Nauru rugby

Nauru Rugby to organise district competitions for U16 and U19

The Island rugby union have set up plans to start building youths in the contact game of rugby in order to build a wider base of local player selection.

Nauru has its own Men and Women’s 7s team that competes annually at the Oceania tournament, which is the major qualification stage to the HSBC series or to the world cup, Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

In a recent press release, the team said that they have set a revised plan made for their 15’s team, which will be an annual even that sees a pathway from a tier 3 level to move up to playing at tier 2 level.

Coach Tabuna impressed with Nauru performance

“The boys did well and I know we have learnt a lot of things from the tournament. We still need more exposure and game time and we hope to be given more opportunities in other tournaments,” Tabuna said.

Nauru made its international debut with an 89-5 loss to hosts Papua New Guinea in the Oceania Championships last weekend, then followed up with a 61-7 reversal against the Solomon Islands.

Nauru names debut line-up for Oceania Rugby Cup

This will be the team’s first ever-international Rugby XVs Test Match.

The Dominic Tabuna-coached side will be led by Captain, Ivorab Damon Adeang and the Vice-Captain is Kris Menke.

The game kicks off at 3.30pm (local time) at the PNG National Football Stadium.

The team’s line-up:

Nauru to field all players in Oceania Rugby Cup

The team is making its international debut at the tournament at PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Head Coach, Dominic Tabuna said they had a tough selection process for the tournament.

“Earlier this year our XV Rugby Season was played with eventual winners Meneng Crusaders winning the competition. Players were selected based on criteria stipulated by the NRU, over 40 players were selected and cut down to the final 26 players.”

Nauru out to gain exposure at the Rugby Oceania Cup

Team Manager and Coach, Dominic Tabuna says they are grateful to be given the opportunity to field a team.

“It means a lot for the growing support of rugby on island, making the debut for the National Team in this tournament is a result of years’ worth of work for the Nauru Rugby Union and is a big step forward for the development of the sport on island.”

Tabuna also says the dream of every young man in wanting to become rugby starts has inspired him to form a team for the competition.

Rugby Kids GIR Session

The session is for U12, U9 & U6 Boys & Girls - all are welcome to come and join in.

No previous experience is needed.
These sessions are about introducing rugby to the children and for them to simply run around, be active and have fun.

We have been running these introductory sessions over the last 2 months at Linkbelt Oval and tomorrow will be the last of this type of session.

Digicel sponsors Nauru Rugby

The team has just competed in the recent Oceania Sevens and Nauru Rugby has just become member of the IRB – international Rugby Board.

Speaking at the announcement, Ben Kealy Chief Executive of Digicel Nauru said: “he was delighted to be sponsoring the Nauru Rugby.

Rugby has been a major part of my life back in Ireland with Bective Rangers Rugby Club and I am was delighted to be able to support Rugby in Nauru and bring with that many my years of experience from the Northern Hemisphere.”