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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Canalina » Thu, 05 Sep 2019, 04:54

Nauru rugby facebook offers some details about the (november's ?) Oceania 7s, olympic qualifier.

Oceania Rugby 7s still maintains a pathway for NON CORE team's to play at the HSBC series at the Hamilton 7s and Sydney 7s before heading to the Hong Kong 7s to qualify for a place in the top 16 HSBC series that plays around the world in 10 tournaments, in 10 countries.
For Nauru to qualify, we need to be in the top two non core team's after the Oceania 7s. Non core team's are:
1. Cook Islands 6. Nauru
2. PNG 7. Vanuatu
3. Tonga 8. Niue
4. Solomon Island 9. New Caledonia
5. American Samoa 10. Tuvalu

WOMEN'S POOL
Pool A Pool B Pool C
1. New Zealand 1. Fiji 1. PNG
2. Australia 2. Cook Is 2. Samoa
3. Japan 3. Nauru 3. Tonga
4. New Caledonia 4. Vanuatu 4. Solomon Is

MEN'S POOL
(Yet to finalise)

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Canalina » Wed, 11 Sep 2019, 21:20

A doubt...
Former samoan great fullback Silao Leaega (62 points at RWC '99) lives now on my province after having finished his career here in Italy some years ago. Last season also newzealander Cardiff Vaega, son of samoan national Vaega who scored a decisive try in the RWC victory in 1991 vs Wales in Cardiff (hence the name of the son) played in my city's squad. I have always pronounced their name very plainly, at least plainly from an italian pow. But now watching a pair of videos on youtube I appear to discover that the exact pronunce could be a sort of Leeanga, Vaeenga
Listen this for example (Leaega has shirt #15, he scores a try after Lima pass and then a conversion):


Do you know the correct pronounce?

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Mon, 16 Sep 2019, 14:51

Samoa: The journey continues, 4 Vaimauga Eels have departed the shallow waters of Vaimauga for Spain. Fagu Malloy & Leo Brown have signed with Ciencias Club de Rugby, Seville. Ikifusi Matamū & AJ Sagaga have signed with Aparejadores Rugby Burgos.

https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/s ... 6UY-cnInYo

Fiji's Drua have dropped to 7th place in Australia's domestic competition after another draw, this time 24-all with NSW Country Eagles:

https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/09/15/nrc-f ... n-winless/

Southland man Jared Deal and the New Zealand Defence Force rugby team have made a winning start to the International Defence Rugby Competition, beating the Australian Defence Force 47-35 in Japan on Sunday.

After the teams were level at 14-all at halftime the New Zealand team, known as the Defence Blacks, pulled clear to lead 47-21 with 10 minutes to go, then withstood a late flurry by the Australians.

In the semi-finals on Thursday the Defence Blacks will play the powerful defending champions Fiji, who have 10 former Fijian internationals in their squad.

The International Defence Rugby Competition is the military equivalent of the World Cup.

The Defence Blacks, comprising servicemen from the Royal New Zealand Navy, New Zealand Army and Royal New Zealand Air Force, plus one civilian, are playing against military teams from Australia, United Kingdom, Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Georgia, Japan and France.


http://www.nzdf.mil.nz/media-centre/new ... ld-cup.htm

Good stats here:
https://tier2rugby.blogspot.com/2019/09 ... rends.html

Fiji has comfortably been the lead exporter of talent from a Tier 2 nation to Tier 1. In total there are six homegrown Fijian players in Tier 1 squads for this RWC. Half of them they could face in their opening match vs Australia who have Isi Naisarani, Tevita Kuridrani, and Marika Koroibete. There is also Virimi Vakatawa and Alivereti Raka with France, plus Sevu Reece with New Zealand. John McKee said earlier this year Reece "would love to play for Fiji" but restrictive Super Rugby contracts were preventing it, however his form with the Crusaders ended up being so strong he's now become an All Black starter.

In addition to this Nathan Hughes (England), Waisake Naholo (New Zealand), Sefa Naivalu (Australia) have all played for Tier 1 teams within the past 12 months but failed to make RWC squads.

