Rugby union in Niue

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Rugby union in Niue
Country Niue
Governing body Niue Rugby Football Union
National team Niue
First played Turn of 20th century
Registered players 290
Clubs 7
National competitions
The Niue sevens team performing a haka.

Rugby union in Niue is the most popular sport in the country.[1] It is a three tier rugby union playing nation.

Governing body[edit]

The 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.

The 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]

The 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]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ South Pacific and Micronesia. Lonely Planet. 2006. p. 53. ISBN 1-74104-304-2. 
  2. ^ South Pacific and Micronesia. Lonely Planet. 2006. p. 358. ISBN 1-74104-304-2. 
  3. ^ "Niue take Oceania Cup rugby union final", ABC Radio Australia, 1 September 2008

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