Rugby Sep 24, 2019

World Rugby issues rare rebuke of referees at Rugby World Cup

World Rugby issued a rare criticism of refereeing standards at the Rugby World Cup on Tuesday after a number of controversies in the tournament's opening days. The governing body said there had been "initial challenges" with technology and communications between match officials at the tournament. Several ...

Australia staves off upset bid by Fiji

Rugby Sep 21, 2019

Australia staves off upset bid by Fiji

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Hooker Tolu Latu scored two tries in the second half to help Australia escape a historic upset by Fiji and win 39-21 on Saturday in the teams' Rugby World Cup Pool D opener. The Wallabies, who have never lost to Fiji since 1954 in any ...

Australian and Fijian leaders attempt to bury climate hatchet

Asia Pacific Sep 16, 2019

Australian and Fijian leaders attempt to bury climate hatchet

The leaders of Fiji and Australia on Monday agreed to boost bilateral ties as they sought to smooth relations following a highly publicized clash over climate change at a Pacific summit last month. Prime Minister Scott Morrison welcomed his Fijian counterpart, Frank Bainimarama, just weeks ...

Rugby Aug 31, 2019

Fiji controls ball for long phases in triumph over Tonga

Fiji highlighted how dangerous it could be on the counterattack at the Rugby World Cup as it scored two scintillating long-range tries to beat Tonga 29-19 at Eden Park on Saturday. The match, part of the Pasifika Challenge doubleheader that also included Samoa beating a ...

Pacific nations back in spotlight but old problems still remain

Rugby Aug 30, 2019

Pacific nations back in spotlight but old problems still remain

Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will be thrust into the spotlight this weekend during the Pasifika Challenge doubleheader in Auckland, but age-old problems continue to haunt them ahead of the upcoming Rugby World Cup. Samoa will play an invitational side comprised of players from New Zealand's ...

Brave Blossoms cruise past Fiji

Rugby Jul 27, 2019

Brave Blossoms cruise past Fiji

Japan took just six minutes to show its home fans that its Rugby World Cup preparations are on track, scoring a spectacular first try that set the stage for a five-try, 34-21 win over Fiji on Saturday. The Brave Blossoms' strong performance in their first ...