Monday, March 6th, 2017
LONDON, UK-March 6: 3:54pm(Stuff NZ):England – land of the long white cloud, home of the brave. There’s nothing like it. Forgive the borrowing of words uttered to remember New Zealand, the United States and Australia respectively, but when it comes to the English rugby team, it’s an appropriate place to start.
LAS VEGAS, USA-March 6: 2:57pm(World Rugby): South Africa beat Fiji in Las Vegas to record their fourth tournament win of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17 South Africa secured their fourth tournament win of the 2016-17 world series after beating Fiji 19-12 at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. The Blitzboks remain top of the standings, while Fiji move into second place ahead of England.
DHAKA, Bangladesh-March 6: 2:31pm(THE DAILY STAR): Bangladesh beat Fiji 5-1 in their second match of the Hockey World League Round-2 at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium. Rasel Mahmud Jimmy and Mamunur Rahman Chayan struck two goals each while Ashraful Islam scored the other.
RAROTONGA, Cook Islands-March 6: 1:32pm(RNZI): A grass-roots environmental organisation in the Cook Islands is warning there is a “huge task” ahead to tackle plastic waste in Pacific waters. That comes after an announcement by the United Nations’ environmental agency that it has declared war on plastic, saying that more than eight-million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean each year.
New Britain, Papua New Guinea-March 6: 1:08pm(RNZI): An earthquake of 6.5 magnitude struck off the south coast of the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea this morning. According to the US Geological Survey the quake was at a depth of 33 kilometres, and struck struck east of the city Lae.
NAKOLO, Tonga-March 6: 9:43am(RNZI): In Tonga, public gatherings and events where food is shared has been banned for a month in the village of Nakolo after a local was diagnosed with typhoid. Radio Tonga says reports from Nakolo say the patient has been treated and locals are currently focusing on hygiene standards in the village.
LAS VEGAS, USA-March 6: 9:29am(Nuku’alofa Times/World Rugby): Fiji’s Tima Ravisa topped the DHL Impact Player table in Las Vegas yesterday with dominant performances in the tournament. The DHL Performance Tracker in Las Vegas highlighted just how competitive top level women’s rugby sevens has become, with sevens different nations represented in the top seven placings.
SUVA, Fiji-March 6: 8:47am(RNZI):A difficult year for growers and skyrocketing prices have led to a severe shortage of kava in many parts of Fiji. The category five Cyclone Winston a year ago destroyed much of the country’s kava crop, and farmers have struggled with regular flooding since.