The Niue sevens team performing a
is the most popular sport in the country. Rugby union in Niue It is a three tier rugby union playing nation. [1 ]
Governing body [ edit ]
Niue Rugby Football Union is the governing body for rugby union in Niue. It was founded in 1952 and became affiliated to the International Rugby Board in 1999.
Niue Rugby Football Union are also members of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance.
History [ edit ]
They began playing international rugby union in the 1950s, and have yet to make the
Rugby World Cup. Teams from Niue have competed in the Commonwealth Games.
When Niue competed in the 2001 Wellington 7s, they took a completely local-based squad, and though they scored tries against
England and Canada, they were crushed in most games. Infamously, they surprised everyone by beating Japan 31-19 in 2002.
The New Zealand player
Frank Bunce is the great nephew of Sir Robert Rex, the premier of Niue. [2 ]
National team [ edit ]
Niue national rugby union team first started playing in 1983. They have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup.
They can also supply players for the
Pacific Islanders team.
As of 2008, Niue are the current
FORU Oceania Cup champions, having defeated New Caledonia 27-5 in the final of the Cup's latest edition on 1 September 2008. [3 ]
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