Oceania 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.

Nauru’s Dr Kieren Keke elected to Oceania Rugby board

The election was held at the Annual General Meeting in Fiji today (Wednesday).

Dr Keke was nominated for the post of President as well as Executive Member.

Nauru Rugby Union became a full member of Oceania Rugby in 2016.

Under Dr Keke’s leadership, NRU has made significant progress.

In 2017, he was recognised by other members and put in the Competition committee where he has been driving and enforcing more 15s test matches for Tier 3 nations like Nauru, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Solomon, Cook Islands and others.

Rugby in Oceania to receive pre-Tokyo 2020 funding boost

Fiji's 13-man squad became the country's first Olympic gold medallists when they triumphed at last year's Olympics.

The sevens team defeated Britain 43-7 in the final as the sport made its debut at the Games.

Before Rio, the Fijian team were also crowned as winners of the World Rugby Sevens Series after a number of fine performances.

Their achievements saw the team inducted into the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) Hall of Fame earlier this week, while they have also acted as an inspiration to the region's other sides.

Australia and Fijiana win places at 2016 Olympic Games Sevens

Both teams remained unbeaten over the weekend and were clearly the best teams in their respective events as the scores in the finals suggest. Australia beat Tonga 50-0 in its final whilst Fijiana beat Samoa 55-0.

Under interim coach Tim Walsh Australia were superb over the two-day tournament. Aggressive at the breakdown and clinical at the restarts and with ball in open play they scored 138 points in their three matches on finals day and conceded no tries or points.