Oceania rugby

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.

   

Oceania and NZ Rugby team up to help the Pacific

The partnership follows a meeting between the two organisations earlier this year to explore how NZR's 'Pacific Sporting Partnerships - Sport for Health' programme and World Rugby's 'Get into Rugby' initiative can be integrated.

Oceania Rugby's General Manager Bruce Cook said he was delighted with the new partnership, which would provide opportunities to strengthen the development of rugby in the Oceania region.

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.

Samoa women focused on development at Oceania 7s

RNZ reports the Manusina 7s were runners-up at last year's tournament in Auckland, thrashed 55-0 by Fiji in the final.

That qualified them for the final Olympic repechage event in Dublin, where they finished in seventh place.

Team Manager Shalom Senara said since then the focus has been all about development.

"In the islands itself we're trying to develop the schools and the girls academy in Samoa, and also we've got the big base of New Zealand Samoan girls based in New Zealand and also in Australia," he said.

Oceania Rugby Appoints New GM & Board Members

Cheryl McCormack, comes to Oceania Rugby as its new General Manager having most recently managed the NSW State Government’s Community Engagement Program for Cricket World Cup 2015. She is also a Board Member of Netball Australia and Netball Australia’s delegate to the Australian Olympic Committee.

New Samoa Rugby rep wants to build relationship with players

Matafeo George Latu has been appointed to a four year term, replacing Lefau Harry Schuster, who remains Oceania's representative on the World Rugby Council until April.

Last year the former Manu Samoa lock Daniel Leo said the players had no confidence or trust in Schuster and that their 2014 strike threat had partly been an attempt to force his resignation from.

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.