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BABER LOOKING FORWARD TO REGIONAL COMPETITION
Fiji Airways Men’s Sevens  Coach Gareth Baber is looking forward to kicking off the Fiji 7's 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with a strong performance at the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships.   Speaking after the Pools draw in Suva today Baber said " naturally we look at the other seeded teams as the immediate competition for us like New Zealand, Australia and Samoa and this gives you an impression of the level of competition we’ll have here."   Further adding, ...
POOLS CONFIRMED FOR 2018 OCEANIA RUGBY SEVENS CHAMPIONSHIP
In a first for the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships the pools were randomly drawn this morning at a Media Conference organised by Oceania Rugby at Fiji’s Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva.   The top four (4) seeded Men’s Teams and two (2) Women’s teams were allocated the top spot in each pool, with the remaining spots in each pool drawn randomly in accordance to the bands of teams ranked 5-8, 9-12 and 13 th in the Men’s section, and 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 in the Women’s section. The rankings were deter...
RWC 2019 TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR GENERAL PUBLIC
General Ticket Sales Ballot application phase opens from 19 September to 12 November Follows unprecedented demand for Rugby World Cup 2019TM Tickets during initial priority ballots, with more than 2.5 million ticket applications received Tickets across all categories still available for all 48 tournament fixtures Fans encouraged to use traffic-light indicator on the Rugby World Cup ticketing site to give themselves the best chance of securing tickets By using Mastercard, fans can double their c...
WORLD RUGBY U20 TROPHY: Fiji U20s Trophy Champions
Fiji will play in the World Rugby U20 Championship in 2019 after beating Samoa in the final of the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2018 in Romania.   On another day of high-scoring matches at the Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest, Fiji defeated Samoa 58-8 in a one-sided final to win promotion to the World Rugby U20 Championship for the first time since 2014.   Despite being previously unbeaten at this level, Samoa were no match for their Pacific rivals whose marvellous performanc...
WORLD RUGBY U20 TROPHY: SAMOA TO FACE FIJI IN FINAL
  The World Rugby U20 Trophy 2018 final will be an all-Pacific Islands affair with Samoa and Fiji meeting to not only determine the champion but also the side who will be promoted to the U20 Championship next year.   Fiji stand between Samoa and a third World Rugby U20 Trophy success following a thrilling final day of pool action in Bucharest, Romania, on Wednesday.   Samoa have won every single match they have played in this competition but that proud record will be severely tes...
World Rugby and ChildFund launch transformational partnership for RWC 2019
Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan will play a transformational role in the lives of disadvantaged children across Asia, thanks to a game-changing partnership between World Rugby and ChildFund launched today. ChildFund Pass It Back partnership aims to transform the lives of disadvantaged children in Asia Fans can opt-in to donate to the programme when purchasing tickets from 19 September Partnership forms key element of Rugby World Cup 2019 Impact Beyond legacy programme   Rugby World Cup 2019 ...
2018 OCEANIA RUGBY SEVENS CHAMPIONSHIPS RETURN TO FIJI
The Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou, Minister for Youth and Sports, Fiji Government together with Oceania Rugby Women’s Director, Ms. Cathy Wong and Mr. John O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer, Fiji Rugby Union confirmed the event’s return and the Fijian Government’s support at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva today in launching the 2018 event.   In a continuing commitment to ensuring fans have access to experiencing the best of the best in the world of Sevens Rugby the Men’s and Women’s events will st...
RUGBY SEVENS TEAMS CONFIRMED FOR BUENOS AIRES 2018 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES
New Zealand Women’s and Samoa Men’s have been confirmed by World Rugby within the six men’s and six women’s teams that will participate in the rugby sevens competitions at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 13 to 15 October.   Rugby sevens is featuring at a YOG for the second time, having made a blistering debut in Nanjing, China four years ago where Australia’s women and France’s men struck gold. The YOG is an important player development pathway for aspiri...
