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Rugby Union in Fiji

England left shell-shocked as Fiji continue impressive run

New Zealand's Ben Lam has space to run against the US during his team's 24-12 win. Photo: Felix Wong

They saved Private Ryan, but there was no salvation for England's sevens general with the same name. Ben Ryan's odyssey with England for a first Cup title under his watch continues after the crowd favourites were knocked out of the Cup competition at the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens last night.

Sunday, 24 March, 2013, 5:20am

Wrong decisions can turn out right

Admit it, we have no idea what the world is going to look like in six years' time. I haven't a clue what it will be like in one year's time so figuring out six years is an act of pure conceit.

30 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

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

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 times, including the World Cup Sevens held here in 1997 and 2005.

29 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

We're going for gold, says Fiji coach

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 occasions in Hong Kong.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Fiji's Ryder to skip Dubai

Fiji sensation William Ryder dropped a bombshell when he withdrew from next week's World Cup in Dubai citing injury. The Japan-based star's withdrawal is a sign of the deep division in Fiji rugby following the acrimonious sacking of his mentor and coach, Waisale Serevi, last month.

25 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Serevi says he's innocent of HK Sevens allegations

Ex-coach insists claims he sabotaged Fiji squad are nonsense

Former captain and coach Waisale Serevi has strongly rejected accusations he sabotaged Fiji's campaign at the Hong Kong Sevens last weekend.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Serevi says he's ready and willing to take player-coach role

Fijian legend Waisale Serevi, who coached Taiwan this weekend, said he was willing to return as a player-coach for next year's World Cup Sevens in Dubai.

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Latest triumph to fuel development of the sport at home

Fiji rugby will reap huge benefits from the World Cup Sevens victory, said the country's coach, Wayne Pivac. He said the euphoria stemming from the success would fuel plans to build a multi-million dollar rugby stadium and a scheme to offer players contracts in a bid to keep them at home.

22 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Lack of sevens time worries Fiji coach

'My biggest worry is that a lot of these guys have not played for a while' - Pivac

16 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

HK Sevens success helps Fijians tackle world's best

Fiji's progress in the World Cup is being extra-keenly watched by people within the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU).

After all, Fiji have to thank the HKRFU for partly funding their trip to France, where they remain unbeaten after two games in their Group C preliminary round.

11 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Fijian pair discover the high cost of loyalty to country

Fiji captain and tighthead prop Joeli Veitayaki and full-back Filipe Rayasi are two people who know all about making sacrifices for their country.

The pair have been fined NZ$4,000 each by the New Zealand Rugby Football Union for breaching their contracts with national provincial team King Country to join the tour of Hong Kong.

30 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

HK sights on Fiji Sevens

THE tough and highly competitive Fiji Sevens will become part of the territory's build-up to next year's Hong Kong Sevens.

The March 14-15 Fiji Sevens in Suva has been pencilled in by national coach George Simpkin as part of his build-up to next year's Hong Kong Sevens and, looking further ahead, to the 1997 World Cup Sevens which the territory hosts.

21 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

IRB eligibility rule fails to address crucial wider issue

THE recent decision by the International Rugby Board (IRB) to impose a three-year eligibility rule for players, smacks of just another way for the establishment to perpetuate their waning hold on the game.

27 Mar 1995 - 12:00am

Japan tour a test of resolve

HONG KONG'S tour of Japan next month has taken on added importance after the Asian rugby champions defeated Fiji in two internationals recently, national coach George Simpkin said yesterday.

Fiji went down to Japan in both Tests, losing the first narrowly by 24-18, and the second 20-8.

18 May 1994 - 12:00am

Light at the end of Fiji's tunnel

FOR fans of Fiji rugby, the confirmation this week that Aliposo Waqailiti is to be the new national sevens team coach, is the first good news since Fiji last won the Hong Kong Sevens in 1992.

20 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

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