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Melanesia

Fijian standout Vuruna makes first appearance a tribute to supportive mum

Isikeli Tuiwainunu Vurun has brought a lot of history with him as he makes his debut for the storied Fijian outfit.

Sunday, 25 March, 2012, 12:00am

Coach's secrets help Fiji sink Scots

As a former player, captain and champion, Alifereti Dere knows all about the cauldron the Hong Kong Stadium can become as the weekend wears on.

And in his first trip to town as coach of the Fijian team, Dere has been passing on a few little secrets to his charges.

24 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

There's nothing like being there for Fijian fans

Fiji have won the Cup here more times (11, including twice as the World Cup rather than the Hong Kong Sevens) than any other nation.

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Tropical island lifestyle offers great allure

Living in a fancy, sun-drenched Pacific island is a dream which everyone cherishes. For most people it's all about the lifestyle and the pristine beaches.

13 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Coach Tanivula takes cautious approach despite Fiji's pedigree

His team may have arrived as reigning champions, but Fiji coach Iliesa Tanivula is taking the Sevens one step at a time.

While the popular Pacific Islanders won against South Africa in dramatic fashion last year, Tanivula insists he is looking no further than the next game as the Fijians aim to add to their impressive record.

27 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Kenya are among the big boys now ... just ask Fiji

Once they were cast as giant killers. Not any more. Today Kenya are giants themselves, much to the delight of their captain, Humphrey Kayange.

'Yes, we have broken into the so-called big boys league,' laughs Kayange delightedly. 'We are no more a surprise package, everyone takes us seriously now.'

26 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Hong Kong edged out of Cup by Fijians

A narrow loss to a Fijian select team - Uprising Beach Resort - saw Hong Kong missing out on a place in the Cup competition at the Heineken Hottest Sevens in Darwin yesterday. Hong Kong were edged out 21-17 by the Fijians, who finished second in the pool behind the tournament's second seeds, the Digicel Barbarians from Samoa. The Barbarians defeated Hong Kong 26-0.

25 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Samoa get job done with minimum fuss

Samoa got their title defence off to the best possible start with a 35-7 victory over Sri Lanka in pool B, although they know bigger challenges lie ahead.

The Samoans never had to move out of first gear against the sevens minnows, who struggled gamely to stay in the hunt, but were always going to come off second best.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Four out of four - New Zealand's perfect path to Hong Kong Stadium

Dubai

December 1 - beat Fiji

But what a scare - having led 26-0

31-21

George

December 8 - beat Fiji

Easier - but Fiji have two sin-binned

34-7

Wellington

February 2 - beat Samoa

Victor Vito's try makes the difference

22-17

28 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Eco-worriers

It adds a tech-savvy, 21st-century twist to the image of the South Seas as an untouched tropical Eden. More than 200 years after the fantasy was first fostered by British and French naval explorers,

an idyllic island in Fiji has been settled by a modern-day 'eco-tribe'.

30 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Pacific evacuees reach mainland

300 refugees from Solomons chaos fly into Guangzhou

Hundreds of ethnic-Chinese Solomon Islanders, with 21 Hong Kong ID card holders and their family members among them, arrived in Guangzhou after midnight completing Beijing's evacuation of the strife-torn Pacific nation.

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

China fills Pacific power vacuum

Beijing spends billions on projects to boost ties as Britain closes string of high commissions

The Union Jack has been lowered for the last time in Tonga, leaving Beijing as a dominant power in the Pacific.

The high commission's closure in the capital, Nuku'alofa, brings to an end a British presence in the Polynesian country dating back to the 1830s.

2 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Minnows dazzled by the big guns

Fired up by the prospect of making their Hong Kong Sevens debut against world champions Fiji in the opening match, the Madagascar players were then given an extra boost before kick-off when they met one of their heroes - celebrity actor Jackie Chan.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

The Last Heathen

The Last Heathen

Charles Montgomery (Douglas & McIntyre; available at www.amazon.com; US$26).

9 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

South Pacific islands seen as a soft touch by Chinese gangsters

They are renowned for their palm-fringed atolls, crystal-clear lagoons and laid-back lifestyle, but the islands of the South Pacific are fast gaining a reputation as a haven for Chinese criminals.

Poor standards of governance, rampant corruption and lax border controls have made Pacific nations such as Fiji and Papua New Guinea a soft touch for well-organised crime syndicates.

26 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

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