Pacifica Rugby

Fijian Drua home crowd

The positive news continues, as the Fijian Drua home crowd was recorded as the biggest yet after Super Rugby Pacific Round 11. Beyond the result in Suva last Saturday, the literal ‘winner on the day’ were actually the 15,102 people attending that historic match between the Fijian Drua and the Highlanders last weekend. What they witnessed […]

Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua granted conditional Super Rugby licences

The news that so many have been dreaming of, is that much closer. Disclosed to media on Wednesday, April 14, Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua have been granted conditional Super Rugby licences by New Zealand Rugby which could set the stage for those sides to compete in 2022. In a significant step forward for Pacific […]

Reassuring investment in Pacific Islands Super Rugby future from World Rugby

If the future of any Pacific Islands Super Rugby side(s) was in need of a secure platform. Then World Rugby has come to the rescue. In a three-point plan that is being received positively in the Southern hemisphere. The governing body has advanced a package of financial and administrative support to help facilitate two teams […]

Pacifica Rugby documentary Oceans Apart asks, can the tide be turned
Mark Holman - Dec 13, 2020

Pacifica rugby has played and continues to play a big part in the makeup of the game. And a wonderful new documentary Oceans Apart has highlighted their valuable place in the game, while discussing whether Pacifica rugby can ever ‘turn the tide’. Look across the world and players from the Pacific Islands are prominent and […]

Chicago tripleheader 'Rugby Weekend' involves Maori All Blacks and Black Ferns

When these two sides clash, the Māori All Blacks v Moana Pasifika fixture on December 5 is going to be both a nod to cultural heritage of indigenous rugby culture in New Zealand, as well as one more reward for rugby fans who have had a ‘less than satisfactory year’ [thanks to Covid]. The colours […]

James Barker, Editor - Jul 9, 2020

Our series celebrating the best foreign talent to have played in the English Premiership continues. So far, teams have been selected from New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, plus the Pacific Islands of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. But now our attention turns to nations not so regularly represented in the English game. We start with the backs […]

Southern hemisphere rugby

Southern Hemisphere rugby has had to endure a period of change in the last month. Not battered to the same degree as Europe has, yet wage cuts, fans and players’ seasons disrupted, and unease for what the future may hold is certainly is disarming. While still well mannered and constructive, everything has been spoken of, […]

Manu Samoa RWC preparation includes Heartland XV 'test'

In the approach to the 2019 Rugby World Cup (RWC), it is with the utmost respect that for the Manu Samoa RWC preparation, they will face a New Zealand Heartland XV team. Samoa is one of 20 sides qualified for the World Rugby tournament in Japan. A proud rugby nation, a leader of the Pacifica […]

Japan Brave Blossoms

Achieving a clean-slate of victories in the Pacific Nations Cup, the Japan Brave Blossoms men’s rugby team head into the Rugby World Cup on a real ‘Hi’. Yes, it is a complimentary nod to the hosts of the 2019 tournament, but with recent success under their belt, they have surely earned a huge amount of […]

Viliame Mata and Akira Ioane showdown looms in Fiji
Jovilisi Waqa - Jul 11, 2019

It will be a battle of the No 8 on Saturday, when the Maori All Blacks take on the Flying Fijians at ANZ Stadium in Suva. With a Viliame Mata and Akira Ioane showdown looming, big clashes are on the horizon for Pacifica rugby fans. Former Olympic Gold rugby sevens medalist Viliame Mata had an outstanding […]

2019 Pacific Nations Cup squads and fixtures
Jovilisi Waqa - Jul 5, 2019

The 2019 Pacific Nations Cup teams have named their wider training squads, as a final chance to look at players performance before finalizing their squads for the coveted Rugby World Cup in September. Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga will be joined this year by Japan, Canada, and the USA to compete for the World Rugby 2019 […]

World Rugby 'Nations Championship' loses support from leading nations

News out from World Rugby headquarters in Ireland, is that the much-hyped Nations Championship has failed to gain the support from leading nations. Without that, it has prompted the governing body to discontinue the proposed annual competition. After the required unanimous agreement by unions to enter into exclusive negotiations was not achieved, World Rugby can confirm […]

Jovilisi Waqa - Dec 11, 2018

They came, they saw and they found the hosts Samoa ‘wanting’. That was the strategy of Tonga, when overcoming hosts Samoa 20-27 to win the 2018 Oceania Rugby Under 20s Championship. They went into the game with a win behind them 12-16  after the opening round of the Oceania Rugby Championship, on Tuesday. Samoa fought very […]

Fiji Rugby
Harry Latham-Coyle - Nov 25, 2018

Fiji’s shock win over France was a triumph not only for Fiji but, for rugby as a whole. The Flying Fijians earned a first-ever victory over France at the Stade de France on Saturday night. Tries from Semi Radradra and Josua Tuisova secured Fiji Rugby a historic 14-21 victory. Won, despite French captain Guilhem Guirado going over for […]

Oceania Rugby
Jovilisi Waqa - Nov 16, 2018

Former Fijiana Sevens stars (who were not selected by new interim-head coach Alivereti Doviverata) featured prominently in the opening round of the Oceania Rugby Women’s XVs Championship. The Championship, in its second edition, provides valuable international match play and is a key part of the pathway for Women’s rugby within the region. Round One began […]

Fijian Drua win 2018 Australian National Rugby Championship
Jovilisi Waqa - Oct 28, 2018

To the surprise, and delight of Fijian rugby fans, the Fijian Drua have won the 2018 Australian National Rugby Championship. Just two years since joining the Australian National Rugby Championship (NRC) the Fijian Drua won their maiden title after overcoming the defending champions Queensland Country at home 36-26. With a vocal crowd behind them at […]

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2031/33 Rugby World Cup hosts are the right choices: Opinion
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2019 Rugby World Cup: USA Rugby hooker Joe Taufete'e preparing for the game against England

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