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  1. Jonah's revenge

    Posted Mar 18th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 2001, Mar del Plata For the-first time the eight quarter-finalists from the previous tournament- Fiji, South Africa, Samoa, New Zealand, England, Australia, France and Korea- qualified ... newcomers to the World Cup stage: Kenya, Chile, Russia and Georgia. Defending champions Fiji, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia topped their respective pools and were joined in the Melrose Cup ...

  2. Asian giants unfazed by demand to bid for two tournaments

    Posted Apr 05th 2009, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... at the same time, but stressed all their focus was on winning the 2015 bid. 'We are very confident that we can win the 2015 bid. That is our goal,' said senior Japanese Rugby Football Union ... lost out to New Zealand in the race to host the 2011 World Cup. But Tokumasu said the difference this time was that Japan's bid was being seen as a bid for Asia. 'When we bid ...

  3. Test is yet to come for Fiji after rout of Malaysia

    Posted Mar 26th 2011, 12:00am by Andrew Mullen

    ... in the world series standings, behind co-leaders England and New Zealand, but Tanivula hopes hard work behind the scenes will pay off. Fiji reached the Cup semi-finals in both Dubai and George ... will be no different; it is going to be huge, with Russia and Kenya who are physical sides, and we just have to get up and be ready to get through to Sunday.' Russia are a rising force in world rugby ...

  4. Stokes, Hussey set to debut against Kazakhs

    Posted May 07th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... tomorrow, are favourites to clinch Asia's direct entry to next year's World Cup in New Zealand. The runners-up will still have a chance of grabbing a berth through a continental repechage ...

  5. It's a revolution for wizards from Oz

    Posted Mar 18th 2005, 12:00am by Nazvi Careem

    ... the Australian Rugby Union made a statement when they appointed us,' said Pearse, who played alongside the Ella brothers- Glen and Mark- in Australia's Hong Kong Sevens-winning sides in 1982 ... tournaments. Their best performance came in the recent Los Angeles tournament, where they reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual winners New Zealand. The 1993 and 2001 World Cup runners-up ...

  6. Rugby team confident they can deliver historic victory

    Posted Nov 07th 2010, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... played in, for it is a potential turning point for rugby in Hong Kong.' A gold medal victory by the men's rugby sevens team would be a momentous occasion - the first time a team sport ... rugby gets a second, and bigger, chance when the sevens competition takes place from November 21-23. Apart from Japan, the other major threats will come from South Korea and China. But Rees ...

  7. Simpkin calls for greater access to elite sides

    Posted Sep 11th 2004, 12:00am by Alvin Sallay

    ... this weekend plays host as the Asian qualifying tournament for next year's Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong. 'We can never get New Zealand or Fiji to come here because the IRB ... though the tournament is organised by a club (Kandy Sports Club), and not by the Sri Lankan Rugby Union. Despite staging a successful tournament, Kandy SC have struggled to get the big guns ...

  8. Nimble New Zealand on the free-trade bus

    Posted Jun 16th 2009, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... Frank Ching Seven years after they broke down, talks between Hong Kong and New Zealand on a free-trade agreement, technically called a closer economic partnership agreement, have been revived. The talks, started in 2001, stalled in 2002 because, in the words of New Zealand's then-trade minister Jim Sutton, 'New Zealand couldn't agree to rules of origin that were ...

  9. New Zealand partner stresses safety efforts

    Posted Sep 13th 2008, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... Bill Savadove in Shanghai New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, which owns a 43 per cent stake in Sanlu, said yesterday that it was working to ensure the safety of consumers, but a spokeswoman ... Fonterra is co-operatively owned by more than 11,000 New Zealand dairy farmers. However, milk producers in China face narrow margins and a fragmented market, analysts said. Although demand for milk ...

  10. REPLAY: The Week In Review

    Posted Aug 03rd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... riding. Prebble's line of appeal eventually fails and he is forced to accept that he must serve the ban. WEDNESDAY Rugby Union: New Zealand rugby union fans breathe a sigh of relief as the New Zealand Rugby Union and its elite players reach agreement following a protracted pay dispute, meaning a full-strength All Blacks squad will go to the World Cup. The players and the union ...




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