Tonga have a homegrown player in both the Wallabies with Taniela Tupou and the All Blacks with former U20 Shannon Frizell, whilst Vaea Fifita was also a late cut. The Ikale Tahi in fact have 7 homegrown players in other RWC squads (not far off how many there are in their own squad), as Japan have selected five who went to University there with another former Tonga U20 Amanaki Mafi the most noteworthy.

The only other Tier 2 nation to have a produced player who is now in another RWC squad is Zimbabwe with Tendai Mtawarira. Paul Willemse from Namibia and Lucas Paulos from Spain were in wider squads for France and Argentina respectively but neither made the final cut.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Wed, 18 Sep 2019, 15:04

In the amateur era it became quite fashionable to play stop-off tests on major international tours. In 1976 New Zealand played a match against Uruguay during its tour of Argentina, winning 64-3 at Montevideo, and in 1981 battled to a 14-6 win over Romania at Bucharest en route to France. & of course, prior to air travel, it was common to stop off in North America and even the Pacific Islands on the way back from Europe. This undoubtedly aided the development of rugby in those places to some degree. I can’t see why it should be so difficult to revive the practice. The Rugby Championship teams should play stop-off tests against the likes of Georgia, Romania and Russia on tours of the 6 Nations (Argentina might even play Spain) – as well as North America & Japan from time to time – while 6 Nations teams could play Pacific Island teams in New Zealand and Australia on tours of those countries (this has already happened). 6 Nations teams could also play Namibia en route to SA (Italy might take on Zimbabwe or Kenya instead), and Uruguay en route to Argentina (Italy v Chile or Brazil instead), for example. I'm only suggesting one stop-off test per tour.

England should consider Pacific Islands tour, says coach Scott Wisemantel

When England’s attack coach, Scott Wisemantel, discusses the state of Pacific Island rugby it pays to listen. When he urges the Rugby Football Union to arrange tours to Tonga, Samoa and Fiji – “I don’t think that just because it’s England you can think you’re above everyone else” – and to share with them their autumn gate receipts it is worth listening to.

For Wisemantel has first-hand experience of working in the South Seas, for the past two years coaching at the Pacific Islands combine – an initiative to develop young players from the three countries, placing them with professional clubs abroad but crucially ensuring they are not poached by tier-one nations.

The scheme is part of World Rugby’s £20m investment in Pacific rugby over the last four years but it is open to question whether that is enough.

How can it be when more than a fifth of all professional players, and an estimated 15% of those taking part at the World Cup, can claim Pacific Island heritage that it would be a considerable shock if Fiji, Samoa or Tonga reached the quarter-finals? Tonga, England’s opening World Cup opponents on Sunday, were recently beaten 92-7 by New Zealand and there is growing concern that Pacific Island players are being put under increased pressure by their professional clubs to make themselves unavailable for Test rugby.

The combine initiative at least attempts to address that by ensuring players are “captured” by their countries before moving abroad but progress is slow. Should we really be surprised when the Pacific Islands threaten to boycott the World Cup amid suggestions of a proposal to shut them out of World Rugby’s Nations Championship plans?

There is still no Super Rugby franchise based in Fiji, though Wisemantel questions the wisdom of that proposal, while Samoa’s Test against England in 2017 laid bare the financial inequality.

Samoa earned around £650 per player, England £22,000, and while the RFU made a goodwill donation of £75,000, a percentage of the millions recouped from Twickenham would have made more of a difference.


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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby TheStroBro » Wed, 18 Sep 2019, 15:18

Under the current calendar...eventually England will get voluntold to play a PI Nation when they had that way.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby victorsra » Sat, 26 Oct 2019, 13:23

Is this Oceania Sevens biggest tournament? It is the Olympics Qualy too. Nov 9th, 10th

Group A: Fiji*, New Zealand*, Japan*, Niue** and New Caledonia**
Group B: Samoa, Cook Is, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu
Group C: Australia, Tonga, American Samoa, Nauru and Vanuatu

*New Zealand, Fiji and Japan are already qualified to the Olympics
**Niue and New Caledonia aren't eligible to play the Olympics. Was the draw's intention to have a group of teams not playing for Tokyo 2020 spots?

