World Rugby Pacific Challenge

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World Rugby Pacific Challenge
World Rugby Pacific Challenge logo.png
Sport Rugby union football
Instituted 2006
Number of teams 6
Country Argentina
Canada
Fiji
Japan
Samoa
Tonga
Holders Pampas XV (2015)
Most titles Fiji Warriors (5 titles)
Related competition Pacific Nations Cup
The Fiji Warriors (in white) taking on 2006 champions Savaii Samoa (navy blue) in 2007.

The World Rugby Pacific Challenge, formerly the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup, is an annual rugby union football tournament held in Oceania since 2006. National 'A' representative teams from the Asia-Pacific region, and selected from the best locally based players, compete for the Cup. The tournament is run by World Rugby (previously IRB) through FORU, the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions.

The original IRB Pacific Rugby Cup featured two teams from each of the three Pacific Island countries of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. Since 2011 it has been contested by national 'A' sides, although some matches also featured teams from Super Rugby academies in Australia and New Zealand. Teams from Japan, Argentina and Canada have now joined the tournament to compete with the three Pacific Island countries.

Teams[edit]

The six competing national 'A' teams as of the 2015 season are:[1]

Overall[edit]

Summary of all Pacific Challenge winners and runners-up, for tournaments up to and including 2015:

By team[edit]

Team Tournament
wins
Runners-up
placings
Tournaments
played
Fiji Fiji Warriors 5 2 10
Argentina Pampas XV 2 0 2
Samoa Upolu Samoa 1 2 5
Tonga Tautahi Gold 1 0 5
Samoa Savaii Samoa 1 0 5
 Samoa A 0 3 5
Tonga Tau'uta Reds 0 1 5
Fiji Fiji Barbarians 0 1 5
Australia Reds A 0 1 1
Total 10 10 10

By country[edit]

Country Tournament
wins
Runners-up
placings
Tournaments
played
 Fiji 5 3 10
 Samoa 2 4 10
 Argentina 2 0 2
 Tonga 1 1 10
 Australia 0 1 1
Total 10 10 10

History[edit]

Pacific Island tournament: 2006 to 2010[edit]

Logo from
2006 to 2014

The Pacific Rugby Cup initially featured six representative teams, two from each Pacific Island country:

Fijian teams:  
Samoan teams:  
Tongan teams:  

The format was a single round-robin tournament with the top-placed team hosting a final against the second-placed to decide the title. The Fiji Warriors won the competition twice, the Samoan teams won the Cup once each, and Tautahi Gold also claimed the title once for Tonga.[2]

Pacific Australasian series: 2011 to 2014[edit]

From 2011, the three Pacific Island countries were represented by their national 'A' teams. They were joined by Japan's national 'A' team, Junior Japan, as the fourth core team in 2013. The itinerary included tour matches against Super Rugby academy opposition from Australia and New Zealand and included the following sides:[A][B]

Pacific Cup teams:  
Australian teams:  
New Zealand teams:  

The tournament was split into three stages with the core Pacific Cup teams playing Super Rugby academies in the first two stages in Australia and New Zealand, respectively.[3] In the third stage, the Pacific Cup teams played each other in a single round robin, home or away, to decide the title.[C] No finals were played and the team finishing on top of the combined table after all stages was the tournament winner.[4] The Fiji Warriors won all three tournaments from 2011 to 2013.[5][6][7]

The format was expanded again in 2014 with Argentina's Pampas XV and four Australian academy teams joining the competition as core teams competing with the Pacific A sides.[8] The New Zealand development teams did not participate in 2014 and the tournament was held entirely in Australia. Two pools were formed as follows:

Pool A:  
Pool B:  

A single round robin was played in each pool with the top ranked sides from each playing in the final. The Pampas XV defeated Reds A in the final held in Sydney to win the title. Fiji Warriors defeated Samoa A in the play-off for third place.[9]

Pacific Challenge: 2015 onward[edit]

The Pacific Rugby Cup was restyled as the "Pacific Challenge" in 2015 and held in Fiji. It returned to a being a tournament solely for national 'A' teams, with Canada A replacing the Australian academy teams. Pampas XV won in 2015.

