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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Fri, 06 Mar 2020, 20:04

Junior Japan are impressive. Dominated a much heavier scrum. The final game, Fiji Warriors vs Junior Japan is an exciting prospect.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Sat, 07 Mar 2020, 07:53

Awesome news:

Michael Fatialofa continues to make remarkable progress from a serious neck injury.
The former Hurricanes lock was shown walking with the aid of crutches in an Instagram story video posted by his wife Tatiana.

Fatialofa has been working on his rehabilitation at a specialist spinal rehab unit in England after he was injured while playing for Worcester Warriors against Saracens in the English Premiership on January 4.

He spent four weeks in a London hospital where he had surgery to ease swelling.
Recently, Fatialofa has released videos of his attempts to walk again and not require a wheelchair - including his successes and small failures.

Story continues here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/int ... TlxgMYoJ5M


Samoa:

Lupe o le Soaga again rode their scrum to victory to retain the Morris Hedstrom Shield by beating Apia Maroons 8-0 in the Apia Rugby Union Senior A competition on Saturday at Tuana’imato. https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/s ... gcH1Bnp_Qk

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Vailima Apia West Rugby 10s full results:

Pool A
Lepea 1 22-0 Malie 2
Lepea 1 14-14 Marist St Joseph’s 2
Malie 2 7-12 Marist St Joseph’s 2

Pool B
Malie 1 5-17 Marist St Joseph’s 1
Malie 1 5-0 Lepea 2
Marist St Joseph’s 1 14-7 Lepea 2

5th place Final
Malie 2 7-0 Lepea 2

3rd place Final
Marist St Joseph’s 2 15-0 Malie 1

Grand Final
Lepea 1 7-12 Marist St Joseph’s 1



Anoama’a Rugby Union Round 4 full results:

Under-20s
Lufilufi 19-0 Faleapuna
Solosolo 5-10 Falefa
Lalomauga 3-25 Saoluafata, Saoluafata win U20s Cup

Senior A
Lemauga 3-10 Falefa
Faleapuna 3-13 Saoluafata
Solosolo 22-19 Lufilufi, Solosolo win Senior-A Shield


https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/s ... oerIpLTPiE

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Tue, 10 Mar 2020, 06:57

World Rugby Pacific Challenge round 2 results

Samoa A 3 - Junior Japan 72
Fiji Warriors 40 - Tonga A 0

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Tue, 10 Mar 2020, 08:17

World Rugby Pacific Challenge final is on Saturday, Suva Fiji

3.30pm Fiji Warriors vs Junior Japan

followed by

Global Rapid Rugby first round

6.15pm Fijian Latui vs Bay of Plenty (China Lions)

This will be really interesting to see the future of Fiji vs the future of Japan, and to see how Fiji's domestic players measure up to a decent Mitre10 team.

At the moment Samoa and Tonga are a long way behind.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby victorsra » Tue, 10 Mar 2020, 12:43

Don't know how much this Junior Japan is Japan A...
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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Tue, 10 Mar 2020, 14:32

victorsra wrote:Don't know how much this Junior Japan is Japan A...


I don't know. I think they are all young. They are really good though. It's a shame for them that they're wasting their time playing really low standard Samoa A and Tonga A teams, but the game vs Fiji Warriors should be good. I would like to see them play Hong Kong or South China Tigers.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby victorsra » Tue, 10 Mar 2020, 16:37

Chester-Donnelly wrote:
victorsra wrote:Don't know how much this Junior Japan is Japan A...


I don't know. I think they are all young. They are really good though. It's a shame for them that they're wasting their time playing really low standard Samoa A and Tonga A teams, but the game vs Fiji Warriors should be good. I would like to see them play Hong Kong or South China Tigers.


Yes, because Top League is going on. Or was, before coronavirus...
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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Thu, 12 Mar 2020, 15:35

A fairly positive roundup of rugby news from the South Pacific today:

The Samoa Rugby Union's ongoing financial viability is no longer a concern, an audit has found, after accounts showed its deficit decreased to $538,516 from a peak of $3.1 million in 2013. https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/sport

Rugby players with Pacific Island heritage will still be eligible to represent Fiji, Samoa or Tonga if they turn out for the newly-formed All Blacks XV. https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pac ... I1s28JJ-9Y

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians prop, Lee Roy Atalifo is the latest Fijian international player to secure a contract overseas for the Edinburgh Rugby Club for next season. https://www.fijivillage.com/news/Atalif ... on-8x4fr5/

