21-06-2023 Breakfast Bites, the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS Podcast, S05E78 #TeivovoSports #TeivovoDigital #TeivovoRugby

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Talofa, Ma’lele’i, Bula and welcome to Season 05 Episode 78 of Breakfast Bites, the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS PODCAST, by TeivovoSports.com – a wrap of Pasifika people’s sports news on another bright, sunny and warm Wednesday morning 21 June 2023.

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


Talofa, Ma’lele’i, Bula and welcome to Season 05 Episode 78 of Breakfast Bites, the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS PODCAST, by TeivovoSports.com – a wrap of Pasifika people’s sports news on another bright, sunny and warm Wednesday morning 21 June 2023.

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

In rugby

Thankfully, for stone cold broke Fiji Rugby Union, World Rugby pays for flights, accommodation, food and transport for 10 staff and 30 players for Team Fijiana to play in the World Rugby WXV Tier 3 competition in October in Dubai.

Team Fijiana will be up against Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kenya and the last 2 teams from the winner of Brazil versus Colombia who play off 15 July and Spain versus Italy who play off 22 July.

In rugby league

Cowboys star Jeremiah Nanai is back for the Maroons after missing the ORIGIN series opener due to suspension, while Titans big man Moeaki Fotuaika will make his first appearance since 2021.

Ben Hunt will also start at Hooker for the Blues with Harry Grant coming off the bench.

For the Blues Brothers, Josh Addo-Carr and Brian To’o may switch wings playing on the opposite sides to ORIGIN One. So To’o on the right wing, while Addo-Carr will partner Stephen Crichton on the left.

We tip the Maroons to kill it at Suncorp.

In SportsBiz

The 2023 season of the Indian Premier League drew more than 500 million viewers, a 32% growth in television ratings on last season.

The very first IPL game of the 2023 season attracted 130 million viewers, compared with a record 115.1 million for the 2023 Super Bowl in the US.

And the 2023 IPL champions the Chennai Super Kings are valued at US$1.2Billion according to Forbes in 2022 – a bargain.

They have been touted as the “Manchester United of the IPL”, and may one day become one of the top global sporting franchises like the Dallas Cowboys at US$8B and Real Madrid at US$5B.

Part of India’s success is its 1.4 billion people, as well as its economic success and growing middle class. By 2025, India’s middle class will number 583 million people, or 41% of the population.

They have been supercharged by the digitisation of the Indian economy, with televisions and smart phones giving the average cricket lover access to their favourite teams.



And in boxing

While Tim Tszyu was being congratulated by his Aussie fans immediately after he had just beaten Carlos Ocampo to a pulp on the Gold Coast last Sunday, Tszyu’s Mum, Natilia entered Ocampo’s changing room to console him. Ocampo was emotional as Natalia embraced him, offering her commiserations and putting her hand on his face.

What can we say, but that’s a Mother’s love right there.

And finally in football

An international football friendly between New Zealand and Qatar was abandoned in Austria on Monday after the Kiwis claimed one of their players, Michael Boxall was racially abused by an opponent.

New Zealand did not return for the second half of the match after the incident, that occurred shortly before the break with them leading 1-0.

The Qatar Coach said New Zealand’s captain came over at halftime to inform him they would not be resuming the game.

“The facts are, apparently two players on the pitch exchanged words. The New Zealand players decided to support their teammate. All our team decided to do was support our player,” the Qatar Coach said.

Come on girls grow a pair!

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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