WORLD RUGBY U20 TROPHY: FIJI & SAMOA MAINTAIN PERFECT START
Fiji, Namibia and Samoa continue to set the pace following day two of the World Rugby U20 2018 Trophy in Bucharest.   In Pool A, Namibia laid down another marker with a 12-try defeat of Hong Kong and put themselves within 80 minutes of the final. Samoa stand in their way and got the victory over Romania they needed to keep pace at the top of the group despite an ill-disciplined performance that earned them two yellows and one red card. The two sides meet on Wednesday afternoon in a winner-...
World Rugby U20 Trophy: Samoa & Fiji make statement in Opening Round
Top seeds Samoa, and Fiji off to winning starts at the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2018 in Bucharest, Romania.   Fiji broke the 50-point barrier and enjoyed themselves on day one, running in nine tries to beat 2008 champions Uruguay 55-34 at the Stadionul National Arcul De Triumf, on the opening day of the World Rugby U20 Trophy 2018 in Bucharest, as Samoa also secured an opening round victory.   Samoa have never tasted defeat at this Trophy level, and a seven-minute first-half hat-trick f...
Samoa head competitive field at U20 Trophy
The 11th edition of the World Rugby U20 Trophy kicks off in Bucharest on Tuesday 28 August with eight teams doing battle for the title, and the right to compete in the U20 Championship in Argentina next year.   Samoa return to the competition after their relegation from the Championship in 2017, and are one of three previous winners competing in Romania, alongside the hosts and Uruguay.   Head coach Laauli Rudy Leavasa and his players will be aiming for a swift return to the Champions...
Romania and Brazil to host World Rugby U20 Trophy in 2018 and 2019
World Rugby has announced Romania and Brazil as the hosts of the next two World Rugby U20 Trophy events.  Romania, who hosted the World Rugby Nations Cup hosts on many occasions, will host the age-grade competition between 28 August-9 September, 2018 at the Stadionul National Arcul de Triumf in Bucharest. Brazil, who are making significant strides on the international stage, will host their first World Rugby 15s tournament in 2019 with the Estádio Martins Pereira in São José dos Campos the...
World Rugby Americas Pacific Challenge 2018 Match Schedule Announced
World Rugby has announced the dates and match schedule for the upcoming Americas Pacific Challenge 2018, which will be hosted for the third year in a row by Unión de Rugby del Uruguay, in Montevideo from 6-14 October. The Americas Pacific Challenge was introduced in 2016 to boost the high-performance pathway for the test arena and to support the Americas Rugby Championship and Pacific Nations Cup as well as November international test window preparation. The six “A” team tournament includes two...
Black Ferns Beat Wallaroos In Front Of World Record Crowd
A world record crowd for a women’s international sees New Zealand celebrate their return to action with a comfortable victory against Australia in Sydney.   New Zealand have gone 1-0 up in their two-test series against Australia after a 31-11 victory against their trans-Tasman rivals in Sydney on Saturday.   Playing in their first test since lifting the Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2017, the Black Ferns scored five tries, including a hat-trick for captain and hooker Fiao'o Faamausili, i...
Training Coaches for the New Get Into Rugby PLUS Programme
C oaches are developing key skills to support equal and safe rugby participation for girls and boys for the new Get Into Rugby PLUS life-skills programme.   Get Into Rugby PLUS (GIR PLUS) is part of a broader initiative using rugby to prevent violence against women and girls and promote gender equality, which is being implemented regionally by Oceania Rugby and UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO).   It is co-funded by Oceania Rugby, through Rugby Australia and the Australian Gove...
Larkham (Australia) & Williams (New Zealand) Inducted into World Rugby Hall of Fame
Former Australia international Stephen Larkham has been inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held in Sydney on the eve of Australia’s Bledisloe Cup opener with New Zealand.   A Rugby World Cup winner in 1999, Larkham amassed 102 caps, scoring 25 tries in a tally of 135 test points throughout his international playing career before retiring from international rugby after Rugby World Cup 2007 in France.   The ceremony, attended by Chairman of the Hall of Fame...
Australia & New Zealand Bid To Host Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021
World Rugby has confirmed Oceania Rugby members Australia and New Zealand as Women’s Rugby World Cup 2021 host candidates after each union submitted their bid responses to the international federation by the 10 August deadline.     The 2021 tournament will be the first to feature exciting new format changes, including the extension of the tournament window from 23 to 35 days (promoting player welfare), the addition of a quarter-final stage and squad increases from 28 to 30 players, re...