Eighty Samoans will be taking part in the 2020 National Rugby League (N.R.L.) season which starts/started on Thursday night, more than 16% of the total player base: https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/s ... zz5ovuyW88

THE Fijian Latui is putting in the hard yards as they prepare for their first game against the China Lions in the season one of Global Rapid Rugby at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday. https://www.fijitimes.com/latui-all-set-for-lions-test/

It would be interesting to learn a bit more about Global Rapid Rugby and the 6 teams participating this season with 2 days to the kickoff season one and a million dollars on the line. https://www.fijirugby.com/latest-news/a ... 2rPmj5O4Bg

WORLD and Australian rugby legend David Ian Campese has declared his availability to coach Fiji. https://www.fijitimes.com/david-campese ... Kb8ZW7KLQc

Wallabies legend David Campese conduct rugby clinic in Sacred Heart College in Nasese today https://www.fijivillage.com/news/Wallab ... ay-4x58rf/

World Rugby have announced details of the new strategy for its high performance combine in the Pacific Islands, focusing on identifying, developing and investing in domestic Pacific Island talent to participate at World Cup 2023 and 2027. https://www.rugbypass.com/news/world-ru ... ojqaZjIKuQ

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Warpath » Sat, 14 Mar 2020, 02:22

tonga and samoa game happening right now..

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Sat, 14 Mar 2020, 06:30

Japan Juniors won the title with a 21-12 victory over Fiji A. Tonga picked up 3rd with a 36-10 drubbing of their Samoa A counterparts.

Latui v China Lions about to kick off here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaXgqPTxa9s

Live now, Lions in a fairly boring charcoal grey strip. Poor crowd. Fijians with first try late in half. 10-0. Lions hit straight back with a try down left wing, followed by a penalty. 10-10 HT.

Chinese hold on for victory 29-22 after late pressure from Latui.

Meanwhile in Nauru, Meneng Rebels lead Yaren Waratahs 17-7 at HT in the season opener. FT Tahs came back to win 22-17.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Sat, 14 Mar 2020, 08:44

Disappointing for Fiji. Fiji Warriors and Fijian Latui both lose.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Sat, 14 Mar 2020, 09:44

& South China Tigers have just smashed Manuma Samoa 27-52. Not a good day for the Pacific Islands at all. But a great day for China!!

Again, poor crowds, but a more entertaining game.

Update: Just caught the tail end of the Force's 51-14 drubbing of the Valke. So thinks are off to a fairly decent start. Mostly hard, bruising rugby with some entertaining play as well. They'll need to work on those crowds, of course, if it is going to be viable in the long term.
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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Sat, 14 Mar 2020, 09:46

Disappointing for Samoa. Manuma Samoa and Samoa A both lose.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Sat, 14 Mar 2020, 09:52

Really good quality rugby in GRR. Great opportunity for Australia to make a new competition to be played after the July internationals. 8 teams, single round robin. Reds, NSW, Brumbies, Rebels, Western Force, South China Tigers, Manuma Samoa, Fiji team (Latui or Drua).

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Sun, 15 Mar 2020, 10:25

I've suggest before that, once Super Rugby reverts to a single round, the Aussie teams should meet each other in a pre-season warm-up with the Force and Drua involved and let it double as a sort of "National Championship."

Great shame Rapid Rugby has also been canned for the season after that promising start. I was already looking forward to the next round :(

MEDIA STATEMENT | 2020 SEASON SUSPENDED

It is with great regret that Global Rapid Rugby CEO Mark Evans has announced the immediate suspension of the 2020 season.

“Travel, quarantine and public health restrictions have provided us with no option but to halt the inaugural Global Rapid Rugby season for the imminent future.
“The sporting environment has been turned upside down by the current worldwide health crisis.

“It’s enormously disappointing to have to suspend the competition just one round into the season, however the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff and fans are always our number one priority.

“We will explore all avenues as we seek to evolve the competition to meet the difficult circumstances we all now find ourselves in.

"One thing that has not changed is our commitment to the development of rugby in the Asia-Pacific region and we look forward to getting back on the park and building on what Global Rapid Rugby has achieved so far."

For more information contact Head of Media and Communications Mark Doran: mdoran@rapidrugby.com +61 412 311 159.