Tahiti is the only one out. I guess because of the schism their Union is living.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Wed, 06 Nov 2019, 17:18

Vanua Fiji 07 v 12 NZ Heartland XV
https://rugbyredefined.com/wp/new-zeala ... t-victory/

For the first time in the modern era three brothers will play together for the Fiji 7s side.
Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Isoa Tabu will be joined by their younger brother Kavekini Tabu when they run out at the Oceania 7s which starts tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium.

When rugby turned professional 24 years ago a few set of brothers have managed to play together for the Fiji 7s team.
Over the years Peni Rokodiva and Tomasi Mawi have done it, Avenisi Vasuinubu and Waisea Nayacalevu and last season it was Mocenacagi and Isoa Tabu.

But never have three brothers played together in the white jersey in one tournament during this professional era and that is about to change.

Yamacia forwards Mocenacagi, Isoa and Kavekini Tabu will be teaming up in the national jumper for the first time and playing in front of the home crowd.

Head Coach Gareth Baber says he wants to give new players like Kavekini some game time at the Oceania 7s.
‘It’s a bit of a mix in the squad obviously I believe in giving the new players little developing in finding their feet the best opportunity to do that and it comes with having a bit of experience around you at the same time I know how competitive this will be having to play the likes of New Zealand, the Japanese Development team and other teams in our pool and it’s important we give them the opportunity to show what they’ve got’.

Baber has also included seven core members of Fiji’s 2018/2019 World 7s series squad including Mocenacagi, World 7s Rookie of the Year Ratu Meli Derenalagi, Josua Vakurunabili, Filimoni Botitu, Waisea Nacuqu, Terio Tamani and Aminiasi Tuimaba headlines a star-studded Fijian lineup.

They will be joined by Napolioni Ratu, Apenisa Cakaubalavu and Rusiate Matai.

National Under 20 halfback Simione Kuruvoli is the 13th player.

Fiji is pooled with New Zealand, Japan Development, New Caledonia and Niue.

The Oceania 7s starts tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium in Suva with the Deaf and Women’s competition.


Flying Fijians squad for the Oceanias:.
1.Sevuloni Mocnacagi 2 Josua Vakurunabili 3.Isoa Tabu 4.Kavekini Tabu 5.Apenisa Cakaubalavu 6.Ratu Meli Derenalagi 7.Filimoni Botitu 8.Waisea Nacuqu 19.Terio Tamani 10.Napolioni Bolaca 11.Aminiasi Tuimaba 12.Rusiate Matai 13.Simione Kuruvoli
https://www.scrummage.co.ke/2019/11/05/ ... ceania-7s/

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby rugby-veterinarian » Sat, 09 Nov 2019, 11:31

Can someone clarify the changing of representative countries. As far as I understand it a player has wait 3 years of no international rugby and then play for the new countries 7's team in a Olympic qualifying tournament. Is this correct?
I remember Charles Piutau wanting to play for Tonga in the future, so wouldn't this weekends Oceanic 7's tournament of been the opportunity for him to make the switch? As well as any other players wanting to switch

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Mon, 11 Nov 2019, 19:36

RIP

The passing of Joseph Une is being mourned in the rugby community, where the 21-year-old was seen as an “up-and-coming player with potential for higher rugby honours.”

So said the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) in a statement on the young man’s death, which came during the early hours of Friday morning after a car crash.

Une, who played for Vaimoso and the Taula Vaimauga Eels, was a member of the Samoa Under-23 programme who are currently in training.

S.R.U. Chairman and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi and the Union itself gave their condolences to Une’s parents Leilani and Ofeira and all his extended family.

https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/sport/53131

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby RugbyLiebe » Tue, 12 Nov 2019, 07:58

rugby-veterinarian wrote:Can someone clarify the changing of representative countries. As far as I understand it a player has wait 3 years of no international rugby and then play for the new countries 7's team in a Olympic qualifying tournament. Is this correct?

