Fiji 7s

Fiji rugby star fronts court for alleged Covid-19 quarantine breach

Vatemo Ravouvou and two other men were alleged to have left their quarantined rooms to drink kava and alcohol last week.

The trio were granted $US470 bail bonds and three sureties.

The matter was adjourned to 27 October.

Meanwhile, the military said a soldier working at a border quarantine facility had also breached the rules.

Army Commander Rear-Admiral Viliame Naupoto said the officer came into contact with those in the quarantine facility.

Naupoto said the soldier will be "dealt with severely" when he completes his 14-day isolation period.

Fiji 7s coach extends contract until Tokyo Olympics

The Welshman's original four-year deal was scheduled to end in December but, with the 2020 Olympics delayed by 12 months because of Covid-19, the FRU has extended his deal until the end of the global sporting showpiece in August next year, where Fiji will defend their gold medal from four years ago.

While the 2019/20 World Sevens Series was brought to a premature end last week, Gareth Baber intends to keep his players busy with provincial and local sevens competitions.

"We've put some plans in place based around what is happening here domestically in Fiji," he said.

Baber's future with Fiji Sevens team uncertain

Last month Fiji Rugby announced they were cutting costs to manage the financial fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure its long term sustainability.

Baber's four-year contract is due to end in January.

Fiji Sports Commission Chairman Peter Mazey told FBC news that a contract extension is dependent on funding from the government.

Meanwhile, if given the green light, the Fiji Rugby Union has marked 11 July as the proposed date for local rugby competitions to kick-off.

Why the World's best sevens player has knife and fork written on his boots

The Fijian sevens superstar has his eyes set on helping his country win another Olympic Games gold medal in Tokyo this year and when the tournament takes place his boots will feature those two words that are designed to remind him of the sacrifices his parents made to give him a sporting chance.

Tuwai’s father and mother scrimped and saved enough money to buy their son his first pair of rugby boots. As she handed them over Tuwai’s mother told him “ this is your knife and fork .”

Fiji beaten in extra time in US Sevens final

The Fijians, who were looking to secure back to back titles for the first time this season, had led 19-0 and looked to be cruising before the Blitzbokke launched their comeback, scoring two quick fire tries to force the game into extra time before scoring another to scoop the title.

Fiji, who won the previous leg in Sydney four weeks ago, had topped their pool after dispatching South Korea 45-7, France 33-28 and Argentina 28-14 on day one.

Gareth Baber's side then overpowered England 26-5 in the Cup quarter-finals before crushing Australia 43-7 in the semis.

Fiji to meet England in LA 7s quarter-final

It was Fiji’s first victory over Argentina after three meetings this season.

Fiji finished at the top of pool A while England is the second-seeded team from pool D.


Fiji sevens coach wants consistency in Los Angeles

The Fijians won their first tournament of the season in Sydney four weeks ago after a slow start to their title defence and have been drawn to play South Korea, France and Argentina.

Baber said it's all about progression.

"I never look too much in advance, I look at it in relation to what we've got to do to get better and how we progress from tournament to tournament," he said.

One new cap in Fiji 7s squad for LA, Vancouver

Head coach Gareth Baber said the Police star's consistent work ethic and attitude to training has impressed.

"He's got a maturity about his game, and he knows the game of sevens, he just loves to work, he's got a great work ethic and that's what we love about him."

The other 13 players in the touring squad remain unchanged with Meli Derenalagi retaining the captaincy in the continued absence of regular skipper Paula Dranisinukula.

Fiji find form to win first Sydney 7s title

Man of the match Napolioni Bolaca scored all of Fiji's points in the first half as the Fijians secured their second win against the Blitzboks in eight days.

Bolaca, who was named in the tournament 'Dream Team' alongside Waisea Nacuqu, opened the scoring in the second minute, after pouncing on a ball that ball skewed out the side of a breakdown.

South Africa struck back two minutes later after a strong run from Zain Davids set up JC Pretorius to score, with Fiji's woes compounded after Josua Vakurunabili was shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle earlier in the move.

Fiji through to first cup final this season

Backed by a big crowd in the stands of the Paramatta Stadium, Fiji beat England 17-14 in the semi-final.

This will be Fiji’s first finals appearance this season and the team has so far been looking unbeatable.

Fiji thrashed Wales 55-0 before qualifying for the semi-final.

Waisea Nacuqu scored straight after the kickoff with a brilliant individual try to give Fiji a 7-0 lead.

Fiji increased their lead through Aminiasi Tuimaba for a 14-0 scoreline.

Tuimaba scored his second in the corner to give Fiji a comfortable 19-0 lead.