8 Regional Match Officials Selected For HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019
25 match officials appointed for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 5 new referees set to make their debut on Women's Sevens Series 12 match officials named for Men's World Series panel   A team of 25 match officials from 15 unions has been announced for the upcoming HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 as the countdown to the 2020 Olympic Games gathers pace.   With all roads leading to Tokyo 2020, 15 core men’s teams and 11 core women’s teams will compete for the coveted wo...
India, China and USA top drivers of rugby’s 800 million-strong fanbase
Global fanbase increase of 24 per cent since 2013 Major global markets showing strong growth Short-form content effective in attractive new fans Average fan age decreasing and female fan-share increasing   Rugby has nearly 800 million followers globally, while more than 338 million considering themselves fans, with India, China and the USA alone constituting almost 33 per cent, according to the largest-ever market research into fan trends and perceptions conducted by World Rugby.   Pu...
Samoa Rugby Union Constitution Reform Step in Right Direction
The Samoa Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, is adamant that a revised Constitution for the Union is a step in the right direction.   The new Constitution amendments were passed by Samoa Rugby Union Members on 23rd July at a Special General Meeting in Apia in accordance with provisions in the Samoa Rugby Union Constitution. The Special General Meeting was held following a decision by the Samoa Rugby Union Board to review the Union’s compliance to mandated ...
UN Women, EU and Australian Government team-up with Oceania Rugby to prevent violence against women
Using rugby to prevent violence against women and girls and promote gender equality is the goal of a new initiative for the Pacific region launched today by the European Union, Australian Government, UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office and Oceania Rugby. The initiative will be implemented through a new agreement between Oceania Rugby and UN Women Fiji MCO, starting with pilot testing of the new Get Into Rugby PLUS life-skills programme for girls and boys keen to play rugby.    Also pla...
Two years until Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
Competition dates and session times set for Tokyo 2020 men’s and women’s rugby sevens Men’s competition kicks off on 27 July, women’s 1 August Women’s final will be played on iconic ‘Super Saturday’ World Rugby anticipating outstanding sevens, Olympics   World Rugby and the global rugby family are celebrating two years to go until the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on 24 July. With rugby sevens on a high after a spectacular and record-breaking Rugby World Cup Sevens that attracted over 100,000 f...
All Black 7s Make It A Double Crowing In San Francisco
New Zealand created history at AT&T Park on Sunday with their 33-12 victory over England making them not only the first nation to win back-to-back Rugby World Cup Sevens titles but also the first to lift the Melrose Cup on three occasions.   The victory also ensured that just as in Moscow five years ago, New Zealand completed the double with the Black Ferns Sevens having won the women's crown on Saturday evening in San Francisco.   Sione Molia gave the All Blacks Sevens the dream ...
New Zealand Crowned RWC7s Womens Championships, Aussies take Bronze
Defending champions New Zealand produced a sublime display of attacking rugby to beat first-time finalists France 29-0 on Saturday to become the first nation to win back-to-back Rugby World Cup Sevens titles.   The crowd at AT&T Park in San Francisco were then treated to the Black Ferns Sevens' spine-tingling haka in celebration of a fifth title in as many sevens events after success at the Commonwealth Games and the final three rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series. &nb...
Vale Claudia Valentine
Claudia Valentine, former Board Member of Vanuatu Rugby Football Union and a passionate advocate for Women’s participation in all aspects of Rugby passed away this week following a short battle with cancer.   “It was with great sadness that we learnt of Claudey’s passing”, said Bruce Cook, Oceania Rugby’s General Manager, “Rugby throughout the region has lost a great friend and zealous supporter of the development of the game for all. Our thoughts and prayers are her family and friends at ...
Final Squads confirmed ahead of Rugby World Cup Sevens Kick Off in San Francisco
All 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams confirm final squad line-ups Seven women's and six men’s players to compete in third Rugby World Cup Sevens The action gets underway at 10:00 local time on Friday 20 July (GMT-7)   The final squads have been confirmed by all 40 teams ahead of the hotly anticipated Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, which kicks off on Friday at the AT&T Park in San Francisco with over 95,000 fans expected through the turnstiles over three days of action.   As reigning ch...
