The Pacific Nations Cup is an International round-robin competition that in 2016 will comprise the national teams of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.
Like the World Rugby Pacific Challenge, the Pacific Nations Cup is a key component of World Rugby’s Strategic Investment initiative and is designed to provide the Pacific Island Nations with regular high-level international competition. The tournament format has changed over the years to reflect the growth of the game and the changing pathways developed by World Rugby.
In the early days the tournament comprised Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Japan and the Junior All Blacks - who in 2008 were replaced by the New Zealand Maori - and Australia A. Japan was also included into the tournament in 2006. In 2013 the Pacific Nations Cup expanded to include USA and Canada in a welcome development to what was becoming an increasingly popular tournament. The addition of these two Unions was a boost for the growth of rugby in these countries.
In 2015 the tournament of Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Canada, USA and Japan playing matches in the Pacific Islands, USA and Canada. Alongside the round robin tournament the three Pacific Island nations will separately host Georgia who will play against each of the Unions.
However, with the advent by World Rugby of the inaugural Americas Rugby Championship in 2016 Canada and the USA will not compete in the 2016 Pacific Nations Cup. The tournament does take on big significance in 2016 and 2017 for the Pacific Island Unions as the two best placed teams after the two year/home and away series will qualify for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan. The third placed team will enter a repechage play-off process with a European team for the chance to qualify. Details http://bit.ly/1S6fpWN
2016 Pacific Nations Cup
2006 Champions: Junior All Blacks 2007 Champions: Junior All Blacks 2008 Champions: New Zealand Maori 2009 Champions: Junior All Blacks 2010 Champions: Samoa 2011 Champions: Japan 2012 Champions: Samoa 2013 Champions: Fiji 2014 Champions: Japan/Samoa 2015 Champions: Fiji2016 Champions: Fiji