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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Canalina » Tue, 21 Aug 2018, 05:08

Confirmed the dates for the "far islands" 7s circuit, to be played in autumn

November Agenda

1/3: Rarotonga 7s (Cook Islands)
9/10: Papeete 7s (Tahiti)
11: Nauru v Tuvalu (first ever test match for both the nations, still to be confirmed)
15/17: Rapa Nui 7s (Easter Island)

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby victorsra » Tue, 21 Aug 2018, 17:50

Cool. I hope to see teams like Niue, Tokelau and Wallis and Futuna. Maybe Kiribati?
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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby mcruic » Sun, 26 Aug 2018, 16:34

victorsra wrote:Cool. I hope to see teams like Niue, Tokelau and Wallis and Futuna. Maybe Kiribati?


These 7s tournaments are for club teams, I believe.
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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Sables4EVA » Fri, 28 Sep 2018, 10:42

https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/hawaii-bas ... per-rugby/

Could be great for Oceania rugby in general.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby thatrugbyguy » Fri, 28 Sep 2018, 12:44

There was talk of Rugby League doing something similar a while back.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby dwpeate » Sun, 14 Oct 2018, 10:27

I messaged the Nauru Rugby Union Facebook page to ask about the proposed test match v Tuvalu. This is the response I had:

"Sorry to say it won’t be happening this year due to other commitments happening on the same month, mainly referring to the Oceania 7s rugby to be held in Fiji. There are talks that World Rugby and Oceania Rugby are trying to get the tier 3 nations playing next year. Will see and keep everyone updated."

Might be a bit hopeful but maybe we could see an Oceania Cup with more than 2 teams?

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Immenso » Sun, 14 Oct 2018, 22:41

Apparently already "inquiries from World Rugby" about adding Samoan and/or Tongan teams to the NRC.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/int ... remiership

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Working Class Rugger » Sun, 14 Oct 2018, 22:49

Immenso wrote:Apparently already "inquiries from World Rugby" about adding Samoan and/or Tongan teams to the NRC.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/int ... remiership


Will likely be a Samoan side considering recent developments but I would support one of each. The Drua have been a revelation in the competition and have added so, so much. Would love to see more PI involvement.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Immenso » Mon, 15 Oct 2018, 23:30

"Fiji's Super Rugby hopes fade as SANZAAR push World League"

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-unio ... 509o1.html

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Immenso » Mon, 15 Oct 2018, 23:42

A Fijian team will be touring NZ in November. a Vanua XV
I think this is a team of the best from Fiji's B division? Playing 2 games against teams from NZ's Heartland Championship. (Or maybe playing 2 games against the Heartland XV)

https://www.fijitimes.com/fru-prepares- ... r-nz-tour/

players from the 16 teams that participated in the Vanua Championship and the Bainimarama Shield competitions were selected for a trial ...

“This is a pathway for these players to move up to the Fiji Drua, Fiji Warriors and to the Flying Fijians. It is a good incentive for the Vodafone Vanua Championship teams.



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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Working Class Rugger » Tue, 16 Oct 2018, 09:30

Immenso wrote:"Fiji's Super Rugby hopes fade as SANZAAR push World League"

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/rugby-unio ... 509o1.html


Not surprising. But they will be one of the mooted World Series Rugby teams so they'll still have opportunities present.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby NaBUru38 » Tue, 16 Oct 2018, 16:14

A Fijian team at the World Series Rugby could be an improvement over the Fijian Drua at the Australian NRC. But it would still be a development team, not a test player team like the Jaguares.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Working Class Rugger » Tue, 16 Oct 2018, 20:15

NaBUru38 wrote:A Fijian team at the World Series Rugby could be an improvement over the Fijian Drua at the Australian NRC. But it would still be a development team, not a test player team like the Jaguares.


