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  1. China pride too much for Fiji imports

    Posted Oct 05th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... according to Tan. 'They are all eligible,' said Hong Kong Rugby Football Union executive director Allan Payne. 'IRB officials who are in Hong Kong have looked into the matter and cleared them to play.' Asian powerhouses Japan have a strong corporate league structure and these companies, with the blessings of the Japan Rugby Union, have aggressively recruited players ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/655127/china-pride-too-much-fiji-imports
  2. Serevi's heart still with Fiji

    Posted Mar 27th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Sevens in July. There were rumours the split was acrimonious, with Serevi being unhappy with the Fiji Rugby Union. Yesterday, the maestro (pictured) refused to comment on the reasons behind his ... of winning the tournament,' said Serevi, who turns 40 in May. Last month, the Taiwan Rugby Union got in touch with Serevi and asked him to spearhead the country's World Cup campaign. He had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631423/serevis-heart-still-fiji
  3. Serevi says he's ready and willing to take player-coach role

    Posted Mar 31st 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... the Fiji Rugby Union wants me, I would be willing to come back as a player-coach. My immediate task is to see that Taiwan qualify for the World Cup at the Asian qualifiers in October. But I'm free after that and I'm always available for Fiji,' said Serevi (pictured). He blamed the six-try Cup semi-final rout by New Zealand on poor defensive play from Fiji. 'Our ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631945/serevi-says-hes-ready-and-willing-take-player-coach-role
  4. Serevi says he's innocent of HK Sevens allegations

    Posted Apr 06th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... year's Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai. He had coached Fiji but parted ways with the Fiji Rugby Union last July. Fiji have failed to win the past five IRB Sevens tournament under new coach Savou. ... their best team and if you look at the photographs after the game, they were disappointed.' Hong Kong Rugby Football Union boss Trevor Gregory, said he was aware of claims that Fiji threw ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/632723/serevi-says-hes-innocent-hk-sevens-allegations
  5. Fiji pull-out offers PNG women their chance

    Posted Mar 11th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... expected to reach the Cup semi-finals,' said Robbie McRobbie, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's community manager. 'While most of the costs for the overseas teams are met once ... Alvin Sallay Cash-strapped Fiji have pulled out of the Cable and Wireless Hong Kong Women's Sevens after failing to raise funds to pay for the air fare from Suva for the March 27-28 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/629388/fiji-pull-out-offers-png-women-their-chance
  6. Ryder to the rescue? Fiji hope so

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... 'That's why, when the Fijian Rugby Union officials called me in Japan, I was ready to come back and try to restore glory for the country,' he told the Fiji Times, which was desperately ... Ryder. 'It hurts a lot. He brought me into the Fiji squad and he taught me everything I know today about sevens rugby.' All those skills will be needed if Fiji are to break a nine-year ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631493/ryder-rescue-fiji-hope-so
  7. Beware a united pack of roaming Cheetahs

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Rugby Union, was formerly the manager of the sevens team and he understands what we need,' said Middleton. 'Zimbabwean rugby is by no means professional, although we try ... was once the bread basket of Africa, but is now poverty ridden. Among those fleeing have been talented rugby players. 'Unfortunately, our best players are lost to South Africa. A lot leave ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631489/beware-united-pack-roaming-cheetahs
  8. Men in black can dance to DJ's tune

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... boys are up for it,' said an excited Trevor Gregory, chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union. ... in a great semi-final to Fiji. We have that same bunch of guys who have been together for a long time and that consistency has been the key behind our dominance this season. We are ready,' said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631589/men-black-can-dance-djs-tune
  9. Double jeopardy

    Posted Mar 30th 2008, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Samoa again, the Pacific islanders being the best second-placed team who always play the winner of pool B (England). This scenario has happened before. Hong Kong Rugby Football Union officials ... scraped through to a 7-5 victory in their final pool game. The Cup quarter-finals will see New Zealand meet Wales and Kenya take on Fiji in the top half of the draw. In the bottom half, South ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631868/double-jeopardy
  10. So you think you know the Sevens . . .

    Posted Mar 28th 2008, 12:00am by Robby Nimmo

    ... and this is his sixth Hong Kong Sevens. 9. In 1997, handover year, the second World Cup was held in Hong Kong with Fiji beating South Africa in the final. Fiji won the 2005 World Cup, also played here. ... at the Tens last year.) 11. Fiji have won 11 times, more than any other nation, notching titles in 1977, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2005. 12. Uruguay first played here ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/631484/so-you-think-you-know-sevens

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