Fijiana win Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship title

Fijiana defeated a strong Samoa side 31-24 in the final.

Samoa had an early lead, dominating the first half 16-10.

After the two sides were tied 24-all, it was Mirini’s winning try in the 82nd minute that gave them the win.


Fiji women beat Samoa to qualify for first Rugby World Cup

The home side outscored the Manusina by six tries to two in Lautoka on Saturday, with fullback Aloesi Nakoci scoring two long-range efforts in the first half and first five Lavena Cavuru finishing with two tries, four conversions and a penalty goal for an impressive 21-point haul.

Fijiana XV captain Sereima Leweniqila said, despite an impressive scoreline, the game was far from easy.

"They were a tough team - we knew they were going to come out hard," she said.

PIDF declaration seen as strong political move

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the PIDF has never been stronger and will sign a Suva Declaration, described as a common position on climate change, to take to a global meeting in Paris.

Jenny Hayward-Jones from the Lowy Institute says if the Pacific Islands Forum was to try to do a similar declaration, there could be confusion about which reflected the region.

Hayward-Jones says the timing of the PIDF move, a few days out from the Port Moresby meeting, makes a strong political statement.