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IRB ELV Guide

IRB ELV Guide

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Oceania Cup



The Oceania Cup is FORU's showpiece rugby event for our Development and Targeted Unions and is held biennially. FORU Member Unions eligible to participate in the Tournament are American Samoa, Cook Islands, Niue, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Wallis and Futuna. 

The 2013 Oceania Cup will hosted by the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football Union in July 2013.  Four teams will be competing in the 2013 Oceania Cup - Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tahiti.  The Tournament will be a qualifier for 2015 Rugby World Cup, with the winner of the 2013 Oceania Cup playing Fiji in 2014 for the Oceania 1 spot at Rugby World Cup.

Papua New Guinea are defending champions after winning the 2011 Oceania Cup by defeating Niue 36-7 in their Round 3 match at Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby on 3 December 2011.

2008 Champions: Niue
2009 Champions: Papua New Guinea
2011 Champions: Papua New Guinea

 

New Caledonia scenes and its rugby team

Flying into New Caledonia you start seeing all the traces of another typical Island nation, out from the plane window you see little coral atoll's and the blue colour's that bring so many smiles to tourists and locals heading home. Once on the tarmac this all changes as you are greeted with a man in customs with a funny mustache and he says Bonjour, from then on in you are well and truly plonked in the France of the Pacific. Noumea is New Caledonia's capital and its flavour is bliss, coastal bliss, fancy shops bliss and amazing people and cars bliss. Every way you look it is coastal living at it's best, the city is hugged with turquoise water and strategically placed are it's cafes & beaches for enjoying. Made for fun the city is surrounded by a glorious sea wall, loads of people are on & around the wall for a bit of running, walking, kite surfers, sun soakers and the good old athletes that chose to watch it all rather than do it.

New Caledonia spread the ball. photo Zoomfiji
New Caledonia spread the ball. photo Zoomfiji
the powerful 1st five for New Caledonia. photo Zoomfiji
the powerful 1st five for New Caledonia. photo Zoomfiji
a laugh amoungst tough training. photo Zoomfiji
a laugh amoungst tough training. photo Zoomfiji
 
contact training in Noumea. photo Zoomfiji
contact training in Noumea. photo Zoomfiji
the charging full-back. photo Zoomfiji
the charging full-back. photo Zoomfiji
steamroller time at practice today. photo Zoomfiji
steamroller time at practice today. photo Zoomfiji
 
New Caledonia run through the new ELV rules. photo Zoomfiji
New Caledonia run through the new ELV rules. photo Zoomfiji
team New Caledonia aerial training. photo Zoomfiji
team New Caledonia aerial training. photo Zoomfiji
the Oceania qualifiers about to start. photo Zoomfiji
the Oceania qualifiers about to start. photo Zoomfiji
 
views from central Noumea make life relaxed. photo Zoomfiji
views from central Noumea make life relaxed. photo Zoomfiji
tropical beauty. photo Zoomfiji
tropical beauty. photo Zoomfiji
not so wealthy just out of Noumea. photo Zoomfiji
not so wealthy just out of Noumea. photo Zoomfiji
 
extreme wealth in Noumea. photo Zoomfiji
extreme wealth in Noumea. photo Zoomfiji
local men play Patonque in the evening. photo Zoomfiji
local men play Patonque in the evening. photo Zoomfiji
St Josephs church dates back to 1880. photo Zoomfiji
St Josephs church dates back to 1880. photo Zoomfiji
 
a closer look at the carving art. photo Zoomfiji
a closer look at the carving art. photo Zoomfiji
cultural structures in the heart of the city. photo Zoomfiji
cultural structures in the heart of the city. photo Zoomfiji
locals soaking up the coast in Noumea. photo Zoomfiji
locals soaking up the coast in Noumea. photo Zoomfiji
 
a war memorial in central Noumea. photo Zoomfiji
a war memorial in central Noumea. photo Zoomfiji