That's also how I understand the Olympic loophole.

rugby-veterinarian wrote:I remember Charles Piutau wanting to play for Tonga in the future, so wouldn't this weekends Oceanic 7's tournament of been the opportunity for him to make the switch? As well as any other players wanting to switch

I would also say yes. So did any players use the Olympic loophole last weekend?
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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Thu, 21 Nov 2019, 08:35

Looks like 10s is a thing in Hawaii. Imagine if this became a major event, the way 7s did in Hong Kong, perhaps even leading to a 10s World Cup. That could put rugby on the map on the island. The speedier variety of the game might also appeal more to the Asian 40% of the population (1.5 million). Only 10% of Hawaiians are native.

The Taula Vaimauga Eels recovered from a first-up loss to Petone to beat them in the final and win their first Waikiki 10s title earlier this month.
“In the first game we tried to play an expansive game, and at the end we ran out of breath, we couldn’t match the fitness of the New Zealand team," said Eels coach So'oalo Fono Pitoitua of his team's 17-12 loss to the Wellington club.
He said the Eels used their strength up front to win the final of the four team tournament, which also featured Kahili Raiders (Hawai’i), and Deadwood Rugby Club (Australia).
So'oalo said his side are the first Samoan team to win the Waikiki 10s, and it was good for them to go against the different styles offered by those teams from other countries.
“It’s good exposure for the boys, our local team to be exposed to an international tournament," he said.
The Eels won just shy of $40,000 tala for their efforts with some of that prize money going to the club for costs and the rest divided among the players.
However around the time the team returned from their tour, one of the Eels starlets Joseph Une passed away after a car crash back home in Samoa.
So'oalo said he had been down to travel to Hawai'i with the team, but pulled out the week before they applied for their visas.
The coach said 21-year-old Une was one of the "babies" of the team, a developing player they had big plans for in 2020.
“It’s very hard for us, especially the family of Joseph and also the whole team," he said.
Une was among the Eels players training for Samoa representative teams at the moment, before the club season begins early next year.
Super 9 is set to begin in June, and at the end of 2020 So'oalo said his team want to go back to Hawai'i to defend their Waikiki 10s title.
“It’s a good tournament in terms of the level of rugby over there," he said.
“It’d be a good chance for some of the other franchises, not only the Eels, to think about [going to] that tournament because it’s good exposure."
The coach thanked major sponsor Taula along with the other businesses and individuals who made the trip possible, along with the Apia Rugby Union Executive.
“Without their support, the tour doesn’t happen. The win and the cup, it’s for them," So'oalo said/
“That’s our appreciation for the support of everyone giving their hand for the tour."

https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/s ... MggWzIhKdw


New CEO for Solomons Rugby: http://fijisun.com.fj/2019/11/20/aliver ... ion-union/

Fiji on track for RWC 2023: http://fijisun.com.fj/2019/11/19/flying ... -cup-2023/

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Fri, 22 Nov 2019, 08:36

Army defeat Police 20-17 in the annual Sukuna Bowl clash in Suva this morning. This is a major fixture on the Fijian rugby calendar and invariably draws huge crowds to the ANZ Stadium. The armed forces have a particularly high profile in the islands, as does rugby among the Melanesian majority and Polynesian communities. Indeed, Fiji ranked third on a list I compiled earlier this year of most rugby-mad countries, its 120K registered players being the third highest per capita in the world, behind Tonga's 22K and tiny Niue's 225. (This according to World Rugby stats): https://www.theroar.com.au/2019/08/13/t ... er-capita/ & this despite relatively little participation from the ethnic Indian third of the population. For certain rugby is very much a part of the fabric of Melanesian and Polynesian family and community life in Fiji, as this video of jersey presentations shows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n3PV0C8uMg

The Army rugby team has won the 2019 ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl rugby competition after defeating Police 20-17 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this afternoon.
Army was off to a good start, putting pressure on the defending champions making them commit a lot of errors in the first half.
The first points of the match was from a penalty conversion from Army fullback Jeke Suguturaga, followed by two tries from Vesi Rarawa and Levani Kurumudu.
Army led Police 17-3 in the first half.
Police started off the second half strong scoring two tries through Sireli Kaloucava and Ratu Inoke Ravuiwasa to close the gap 20-17.
Army extended their lead from the boot of first-five eighth, Jone Manu.
Both teams got a yellow card each through Jone Navori of Police and Vesi Rarawa of Army.