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Nauru might be one of the few places left where it appears to be business as usual: 8-)

NORTHERN BRUMBIES TO MAKE DEBUT

A new club is in town and brought in a lot of new unknown players. The club is made up of combination from Ubenide and Blues constituency reps. National Skipper Damon Adeang lead the team against the more fancied team of Western Reds. A combination of players from Boe, Aiwo and Buada. In paper Reds had a lethal attacking team made up of most National 7s reps and other experience players. National 7s skipper Johnny Dagiaro and his two younger brothers also 7s rep, Nano and Kaffa made up the back line attack of 12, 13 and 14, scoring an impressive 7 tries btw them to the 9 tries the team scored. The Reds ran rampant over the debutees scoring 61 points to 12. Northern Brumbies are finding their footing in the new sport and will improve during the season said Sherlock Denuga, Constituency rep for Ubenide.

Result: Western Reds 61 - 12 Northen Brumbies


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Interesting, all their teams are named after Aussie Super Rugby franchises. In yesterday's early game, Yaren Waratahs beat Meneng Rebels 22-17. The Nauru Rugby Union's Facebook site states that a squad will be chosen from the 4-team tournament to represent the island at the Oceania Championships in August. Nauru has a population of less than 14,000.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Wed, 18 Mar 2020, 07:15

A few items from the South Pacific . . .

THE king of sevens rugby, Waisale Serevi says Fiji 7s will always be a part of him.

He is ready to help the current team and coach Gareth Baber if needed as the route to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games draws closer.

“It is the dream of any sevens player or coach to go to the Olympic Games,” Serevi, who is in the country, said.

https://www.fijitimes.com/serevi-offers-7s-help/


Brothers Mako and Billy Vunipola are reportedly in talks with several Super Rugby teams about joining the competition next year.

Both England internationals play club rugby for Saracens which will drop to the lower division next year after they accepted they would not be able to get under the $14 million salary cap this season.

Saracens, who have won four of the past five titles, had already been docked 35 points, and fined $10m for failing to disclose player payments for the past three seasons.

https://www.fijivillage.com/news/Mako-a ... bs-rf485x/


Sixty-eight teams have confirmed their places in the 44th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s.

Marist Rugby Club President, Lawrence Tikaram says from these 68 teams, 48 teams will compete for the Men’s title, 12 teams will compete for the Under 20 title and 8 teams for the Women’s title.

He says they understand that there is an alert on coronavirus or COVID-19 globally, but the tournament will provide a way for Fijians to practice a healthy lifestyle.

https://www.fijivillage.com/news/68-tea ... 7s-85fxr4/


Update:
The Fiji Bitter Marist 7s that was to begin from today has been postponed due to a suspected case of COVID-19 in Fiji.
Marist Rugby Club President Lawrence Tikaram confirms that the decision was taken as a precautionary move due to the public health advisories regarding COVID-19.
https://www.fbcnews.com.fj/news/covid-1 ... 4rtGH2WjDo


The local rugby fraternity is mourning the loss of one its greats, Savenaca Aria.

Aria hails from Nawaka Village and was known as one of Fiji’s best outside centre during the 1980s and 90s.

The 55-year-old represented the Nawaka Rugby Club in many 7s tournaments and also featured for the Nadi Rugby Union in 15s and 7s.

https://www.fijitimes.com/rugby-fratern ... ng-fijian/

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Fri, 20 Mar 2020, 08:57

Edgar wrote:I've suggested before that, once Super Rugby reverts to a single round, the Aussie teams should meet each other in a pre-season warm-up with the Force and Drua involved and let it double as a sort of "National Championship."


Looks like that may come about this year anyway - minus the Drua - as the ARU are looking at a 5-team domestic competition involving the 4 Super franchises plus the Force beginning next month. https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-unio ... 54cbd.html

SA are planning something similar with their 4 Super franchises and 2 Pro 14 teams. But NZ's proposed domestic Super Rugby tournament looks to have been scuppered by a government edict restricting public gatherings to 100 maximum. https://www.fijivillage.com/news/COVID- ... ow-84rf5x/

Meanwhile, reports are circulating that these postponements and cancellations could precipitate the collapse of Super Rugby entirely:

The coronavirus crisis could be the knockout blow for the much-maligned Super Rugby competition.

That's the warning from an Australian sports marketing guru as the 2020 season goes on hold because of the global pandemic.

