Rugby Union

Bledisloe Cup: Malakai Fekitoa will face Wallabies

Bledisloe Cup: Malakai Fekitoa will face Wallabies

James Mortimer     The All Blacks will field an intimidating midfield with Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa moving into the staring team replacing veteran Conrad Smith, who has returned home with his wife expecting. Mrs Smith wasn’t due for a couple of weeks to give birth to the couple’s first child but an early morning phone […]

Malakai Fekitoa named in All Blacks 2014 squad

Malakai Fekitoa named in All Blacks 2014 squad

Malakai Fekitoa has been included in the All Blacks squad announced today for the three test series against England. Forwards Hookers Dane Coles (Wellington / Hurricanes, 15) Keven Mealamu (Auckland / Blues, 110) Props Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury / Crusaders, 24) Charlie Faumuina (Auckland / Blues 17) Ben Franks (Hawke’s Bay / Hurricanes, 31) Owen Franks […]

'Tongan Thor' scores hat-trick

A 135kg (at least) schoolboy prop scored a hat-trick of tries in a match between Sacred Heart College and Kelston Boys at the weekend. Known as the Tongan Thor, Taniela Tupou celebrated his 18th birthday in style by running in three great tries. With unbelievable acceleration and balance for someone his size, the Auckland schoolboy […]

TRU CEO to be picked ‘on merit alone’

TRU CEO to be picked ‘on merit alone’

Members of the Tongan Rugby Union want their new CEO to be Tongan.   The TRU is currently shortlisting candidates for the role after applications closed in November 2013. Kaniva News has been reliably informed some applicants are concerned after hearing members of the TRU met in December and pushed to assign the CEO position […]

A year to remember in Oceania

A year to remember in Oceania

Another busy year has come to an end for the southern hemisphere and in terms of Oceania Rugby there was much to cheer. New Zealand’s Fifteens side led the way with an amazing, perfect season of 14 matches and 14 wins while the national Sevens teams – men’s and women’s – took the Rugby World […]

France still stung by Tonga loss

France still stung by Tonga loss

The pain of losing to Tonga last year still hurts French players with their 30-year-old hooker Dmitri Szarzewski warned  a side containing five changes from last weekend's narrow 26-19 New Zealand defeat can ill afford to ease off against Tonga.   The Ikale Tahi team  stunned the French  19-14 during the 2011 World Cup in […]