Category Archives: Oceania

Fiji crowned Oceania sevens champion

Fiji hoists the Oceania 7s Cup after defeating New Zealand 21-5 in the final. Photo: FORU

Fiji hoists the Oceania 7s Cup after defeating New Zealand 21-5 in the final. Photo: FORU

In a pulsating men’s final New Zealand took the early lead but Fiji responded with some dazzling play to wrest back the initaitive with a converted try to make it 7-5 at half-time. Then converted tries to Vatemo Ravouvou and Fiji 400-metre sprinter Niko Verekauta broke the game apart for Fiji whose defence and all round play was too strong for New Zealand.

Fiji captain Nasoni Roko was delighted with the result, “We worked very hard this week to ensure we were ready and coach Ben Ryan has done a good job with the boys. We knew New Zealand would be very physical and they are always hard to beat. Luckily we have some good talent and in Niko we have some very fast speed out wide.”

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NZ men join strongest ever Oceania Sevens

New Zealand will now come face to face with Australia in the Oceania sevens tournament to rule in the region. Photo: IRB

New Zealand will now come face to face with Australia in the Oceania sevens tournament to reign in the region. Photo: IRB

For the first time in the tournament’s history, the All Black Sevens are set to compete in Oceania’s regional Sevens competition.

The Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU) has announced that the 2014 Oceania Sevens will be played on 3-4 October, alongside the Noosa International Sevens on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

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All Blacks to finally play in Samoa

All Blacks play Samoa in 2008. Photo: Sky Sports

All Blacks play Samoa in 2008. Photo: Sky Sports

New Zealand will play a Test match in Samoa for the first time next year in preparation for the Rugby World Cup, according to reports.

The NZ Herald have revealed that an agreement is in place to stage the fixture probably in late July next year.

The NZRU has come under huge pressure to play a Test for the first time in the Pacific Islands, after recent matches in Hong Kong and the upcoming clash against the USA in Chicago this November.

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Fiji give Webb Ellis Cup fitting send-off

The Webb-Ellis Cup's next stop is Madagascar. Photo: IRB

The Webb-Ellis Cup’s next stop is Madagascar. Photo: IRB

The Webb Ellis Cup has completed the third leg of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour in Fiji, delivered in partnership with Land Rover and DHL.

The Trophy went on a three day visit to Fiji between June 26 & 28, celebrating Rugby in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2015 which will be hosted in England and Cardiff next year. The Tour also coincided with an all-important RWC 2015 qualifier which saw Fiji beat the Cook Islands 108 – 6  to secure the Oceania 1 qualifier spot in Pool A alongside Australia, England, Wales and the Play Off winner, to be decided later this year.

Warm welcome

After a traditional Fijian welcome at the Ratu Navula Secondary School in Nadi, the Webb Ellis Cup visited schools, clubs and communities across the island, including remote locations Naivucini and Nadarivatu thanks to Land Rover’s least Driven Path initiative.  Former Fijian Internationals Viliame Satala and Alifereti Doviverata also joined the Tour, running coaching sessions, meeting locals, explaining the story of the Webb Ellis Cup and exciting youngsters ahead of next year’s tournament.

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Fiji secures date for RWC opener

Fiji celebrates 108-6 win over Cook Islands at Churchill Park, Lautoka. Photo: IRB

Fiji celebrates 108-6 win over Cook Islands at Churchill Park, Lautoka. Photo: IRB

Fiji will play England in the opening game of next year’s Rugby World Cup at Twickenham after running in 17 tries in a whopping 108-6 demolition job on the Cook Islands.

The Cooks Islands actually led 6-5 after almost half an hour in Saturday’s final Oceania regional qualifying match, as Fiji produced a number of handling errors.

However, the home side soon clicked into gear, with 11 different players crossing the whitewash for tries as the world number 46 side got ripped apart at will.

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Trophy Tour arrives in Fiji

Local youngsters show their excitement at the arrival of the Webb Ellis Cup in Fiji. Photo: IRB

Local youngsters show their excitement at the arrival of the Webb Ellis Cup in Fiji. Photo: IRB

The Webb Ellis Cup started its visit to Fiji on June 26 for the third leg of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

On the first day of the Tour, the Trophy was given a traditional Fijian welcome by pupils from Ratu Navula Secondary School in Narewa, Nadi, before visiting the Garden of the Sleeping Giants.

The Tour, which is being delivered in partnership with Land Rover and DHL – two long supporters of the Game and Rugby World Cup 2015 Worldwide Partners – will see Rugby’s most coveted prize visit 15 countries over the next 12 months as part of a celebration of Rugby in the lead up to Rugby World Cup 2015, hosted in England and Cardiff.

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One win, one dream for Cooks

Cook Islands players celebrate after winning the Oceania Cup 2013, beating PNG in the final. irb

Cook Islands players celebrate after winning the Oceania Cup 2013, beating PNG in the final. Photo: irb

The Cook Islands will play the most important game next month in their short but colourful history, a game against Fiji to determine who will qualify as Oceania 1 for Rugby World Cup 2015 in England.

The Cook Islands is one of the IRB’s 14 Oceania Member Unions and has been in this situation before while attempting to qualify for the 1999 and 2007 tournaments. On the verge of qualification in 1997, they lost to Tonga and Fiji, and in 2006 lost a two-Test series to Tonga.

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