times local):
Left winger Josh Adams scored a hat trick of tries as Wales reached the quarterfinals beating Fiji...
Australia’s Hodge to miss rest of Rugby World Cup pool stage
TOKYO (AP) — Winger Reece Hodge will miss Australia's three remaining pool matches in the Rugby World Cup in Japan after he was suspended on Wednesday for a dangerous high tackle.
The Latest: Australia’s Hodge suspended for 3 matches
TOKYO (AP) — The latest from Day 6 of the Rugby World Cup (all times local):
Australia winger Reece Hodge has been suspended for three matches for a dangerous tackle on Fiji...
Cheika accuses Fiji of going against “the spirit” of rugby
TOKYO (AP) — Australia coach Michael Cheika accused Fiji counterpart John McKee of being two-faced and going against "the spirit" of rugby by referring winger Reece Hodge for a citing at the World...
The Latest: Under cover: Australia kicks off vs Fiji
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Day 2 of the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
The Rugby World Cup game between Australia and Fiji has kicked off under the permanent...
Pocock, Australia’s talisman, back to face Fiji at RWC
SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Adaptable to the end, David Pocock will start his last tournament for Australia in an unfamiliar position.
Pocock was selected at No. 6 for the Wallabies' Rugby World...
Fijian leader urges Australia to do more on climate change
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Fiji's prime minister used a state visit on Monday to urge Australia to take more ambitious actions to slash greenhouse gas emissions, a month after differences on...
Fiji beats Tonga 29-19 in Pasifika Challenge
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji advanced its preparation for the Rugby World Cup by beating Tonga 29-19 in a Pasifika Challenge test at Eden Park on Saturday.
Japan shows World Cup potential in Pacific Nations Cup
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Japan caused the sensation of the 2015 Rugby World Cup when it beat South Africa in pool play and signaled its intention to be a danger for the top tier nations again this year...
Japan beats United States to win Pacific Nations Cup
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Captain Michael Leitch scored two tries as Japan beat the United States 34-20 Saturday to claim the Pacific Nations Cup rugby title for the first time.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Japan and the United States will meet in Suva on Saturday in the final of Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament after both teams remained unbeaten through the...
United States beats Samoa in Pacific Nations Cup
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Flyhalf A.J. MacGinty kicked a penalty two minutes after the full time siren to give the United States a 13-10 win over Samoa Saturday which left them unbeaten after two rounds...
Japan, US, Samoa winners in Pacific Nations Cup
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Japan, Samoa and the United States have made winning starts to the Pacific Nations Cup tournament which forms a major part of their preparations for the impending...
Japan beats Fiji 34-21 in Pacific Nations Cup rugby
KAMAISHI, Japan (AP) — Japan took a big step forward in its Rugby World Cup preparation on Saturday with a five-try 34-21 win over Fiji in the Pacific Nations Cup.
New Zealand Maori improve to beat Fiji 26-17
ROTORUA, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Maori made major improvements in the space of a week to beat Fiji 26-17 in a rugby international Saturday, tying the two-match series 1-1.
Fiji beat New Zealand Maori 27-10
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Fiji gave the first indication of its World Cup potential when it beat a strong New Zealand Maori team 27-10 Saturday in the fist match of a two-match series.
Young Texas couple die from unidentified illness in Fiji
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Authorities in Fiji said Tuesday that a young Texas couple vacationing in the South Pacific country died from an unidentified illness.
PARIS (AP) — Fiji clinched the world rugby sevens series when it beat nearest rival the United States 33-14 in the Paris Sevens semifinals on Sunday.
PARIS (AP) — Fiji and the United States are taking the race to the world rugby sevens series title to the last day after both reached the Paris Sevens quarterfinals unbeaten on...
Fates in the balance as Super Rugby heads toward playoffs
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The fate of several teams vying for places in the Super Rugby playoffs is likely to be sealed in this weekend's 16th round.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that he's traveling to three South Pacific island nations to see the effects of climate change...
SINGAPORE (AP) — Selvyn Davids kicked a penalty with seconds left on the clock to cap an astonishing rally by South Africa who beat Fiji 20-19 Sunday in the final of the Singapore Rugby...
Mormon president to make trip to Pacific countries
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will make another global trip next month to Australia, New Zealand and several other countries.
Fiji wins record 5th straight Hong Kong Sevens
HONG KONG (AP) — Fiji extended its record winning run in Hong Kong Sevens rugby to a fifth successive title after beating France 21-7 in the final on Sunday.
TOKYO (AP) — Continental qualifiers for the rugby sevens competition at the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in June.
The top four teams in the World Sevens Series will qualify automatically,...
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The United Arab Emirates, a key international travel hub, has barred the Boeing 737 Max 8...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Series co-leaders New Zealand and the United States advanced to a semifinal against each other in the USA Sevens tournament and will be joined by Samoa and Argentina in the final...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Series co-leaders New Zealand won their opening matches at the men's USA Sevens while the host Americans had a last-minute upset loss to Argentina after winning their opening...
LONDON (AP) — Members of a Pacific Island players' support group in Europe are considering boycotting the Rugby World Cup in response to plans for a new world league that excludes Fiji, Samoa, and...
