WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Moana Pasifika has signed veteran international prop Sekope Kepu in a move which adds considerable experience to its squad for their inaugural season in Super Rugby Pacific.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Outgoing sevens coach Gareth Baber will guide a Fiji 15s squad composed entirely of Europe-based players on its tour to Britain and Europe next month.
Baber will be assisted by former Ireland hooker and captain Rory Best, former Scotland flyhalf Duncan Hodge and Scotland-based Richie Gray in an all-British coaching team.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Olympic gold medal-winning sevens rugby coach Gareth Baber will not renew his contract with the Fiji Rugby Union when it expires in November.
The Fiji union had offered Baber a new contract through the 2024 Olympic Games but the Wales-based coach has decided to pursue other opportunities.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — South Africa closed in on the rugby Sevens World Series title by cruising through the group stage undefeated and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Edmonton tournament on Saturday.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Winger Angelo Davids two tries in the opening five minutes to lead South Africa to a 38-5 win over Kenya and the Vancouver Sevens men's title.
The pair of tries in the final were among 10 that Davids, who has also played 15-a-side Super Rugby with South Africa's Stormers, scored in six matches in the two-day sevens tournament.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — South Africa and the U.S. both went undefeated through the group stage and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Vancouver Sevens World Series tournament on Saturday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Super Rugby newcomers the Fijian Drua will be based in Australia for their inaugural season in the Pacific competition in 2022 and will play none of their matches in Fiji due to coronavirus concerns.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Super Rugby Pacific tournament will kick off next February with the Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika teams confirmed to join the five New Zealand and five Australian franchises in the new competition.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The captain of Fiji’s Olympic-champion rugby sevens team, Jerry Tuwai, says he doesn’t expect to lead the team in its attempt to win a third consecutive gold medal at the 2024 Paris Games.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Google co-founder Larry Page has gained New Zealand residency, officials confirmed Friday, stoking debate over whether extremely wealthy people can essentially buy access to the South Pacific country.
TOKYO (AP) — Little girls have been watching for decades as the boys in villages across Fiji's scattered islands endlessly honed the skills that would ultimately earn them a living by playing a game they love.
TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic title defense looked shaky for Australia in a group-deciding loss to the U.S. team. It was over in a surprising quarterfinal loss to Fiji.
A run of upsets on Day 2 of the women's rugby sevens competition ended with top-ranked New Zealand as the only team from the 2016 podium to reach the semifinals in Tokyo.
TOKYO (AP) — Reputations and rankings meant nothing when Fiji upset Canada and Britain raced to a 21-point lead against New Zealand on Day 1 of the Olympic women's rugby sevens competition.
The lack of international competition during the COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty for every team.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Emerging gingerly from their homes in a nation under curfew, Fijians cheered, sang hymns and danced in the streets Wednesday to celebrate the victory of their rugby sevens team at the Tokyo Olympics.
TOKYO (AP) — There's only one player who can really compare the elation of winning Fiji's first Olympic gold medal with the emotions of defending the rugby sevens title.
For Jerry Tuwai, the world sevens series player of the decade and captain of Fiji, the gold medal draped around his neck after Wednesday's 27-12 win over New Zealand meant more than the celebrated prize he took home from Rio de Janeiro five years ago.
TOKYO (AP) — Siviwe Soyizwapi and his beleaguered Blitzboks arrived at the Tokyo Olympics without their head coach, and they'll be leaving without a medal.
The South Africans won the bronze medal when rugby sevens made its Olympic debut at Rio de Janeiro five years ago, finishing behind champion Fiji and Britain.
TOKYO (AP) — Joe Webber is a good illustration of the difference between New Zealand's opening days in the Olympic rugby sevens tournaments in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. And it's not just the hair.
By his own calculations, Webber lasted one tackle before he was sidelined in 2016, when rugby sevens made its Olympic debut and highly-ranked New Zealand was upset by Japan in its opening game, eventually missing out on a medal.
TOKYO (AP) — They’ll wear their masks and keep their distance in public, until the tackling and rucking starts.
This is one sport where COVID-19 restrictions cannot separate 14 humans competing for a ball in 14-minute chunks of time, a dozen times a day.
TOKYO (AP) — Jerry Tuwai and his Fiji teammates turned up on a Monday in May ready for a five-day training camp to prepare to defend their Olympic rugby sevens title. By Friday of that week, it was clear they weren’t going to be seeing their families up close for several months.
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji-born winger Sevu Reece scored three first-half tries against his native country as New Zealand beat Fiji 60-13 on Saturday to sweep the teams’ first-ever two-match series.
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand beat Fiji 60-13 in the second test at Waikato Stadium.
New Zealand 60 (Sevu Reece 3, Samisoni Taukei'aho 2, Ardie Savea, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, Shannon Frizell tries; Richie Mo'unga 5 conversions, penalty, Beauden Barrett conversion), Fiji 13 (Peni Ravai try; Bon Volavola conversion, 2 penalties).
Head coach Ian Foster may need the All Blacks to convincingly beat Fiji in the second rugby test on Saturday to quiet rising concern about the standard of the New Zealand team’s recent performances.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Richie Mo’unga will start at flyhalf while Anton Lienert-Brown and Ardie Savea will make welcome returns from injury in the All Blacks team to face Fiji on Saturday in the second rugby test at Hamilton.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Fiji rugby team chose not to wear jerseys bearing a pro-vaccination message during Saturday’s test against New Zealand because of objections from some players.
