The Fijian rugby league community are gearing up for the biggest Fijian Nines showdown this Friday at the Fijian Cup 9s in Sigatoka.

16 men's teams featuring 12 local and 4 New Zealand clubs will battle for the main prise money of a whooping $15,000.00 FJD in the Men’s Division; while 8 women’s teams from local club-land will also contend for the main prise money $15, 000.00 FJD paralleled to the men’s prise pool.

Tournament Chief of Operations Epeli Tagivetaua is adamant that the tournament is set to be the biggest & best Nines Tournament.

“The Fijian Cup is the most incredible Nines League getaway for pacific rugby league teams and we are excited about welcoming our New Zealand families who will be part of this inaugural event.”

“We thank TourismHQ for having the confidence to add Rugby League to its calendar this year and we look forward to working with them to deliver the  best Nines experience.

“The communities we’ve visited, the teams that have prepared over the past 8 weeks have been positively impacted by the tournament which goes to show the power & potential sports-tourism in Fiji.”

“The tournament is proudly supported by the Fijian Government through its hosting grant delivered by the Fiji National Sports Commission. We are grateful to the commission and the Fijian government for its continued investment in the sport of rugby league which we hope to continue to increase in the coming years.

“Auckland Rugby League are also part of the 10-day event that begun on Friday 11 November. 18 local coaches and referees participated in the Technical Development clinics by ARL who have also been on tour to villages and communities along the coral-coast to teach basic rugby-league skills and donate sporting gears and school items.

The Fijian Cup 9s will be held at Lawaqa Park from Friday 18th November to Saturday 19th and broadcast live across the pacific on Fiji One, Kayo and Sky Channels. Tickets to the games are $5 flat and will be sold at the gated entry points.

NZ vs Bati - a quarterfinal clash not to be missed

NZ vs Bati - a quarterfinal clash not to be missed

New Zealand will not just be after a semifinal berth when it faces Fiji in the next round of the Rugby League World Cup, it will be aiming to avenge one of the worst losses in the nation's history according to ABC sports reporter Nick Campton.

In the only prior meeting between the two nations, the Bati downed the Kiwis in a shock 4-2 upset at the same stage of the 2017 tournament.

The tryless victory was the finest moment in the history of Fijian rugby league and marked the low point of a disastrous tournament for New Zealand. 

Five years later, a new-look Kiwi side is dreaming big and will settle for nothing less than world-champion status – but first, Michael Maguire's side must put the Pacific nation to the sword and it will be playing with a point to prove when the two teams meet this weekend.

Meanwhile, at the Vodafone Fiji Bati team camp in Hull, preparation had been full-on, with few changes made in the line-up for this week.

“We need to counter New Zealand in the first 20 minutes, and we’ll need to keep our energy up after that,” Vodafone Fiji Bati interim head coach Wise Kativerata said.

“We made a few changes, we put Apisai Koroisau at number 6, and Penioni Tagituimua and Taniela Sadrugu at 13 and we moved Korbin Sims up.

“Sadrugu and Sims, they play a very aggressive style of football.”

Coach Kativerata added they won’t be taking the Kiwi side lightly as this weekend’s game will be a “win or return home” match for both sides.

“This week’s training is a little bit different, we had a day off on Monday, we resumed on Tuesday and Wednesday, we have a day off on Thursday before our Captain’s Run session on Friday,” he said.

“We’ve been working on fine-tuning our game plan, analyzing our previous performances and making sure we work on improving what we need to work on.

“We’re definitely looking forward to this Saturday’s game.”







Vodafone Fiji Bati vice-captain Tui Kamikamica is very impressed with how the Bati players played today, in their second match of the Rugby League World Cup tournament against Italy.


“It was a good team performance today, we just kept it nice and simple, we spoke about that during the week. You can see our defense today was really good,” Kamikamica said.


“They (Italy) got a couple of good spine in their middle, for them, the first 15 minutes was a bit of an arm-wrestle up until we scored two back to back tries, after that we just kept rolling in through the middle, we just kept it nice and simple, just playing a Fijian style of footy.”


Honored for the win, Kamikamica said the team will now regroup, focusing on their next challenge, which is against Scotland next week.


“Every time I go out there in the field, especially in representing my country, I just want to give everything I got, just empty the tank week in and week out. As a little kid growing up in Fiji, it was always my dream to play for my country and every time I put on my jumper I am always proud of it,” he said.


“We are just taking every team, game by game, we focused on Italy this week, and now with the job done, next week, we will be more focused towards Scotland.”






The Vodafone Fiji Bati side needed that win against Italy at Kingston Park in Newcastle to qualify to the 2022 Rugby League World Cup quarterfinals. This followed Italy’s win against Scotland 28-4 in their Group B clash last week, Fiji ran in 10 tries in a 60-4 win over Italy, earning themselves that quarterfinals spot.

The win is added good news to relish for Fiji as this means that the Bati have secured one in eight spots for the 2025 Rugby League World Cup.

Vodafone Fiji Bati interim head coach Wise Kativerata said the side kept their cool, banking on great defense with Penioni Tagituimua, Viliame Kikau and Maika Sivo all scoring two tries a piece.

“The boys performed well, what I’m impressed with is the defense, because you know defense win games, and we know we got points, so we’re going to build-up on that this week, next week and then to the quarter-finals,” Kativerata said.


“In our match against Australia last week, a lot of people talked about the results by looking at the score-points, but if we really breakdown that game, we did really well in the first 30 minutes until we made some fundamental errors.


We regrouped this week focusing on our match against Italy and I am glad the boys played so brilliantly that we won.”


 Kativerata added the next mission now will be against Scotland next week.


“The boys will build from this week to the next, we are just focusing on ourselves and we’re just going to keep working hard on our sets. We know we can score points, if we can defend our goal-lines we’ll give each and every one a run for their money,” he said.


“I must also thank all the supporters out there. I can’t thank them enough, not only here in the UK but everyone from back home and around the World. Vinaka for your support and hopefully the boys do you proud again next week.”


Fiji currently stands at second place behind Australia in Group B with one more match to go this weekend against Scotland. (View updated Table using this link











Vodafone Fiji Bati Rugby League World Cup debutant, Vuate Karawalevu said he had been waiting for this day to happen, the day he gets to don the national Fiji Bati jersey and make his family proud.


The 21 year-old Dravuwalu, Kadavu lad said he is grateful for the opportunity to be able to play for his country today, an opportunity he will always cherish in the years to come.


“I thank the coaching staff for believing in me and trusting me,” Karawalevu said.


“I really looked forward to today’s game, playing with the senior players in the team, especially those who have been playing in the NRL, I’ve always been watching them on television and today, I was playing alongside them. What a privilege it was for me.”


Karawalevu added not only did he play for his country today, the thought of his parents were on the back of his mind.


“My parents have always been my greatest supporter. They’ve been with me all throughout my rugby league journey and I want to dedicate today’s win to them,” he said.


“I know they watched the game, and I am super proud that we got to win today, the match where I also made my debut for the Rugby League World Cup.”