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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Warpath » Tue, 26 Nov 2019, 03:39

NZ thumped PNG, 131-0 .. new record?

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby RugbyLiebe » Tue, 26 Nov 2019, 07:56

Warpath wrote:NZ thumped PNG, 131-0 .. new record?


Who played who, when and where? I guess it wasn't the All Blacks, right?
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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Tue, 26 Nov 2019, 08:59

^ A women's rugby game earlier today

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Tue, 03 Dec 2019, 20:31

Sad news from Samoa with the measles epidemic claiming 53 lives from a total 4000 cases (in a nation of just 200,000), and now impacting on the rugby community:

A Samoan 7s player had to leave Dubai and head home to Samoa for a family emergency. Manu Samoa Sevens player Laaloi Leilua’s four-week-old baby girl has contracted measles as the deadly outbreak of the disease continues in the nation.


https://www.fijitimes.com/samoa-7s-play ... s-measles/

Who are the frontrunners for Fiji rugby coach, I wonder?

FRU Board to announce new Flying Fijians team coach this month
Applications for the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team coach is now open and will close on December 14, 2019.
Fiji Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer, John O’Connor says they will follow their normal process and procedures, before the shortlisted candidates are called in for interviews.
O’Connor says the FRU Board hopes to make the announcement of the new coach before December 31.
The new General Manager for FRU’s High Performance Unit (HPU) will also be announced on that day.

https://www.fijione.tv/news-posts/fru-b ... his-month/

Any chance Fiji might get their hands on this guy?

Melbourne’s outside back stocks are set to take another hit with star winger Suliasi Vunivalu headed to rugby union at the end of the 2020 NRL season.
The exciting Fijian flyer has signed a two-year deal with the Queensland Reds and Rugby Australia in a move that could see him line up for the Wallabies alongside former Storm teammate Marika Koroibete.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-pr ... OilB-OdQYg

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber believes there is more than enough potential in Fiji to secure the sevens Olympics gold medal until the 2044 Olympic Games: https://www.fijitimes.com/baber-more-th ... l-in-fiji/

USA & France set for Coral Coasts 7s: https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/11/27/usa-a ... -coast-7s/

Serevi steps down as Russian 7s coach: https://fijisun.com.fj/2019/11/30/491335/

91 Fijians on professional contracts in Europe :shock: http://tier2rugby.blogspot.com/2019/11/ ... ng-in.html

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Edgar » Sat, 07 Dec 2019, 09:43

Nice :thumbup:

Rugby stars both past and present donated over $52,000 tala to families who have lost loved ones due to Samoa’s measles epidemic.

Samoan All Blacks Sonny Bill Williams, Jerome Kaino, Ardie Savea, Sa’u Patrick Tuipulotu, their Tongan-born teammate Ofa Tu’ungafasi, former Wallaby Quade Cooper and Manu Samoa and All Black Legend Sir La’auli Michael Jones have set up a Givealittle page encouraging others to give as well.

“Our hearts are heavy and hurting at this time for our people in Samoa,” the page says.


https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/s ... TnPqPk-_DM

Meanwhile, Samoa doing well in Dubai, avenging their loss to the Aussies in Suva with a quarterfinal win :D They'll meet Blitzbokke in the semis, while Kiwis tackle Poms: https://www.samoaobserver.ws/category/s ... bf5pUln7Fg

Update: 38-7 SA. Bokke beat Kiwis 15-0 in the final.

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