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Niue national rugby union team

 

Niue national rugby union team

Niue
Union Niue Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Toa Niue
Coach(es) Ricky Tagelagi
Captain(s) Soloasi Ahosivi
Top scorer Ken Akulu
First international
Fiji  124 - 4  Niue
(1983-09-11)
Largest win
Niue  78 - 8  Tahiti
(2003-09-03)
Largest defeat
Fiji  124 - 4  Niue
(1983-09-11)

The Niue Island national rugby union team is the national team of the third tier rugby union playing nation of Niue Island. The team first started playing in 1983 in mainly competes in the Oceania Cup, which it won in 2008.[1] Rugby union in Niue Island is administered by the Niue Rugby Football Union.

Contents

  • Results 1
  • Players 2
  • Squad 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Results

Niue's first international match was at the 1983 South Pacific Games in Suva against hosts Fiji. The Niueans managed to score a try against the eventual tournament winners but were defeated by 124–4.[2] The team found success in the 2008 Oceania Cup, defeating New Caledonia by 27-5 in the final on 1 September 2008.[1]

As of 29 May 2013, Niue was ranked 71st in the IRB world rankings. The team had played 10 international matches by that time, four against the Cook Islands and three against Tahiti. Other matches have been against Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu.[2]

Players

Some of Niue's best players are professionals in New Zealand. Former Niue captain Matt Faleuka played for Northland before moving to Italian club Overmach Rugby Parma in 2007.

While the Niue and the Cook Islands teams did not compete in the Pacific Tri-Nations competition, they did supply players to the squad for the Pacific Islanders' tour in 2004 (but not in 2006).

The Niue sevens team have been active in the IRB World Sevens and the Commonwealth Games.

Squad

Squad to the FORU Oceania Cup (3 December 2011):

  • Poni Kapaga
  • Luka Gibbs
  • Morre Tukuniu
  • Brian Pulefolau
  • Tomasi Ita
  • Ofa Ahosivi
  • Daniel Makaia
  • Afargo Laufoli
  • Fasoni Nemani
  • Daniel Atamu
  • Jeremiah Makavilitogia
  • Panama Polafati
  • Jaxon Samoa
  • Manoa Lito
  • Soloasi Ahosivi (c)
  • Makapoe Sione
  • John Haletama
  • Braydon Hakeagaiki
  • Gregory Harding
  • Adam Faitala
  • Suitulaga Tupuiliu

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Niue take Oceania Cup rugby union final", ABC Radio Australia, 1 September 2008
  2. ^ a b "Niue test rugby scores". Rugby International. 21 July 2009. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. 

External links

  • Report of the FORU Oceania Cup Final
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