Pacific Challenge

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1996 (1996) Pacific Challenge  ()
Number of teams 7
Matches played 8
 < 1994
1997

The 1996 Pacific Challenge was a rugby league tournament held between Pacific teams. The tournament was played over eight days and in six countries. It featured an uneven draw with every team playing twice, except for Tonga and the New Zealand XIII side who both played three times, and no final.

Background[edit]

The tournament was a hastily arranged replacement for the cancelled 1996 Pacific Cup which eventually took place as the 1997 Oceania Cup.[1] The tournament was held during the Superleague war that was severely effecting international rugby league at this time.

Squads[edit]

Results[edit]

3 July 1996
Fiji  14 - 8  Cook Islands
3 July 1996
Māori  28 - 18  Tonga
3 July 1996
New Zealand XIIINew Zealand 21 - 6  Papua New Guinea
6 July 1996
Fiji  34 - 16 New Zealand New Zealand XIII
6 July 1996
Western Samoa  16 - 39  Māori
International Stadium, Apia, Western Samoa
8 July 1996
Papua New Guinea  56 - 19  Tonga
10 July 1996
Cook Islands  4 - 16 New Zealand New Zealand XIII
Tereora National Stadium, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
10 July 1996
Tonga  22 - 17  Western Samoa
Tefuaiwa Stadium, Nukuʻalofa, Tonga

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. ISBN 9781869693312. 
  2. ^ a b c d Pacific Challenge The Vault