Pacific Cup

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Pacific Cup
Current season or competition:
Pacific Cup 2014
Pacific Cup logo
Sport Rugby league football
Instituted 1974
Tournament Director Brian Canavan[1]
Number of teams 5
Region Pacific region (RLIF)
Holders  Papua New Guinea (2009)
Most titles  Māori (4 titles)

The Pacific Cup is a rugby league football competition for national teams from the Pacific region.


The Pacific Cup was started in 1975 by Keith Gittoes of the New South Wales Rugby League.[2] It was held twice in the 1970s before being abandoned due to cost.

The competition was revived in 1986 by Peter Donnelly. This was a true Pacific Cup with Polynesian players playing for their true country of origin rather than for the NZ Maoris as had previously been the case . The competition was held biennially until the 1996 competition was postponed. Instead a 1996 Pacific Challenge was held. The Super League ran an Oceania Cup in 1997.

The Pacific Cup was revived by the New Zealand Rugby League once again in 2004, this time as a secondary competition to the Pacific Rim Championship. It was again held in February and March 2006 under NZRL administration, this time as a main competition.


In the post-2008 Rugby League World Cup shake up of the international calendar by the RLIF, it was confirmed that a Pacific Cup was to be held in 2009 with the winner of the tournament entering the 2010 Four Nations tournament.

The 2009 tournament was hosted by Papua New Guinea.[1] The competing teams were Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga.[1]

A Pacific Cup is also scheduled to be held in 2011.[citation needed]

Pacific Cup details[edit]

Date Winner Score Runner-up Location Other teams
1975  Māori 38–13  Papua New Guinea Lloyd Robson Oval, Papua New Guinea  Victoria,  Western Australia[3]
1977  Māori 35–12  Western Australia Carlaw Park, New Zealand  Victoria,  Northern Territory,
 Papua New Guinea
1986  Māori 23–6  Western Samoa Rarotonga, Cook Islands  Cook Islands,  Tonga,
 Niue,  Tokelau (( Norfolk Island))
1988  Māori 19–24  Western Samoa Apia, Western Samoa  Cook Islands,  Tonga,
 American Samoa,  Tokelau
31 October 1990  Western Samoa 26–18  Māori Nuku'alofa, Tonga  Papua New Guinea,  Tonga,
Australian Aboriginal rugby league team, Tonga,
 Tokelau,  Niue
1992  Western Samoa 18–14  Tonga Auckland, New Zealand  Cook Islands, Australian Aboriginies,
 Fiji,  American Samoa
 Tokelau,  Norfolk Island,
 Māori,  Niue
1994  Tonga 34–11  Fiji Suva, Fiji  Western Samoa,  Cook Islands,
Australian Aboriginal rugby league team,  American Samoa,
 Fijian Presidents XIII, Rotuma
 Māori,  Niue
as Pacific Challenge Series
No final played
 Fiji,  Papua New Guinea,
 Māori,  Tonga,
New Zealand New Zealand XIII,  Cook Islands,
 Western Samoa
as Oceania Cup
New Zealand New Zealand XIII 20–15  Māori Auckland, New Zealand  Papua New Guinea,  Tonga,
 Cook Islands,  Fiji
23 October 2004
as Pacific Rim Championship
 Cook Islands 52–18  Māori North Harbour Stadium, New Zealand  Samoa,  Tonga,
 Niue,  Fiji
5 March 2006  Tonga 22–4  Fiji Waitemata Stadium, New Zealand  Māori,  Samoa,
 Cook Islands,  Tokelau
1 November 2009  Papua New Guinea 42–14  Cook Islands Lloyd Robson Oval, Papua New Guinea  Tonga,  Fiji,

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c ARL (Press Release) (2009-07-28). "Pacific Cup announced". Australian Rugby League. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  2. ^ International Competitions The Vault
  3. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908–2008. Huia Publishers. p. 193. ISBN 9781869693312. 

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