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 –…

Delayed AGM is a breach: FRU Chairman

Delaying the annual general meeting (AGM) is a breach of the Fiji Rugby Union constitution, but it’s something we had to do, says FRU chairman Filimone Waqabaca. Under Rugby House’s constitution, the AGM is supposed to be held in April annually. However FRU postponed the meet becuase of no quorum in late April to mid…

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…

Rain forces soccer postponement

Fiji Times – HEAVY rain in the Capital City on Saturday forced the Suva Football Association management to postpone all its local league fixtures yesterday. Ten games were supposed to be played at Buckhurst and Bidesi parks but more rain forecast for this week meant they would now play their games at a later date.…

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…

FIBA Oceania officer receives award

Judy Smith, one of the long serving FIBA Oceania staff has been recognised with the Patricia Ramsay Award for service to the regional basketball federation. Having joined FIBA Oceania in 1997, Judy went on to working with the organisation until its move to Canberra in late 2013. During her tenure, Judy was always on hand…

Tahiti’s Bourez wins in Brazil

RNZI:  Tahitian surfer Michel Bourez has moved up to fourth in the ASP World Championship Tour rankings after winning the Billabong Rio Pro title. Bourez opened up first in the Final against American Kolohe Andino, notching scores of 7.17 and 6.67. Andino could only manage a 5.00 on his first attempt and needing 8.84 in…