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NZ beats US 21-5 in Sydney Sevens final
SYDNEY (AP) — New Zealand moved into a tie for first place in the sevens rugby world series after beating the United States 21-5 in the Sydney Sevens final on Sunday.
New Zealand and Fiji have shared victories in the first four legs of the series, but the Kiwis are tied on points at the top with the U.S., which has reached all four finals.
Vilimoni Koroi set up Regan Ware for the opening try by New Zealand, and Ware helped Sam Dickson score the second to lead 14-0 at halftime.
Fiji and US into quarterfinals of men’s Sydney Sevens rugby
SYDNEY (AP) — Series co-leaders Fiji and the United States are into the men's quarterfinals of the Sydney Sevens on the IRB world series.
In the last pool match on Saturday, Fiji beat Pacific Island rivals Samoa 22-12 to advance to the final eight and a quarterfinal Sunday against Australia. Fiji won the Olympic gold medal in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Australia won the Sydney title last year.
Fiji beats USA 38-0 to win New Zealand Sevens
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji beat the United States 38-0 to win the New Zealand leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series on Sunday, defending its title and consigning the Americans to their third straight loss in a tournament final.
The win was Fiji's second in consecutive tournaments this season after it took the Cape Town leg of the series and lifts it level on points with the United States atop the series table.
Fiji, US, South Africa and NZ top pools at rugby sevens
HAMILTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji, the United States, South Africa and New Zealand topped their pools with unbeaten records Saturday after the first day of the New Zealand leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.
Defending world champions South Africa will play Samoa, World Series leaders the United States will play Scotland, Fiji will play Canada and New Zealand will play Australia in Sunday's quarterfinals.
Australian prime minister begins 2-day visit to Fiji
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister sidestepped a diplomatic dispute over a suspected extremist's nationality and brushed off criticism that he is burdening Pacific neighbors with unsustainable debt as he began a two-day visit on Thursday to Fiji.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is visiting Fiji and Vanuatu this week as both Australia and China strive to increase their influence among South Pacific island nations.
Fiji wins Cape Town Rugby Sevens as US falls in final again
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Fiji capitalized on mistake after mistake by the United States to win the Cape Town World Rugby Sevens 29-15 on Sunday, sending the Americans to a second straight defeat in a final at the start of the season.
The upside for the U.S. is that it leads the series standings by a point from New Zealand.
Fiji had already scored four tries to go 22-0 up before the U.S. could respond and the Fijians clinched their first title in South Africa since 2005.
SA lose but reach Dubai 7s quarters; NZ win women’s title
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Defending champion South Africa lost to Argentina 17-12 in a thriller and still progressed to the Dubai Sevens rugby quarterfinals on Friday.
South Africa blew a 12-0 lead, and conceded late penalties as Argentina rallied to trail by two. Conrado Roura appeared to score the match-winning try for Argentina with a minute left, but video showed he dropped the ball in Werner Kok's try-saving tackle.
Fiji leader sworn in for 4 more years after winning election
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji's leader was sworn in for four more years Tuesday after winning an election with a reduced majority, after earlier lashing out at his opponents.
Voreqe Bainimarama was affirmed prime minister in a ceremony in the capital Suva after his FijiFirst Party won just over half the votes in last week's election, giving them 27 seats in Fiji's 51-seat parliament.
England to debut wing Cokanasiga against Japan
LONDON (AP) — Fiji-born winger Joe Cokanasiga will make his England debut against Japan on Saturday among 11 changes for the test at Twickenham.
Cokanasiga was picked on Thursday, his 21st birthday. He moved to England when he was three, following his British Army father.
Only lock Maro Itoje, flanker Mark Wilson, wing Chris Ashton and fullback Elliot Daly are retained as starters after the 16-15 loss to New Zealand last weekend.
Fiji’s leader of 12 years headed for convincing election win
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The man who first seized power in a military coup then refashioned himself as a legitimate leader appears set to rule Fiji for another four years.
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his FijiFirst party were headed for a convincing election win early Thursday as votes were tallied. Bainimarama has ruled the island nation since his 2006 coup, and won his first election in 2014 after returning democracy to the country.
Former coup leaders battle for control in Fiji election
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Two men who led different military coups in Fiji are battling for control of the island nation in a general election on Wednesday.
Opinion polls indicate Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is poised to win a second term after he first held democratic elections in 2014, eight years after he seized power in a coup.
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prince Harry and wife Meghan broke news they're expecting their first child during their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.
Royals Harry and Meghan arrive in Tonga on Pacific tour
NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrived Thursday in the tiny Pacific kingdom of Tonga, where people gathered at the airport to welcome them wearing traditional outfits, playing guitars and singing.
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Meghan rushed through Fiji market filled with royal-watchers
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex was rushed through her visit to an indoor market in Fiji's capital Wednesday due to concerns about the large crowd that came to greet her in the relatively confined space.
