Friday, December 3, 2021

World Rugby’s tweak of eligibility rule game changing for Pacific Island unions

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Picture former All Blacks Charles Piutau, Malakai Fekitoa and Vaea Fifita running out for Tonga at the next World Cup. Then think of Lima Sopoaga, Julian Savea, Victor Vito and Steven Luatua running out for...

New rules could see Folau return for Tonga

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New eligibility rules passed by World Rugby could open the way for the controversial Israel Folau to make his return to the international game with Tonga. The world governing body approved a major amendment to...

‘It’s a team like no other’: Moana Pasifika ready to inject new energy into...

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Power, flair and courage. They are three words coach Aaron Mauger hopes will become synonymous with Moana Pasifika as the new Super Rugby Pacific franchise looks to quickly make a mark on the competition. While...

Olympic impact sees rugby sevens reach new audiences

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Rugby sevens’ second Olympic appearance at Tokyo 2020 proved to be hugely impactful for the sport in reaching and inspiring new, younger and more diverse fans across the globe. As the sport prepares to return...

Tonga rugby eyes rule change for World Cup

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Ikale Tahi coach Toutai Kefu believes Tonga are capable of making the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, if eligibility rules were to change. The World Rugby Council will consider a proposal this week to change the...

Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua finalise squads

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Pasifika communities across the Pacific are celebrating the official confirmation of the first ever Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua squads for the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition. The squads were announced exclusively to fans...

Crunch time for rugby’s eligibility laws

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The World Rugby Council will consider a proposal this week to change the sport's eligibility rules to make it easier for players to switch their international allegiance, following a three year stand-down. Under the current...

Flying Fijians held by a tough Georgian side in Spain

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Vodafone Flying Fijians were held 15-all by a tough Georgian side in its final Northern tour test match in Madrid, Spain. The Lelos made a perfect start in the first half and proved too strong...

‘Can’t keep them all’: Cleary resigned to Kikau’s pending exit

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Panthers coach Ivan Cleary said Canterbury's big-money pursuit of Viliame Kikau made it difficult to keep the Fijian powerhouse beyond next season but he expects him to stay on in 2022. A photo of Kikau...

Swire Shipping is Fiji Drua major sponsor

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The Fijian Drua has unveiled its major sponsor for the Super Rugby Pacific. Swire Shipping has boarded the Drua as the naming rights sponsor following the official announcement at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva...

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