DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — World champion Fiji failed to advance from a tough pool with New Zealand and Argentina at the Dubai Sevens on Friday.
In Pool B, Argentina beat New Zealand, which beat Fiji, which beat Argentina.
HONG KONG (AP) — Australia beat Fiji 20-17 to win the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens on Sunday, denying the Fijians a sixth consecutive title.
Fiji started the stronger side, jumping out to an early 12-0 lead through Josua Vakurunabili and Waisea Nacuqu, and appeared assured of building on its 36-game winning streak in Hong Kong.
HULL, England (AP) — New Zealand confirmed a semifinal showdown with Australia at the Rugby League World Cup only after surviving a major scare from Fiji on Saturday.
Jordan Rapana's late try sealed a 24-18 win for the Kiwis in their quarterfinal in Hull.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Scotland weathered a strong start from Fiji to pull clear in the second half and prevail 28-12 at Murrayfield on Saturday.
The host looked set for a smooth afternoon when George Turner's early try put them ahead, but Fiji — under the charge of former Scotland coach Vern Cotter — hit back with two tries and temporarily had the Scots on the ropes.
HONG KONG (AP) — Five-time defending champion Fiji completed a clean sweep of its pool matches at the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens on Saturday to head into the quarterfinal stage as a dominating favorite.
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Winger Josh Addo-Carr's five tries powered Australia into the Rugby League World Cup semifinals as Lebanon was blown away by 48-4 on Friday.
Addo-Carr claimed a hat trick inside 19 minutes of the first quarterfinal, and added two more in the second half.
HONG KONG (AP) — Fiji began its interrupted quest for a sixth successive title at the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens with a seemingly effortless 59-12 win over Japan on Friday.
Fiji’s fifth title came in 2019 and it has had to wait through the three intervening years in which the tournament was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic to resume its extraordinary winning record.
New Zealand secured top seeding for the Women's Rugby World Cup quarterfinals with an emphatic bonus-point, 57-0 win over Scotland.
The Black Ferns already had sealed a quarterfinal spot with earlier group wins over Australia and Wales and made themselves the top-ranked team in the playoffs with Saturday’s win by nine tries to none.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Veteran fullback Kini Murimurivalu has been recalled to Fiji's rugby squad for tour matches next month against Scotland, Ireland and the French Barbarians.
Murimurivalu reclaimed a spot in the 31-man Fiji squad announced Monday after an outstanding season in England club rugby for the Leicester Tigers.
Third-ranked Canada conceded a try in less than 30 seconds but rallied to beat Italy 22-12 Sunday in a Group B match at the Women’s Rugby World Cup, sealing a quarterfinal place.
Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi shocked Canada with a try from her first touch of the ball, crossing the line barely before the sound of the opening whistle had died away.
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — England gave its home Rugby League World Cup a dream launch in an astonishing 60-6 win over star-studded Samoa on Saturday.
A technical fault forced the Kaiser Chiefs to cut short the pre-match entertainment, but that was quickly forgotten as England raced 18-0 ahead and finished with 10 tries in front of a happily stunned crowd of 43,119 at St James' Park.
Italy defeated the United States 22-10 to open play Sunday on the second day of the Women's Rugby World Cup at Whangarei, New Zealand.
Canada beat Japan 41-5 and Wales edged Scotland 18-15, also at Whangarei.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A military exercise in Fiji involving the United States, Britain, Australia and New Zealand ends this week as the traditional allies counter China’s growing influence in the region.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Fiji is back on top of the world in rugby sevens.
For New Zealand, it was double despair on the final day of the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Sunday.
Fiji beat New Zealand 29-12 to claim the men's title in Cape Town, a third World Cup crown for the flying Fijians but their first since 2005.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — New Zealand, Australia and Fiji survived scares to make the semifinals at the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Saturday.
Host South Africa didn't and was dumped out in the quarterfinals 24-14 by Ireland in a big upset.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Defending champion New Zealand and world series winner Australia went through safely to the quarterfinals on the opening day of the Rugby World Cup Sevens on Friday.
Fiji and host South Africa, the other big hitters, also had little trouble in making the last eight as the tournament opened with straight knockout games at Cape Town Stadium.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Australia said Tuesday its navy ships have been given clearance to resume visits to the Solomon Islands, which had last week announced a temporary block on all military vessels during a review of its approval processes.
CARSON, California (AP) — New Zealand beat Olympic champion Fiji 28-21 in the final of the Los Angeles rugby sevens tournament Sunday immediately after Australia clinched its first World Series title, a championship decided in the penultimate match of a season which began nine months ago.
CARSON, California (AP) — South Africa's defense of the rugby sevens world series title was in jeopardy after it failed to reach the quarterfinals of the series-ending Los Angeles Sevens on Saturday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The family of a Tennessee pharmacist who died on her honeymoon in Fiji decided to cremate her in the South Pacific nation rather than bring her home because her body was badly damaged, a lawyer representing the family said Thursday.
LAUTOKA, Fiji (AP) — Replacement hooker Seilala Lam scored two tries including the match-winner in the 70th minute as Samoa rallied to beat Fiji 23-20 Saturday to win the Pacific Nations Cup for the first time in eight years.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Pacific island national leaders declared a climate emergency on Friday and agreed to try to bring Kiribati back to the region’s main diplomatic grouping.
