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.

Samoa referee Magaele officiates historical international match in PNG

Full time rugby development officer at the Samoa Rugby Union, Avii officiated her first international match back in 2016.

Ever since then, she has become a well-established referee in the Oceania region.

“My first ever international appointment was when I got selected by the Oceania Match Officials to go and referee the 7’s in Oceania, in Fiji for Australian 7’s”.

The Tongan Womens XV were up against the ANZ PNG Cassowaries Women’s 15s at the Oceania Rugby Women’s repechage for a spot at the Rugby World Cup.

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.