The latest problem is a massive issue for a championship that has struggled to find the right formula - expanding and contracting and switching between round-robin and conference systems while always battling long haul travel and frustrating time differences in a market that covers the bottom of the globe.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health ... uper-rugby


Who knows how all this might effect the rugby landscape in the aftermath? Perhaps it will help force through some long overdue changes.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Sat, 21 Mar 2020, 09:30

Best news of the week:

The Worcester lock Michael Fatialofa is able to walk unaided as he continues his recovery from a serious spinal cord injury that required surgery.
The 27-year-old suffered a neck injury in Worcester’s 62-5 Premiership loss at Saracens on 4 January. Fatialofa was hurt just one minute after coming off the Warriors bench, and was taken to St Mary’s hospital in west London.

Fatialofa was later diagnosed with a spinal contusion, a serious condition which causes compression on the spine. The New Zealand-born player had surgery to relieve the pressure on his spinal cord caused by bruising and swelling.

After four weeks at St Mary’s, three of which were in intensive care, Fatialofa was moved to Stoke Mandeville’s world-renowned spinal injury unit. His wife, Tatiana, has posted a video on her Instagram story of him walking during his rehabilitation.

She wrote a caption on the video reading: “Not blowing smoke when I say Jesus is the answer. You are witnessing a miracle that even medical professionals can’t explain. They are so shook by his progress given his critical level of injury.

“He was literally paralysed from the neck down just 10 weeks ago … but my amazing husband is proof that God is never limited to human wisdom. So so so thankful.”

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/ ... UsWpOvpJoE

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Sat, 21 Mar 2020, 09:37

This is fantastic news. But his wife's interpretation of events is annoying.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Sun, 22 Mar 2020, 09:34

The King of Sevens is keen to continue the connection he helped to forge with his recent stint as coach of Russian 7s team: :thumbup: :D

Fiji sevens maestro Waisale Serevi said talks have been positive as he now works to secure a pathway involving more than just rugby for Fijians in Russia.
“We have had talks with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to try and help youths of Fiji, sports and education in any way,” Serevi said.
He said the move would ensure that doors would be opened to allow Fijian youths to study and play rugby in Russia.
“It has been good the last couple of days and talks have been fruitful.”
Meanwhile, the director of the Russia Federation Rugby 7s program believes another doorway that will bring advantages to future local players is the possibility of players looking to Russia to ply their trade.
“If New Zealand, Japan, Australia and other big rugby nations are taking foreign players I believe that is also an option for Russia,” Serevi said.
“Not everybody can play for Fiji, and if you cannot play for Fiji there is an opportunity for you to play abroad.”


https://www.fijitimes.com/serevi-talks- ... in-russia/

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Mon, 23 Mar 2020, 09:37

Another one bites the dust :cry:

A day after the AFL suspended playing until at least May 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic, Rugby Australia (RA) has postponed a planned domestic competition.

RA had slated a remodelled domestic competition featuring the four Australian Super Rugby teams plus the Western Force.

But after initially hoping to start on April 3, RA now says it won't begin until May 1 at the earliest.

"The decision to postpone ... is in line with the suspension of all community rugby in Australia and will give us the opportunity to review our position across the whole rugby landscape in a month's time," RA chief executive Raelene Castle said on Monday.

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/sport/20 ... -hold.html


So pretty much nothing will be happening for the foreseeable future . . . :cry:

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Wed, 20 May 2020, 20:43

I came across this. Interesting, fairly recent legislation granting anyone with a Samoan parent or grandparent the right to Samoa citizenship, and with that the right to vote in general elections, buy land and represent Samoa in international sports.

https://www.loc.gov/law/foreign-news/ar ... tizenship/

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Canalina » Thu, 21 May 2020, 07:55

Guangdong province (the one around Hong Kong and Macao, 104 millions inhabitants) donated two buses to Fiji Rugby

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Canalina » Wed, 03 Jun 2020, 08:34

A NZ article, from a month ago, about a possible explanation why the pacific islands voted Beaumont

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2020/05/05/1 ... to-sanzaar

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby JWSaunders » Thu, 11 Jun 2020, 00:33

I was recently tracking back the heritage of current New Zealand players back to their Pacific origins. A majority as expected were Fijian, Samoan and Tongan however a few were actually Cook Islander. My question is does anyone know any current or former players of Niuean and Tokelauan descent who have played professional rugby. All heritage counts (so past Grandfather is allowed). I’d appreciate if people could help me out with this as it’s a huge task but will be great to see the impact of these 2 tiny islands on rugby Union

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