Rugby, netball and the Pacific Games are set to dominate sporting headlines in 2015. Further afield, all eyes will be on a 21 year-old gridiron player of Samoan descent who is being hailed as the next big thing in the United States. Marcus Ardel Taulauniu Mariota made history on December ...
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It was a remarkable year for athletes of Pacific heritage in the international arena.
The all-Pacific final between Fiji and Samoa in the opening leg of the 2014-2015 IRB World Sevens Series on Australia’s Gold Coast was a mighty statement to the International Rugby Board. The IRB had closed an important eligibility loophole just weeks earlier that ironically would have changed the complexion of ...
AS PREDICTED IN OUR JANUARY 2014 EDItion, weightlifters proved to be the Pacific’s most successful athletes at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. They accounted for all eight medals won in Glasgow last month. The eight medal haul was one less than the nine medals won in Delhi four years ago, but ...
Exciting times for Pacific rugby. The world champion New Zealand All Blacks will finally end their long hiatus of having never played on Samoan soil with an historic test in Apia against Manu Samoa set for July 8 next year. A Singapore-based bid which paves the way for more Pacific ...
The only Pacific islander playing in the FIFA World Cup is not only representing Australia and his Samoan heritage. He’s also holding his own against the world’s best. The likes of Christian Karembeu (New Caledonian/France) and Wynton Rufer (Maori/New Zealand) graced soccer’s flagship event in 1998 and 1982, but not ...
Majuro — Twenty years ago, the only way to get a report on a Micronesian Games competition—or even just a baseball or basketball score—was to have someone ring you after a game, at a cost of $4 a minute. Suffice it to say, getting results was a challenge and sometimes ...
IT was a fight doomed to favour his opponent yet Samoan-born Alex Leapai entered the world stage ring with an outside chance. He had a few die-hard optimists in his corner though – those who thought he could pull off a miracle and silence the undisputed world champion and in ...
That is the clear message Samoan Alex Leapai would like the boxing world to believe as he readies himself for what is deemed as the biggest fight on earth on April 27. Leapai is destined to make history not just for his native Samoa but also his adopted Australia when ...
The Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) is working on taking the game to a new level that will prepare Fiji for top level competition.
Papua New Guinea is shaping up as the team to beat when they host the Pacific Games in 2015 after topping the medal tally at the 9th Pacific Mini Games in September.
A combination of their parents’ English and Polynesian genes is credited for the Adams family sporting achievements.
Pacific players with dual eligibility hold the balance of power ahead of this year’s Rugby League World Cup. All eyes will be on two important matches in April—the ANZAC test between Australia and New Zealand in Canberra on 19 April and a clash between two fierce rivals, Toa Samoa and ...
“Athletes will be King” those are the words of Pacific Games Council President Vidhya Lakhan of Fiji as we countdown to the 14th Pacific Games to be held in Noumea, New Caledonia, from August 27-September 10, 2011.
Ignore the political sideshows and pre-World Cup scaremongering. The possibility of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga ever hosting a Rugby World Cup maybe slim, but New Zealand hasn’t forgotten its Pacific islands neighbours as the country counts down to hosting this year’s biggest international sporting event in September.
What would New Zealand rugby be without its star players of Pacific Islands origin? For decades now, the Pacific Islands have provided Kiwi rugby teams with a continuous stream of talent that has given them an undeniable cutting edge. This has often come at a great cost to the national ...
Not many tourists associate the sport of cricket with Fiji. To most ‘outsiders,’ sport in the Pacific usually refers to rugby, or to a lesser extent football.
The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is the smallest and weakest of FIFA’s (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) six confederations.
Weightlifting appears to be the Pacific’s only hope of winning a medal at the London Olympic Games which gets underway on July 27.
Not many tourists associate the sport of cricket with Fiji. To most ‘outsiders,’ sport in the Pacific usually refers to rugby or to a lesser extent football.
From Fiji to the IRB. Now Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also president of the Samoa Rugby Union (SRU), is now focusing his attention on the IRB.
A new sport is taking Nauru by storm. It is not weightlifting which Nauruans are famous for. It is surfing and thanks to an Australian.
Another Olympic Games is done and dusted. The Pacific islands nations went to London in August with reasonable hopes of a medal in weightlifting. But again, our athletes returned empty-handed. Injuries, illness and questionable preparations have been blamed.
The London Olympics had just finished. Our medal hopes were dashed yet again, or so we thought. The Paralympics that followed barely rated a mention with little television coverage.
Iliesa Delana’s gold medal comes 62 years after the Pacific islands first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, also won by a Fijian, Mataika Tuicakau, who won gold in the shot put and silver in the discus at the 1950 British Empire (now known as the Commonwealth Games) in Auckland, ...
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