Notes
A Japan A, Force A, Rebel Rising, and the Brisbane and Sydney Academies joined in 2013.
B The Blues and Highlanders development teams featured in 2012 and 2013.
C The Pacific stage was cancelled in 2013 to allow Fiji, Samoa and Tonga to maximise preparations for the end-of-year tours.[10]

Winners[edit]

Year # of
Teams
Final  Venue
Winner Score Runner-up
2006 6 Samoa Savaii Samoa 10–5 Fiji Fiji Warriors Samoa Marist Grounds, Apia
2007 6 Samoa Upolu Samoa 35–15 Tonga Tau'uta Reds Tonga Teufaiva Stadium, Nuku alofa
2008 6 Tonga Tautahi Gold 11–3 Samoa Upolu Samoa Samoa Apia Park, Apia
2009 6 FijiFiji Warriors 19–7 Samoa Upolu Samoa Samoa Apia Park, Apia
2010 6 Fiji Fiji Warriors 26–17 Fiji Fiji Barbarians Fiji National Stadium, Suva
2011 3 Fiji Fiji Warriors n/a  Samoa A   n/a
2012 3 Fiji Fiji Warriors n/a  Samoa A   n/a
2013 4 Fiji Fiji Warriors n/a  Samoa A   n/a
2014 9 Argentina Pampas XV 36–21 Australia Reds A Australia T G Millner Field, Sydney
2015 6 Argentina Pampas XV 17–9 Fiji Fiji Warriors Fiji National Stadium, Suva

Tournaments[edit]

Teams listed are those that qualified for the Pacific Rugby Cup final matches (for seasons without a final, the core teams are shown). Results of the final matches are written so that the score of the team in each row is mentioned first.

Legend
Pacific Rugby Cup winner. Pos = Log Position, P = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Diff = Points Difference, TB = Try Bonus Points, LB = Losing Bonus Points, BP = Bonus Points, Pts = Log Points, Refs = References
dagger Grand Final winner.

Pacific Challenge: 2015 onward[edit]

Contested by the national 'A' teams of Canada, Fiji, Japan, Samoa, and Tonga, along with Argentina's Pampas XV.[1]

Pacific Rugby Challenge finalists.
Year Duration Pos Team Pool matches Play-offs Refs
Pld W D L F A Diff TB LB Pts Final
2015 10 March
to
23 March
1A Pampas XVdagger 3 3 0 0 89 42 +47 2 0 14 17–9 [11]
1B Fiji Warriors 3 2 0 1 145 42 +103 2 1 11 9–17

Pacific Australasian series: 2011 to 2014[edit]

Contested by the national 'A' teams of Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga. Japan A joined as a core team in 2013. The core teams played against Super Rugby academy opposition from Australia and New Zealand before meeting each other in a single round robin to decide the title.[3] No finals were played and team finishing on top of the table after all matches were completed was the tournament winner.[4]

In 2014, Argentina's Pampas XV and four Australian Academy sides were added as core teams. Two pools were formed and a single round robin played in each. The top ranked sides in each pool played off in the final for the title and the second ranked teams played off for third place.

2011–2014 Pacific Rugby Cup finalists.[α]
Year Duration Pos Team Pool matches Play-offs Refs
Pld W D L F A Diff TB LB Pts Final
2014 21 February
to
23 March
1B Pampas XVdagger 4 4 0 0 148 83 65 3 0 19 36–21 [9][8]
1A Reds A 3 2 0 1 126 55 71 2 1 11 21–36
2A Fiji Warriors 3 2 0 1 154 59 95 2 1 11   54–21 [β]
2B Tonga A 4 2 0 2 96 115 -19 1 0 9   21–54 [β]
2013 1 March
to
7 April
1 Fiji Warriors 6 2 2 2 118 155 -37 2 0 14  [α] [7]
2 Samoa A 6 2 0 4 134 198 -64 1 1 10
3 Junior Japan 6 0 0 6 140 361 -221 3 0 3
4 Tonga A 6 0 0 6 73 306 -233 0 0 0
2012 24 February
to
19 October
1 Fiji Warriors 8 7 0 1 205 165 40 3 0 31  [α] [6]
2 Samoa A 8 3 0 5 191 238 -47 0 1 13
3 Tonga A 8 1 1 6 72 253 -181 0 0 6
2011 19 February
to
26 March
1 Fiji Warriors 8 4 0 4 144 201 -57 0 1 17  [α] [5]
2 Samoa A 8 3 0 5 135 171 -36 1 2 15
3 Tonga A 8 2 1 5 133 233 -100 0 1 11
Upolu Samoa after winning the 2007 Pacific Rugby Cup.