NZ beats US 21-5 in Sydney Sevens final
SYDNEY (AP) — New Zealand moved into a tie for first place in the sevens rugby world series after beating the United States 21-5 in the Sydney Sevens final on Sunday.
New Zealand and Fiji have shared victories in the first four legs of the series, but the Kiwis are tied on points at the top with the U.S., which has reached all four finals.
Vilimoni Koroi set up Regan Ware for the opening try by New Zealand, and Ware helped Sam Dickson score the second to lead 14-0 at halftime.
Fiji and US into quarterfinals of men’s Sydney Sevens rugby
SYDNEY (AP) — Series co-leaders Fiji and the United States are into the men's quarterfinals of the Sydney Sevens on the IRB world series.
In the last pool match on Saturday, Fiji beat Pacific Island rivals Samoa 22-12 to advance to the final eight and a quarterfinal Sunday against Australia. Fiji won the Olympic gold medal in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Australia won the Sydney title last year.
Fiji beats USA 38-0 to win New Zealand Sevens
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji beat the United States 38-0 to win the New Zealand leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series on Sunday, defending its title and consigning the Americans to their third straight loss in a tournament final.
The win was Fiji's second in consecutive tournaments this season after it took the Cape Town leg of the series and lifts it level on points with the United States atop the series table.
Fiji, US, South Africa and NZ top pools at rugby sevens
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji, the United States, South Africa and New Zealand topped their pools with unbeaten records Saturday after the first day of the New Zealand leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.
Defending world champions South Africa will play Samoa, World Series leaders the United States will play Scotland, Fiji will play Canada and New Zealand will play Australia in Sunday's quarterfinals.
Australian prime minister begins 2-day visit to Fiji
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister sidestepped a diplomatic dispute over a suspected extremist's nationality and brushed off criticism that he is burdening Pacific neighbors with unsustainable debt as he began a two-day visit on Thursday to Fiji.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is visiting Fiji and Vanuatu this week as both Australia and China strive to increase their influence among South Pacific island nations.
Fiji wins Cape Town Rugby Sevens as US falls in final again
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Fiji capitalized on mistake after mistake by the United States to win the Cape Town World Rugby Sevens 29-15 on Sunday, sending the Americans to a second straight defeat in a final at the start of the season.
The upside for the U.S. is that it leads the series standings by a point from New Zealand.
Fiji had already scored four tries to go 22-0 up before the U.S. could respond and the Fijians clinched their first title in South Africa since 2005.
SA lose but reach Dubai 7s quarters; NZ win women’s title
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion South Africa lost to Argentina 17-12 in a thriller and still progressed to the Dubai Sevens rugby quarterfinals on Friday.
South Africa blew a 12-0 lead, and conceded late penalties as Argentina rallied to trail by two. Conrado Roura appeared to score the match-winning try for Argentina with a minute left, but video showed he dropped the ball in Werner Kok's try-saving tackle.
Fiji leader sworn in for 4 more years after winning election
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji's leader was sworn in for four more years Tuesday after winning an election with a reduced majority, after earlier lashing out at his opponents.
Voreqe Bainimarama was affirmed prime minister in a ceremony in the capital Suva after his FijiFirst Party won just over half the votes in last week's election, giving them 27 seats in Fiji's 51-seat parliament.
England to debut wing Cokanasiga against Japan
LONDON (AP) — Fiji-born winger Joe Cokanasiga will make his England debut against Japan on Saturday among 11 changes for the test at Twickenham.
Cokanasiga was picked on Thursday, his 21st birthday. He moved to England when he was three, following his British Army father.
Only lock Maro Itoje, flanker Mark Wilson, wing Chris Ashton and fullback Elliot Daly are retained as starters after the 16-15 loss to New Zealand last weekend.
Fiji’s leader of 12 years headed for convincing election win
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The man who first seized power in a military coup then refashioned himself as a legitimate leader appears set to rule Fiji for another four years.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his FijiFirst party were headed for a convincing election win early Thursday as votes were tallied. Bainimarama has ruled the island nation since his 2006 coup, and won his first election in 2014 after returning democracy to the country.
Former coup leaders battle for control in Fiji election
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Two men who led different military coups in Fiji are battling for control of the island nation in a general election on Wednesday.
Opinion polls indicate Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is poised to win a second term after he first held democratic elections in 2014, eight years after he seized power in a coup.
AP PHOTOS: Royal couple dazzle fans on South Pacific tour
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prince Harry and wife Meghan broke news they're expecting their first child during their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.
Royals Harry and Meghan arrive in Tonga on Pacific tour
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived Thursday in the tiny Pacific kingdom of Tonga, where people gathered at the airport to welcome them wearing traditional outfits, playing guitars and singing.
Meghan rushed through Fiji market filled with royal-watchers
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex was rushed through her visit to an indoor market in Fiji's capital Wednesday due to concerns about the large crowd that came to greet her in the relatively confined space.
Meghan chatted with one vendor and briefly greeted others at Suva Market, where throngs of people spilled into surrounding streets. She spent only about half of her allocated 15 minutes there as she was whisked through by security personnel in the enclosed and relatively dark market.