Kiribati announced it had withdrawn from the 18-member Pacific Islands Forum ahead of a leaders’ summit in Fiji this week.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said Thursday that his country’s new security pact with Beijing would not allow China to build a military base on the South Pacific nation and make his citizens “targets for potential military strikes.”
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris assured Pacific island leaders of more U.S. engagement after acknowledging Wednesday the United States may not have previously provided the diplomatic attention the region deserved.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will announce new investments in the Pacific and the opening of two embassies when she addresses a summit on Wednesday of island nations that are increasingly coming under Chinese influence.
Hooker Ray Niuia scored three tries from lineout drives Saturday as Samoa rallied from 18-3 down in the first half to beat Tonga 34-18 and stay unbeaten after two rounds of the Pacific Nations Cup.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and New Zealand’s prime ministers agreed Friday that the security implications of China’s burgeoning influence must be discussed at a meeting of western Pacific leaders next week.
The return to test rugby of controversial former Wallaby Israel Folau lasted less than 30 minutes Saturday before he was injured during Tonga’s 36-0 loss to Fiji in the Pacific Nations Cup.
Folau took the field on the right wing for Tonga in his first test match since 2019.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The United States won a legal battle on Tuesday to seize a Russian-owned superyacht in Fiji and wasted no time in taking command of the $325 million vessel and sailing it away from the South Pacific nation.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former All Blacks winger Seta Tamanivalu has been included in Fiji's squad for the Pacific Nations Cup, becoming the first Fijian player to repatriate under new World Rugby eligibility rules.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Vanuatu on Wednesday for talks as he continued his regional island-hopping tour two days after failing to ink an ambitious deal with 10 South Pacific nations.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrived in Tonga on Tuesday as he continued his regional island-hopping tour a day after failing to ink an ambitious deal with 10 South Pacific nations.
LONDON (AP) — When Ajay Chhabra was asked to design a pageant performance to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, he knew what would make the perfect centerpiece: cake.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — China fell short Monday on a bold plan to have 10 Pacific nations endorse a sweeping new agreement covering everything from security to fisheries as some in the region expressed deep concerns.
LONDON (AP) — South Africa lost its season-long lead of the rugby sevens world series for the first time last weekend. It could get the lead back on Sunday.
South Africa's failure to reach a tournament quarterfinal for the first time in nine years last weekend in France helped it to be overtaken in the standings by Argentina.
BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign minister met with the leaders of Samoa on Saturday on the third stop of an island-hopping tour aimed at deepening China's ties with Pacific nations.
The two sides signed an economic and technical cooperation agreement, a handover certificate for an arts and culture center and the Samoa–China Friendship Park, and an exchange of letters for a fingerprint laboratory for the police, a Samoan government news release said.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China's foreign minister on Friday arrived on the remote Pacific nation of Kiribati, where the future of a vast fishing ground is at stake.
The planned four-hour visit by Wang Yi was his second stop on an eight-nation tour that comes amid growing concerns about Beijing’s military and financial ambitions in the South Pacific region.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The United States on Friday won the latest round of a legal battle to seize a $325-million Russian-owned superyacht in Fiji, with the case now appearing headed for the Pacific nation's top court.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and a 20-strong delegation arrived in the Solomon Islands Thursday at the start of an eight-nation tour that comes amid growing concerns about Beijing’s military and financial ambitions in the South Pacific region.
BEIJING (AP) — China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the South Pacific with a 20-person delegation this week in a display of Beijing's growing military and diplomatic presence in the region.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Blues, safe in first place, can look down with calm detachment on any turmoil that occurs during the last regular season round in Super Rugby Pacific.
Below the Auckland-based Blues, the seven other teams currently holding playoffs places might approach this weekend with various degrees of comfort or anxiety.
TOULOUSE, France (AP) — Olympic champion Fiji was on course to reach a third consecutive final on the world series at the France Sevens after a dramatic second day Saturday.
Fiji was through to a semifinal against Samoa on Sunday, when host France will face Ireland.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — At Lautoka harbor in the heart of Fiji's sugar cane region, five U.S. federal agents boarded the Russian-owned Amadea, a luxurious superyacht the length of a football field.
SYDNEY (AP) — Fiji is set to host a Pacific Nations Cup tournament featuring Samoa, Tonga and Australia A from July 2-16.
World Rugby announced Thursday that the round-robin tournament will be played at Suva and Lautoka.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A superyacht that American authorities say is owned by a Russian oligarch previously sanctioned for alleged money laundering has been seized by law enforcement in Fiji, the U.S.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A judge in Fiji has ruled that U.S. authorities can seize a Russian-owned superyacht — but has put a hold on his order until at least Friday while defense lawyers mount a challenge.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Dunedin-based Highlanders spoiled the Fijian Drua’s homecoming in Super Rugby Pacific on Saturday, rallying from 21-10 down to win 27-24 in the Drua’s first-ever home match in the capital Suva.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A judge in Fiji is due to rule Tuesday on whether U.S. authorities can seize the luxurious superyacht Amadea — worth some $325 million — which has been stopped from leaving the South Pacific nation because of its links to Russia.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Hamilton-based Chiefs and New South Wales Waratahs meet Friday in the first trans-Tasman match in Super Rugby Pacific, kicking off a new phase of the competition and measuring the relative strength of the Australian and New Zealand franchises.