Notes:

  1. ^ a b c d No finals were played from 2011 to 2013. The team finishing on top of the table after all matches were completed was the tournament winner.
  2. ^ a b Play-off for third place.

Pacific Island tournament: 2006 to 2010[edit]

For the first five seasons, the tournament was contested by six teams; two each from Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga. The format consisted of a single round-robin, home or away, and the teams finishing in the first two positions on the table played in a final, hosted by the top ranked team, to decide the Pacific Rugby Cup title.

2006–2010 Pacific Rugby Cup finalists.
Year Duration Pos Team Pool matches Play-offs Refs
Pld W D L PF PA Diff BP Pts Final
2010 5 May
to
29 May
1 Fiji Warriorsdagger 5 4 0 1 155 73 82 3 19 26–17 [12]
2 Fiji Barbarians 5 4 0 1 145 116 29 3 19 17–26
2009 24 April
to
29 May
1 Upolu Samoa 5 4 0 1 114 84 30 1 17 7–19 [13]
2 Fiji Warriorsdagger 5 3 0 2 168 89 79 5 17 19–7
2008 18 April
to
24 May
1 Upolu Samoa 5 4 0 1 90 49 41 1 17 3–11 [14]
2 Tautahi Golddagger 5 3 0 2 97 75 22 1 13 11–3
2007 31 March
to
5 May
1 Tau'uta Reds 5 4 0 1 108 102 6 1 17 15–35 [2]
2 Upolu Samoadagger 5 3 0 2 112 114 −2 3 15 35–15
2006 15 April
to
20 May
1 Savaii Samoadagger 5 4 0 1 120 81 39 2 18 10–5 [2]
2 Fiji Warriors 5 3 1 1 112 72 40 2 17 5–10
2006–2010 Overall Pool match results.
Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff BP Points
Fiji Warriors 25 13 1 11 598 428 170 14 68
Savaii Samoa 25 14 0 11 521 451 70 11 67
Upolu Samoa 25 13 1 11 491 482 9 9 63
Tau'uta Reds 25 12 1 12 455 438 17 8 58
Fiji Barbarians 25 11 1 13 464 592 −128 12 58
Tautahi Gold 25 10 0 15 425 568 −143 7 47

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fiji to host rugby’s revamped ‘Pacific Challenge’". Mai Life. 27 January 2015. Archived from the original on 28 January 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Pacific Rugby Cup". Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "IRB Pacific Rugby Cup 2012 – Competition Draw" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  4. ^ a b "International Rugby Board – IRB Pacific Rugby Cup 2012 set for kick off". Irb.com. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  5. ^ a b "2011 Pacific Rugby Cup Fixtures and Results". Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions. 2011. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "2012 Pacific Rugby Cup Fixtures and Results". Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions. 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "2013 Pacific Rugby Cup Fixtures and Results". Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions. 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Kiap (23 March 2014). "Pacific Rugby Cup Final: Reds A v Pampas XV". Green and Gold Rugby. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "2014 Pacific Rugby Cup Fixtures and Results". Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions. 2014. 
  10. ^ IRB cancels Pacific leg. Fiji Times, 29 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Pacific Challenge 2015, match 12". World Rugby. 23 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "2010 Pacific Rugby Cup Fixtures and Results". Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions. 2010. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "2009 Pacific Rugby Cup Fixtures and Results". Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions. 2009. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "2008 Pacific Rugby Cup Fixtures and Results". Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions. 2008. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. 

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