Fiji prop Tabalala dies in his sleep

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Fiji prop Iosefo Bele Tabalala has died in his sleep, the Fijian Rugby Union (FRU) said on Saturday.

Crusaders eye match in Fiji

Overseas experience: Sonny Bill Williams offloads during the Crusaders' 'home' game against the Sharks in London in 2011.

The Crusaders are reportedly looking to play a Super Rugby game in Fiji next year.

Wales hold on to edge 14-man Fiji

Nemani Nadolo touches down for Fiji.

Wales held on to edge a Fijian side reduced to 14 men in the 52nd minute by 17-13 in a hard-fought rugby Test at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

Thomas hat-trick on debut for France

Hat-trick hero: Teddy Thomas scores for France.

Barnaby Chesterman   Teddy Thomas scored a hat-trick of tries on his France debut and South African-born Scott Spedding also shone on his first appearance for Les Bleus in a 40-15 victory over Fiji in Marseille on Saturday.

From Fiji to Twickenham via war in Afghanistan

Semesa Rokoduguni.

Tom Cary   Semesa Rokoduguni's stunning rise to international status reflects his character and his background, writes Tom Cary.

England picks serving Fijian soldier

Bath flyer Semesa Rokoduguni is set to make his England debut.

Mitch Phillips   English rugby loves to trumpet its links with the military, so the RFU's marketing men will be beside themselves with the news that Semesa Rokoduguni, a serving soldier, has been called up to the squad for the four November internationals.

Nemani Nadolo lifts Fiji to win over Italy

A handful: Nemani Nadolo in action for the Crusaders in the Super Rugby competition.

Fiji triumphed in their one-off Test against Italy in Suva as former NSW Waratahs winger Nemani Nadolo scored 15 points in a 25-14 victory.


Fiji knock out South Africa to capture Tokyo Sevens

Title sprint: Waisea Nacuqu (R) runs away to score the winning try against South Africa.

Swashbuckling Fiji upset South Africa 33-26 in Sunday's Tokyo final to capture their second title of the IRB World Sevens season.



IRB suspends funding for Fiji


The International Rugby Board announced on Saturday that it had suspended all direct financial support to the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) with immediate effect because of concerns over the administration and governance of the Union.



Fabulous Fiji win Dubai Sevens

Leo Naikasau.

Fiji won the Dubai Rugby Sevens for the first time on Saturday, hammering New Zealand 44-0 in the semi-finals before crushing South Africa 29-17 in the final.

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Baa Baas ruin Fiji Centenary celebrations

Bismarck du Plessis.

Ed Langford   South African hooker Bismarck du Plessis was the star of the show, scoring two tries as Fiji's Centenary celebrations turned sour against the Barbarians at Twickenham.


Fiji to launch complaint over record yellow card haul

Fiji's centre Nemani Nadolo.

Fiji on Thursday announced plans to lodge a formal complaint about a referee who handed the Pacific Islanders a world record of five yellow cards in a Test against Italy last weekend.

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Fiji set sin bin world record against Italy

Nemani Nadolo.

An ill-disciplined Fiji set a new record at international level after being shown five yellow cards on their way to a 37-31 test defeat to Italy on Saturday.

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Italy survive late scare to beat Fiji

Fiji's centre Nemani Nadolo.

Justin Davis   Italy survived a late fightback by Fiji to secure an edgy 37-31 win over the South Pacific Islanders in the second test of their November series on Saturday.

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Fiji keep Pacific Nations Cup hopes alive

Fiji kept alive their hopes of winning the Pacific Nations Cup rugby tournament when they beat the United States in a comprehensive 35-10 showing in Japan on Wednesday.


Canada edge Fiji in Pacific Nations Cup match

Nemani Nadolo.

Canada erased a one-point deficit at the half to beat Fiji 20-18 on Wednesday in a Pacific Nations Cup match at Twin Elm Rugby Park.

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Fijian rugby star killed in car crash

Samueli Naulu.

Fiji's 2009 French championship winning wing Samueli Naulu was killed in a car crash on Saturday, local police and his club confirmed.

Fiji stun Wales with second-half comeback at Hong Kong Sevens

Osea Kolinisau of Fiji fends off Cory Allen of Wales.

Defending champions Fiji fought back to beat a valiant Wales 26-19 in the Hong Kong Sevens final Sunday, the 14th time they have taken home the trophy.


England overpower Fiji in seven-try romp

Alex Goode.

Julian Guyer   England launched their European autumn series with a commanding 54-12 win over Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday.

Pacific nations face World Cup 'blackmail'

Former All Black Simon Mannix has alleged three Fijian players at the French club he coached last year were paid to be unavailable for the Rugby World Cup.