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  1. This is our religion, say Fijians as they spread the gospel worldwide

    Posted Mar 29th 2010, 12:00am by Robby Nimmo

    ... many people I know from rugby in Fiji, New Zealand, Japan and around the world. Fiji might be a long way away from Hong Kong, but the rugby world is a small one.' ... with Robby Nimmo Fiji might be a small nation, but it's a Sevens powerhouse. Testimony to this fact is that they have won the Hong Kong Sevens more times than any other nation- 12 ...

  2. We're going for gold, says Fiji coach

    Posted Mar 26th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... on the pitch. Hopefully, the Olympics will convince our players to stay at home and help us compete well.' Tanivula called for the Fiji Rugby Union to think long-term- at least six years- and put ... Winning an Olympic gold medal is just a dream for many small countries, but sevens can make that dream come true for Fiji, two-time winners of the Rugby World Cup in 1997 and 2005- both ...

  3. HK pull out of Fiji international sevens

    Posted Jan 18th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay The growing demand on the time of players has forced the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union to pull the national squad out of a groundbreaking trip to the heartland of rugby sevens- Fiji- this week. The East Asian Games silver medallists were due to take part in the Suva International Sevens, but withdrew after organisers could not meet Hong Kong's request ...

  4. 'Game will grow Down Under thanks to new Olympic status'

    Posted Mar 26th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Rugby union has always had to compete with other codes like Aussie Rules and rugby league for talent as well as for public affection Down Under. But the pendulum could swing in union's favour now that sevens is in the Olympics. 'We do have to compete with rugby league and AFL, but we have the guys in our midst and its just a matter of flushing them out,' says ...

  5. Shame about the view, but Sevens teams train on

    Posted Mar 23rd 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... local rugby officials issuing a warning that pollution levels were high. 'As the event organiser, the safety of our teams and spectators is the paramount concern of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union. We will take every reasonable precaution and have informed the teams of the pollution levels,' Warrick Dent, Hong Kong Sevens tournament director, said. 'In the interests ...

  6. Jewel in the crown- Hong Kong sets the gold standard

    Posted Mar 26th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay Take a bow, Hong Kong. The city's role in rugby sevens becoming an Olympic sport has been praised by IRB supremo Bernard Lapasset. The International Rugby Board's efforts to globalise the game received a huge boost last October when rugby sevens was included in the summer programme for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, a decision that IRB chairman ...

  7. Aim to be GR8

    Posted May 02nd 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... announced this month, the Japan Rugby Football Union said the target was to reach the last eight of the 2019 World Cup. The national side have represented Asia at all previous World Cups but have ... Alvin Sallay Japan can reach the last eight of the Rugby World Cup in 2019 on home soil, says former Wallaby coach Eddie Jones, as long as they don't try to mimic other styles ...

  8. Tietjens & Co want hi-tech help for refs

    Posted Mar 26th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... of professional referees- similar to cricket's elite panel of umpires- was met favourably by teams fed up with poor calls. At present, most rugby unions other than Hong Kong's regard sevens ... the chorus on the eve of the world's most prestigious tournament are England captain Ben Gollings, New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens, his US counterpart Al Caravelli and Fiji manager Jope ...

  9. Americans emerge as threat to champs Fiji

    Posted Mar 26th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... Alvin Sallay An expected cakewalk into the Cup quarter-finals has suddenly turned into a minefield for defending champions Fiji, who will come up against high-flying United States in their final pool game. Fiji thought they had it easy being drawn with Thailand, Portugal and the United States in pool C. On paper it looked a cakewalk, that is until the Americans stormed ...

  10. Sevens contracts backfire as England slump to shock defeat

    Posted Dec 04th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... contracted by the Rugby Football Union and who have been together all summer, could lose to a side of amateurs. 'We have all worked hard to get to a point where we have a better national set-up ... to a 21-21 draw by Wales. New Zealand and Fiji began with identical 31-7 wins over Portugal and the US respectively. ...




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