Samoa Confirm Place at RWC 2019
Samoa survived a scare in Heidelberg, scoring three tries in the last 11 minutes to confirm their place at Rugby World Cup 2019 with a 42-28 second-leg victory over Germany.   Samoa began the game knowing they could lose by 50 points in Heidelberg and still punch their ticket to Japan 2019, so commanding was their first-leg victory a fortnight ago.   Having arrived in Europe with the 66-15 advantage, the visitors were all-but assured of their place in Pool A, however, an unlikely defe...
World Series Rugby LIVE: Force vs Apia
The Western Force will play another World Series Rugby match on Saturday night against Apia. In WA’s fifth World Series fixture, they will be looking to continue their form against the visiting Island city. The match kicks off at 6.30pm local time, 8.30pm AEST, LIVE STREAMED on @WSR via Twitter or click here .   And were off! https://t.co/GW7GmmVsy3 — World Series Rugby (@Wsr) July 14, 2018 Western Force to play Apia 1. Harrison Lloyd 2. Feleti Kaitu’u 3. Tom Sheminant 4. Johan Bardoul 5. J...
Schedule confirmed for HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019
World Rugby has announced the schedule for the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 with South Africa and Australia the defending champions.   Women’s Series increases to six rounds 2019 Series forms the principal route for Olympic qualification ahead of Tokyo 2020   World Rugby has announced the schedule for the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019.   Rugby sevens continues to engage global audiences and break new ground. The men’s and women’s H...
Cook Islands out of race for repechage
Hong Kong confirmed their place in the Rugby World Cup 2019 repechage with the  Asian champions beating the Cook Islands 77-3 on aggregate to become the second team confirmed for the Rugby World Cup 2019 global repechage tournament in November.   Hong Kong ran out comfortable 51-0 winners over the Cook Islands in their Asia/Oceania play-off second leg at the Hong Kong Football Club on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for Rugby World Cup 2019.   The Asia Rugby Cham...
Advantage Hong Kong in Asia/Oceania play-off
Hong Kong will take a 23-point advantage into the second leg of their Rugby World Cup 2019 play-off with the Cook Islands with a place in the global repechage within touching distance.   Hong Kong claimed the upper hand in their Rugby World Cup 2019 play-off with the Cook Islands after winning the first leg 26-3 at BCI Stadium in Rarotonga on Saturday.   The winner of the home-and-away play-off will join Canada and two other teams in the global repechage tournament in November which w...
Samoa take giant step towards RWC 2019
An Ed Fidow hat-trick helped Samoa take a giant stride towards Pool A at Rugby World Cup 2019 following a comfortable 66-15 first-leg play-off victory over Germany in Apia on Saturday. The hosts ran in 10 tries as Alapati Leiua, Melani Matavao (2), Jack Lam, Iosefa Tekori, Dwayne Polataivaia and a penalty try were added to Fidow’s treble. Ah See Tuala added 10 points with the boot, while Patrick Faapale came off the bench to kick a further two conversions. Despite the margin of defeat, Germany’...
Oceania Rugby’s Talemo Waqa awarded Prestigious Olympic Sports Federations of Oceania Merit Award
Talemo Waqa, Regional Training Manager for Oceania Rugby was awarded the prestigious Olympic Sports Federations of Oceania (OSFO) Merit Award for contributions to sport within Oceania at the recent OSFO General Assembly in Apia, Samoa on 14 th June.   Mr. Waqa was nominated by Oceania Rugby for an OSFO Merit Award for his contributions to Rugby within the Oceania Region at a Local, National and International level for the past 10 years with last 7 of those as the Regional Training Manager ...
New Zealand retain Oceania U20s title
The final round of the 2018 Oceania Rugby U20s Championships saw Tonga take on Fiji and the Junior Wallabies up against New Zealand in the Championship final. New Zealand add a fourth Oceania Rugby U20s Championship trophy to the cabinet taking the decider 28-43 from their trans-tasmin rivals. Australia started the match with promise dominating possession and controlling the opening 10mins, despite losing Len Ikitau in the opening minutes to injury. The Aussies were rewarded for their efforts w...