Oceania rugby

Oceania women's teams set to battle for world spots

The competition will be contested by the Fijiana XV (Fiji), Cassowaries (Papua New Guinea), Manusina XV (Samoa) and Fuifuilupe (Tonga).

The first-place team will qualify in WXV-Tier 2 and the second placed team for WXV-Tier 3.

The event will also serve as a platform for Pacific players to be selected for the Oceania Women's Combine in August this year, in which the selectors will identify potential players to join Australia's Super W teams on a PacificAus Sports' scholarship.

Puletau new general manger of Oceania Rugby

Puletua spent more than 10 years at the NRL, most recently as GM of International Strategy and NRL awards.

He has also worked with the International League Federation and Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation.

He will be joining the organisation on February 1, taking over from Wayne Schuster.


Oceania Rugby World Cup repechage confirmed for Auckland

The match is part of a triple header including games between the New Zealand Defence Services and Police and the World Champion Black Ferns and a Barbarians team.

As previously reported by RNZ Pacific, the repechage qualifier will be staged at the Trusts Arena in Waitakere, with the winner to advance to the final Rugby World Cup repechage tournament.

The match was originally meant to take place in Apia in April but was postponed due to Covid-19.

Oceania Rugby General Manager Bruce Cook said they're delighted to finally have the details confirmed.

Oceania qualification for women's rugby World Cup revised

The Tonga women's team left the championship in Fiji under instruction from the Fijian Government in consultation with the World Health Organisation.

Oceania Rugby said the decision was made after the team was forced into quarantine for 18 days - which would run through the tournament.

One of Tonga's players who arrived in Fiji was suspected of having measles.

The tournament was due to produce a directly qualified team for the World Cup and a team to participate in the repechage tournament.

Fiji Men’s National 7s Team to play Japan SDS in final

Aminiasi Tuimaba and Napolioni Bolaca scored in the first half as Fiji led 14-5 at the break.

Isoa Tabu added another try in the second half to secure the win.

Fiji will play Japan SDS today while Australia play Samoa in the Men's Olympic Qualifier Final.

The Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s Team will take on Samoa in the first semifinal of the Women's Olympic Qualifier while Papua New Guinea take on Solomon Islands in the second semifinal at 12.34pm.

Australia will take on New Zealand in the Women's Oceania International Final.


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.