Niue national rugby union team

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Niue
Rugbyniue.png
Union Niue Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Toa Niue
Coach(es) Ricky Tagelagi
Captain(s) Soloasi Ahosivi
Top scorer Ken Akulu
Team kit
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. They first started playing in 1983 and have played just 10 games to date, four against the Cook Islands and three against Tahiti. Other games have been played against Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. They have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup. They Currently sit 71st in the IRB world rankings as of 29 May 2013. Rugby union in Niue Island is administered by the Niue Rugby Football Union.

While Niue and the Cook Islands are not members of the Pacific Tri-Nations competition, they did supply players to the squad for the Pacific Islanders' tour in 2004 (but not in 2006). Some of the best Niue players are professionals in New Zealand. Matt Faleuka, the teams captain, played for Northland, moving recently to Overmach Rugby Parma, in Italy.

Niue won the 2008 Oceania Cup by defeating New Caledonia 27-5 in the final on 1 September 2008.[1]

NIue's sevens side have been active in the IRB World Sevens and the Commonwealth Games.

Current Squad[edit]

Squad to 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Niue take Oceania Cup rugby union final", ABC Radio Australia, 1 September 2008

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