Fiji’s major sponsor, Fijian Airlines, agreed to allow its prime advertising position on the front of the jerseys to be replaced with the message “Vaccinate Fiji.”
DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — Hooker Dane Coles scored four tries as a second-half replacement to allow New Zealand, shaken by a physical and intrepid Fiji, to eke out a 57-23 win Saturday in the first of two rugby tests between the teams.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji’s rugby players likely will have their minds on an unfolding COVID-19 crisis in their homeland when they play the New Zealand All Blacks in Dunedin on Saturday in the first of two test matches.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Beauden Barrett will start at flyhalf and scrumhalf Aaron Smith will captain the All Blacks for the first time when New Zealand meets Fiji at Dunedin on Saturday in the first of two rugby tests.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Fiji’s medical system is showing signs of strain as a coronavirus outbreak grows. The Pacific island nation reported a record 791 new daily cases and three deaths.
The Ministry of Health says that due to the increase in cases, it will no longer test people for the virus in their homes in and around the capital.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An official due to travel to Tokyo with the Fiji Olympic team has been withdrawn after testing positive for COVID-19.
The Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee confirmed the positive test Thursday but did not say what role the official held.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — For six days, fit, strong Olympians hurled themselves at each other and at the try line in short, sharp bursts.
Australian gold. A sideline marriage proposal from a venue staffer to a player on the Brazilian team (she said ‘yes’).
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Famous athletes in sports like tennis and golf heading to the Tokyo Olympics will probably arrive in Japan at the front of the plane.
It’s a style to which the athletes of the Pacific Islands are unaccustomed.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Rio de Janeiro gold medalist Jerry Tuwai will captain the defending champion Fiji men’s team in the rugby sevens tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.
Tuwai was a member of the Fiji team that won gold in the first-ever Olympic sevens competition in 2016.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: The first Olympic gold medal ever awarded in rugby sevens went to the Australian women's team. The Aussies held off archrival New Zealand in the final, and Canada beat the British team for the bronze medal.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — A growing coronavirus outbreak in Fiji is stretching the health system and devastating the economy. It has even prompted the government to offer jobless people tools and cash to become farmers.
TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — Defending men's Olympic champion Fiji and the New Zealand women's side were both undefeated in six matches at the Oceania Sevens tournament, the last major tune-up for the leading teams heading into the Tokyo Olympics beginning next month.
TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) — Australia men's rugby sevens coach Tim Walsh has his squad up against some fairly strong competition in a warm-up tournament this weekend — 2016 Olympic gold medalist Fiji and perennially strong New Zealand.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ex-Wallabies center Samu Kerevi has returned from Japan to have a shot at making Australia’s rugby sevens team for the Tokyo Olympics.
The 27-year-old midfielder has been included in Australia’s team to play against Olympic champion Fiji, New Zealand and an Oceania Barbarians team in the June 25-27 Oceania Championship in Townsville, northern Queensland state.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji has selected Queensland Reds scrumhalf Mosese Sorovi and Crusaders winger Manasa Mataele in its squad for a two-test series against the All Blacks in New Zealand next month.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Authorities said Friday they feared for the lives of five people who leapt from their fishing boat near Fiji earlier this week after alleged violence on board.
A sixth crew member who abandoned the vessel was found alive Thursday on an overturned life raft, while two more people who had remained aboard the fishing boat were due to be picked up by a military patrol boat.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Rugby has confirmed the All Blacks will play Fiji twice and Tonga once in July internationals.
The All Blacks were due to play two tests against Italy and one against Fiji, but Italy withdrew because of concerns about traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The military and police in the Pacific nation of Fiji have surrounded and locked down a major hospital amid concerns of a growing virus outbreak.
Health authorities say they’re quarantining 400 patients, doctors, nurses and staff within the compound until they can determine who had contact with a coronavirus patient who died...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Soldiers and police in the Pacific nation of Fiji have surrounded and locked down a major hospital.
Health authorities say they are quarantining 400 patients, doctors, nurses and other staff within the compound until they can determine who had contact with a coronavirus patient who died there...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Rugby has granted conditional approval for two Pacific Islands teams to join an Australia-New Zealand Super Rugby tournament beginning next year...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — World Rugby will provide financial support to allow two Pacific teams to join Super Rugby in 2022 in what it calls an “historic transformation for Pacific Islands rugby...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leader of the University of the South Pacific and his wife were asleep at their Fiji home when a ruckus awoke them around midnight...
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Coronavirus infections have barely touched many of the remote islands of the Pacific, but the pandemic’s fallout has been enormous, disrupting the supply chain that brings crucial food imports and sending prices soaring as tourism wanes...
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Fiji has picked three uncapped players to start and six more in the reserves to face Georgia in the Autumn Nations Cup playoffs in Edinburgh on Saturday...
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China and Taiwan traded accusations Monday over a violent altercation that broke out between Chinese diplomats and Taiwan government employees at a recent Taiwan National Day reception in Fiji...
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a year of cataclysm, some world leaders at this week’s annual United Nations meeting are taking the long view, warning: If COVID-19 doesn't kill us, climate change will...