Meghan chatted with one vendor and briefly greeted others at Suva Market, where throngs of people spilled into surrounding streets. She spent only about half of her allocated 15 minutes there as she was whisked through by security personnel in the enclosed and relatively dark market.
Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in hot Fiji for 3-day visit
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted by hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers on Tuesday after arriving in Fiji for a three-day visit as part of their tour of the South Pacific.
School children in uniform and people of all ages lined the streets and waved both British Union Jack and Fijian flags as Prince Harry and Meghan's motorcade drove past.
Meghan’s schedule in Australia cut back after hectic start
SYDNEY (AP) — The pregnant Duchess of Sussex has had her schedule cut back during her first royal tour, after a hectic start to her visit to Australia and the South Pacific with husband Prince Harry.
The tour is an extremely busy one, with the royal couple scheduled to attend more than 70 engagements during a 16-day trip across four countries.
American Samoa’s World Cup qualifying return a family affair
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The return of the American Samoa women's team to the World Cup qualifying competition for the first time in 20 years has been both a national and a family celebration.
The team is competing with three others at the Oceania Women's Nations Cup in Fiji, the first stage of a qualifying process which will eventually involve all 11 Oceania member nations and will find the confederation's representative at next year's women's soccer World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Strong, deep undersea quake shakes Fiji; no damage expected
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A deep, undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 has struck Fiji and small tsunami waves have been observed but no damage reported.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at a depth of 560 kilometers (348 miles) and was located 280 kilometers (174 miles) northeast of Fiji's Ndoi Island. No casualties are expected based on initial readings.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says small tsunami waves have been observed.
SIGATOKA, Fiji (AP) — India's Gaganjeet Bhullar held out a record-breaking charge from Australian Anthony Quale Sunday to win the Fiji International by one stroke while Ernie Els shot a 7-under 65 to finish a further stroke behind.
Campbell charges 4 shots clear at Fiji International
SIGATOKA, Fiji (AP) — Ben Campbell of New Zealand shot a 6-under 66 Friday to take a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the Fiji International.
Campbell is 11-under overall at the European Tour event, four ahead of Australia's Andrew Dodt, who returned a 70 at the Natadola Bay layout.
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4 tied for lead after 1st round of Fiji International
SIGATOKA, Fiji (AP) — New Zealander Ben Campbell and Australians Nick Cullen, Andrew Dodt and Jarryd Felton have carded five-under 67s to share a two shot lead after the first round of the Fiji International.
The 26-year-old Campbell used local knowledge to master windy conditions in the afternoon Thursday, firing seven birdies to claim his share of the lead. Only five of 18 players who signed for under-par opening rounds played in the afternoon.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Jaguares played so badly for Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade that he resigned this month.
As Pumas, they lost all three home tests, abysmally. But back under Mario Ledesma's care in Super Rugby, the Jaguares were on Saturday everything they weren't as Pumas: Composed, smart, and lethal.
SYDNEY (AP) — Winger Junior Rau scored two tries to lead Papua New Guinea to a 26-14 upset win over Fiji in a rugby league international on Saturday.
In a later match of the Pacific International doubleheader at Campbelltown Stadium in western Sydney, Tonga kept up its strong recent form with a seven-try, 38-22 win over Samoa. Tonga led 30-6 at halftime.
Tonga beats Fiji 27-19 in rugby test
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Vereniki Goneva was both hero and villain as Pacific Nations Cup champion Fiji suffered a surprise 27-19 loss to Tonga in a one-off rugby test in Lautoka on Saturday.
Goneva touched down in the second half to equal Fiji's test try-scoring record of 20, set by the late Sainivalati Laulau during the 1980s, but was later sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on.
Fiji beats Georgia 37-15 to win Pacific Nations Cup
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Scrumhalf Henry Seniloli scored two first-half tries and his replacement Frank Lomani added two in the second half as Fiji overwhelmed Georgia 37-15 on Saturday to win the Pacific Nations Cup for the fourth consecutive year.
Fiji beats Georgia 37-15 to win Pacific Nations Cup
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Scrumhalf Henry Seniloli scored two first-half tries and his replacement Frank Lomani added two in the second half as Fiji overwhelmed George 37-15 on Saturday to win the Pacific Nations Cup for the fourth consecutive year.
Fiji, Georgia to fight out Pacific Nations Cup
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji and Georgia will fight out the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup rugby title when they meet in the second round of the tournament at Suva on Saturday.
Both teams were narrow first-round winners last weekend and the outcome of Saturday's match at the National Stadium will determine whether Fiji claims the Pacific crown for the fourth consecutive year.
Radradra to make Fiji debut in Pacific Nations Cup
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Former rugby league star Semi Radradra will make his rugby union test debut for Fiji against Georgia in the Pacific Nations Cup at Suva on Saturday.
