29-06-2023 Breakfast Bites, the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS Podcast, S05E86 #TeivovoSports #TeivovoDigital #TeivovoRugby



Talofa, Ma’lele’i, Bula and welcome to Season 05 Episode 86 of Breakfast Bites, the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS PODCAST, by TeivovoSports.com – a wrap of Pasifika people’s sports news on a bright and sunny Thursday morning 29 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 85 of Breakfast Bites, the FIJI & PACIFIC SPORTS NEWS PODCAST, by TeivovoSports.com – a wrap of Pasifika people’s sports news on a bright and sunny Friday morning 30 June 2023.

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

In rugby

We start with our World Famous Tips for World Rugby U20 Championship Round Two games today: Ireland to jackaroo Australia, France to googaloo New Zealand, Wales to woolaroo Japan and tomorrow; South Africa to pizzaroo Italy, Argentina to gingaloo Georgia and Fiji to fandangaloo England.

More on the Fiji Team at the World Rugby U20 Championship in Background Buzz at the end of this podcast.

In rugby league

Embattled NSW Blues Coach Brad Fittler is under huge pressure having lost five of his past six games in charge and three of the past four series.

The former champion player is staring down the barrel of the NSW Blues’ first series whitewash in 13 years when they play the Quuensland Maroons in their dead rubber on 12 July in Sydney.

NSW Rugby League will make a decision on Fittler’s future after ORIGIN III. Either Fittler will be sacked or under a radical new proposal, they will appoint a coaching director to assist Fittler.

The board are considering making that man former Dragons, Eels, Knights and Roosters coach Brian Smith, according to NINE Wide World of Sports.

Smith coached 679 first-grade games between 1984 and 2016 but hasn’t coached in the NRL since the Roosters sacked him in 2012.

The 69-year-old would play a mentoring role for Fittler who appears to need some guidance in recent years with several left-field selections.

Meanwhile in Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court yesterday, Magistrate Jennifer Atkinson told Parramatta Eels star Dylan Brown “I’m not going to set you up for failure … you need to learn from this,” adding “You’ve got some work to do,” as she sentenced him to an 18-months community corrections order.

This after Brown pleaded guilty to two counts of touching a woman’s breasts without her consent at the Golden Sheaf Hotel in Double Bay on 03 June.

The NRL star had written a letter of apology to the woman saying he was “deeply sorry” for his actions.

Brown, who was born in New Zealand, has played 95 games for the Eels since making his debut with the team in 2019 when he was just 18.

In Sportsbiz

Manchester United sold 2.4 million tickets during the 2022-23 season, beating a club record set six years ago. The flow on effect saw Man U post US$217Million in fiscal third-quarter revenue, up by 11% from the same period a year ago.

Adjusted earnings for the period ended 31 March nearly doubled to US$51M and the net loss narrowed by 80% to US$7.1M.

The Club also raised its fiscal 2023 outlook to a record revenue level between US$800M and US$815M.

In football

Even without a few key players, the United States heads into the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand starting 20 July with a formidable group of wily veterans and eager newcomers.

The question is; will it be enough for the team to lift international soccer’s most prestigious trophy again?

The United States has won the last two World Cups and the goal is to three-peat. But American dominance in women’s soccer isn’t assured anymore.

England and France have caught up, Germany and Sweden remain strong, and then there’s Canada, who won gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

In boxing

Hype around the Zuckerberg versus Musk fight continues to grow!

FOX is reporting that Elon Musk has found a new training partner ahead of his potential “Battle of the Billionaires” cage fight with Mark Zuckerberg.

On Twitter Monday evening, Musk agreed to begin training with none other than UFC Hall of Famer – Georges St-Pierre.

“Ok, let’s do it,” Musk responded to the retired UFC superstar, who initially posted that he was a “huge fan” of Musk’s and said it would be an “absolute honor” to train him.

“I’m a huge fan of yours and it would be an absolute honor to help you and be your training partner for the challenge against Zuckerberg,” tweeted GSP, who is widely regarded as one of the best UFC fighters of all time and one of the greatest fighters in mixed martial arts history.

Oh boy, what can I say, “Only in America.”

Background Buzz

On Background Buzz today, I take a closer look at the Fiji Team at the World Rugby U20 Championship in South Africa, before they take on England tomorrow.

Fiji led 14-man Australia going into the final quarter of their game thanks to tries from Waqa Nalaga, Captain Motikiai Murray, Ratu Kavaia Tagivetaua and a bonus-point clinching try from Timoci Nakalevu.

But conceding two tries in as many minutes in the final quarter cost the Fiji U20 achieving a famous win over the Junior Wallabies.

Exciting Flyhalf Isaiah Ravula kicked all seven of his attempts at goal for a personal haul of 14 points. Ravula, who is the nephew of All Black Richie Mo’unga, made 26 kicks in general play, which was more than any other player in Round One and he kicked for 662M, which also ranked him top.

Just what Fiji needs – a talented running kicking flyhalf.

In fact in Round One, Fiji kicked more times in general play, the most of any team apart from the Argentina v Italy game.

Fiji were only ranked seventh for five offloads, which is normally a major feature of their game.

The Fiji U20 also conceded the joint-fewest penalties (five) in round one

Fiji Coach Ifereimi Rawaqa’s starting XV has just one change of personnel and one positional switch for England from their Round One outing.

Rawaqa has kept faith with the same pack that went up against Australia, but in the backs, Manieta Navonovono is named on the left Wing and Bronson Lee shifts to the right.

Fiji U20 Captain Motikiai Murray made his Super Rugby Pacific debut for the Fijian Drua at openside flanker against the Crusaders in Christchurch in their June quarterfinal, and was top try-scorer at the World Rugby Pacific Challenge in May, with five tries for the Fiji Warriors.

Murray made the joint-most carries – 17 for 115M in Round One, as well as scoring a try and beating five defenders – almost a quarter of his team’s total.

Interestingly, England also has a Pasifika connection with Centre Reiketi Ma’asi White’s Father – Vili a RWC2003 veteran, having played for Tonga in the tournament and won 32 caps for the ‘Ikale Tahi in total.

And Greg Fisilau, England’s openside flanker, is the son of former Tonga international Keni Fisilau.

Fiji U20 Head Coach Ifereimi Rawaqa is a former Fiji and Pacific Islands loose forward who won 42 caps across the two teams in addition to playing 7s for Fiji.

He started in the second row for Fiji’s famous win against Wales at Rugby World Cup 2007 in France, having made his tournament debut four years earlier in Australia.

The 42-year-old was appointed Fiji U20 Head Coach in 2022 having previously been in charge of Fiji Warriors.

Toso Viti Toso! Go Fiji Go!

And that’s a wrap!

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