It would be a full time squad playing in a professional competition that will help feed the national team. Exactly what a team in SR would have done. It was never going to be the sole source of talent for the Fijian national team. But it will help.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby 4N » Mon, 22 Oct 2018, 14:47

Toulouse have set up a partnership with a New Caledonian club and already brought over a number of players.

https://www.lnc.nc/breve/rugby-cinq-nou ... -en-top-14

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Canalina » Wed, 21 Nov 2018, 12:53

Tomorrow ten years will be passed since the last Pacific Islanders match

http://www.rugby.it/news/2018/11/21/die ... islanders/

I'd like to see them again; maybe they could do a tour once every four years, playing separately as Fiji, Samoa and Tonga in the other three years

I'd like to see Italy matching them again and I'd like to see Italy matching NZ Maori too

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby thatrugbyguy » Wed, 21 Nov 2018, 13:08

The concept had merit. I remember them playing New Zealand, Australia and South Africa one year during each teams bye week in the Tri-Nations and were pretty competitive. I think the main issue was the team itself. From memory apart from the financial viability of the team, there were rumours the Pacific unions had trouble working together.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby ficcp » Wed, 21 Nov 2018, 17:31

The Rapa Nui 2018 sevens tournament was played last weekend. There were teams from Tahiti, Rapa nui and continental Chile. This tournament was created 4 years ago in order to incentive the practice of Rugby in Rapa-nui.

The 2018 champion was Coyotes (from Antofagasta, Chile) which defeated Faa´a (from Tahiti) by 26-5. The third place was for the local Matamu´a Rapa nui which defeated Papeete (also from Tahiti) 33 to 21 in a very disputed game. This was the 4th. version of the tournament which is linked to the Papeete international sevens.

I hope this event will grow in order to convocate representatives of other islands.
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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Canalina » Sun, 25 Nov 2018, 22:45

American Samoa broke the barrier of 200 weeks at the bottom of the World Ranking. At the end of the year (monday december 31), if nothing unexpected happens (like points penalization of some team), they will have been at the end of the ranking for 209 weeks in a row, id est since four years ago.
Just Finland stayed in last position for a longer time: 438 weeks

The other "black jerseys" are Bosnia&Hercegovina (116 weeks) and Greece (33 weeks)

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Canalina » Mon, 26 Nov 2018, 06:10

An article, in french, about the end of carrier's difficulties of the fijian players gone oversea

www.lepoint.fr/sport/tournees-aux-fidji ... 893_26.php

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby NaBUru38 » Mon, 26 Nov 2018, 22:56

There are similar stories of Uruguayan ex footballers.

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Canalina » Sat, 16 Mar 2019, 07:35

I noticed that in Oceania Rugby website the Tournaments sector doesn't include anymore a "Oceania Cup" section, which I'm sure was present until few weeks ago.
Could this mean that the Oceania Cup, played in the last edition (2017) by just two nations, has been disbanded?

http://www.oceaniarugby.com
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceania_Rugby_Cup

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby rey200 » Sat, 16 Mar 2019, 08:02

Yeah why bother to play anyways? Oceania rugby provides a link to its tournaments on World Rugby page, why put news on their site. Because you know "The Gold Standard Sport in Oceania" deserves best.
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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Canalina » Tue, 19 Mar 2019, 12:12

Japan more and more headed to Oceania: the Oceania U20 Championship will feature New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Japan
http://www.oceaniarugby.com/pageitem.as ... tyID=66726

The two melting processes that we wished in this forum, between the two Americas and between Asia and Oceania, seem happening, even if in different ways: the Americas melting is more advanced, the Asia&Oceania melting at the moment is involving just Japan

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby Canalina » Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 13:31

The Oceania Cup will be hosted by Papua Guinea from august 27 to september 8.
Niue is searching for players of Niuean descendant

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Re: Rugby in Oceania

Postby dwpeate » Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 19:34

Canalina wrote:The Oceania Cup will be hosted by Papua Guinea from august 27 to september 8.
Niue is searching for players of Niuean descendant


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