Radradra, who played for Parramatta in Australia's National Rugby League and now plays for Toulon in France, will start at outside center in a backline which also includes France-based Nemani Nadolo on the wing, Ben Volavola at flyhalf, and Jale Vatubua at inside center.
LONDON (AP) — Kensington Palace says Prince Harry, and his wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, will be touring Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand this fall.
The royal couple, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be making the tour around the time of the Invictus Games in Sydney, which is set for Oct. 20-27.
PARIS (AP) — It took until the last match of the last round to decide the rugby sevens world series as South Africa retained the title in a final twist in Paris on Sunday.
Fiji, on the back of winning the last four rounds, had to reach only the Paris Sevens final to clinch the series.
PARIS (AP) — Fiji lost for the first time since March yet kept alive its bid for the sevens rugby world series title by reaching the Paris Sevens quarterfinals on Saturday.
Fiji is in a race to the title with defending champion South Africa in the series finale. The Fijians lead by seven points overall, and can clinch the series by making the final at Stade Jean Bouin.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Europe-based stars Vereniki Goneva and Kini Murimurivalu scored tries, each created by the other, as Fiji opened defense of its Pacific Nations Cup rugby title Saturday with a tense 24-22 win over Samoa.
Fiji led 24-3 before Samoa scored three tries in a late rally which rocked the defending champions. Earlier at Suva, Georgia beat Tonga 16-15 in similar circumstances, holding on after leading 16-3.
SUVA, Fiji (AP) — Center Sevanaia Galala will make his Fiji test debut against Samoa in the first round of rugby's Pacific Nations Cup.
Galala, who plays for French club Brive, will start at inside center on Saturday in a midfield combination with Jale Vatubua.
Three other players are in line for debuts from the bench. Hooker and former Fiji Under-20 captain Ratu Veremalua Vugakoto, prop Eroni Mawi and sevens representative Alivereti Veitokani are among the reserves.
LONDON (AP) — Fiji moved to the brink of clinching the sevens rugby world series title after beating closest challenger South Africa 21-17 in the London final on Sunday.
The Fijians can win a third world series in four years by reaching the final in Paris next weekend in the last round, or advancing further than South Africa if the defending series champion stumbles early.
LONDON (AP) — World series leader Fiji pushed aside New Zealand 27-7 in winning their pool in London Sevens rugby at Twickenham on Saturday.
Fiji can't take the series this weekend, but a fourth consecutive tournament victory would make clinching easier in the series finale next weekend in Paris. Fiji is hunting a third series title in four years before taking aim at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in July.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Prosecutors in Fiji are appealing a judge's acquittal of a newspaper publisher and an opinion writer on sedition charges.
The case has major implications for press freedom in the South Pacific nation, where many media outlets kowtow to the government.
Lawyers on Friday were served with the appeal against Hank Arts, the publisher of the The Fiji Times, and opinion writer Josaia Waqabaca.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A judge in Fiji found an opinion writer and three newspaper executives not guilty of sedition on Tuesday in a ruling that many consider a victory for press freedom in the South Pacific nation.
Judge Thushara Rajasinghe ruled that prosecutors failed to prove an opinion piece had promoted feelings of ill will and hostility between Muslims and non-Muslims in Fiji. The piece ran in a small indigenous-language newspaper published by The Fiji Times.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An opinion writer and three newspaper executives in Fiji were found not guilty of sedition Friday in a preliminary court ruling, although a judge has yet to make a final decision in the case.
Three assessors also ruled the Fiji Times company was not guilty. Under the Fiji judicial system, the judge can chose to either follow or ignore the findings of the assessors. The judge adjourned the court on Friday, saying he planned to issue his verdict Tuesday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An opinion writer and three newspaper executives in Fiji are awaiting a judge's verdict Friday on sedition charges in a case that has major implications for press freedom in the South Pacific nation.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — The Oceania Football Confederation has handed a seven-game ban to a Fijian player who used the phrase "white people" in reference to match officials during an OFC Champions League semifinal match.
The governing body says Lautoka forward Samuela Drudru has also been banned from entering stadiums for "discriminatory behavior." The OFC says a sanction over the mandatory five-game ban reflected "the gravity of the incident."
Fiji beats Australia in thriller to win Singapore Sevens
SINGAPORE (AP) — Alasio Sovita Naduva scored a length of the field try after the final siren as Fiji beat Australia 28-22 in a heart stopping finale to Sunday's Singapore Sevens to leapfrog South Africa at the top of the world series standings.
The Rio Olympic champions rebounded from the disappointment of losing to New Zealand in the gold medal match at the Commonwealth Games at Australia's Gold Coast earlier this month by capturing their first title in Singapore in spectacular fashion.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — The Fijian netball team went missing Saturday on the Gold Coast, failing to turn up to watch the semifinals of their Commonwealth Games sport.
Instead, they were found 30 kilometers (19 miles) further south at the rugby sevens where the Fijian men, Olympic champions, began their campaign with a 63-5 win over Sri Lanka.
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