Rugby union at the Pacific Games

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Rugby union at the Pacific Games has been contested since 1963 when included as one of ten sports at the first games held in Suva, Fiji.[1] Rugby sevens is the form of rugby now played at the Pacific Games, with men's and women's tournaments (for 7-a-side teams) included in the current schedule. The women's competition was added for the first time at the 2011 Pacific Games held in Nouméa.

Prior to the late 1990s the men's tournament at the South Pacific Games, as it was then known, was contested by national rugby union teams (i.e. 15-a-side). The shorter tournament structure of rugby sevens being better suited to multi-sports events led to the change of format.

In 2014, Australia and New Zealand were invited to participate in some events for the 2015 Pacific Games,[2] and the Australian women's sevens team was subsequently confirmed as a competitor for the women's tournament in Port Moresby.[3]

Rugby sevens is also played at the Pacific Mini Games, and was included for the first time at Pago Pago in 1997.

Pacific Games

Men's tournament

The men's tournament is now played as a rugby sevens competition (for 7-a-side teams). Prior to the mid 1990s, the competition was for national rugby union teams (15-a-side). The first two events in 1963 and 1966 were played as round-robin competitions only and, as such, did not include finals.

Games Year Host city Final Third Place Ref
Gold Score Silver Bronze
Rugby 15s
I 1963 (details) Suva Fiji  round
robin
 Tonga  Western Samoa [4][5]
II 1966 (details) Nouméa Papua New Guinea round
robin
 New Caledonia New Hebrides [6]
III 1969 (details) Port Moresby Fiji  88–3  Papua New Guinea  New Caledonia [7]
IV 1971 (details) Papeete Western Samoa  23–9 Cook Islands  Tahiti [8][9]
V 1975 No rugby tournament in 1975 
VI 1979 (details) Suva Tonga  6–3  Fiji  New Caledonia [10][11]
VII 1983 (details) Apia Fiji  18–10  Western Samoa  Tonga [12]
VIII 1987 (details) Nouméa New Caledonia   Cook Islands  French Polynesia [13][14]
IX 1991 (details) Port Moresby Western Samoa  34–7  American Samoa  Solomon Islands [15][16]
X 1995 No rugby tournament in 1995  [upper-alpha 1]
Rugby 7s
XI 1999 (details) Santa Rita Fiji  40–12  Papua New Guinea  Vanuatu [17][18][19][upper-alpha 2]
XII 2003 (details) Suva Fiji  43–10  Cook Islands  Samoa [23]
XIII 2007 (details) Apia Samoa  26–19  Fiji  Papua New Guinea [24][25][26]
XIV 2011 (details) Nouméa Samoa  21–19  Fiji  Papua New Guinea

[27]

XV 2015 (details) Port Moresby Fiji  33–7  Samoa  Tonga [28]

Women's tournament

Rugby sevens for women was added to the Pacific Games schedule in 2011 at Nouméa.

Games Year Host city Final Third Place Ref
Gold Score Silver Bronze
Rugby 7s
XIV 2011 (details) Nouméa Fiji  43–7  Samoa  Papua New Guinea
XV 2015 (details) Port Moresby Fiji  12–10  Australia  Papua New Guinea [28]

Pacific Mini Games

Men's tournament

Games Year Host city Final Third Place Ref
Gold Score Silver Bronze
Rugby 15s
II 1985 (details) Rarotonga Cook Islands   New Caledonia [29][30]
Rugby 7s
V 1997 (details) Pago Pago Samoa   American Samoa  Solomon Islands [31]
VII 2009 (details) Rarotonga Samoa  36–12  Fiji  Tonga [32]
IX 2013 (details) Mata-Utu Samoa  31–12  Fiji  Tonga [33]

See also

Notes

  1. As reported in Pacific Islands Monthly, Tahiti had agreed to host rugby union for the 1995 games.[34] Initially it was decided to host 22 sports but 4 others were added (netball, squash, surfing and powerlifting).[35]
  2. Vanuatu won a medal for rugby sevens at the 1999 SPG.[20] The team defeated the Solomon Islands in the play-off for the bronze.[21][22]

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