18-01-2024 Breakfast Bites, the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS Podcast, S08E18 #TeivovoSports #TeivovoDigital #TeivovoRugby

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Ki ora, Talofa, Ma’lelei, Bula and Welcome to Season 08 Episode 18 of Breakfast Bites the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS PODCAST, by TeivovoSports.com – a wrap of Pasifika people’s sports news, on a sunny and bright Thursday morning 18 January 2024.

Coming to you with tons of hanisi from the 180th meridian, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. 



Ki ora, Talofa, Ma’lelei, Bula and Welcome to Season 08 Episode 18 of Breakfast Bites the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS PODCAST, by TeivovoSports.com – a wrap of Pasifika people’s sports news, on a sunny and bright Thursday morning 18 January 2024.

Coming to you with tons of hanisi from the 180th meridian, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. 

In rugby union

The best international Club rugby 7s tournament in the world – the McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s Kicks off in RugbyTown at 9.30am with rugby royalty all over the show – Dan Norton, Semi Kunatani, Sir Gordan Tietjens, Rasta “the Ref from Ra” and Blitzboks star Kyle Brown.

Yesterday the tournament honoured rugby 7s icon, Sir Gordon Tietjens and English speedster, Dan Norton with their plaques in the “RugbyTown Walk of Fame” on the footpath out front of Sigatoka River Safari, along the banks of the mighty Sigatoka River.

At 9.30am this morning, the Shangri-La Yanuca Island Fiji Women’s comp gets underway, followed by the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Youth games from 10.25am and then the McDonad’s Men’s competition kicks off from 11.40am with a ripper between the New Zealand 7s Development versus the McDonald’s Ambassador All Stars, with all games in the above competitions on grounds one and two.

Round Two of the Women’s games runs through from 1pm to 2.30pm followed by R2 of the Youth comp running through until just before 4pm.

R2 of the Men’s comp throws the visiting international teams up against local teams for the first time in the McDonald’s Fiji’s Coral Coast 7s, with some ripper match ups as follows:

  • · 4:05 Ambassador All Stars vs Devo Babas
  • · 4:23 NZ 7s Development vs Ravuka
  • · 4:41 USA Falcons vs Ba Originals
  • · 4:59 Fire vs Dominion Brothers
  • · 5:17 McDonald’s Saunaka vs SRS Tubarua Highlanders
  • · 5:35 Fiji Babaas vs EMS Tabadamu
  • · 5:53 Pacific Nomads vs BDK Yalovata
  • · 6:11 Army vs Ratu Filise

The big question is – can any of the overseas teams beat our local rugby 7s teams?

In rugby league

The NRL have made a law change concerning contested restarts in 2024, in a bid to encourage teams to take risks to regain possession.

“The change is designed to incentivise more contests for the ball from set restarts,” the NRL said in a statement yesterday, announcing the move which the league believes will give teams “more incentive” to attempt short kick-offs or drop-outs.

So what is the change?

If a team kicks the ball out on the full over the touch line, or the ball fails to travel at least 10M forward in an attempt to contest a restart from the goal-line, 20M line, or half-way line, play will now restart with a play-the-ball 10M out from the line of the kick, rather than with a penalty.



In football

Inter Miami will travel to El Salvador this week to kick off their international tour, covering more than 23,000 miles for six games in five different countries over 20 days.

The schedule is unprecedented for an MLS team, but it’s the new reality for a franchise looking to capitalize on the legendary Lionel Messi in every way possible:

So on Friday Inter Miami play the El Salvador national team, in San Salvador

  • · Jan 22: FC Dallas, at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Texas
  • · Jan 29: Al-Hilal in Riyadh
  • · Feb 1: Al Nassr in Riyadh
  • · Feb 4: Hong Kong all-stars
  • · Feb 7: Vissel Kobe in Tokyo

Back home, Inter Miami will host one final preseason game on Feb 15 against Atlético Newell Old Boys, for whom Messi played in his youth.

In SportsBiz

As the Australian Open moves into second-round play, the first Grand Slam of 2024 is already on pace to break the attendance record it set last year.

With the first two days of tennis in Melbourne attracting more than 169,000 fans, this year’s pace could easily see the tournament close in on one million total fans against an all-time tournament high of just over 839,000 spectators at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park in 2023.

In combat sports

World No 1, Novak Djokovic repeatedly challenged a heckler in the stands during his fiery second round match at the Australian Tennis Open last night shouting, ‘Come say that to my face’ between serves.

The exchange appeared to help Djokovic as he upped his level to reach the last 32.

Later, Aussie star, Nick Kyrgios offered to jump into the stands to defend the Serb fighter . . .er Tennis player!

And that’s a wrap!

For TEIVOVOsports.com I’m Culden Kamea – Mahalo, vinaka and thank you. Please hit the subscribe button below if you would like to receive more Pasifika sports highlights on Breakfast Bites. And tank you all too mas for all your love and support.  

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