Sport

March 2014

Leapai rallies Pacific for world fight

Davendra Sharma

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 ...

January 2014

After the World Cup: The Fiji Bati challenge Working on maintaining its top ranking

Robert Matau

The Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) is working on taking the game to a new level that will prepare Fiji for top level competition.

October 2013

Pacific Games Council ponders changes

Peter Rees

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.

September 2013

Adams family produces another talent

Peter Rees

A combination of their parents’ English and Polynesian genes is credited for the Adams family sporting achievements.

April 2013

Tug-of-war over Pacific talent

Peter Rees

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 ...

July 2011

Countdown on for Pacific Games

Matai Akauola

“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.

World Cup host rolls out red carpet

Peter Rees

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.

Spotlight on islands at Rugby World Cup

Dev Nadkarni

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 ...

May 2012

Cricket: A pathway for Pacific Youth

Adam Cassidy

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.

July 2012

Dream run for Tahiti

Koroi Hawkins

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) is the smallest and weakest of FIFA’s (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) six confederations.

Weightlifting, Pacific’s only Olympic medal hope

Peter Rees

Weightlifting appears to be the Pacific’s only hope of winning a medal at the London Olympic Games which gets underway on July 27.

August 2012

Cricket: A pathway for Pacific youth

Adam Cassidy

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.

December 2012

Tuilaepa wants Wales, Scotland, England as one

Merita Huch

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.

April 2012

Move aside wrestling, here comes surfing

Robert Matau

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.

October 2012

Road to Rio 2016 begins for Sevens

Peter Rees

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.

December 2012

Iliesa Delana: Our 2012 Person of the Year

Peter Rees

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.

Road to glory

Peter Rees

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, ...

Treat Pacific players with respect

‘...the IRB’s response to the Fiji Rugby Union’s complaint is like the lax school principal who winks at the bullying student as he reprimands him. Rugby’s top world body needs to treat the Pacific—the source of some of the game’s best players—with far more respect’