Wallabies’ goal kicking under scrutiny in World Cup preparation

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has conceded Australia’s goal-kicking options need urgent reinforcement leading into next year’s World Cup. As last year’s heir apparent Christian Lealiifano performs some way off his cool-headed best this season and newly anointed Test five-eighth options Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale stumbled badly against the Rebels on Friday, McKenzie signalled greater…

Manu 7s coach quits

The embattled coach of the 8th IRB ranked Manu Samoa Sevens team, Viliamu Punivalu, has resigned, less than a year into his role. His resignation was apparently submitted, discussed and approved by the Board of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) last Thursday.  Repeated attempts to obtain a comment from the S.R.U. about Punivalu’s resignation –…

Coach: Injuries are minor

The head coach of the Solomon Islands National U19 soccer squad, Commins Menapi has assured supporters and soccer fanatics that the injuries of some of their travelling players are just minor injuries. Menapi made the assurance before their departure over the weekend. He admitted having some players being injured during the friendly match against Marist…

Shane Smeltz quits Perth Glory

New Zealand football international Shane Smeltz has signed a one year deal with Sydney FC after quitting Perth Glory yesterday. Smeltz scored 28 goals in 58 appearances for Perth, but his 2013/14 campaign was blighted by a series of injuries. The prolific striker says he expects to win trophies with his new club. “I’m very…

Vanuatu, PNG learn Nanjing fate

OFC: The 12 participating teams have learned what hurdles await them following the draw for the Youth Olympic Football Tournaments Nanjing 2014 which took place on Wednesday in Nanjing, China PR. Representing Oceania are Papua New Guinea in the Girl’s tournament and Vanuatu in the boy’s – the second consecutive appearance for either side in…

Nadi soccer fan club

Fiji Times – A fan club has been formed to assist the Nadi Football Association look after the welfare of the district players. Headed by Moveen Ali, the club aims to take the Jetsetters to greater heights. Ali said they would be securing resources from the Nadi fans not only in the country but also…

Shaw out of SIFF

Gov’t asked to bail out soccer The national government has been asked to bail out Solomon Islands Football Association (SIFF) of its debts, whilst SIFF’s appointed normalising committee chairman, Ian Shaw was suspended. Australian Shaw was appointed by OFC and FIFA to head SIFF office as interim executive when the local football federation ran into…