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Re: Pacific Island Heritage

Postby thatrugbyguy » Fri, 03 Jul 2020, 00:30

If Oceania could get one more competitive team it would be great for the game. PNG would in theory be the best option. Cook Islands have a substantial number of dual citizens in NZ though. Didn't the Solomons almost beat PNG recently?

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Re: Pacific Island Heritage

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Fri, 03 Jul 2020, 00:47

thatrugbyguy wrote:If Oceania could get one more competitive team it would be great for the game. PNG would in theory be the best option. Cook Islands have a substantial number of dual citizens in NZ though. Didn't the Solomons almost beat PNG recently?


Yes PNG beat Solomon Islands 15-13 at home.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/postcourie ... a-cup/amp/

I think PNG and Solomon Islands rugby teams should be developed together. They are at a similar standard and are natural rivals.

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Re: Pacific Island Heritage

Postby 4N » Fri, 03 Jul 2020, 00:55

Niue also beat Solomons at that that tournament.

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Re: Pacific Island Heritage

Postby Figaro » Fri, 03 Jul 2020, 07:55

Maybe the problem isn't the players. I mean it looks like the Cook Islands for example on paper could put together a team at least capable of competing with lower level T2 sides, even if they wouldn't threaten Samoa or Tonga.

The issue is probably just that these places - at least the really small ones like Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau etc just don't have the resources to maintain organised sport on a national level. Their sport ministry, if it exists, is probably two people in an office somewhere.

PNG andbthe Francophone ones are probably the way forward.

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Re: Pacific Island Heritage

Postby Figaro » Fri, 03 Jul 2020, 07:58

ZUKER wrote:
Figaro wrote:After that you have to look at French Polynesia and New Caledonia. It's interesting Rugby never caught on in the French colonies like it did in the British ones.


At least you had to remember Sébastien Vahaamahina :lol: who actually was born and started to play in New Caledonia


The greatest Frenchman ever to play for Wales!

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