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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 ...
Oceania U20s Teams in top 5 at World Rugby U20s Championships
New Zealand fall to South Africa in Bronze Match Reigning Oceania Rugby U20s Champions New Zealand were unable to defend their 2017 World Rugby U20s Championship Title. A dominant second half from South Africa saw them score 26 unanswered points to claim a second successive bronze medal.  After trailing 25-14 at half-time, South Africa got a grip of the third-place play-off after the break and New Zealand’s only reply came in the 80th minute of the match.  Both teams started with purp...
Stylish Fijians retain Pacific Nations Cup title
Fiji wrapped up their fourth consecutive World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup title and their fifth in total after coming from behind to defeat Georgia 37-15 in the all-important match at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday. Having failed to pick up any bonus points from the game Georgia had to settle for a third-place finish with Tonga taking the runners-up spot thanks to their 28-18 win over Samoa. The top two nations will now play each other outside of the competition, at the same venue next Satu...
Record number Get Into Rugby in 2017 in Oceania
  A record number of girls and boys were introduced to rugby in 2017, according to the World Rugby Year in Review 2017 released today, as the sport continues its unprecedented growth with 9.1 million men, women and children playing the sport in World Rugby member unions worldwide.   Reaching new territories and expanding its global reach, World Rugby’s development programme Get Into Rugby has been a major catalyst behind the global rise in participation numbers, acting as a gateway fo...
Australia, Fiji & New Zealand kick off June with wins
The 13th World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup got under way in Suva on Saturday, with two close matches as Fiji kicked off their bid for a fourth successive title with a narrow victory over Samoa at the ANZ Stadium. Samoa are preparing for a home-and-away Rugby World Cup 2019 play-off against the winner of next weekend’s European qualifier between Germany and Portugal. Samoa took the lead through a Tusi Pisi penalty,but were not in front for long as La Rochelle full-back Kini Murimurivalu scored the ...
2018 Oceania Rugby Annual Meeting
  The 2018 Oceania Rugby Annual General Meeting was hosted by the Vanuatu Rugby Football Union in Port Vila, Vanuatu on Wednesday 29 th May.   Richard Sapias, Oceania Rugby President, opened the meeting by welcoming the delegates from across the region. During his address Sapias noted the increase in participation with a record 1.4 million players across the region. Boosting this figure is the work that Oceania Rugby and Member Unions were doing around the growth of Women’s rugby. The...
New rugby coaches gain World Rugby accreditation in Vanuatu
Rugby is becoming more popular in Vanuatu following the successful staging of the 2017 Pacific Mini Games and Vanuatu Rugby Union are working to meet the increased interest and rise in participation levels. Over the past week regional trainers from Oceania Rugby spent time in Port Vila running Match Official, Coaching and Get Into Rugby courses to assist Vanuatu Rugby Union with the increased participation levels in Rugby in Vanuatu. John Miller Kalo, Vanuatu Rugby Union President said, “We the ...
Fiji claim HSBC London Sevens title
Fantastic Fiji win HSBC London Sevens Fiji overcame closest rivals South Africa 21-17 in a thrilling final of the HSBC London Sevens at an exuberant Twickenham Stadium to claim their fourth successive tournament victory and extend their lead at the top of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. The result sees Fiji take a seven-point lead over South Africa in the standings going into the 10th and final round of the series in Paris from 8-10 June. Invitational team Ireland created history by beating...
Exciting Pacific Nations Cup schedule announced by World Rugby
· Fiji to host major 4-team World Rugby international tournament · Tournament reflects World Rugby’s commitment to union high-performance programme · Georgia to test Rugby World Cup preparations against top Pacific Island Unions World Rugby has announced the fixtures for the 2018 Pacific Nations Cup, which will be hosted in Suva, Fiji between 9 and 16 June. The World Rugby-funded tournament, which provides important high-performance preparation for teams ahead of Rugby World Cup 2019, sees Georg...
PNG Rugby plans it's way to the future
A delegation of the court-appointed Interim Board of the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) were in Australia last week to meet with key personnel from World Rugby and Oceania Rugby in a joint effort to revitalise rugby union in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The delegation which included Ben Frame, Michael Uiari and Syd Yates met with World Rugby Council member and Oceania Rugby President Richard Sapias and Rugby Services Manager Oceania for World Rugby and General Manager Oceania Rugby Br...
Strong demand for Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets
Rugby World Cup 2019 organisers are urging fans not to miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime experience and book their place at Asia’s first tournament. • Priority ballot application phase open from 19 May to 26 June • Local and international fans can sign up now to enter priority ballot • Over 1.5 million ticket applications received With a little under 500 days to go until Rugby World Cup 2019 kicks off in Japan, the tournament has captured the imagination of domestic and international fans alike,...
Rugby at heart - The Webb Ellis Cup arrives in Fiji
Fiji welcomes the Webb Ellis Cup as Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour continues • Fiji is the fourth country visited as part of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour • The Webb Ellis Cup visits Tavarua Island, Sigatoka sand dunes and engages local communities through school and village visits • The Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour will inspire new audiences and participants through a programme of community, education and rugby activities • Representatives from Rugby World Cup 2019 host Kamaishi C...
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...
Australia & New Zealand Dominate On Day 2
Wins today for Australia and New Zealand have set up a Trans-Tasman Final at 7pm on Saturday 5th May between hosts Australia and reigning Champions New Zealand who both go into the match undefeated and separated on the Championship ladder by only a 7-point points differential. The second round of the 2018 Oceania Rugby U20s Championships saw New Zealand and the Junior Wallabies come out on top again against Fiji and Tonga respectively. The gusty performance by New Zealand against Fiji had them ...
Oceania Rugby U20s Championships kicks off tomorrow
Age Grade International Rugby continues in Oceania this weekend with the Oceania Rugby U20s Championship kicking off tomorrow. Captains Tom Christie (New Zealand), Raikabula Momedonu (Fijian), Saimone Rewa (Tonga) joined host union Captain Ryan Lonergan (Australia) Bond University this afternoon ahead of tomorrow's round 1. The Championship, now in its fourth year, will continue to provide key game times and preparation for both Australia and New Zealand ahead of the World Rugby U20s Championsh...
Australia & New Zealand Inaugural Oceania Rugby U18s Sevens Championships
After the final pool matches concluded on Sunday morning, Samoa went into the final undefeated to face Australia, who’s only loss was at the hands of the Samoan outfit. Australia determined not to have a repeat of the pool match started strong with a try early in the first half courtesy of Jordan Williams. Less than a minute later Australian captain Jack Walsh scored the first of his three tries to see the score 10-0 before Samoa’s quick response with a converted try put them 3 down. Walsh’s se...
Samoa U18s Sevens fire on Day 1
Day one of the Oceania Rugby U18s Sevens Championship kicked off today at 9am on the pristine grounds of St. Ignatius’ College Riverview, Sydney with Fiji Boys defeating their Tongan counterparts 19-0. Current Youth Commonwealth Games champions Samoa continued with their highly refined and executed form backing up from last year’s 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games Performance. This weekend securing 4 wins on day one including a 17-12 win over the host nation Australia. After the narrow lost to Samoa...