Vanuatu national rugby union team

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Vanuatu
Vanuatu Rugby Football Union logo.png
Union Vanuatu Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s) Tuskers
Coach(es) Ishmael Kalsakau
First international
 New Hebrides 18 - 18 Wallis and Futuna 
(1966-12-01)
Largest win
 Vanuatu 6-0 Wallis and Futuna 
(1966-12-01)
Largest defeat
 Papua New Guinea 97 - 3 Vanuatu 
(2005-08-20)

The Vanuatu national rugby union team represents Vanuatu in the sport of rugby union. The team is classified as a tier three nation by the International Rugby Board (IRB), and has yet to qualify for a Rugby World Cup. Its international debut was in 1966. The team is nicknamed the Tuskers, after the pig tusks prized as currency in some parts of the country. The tusks also appear on the country's flag.

History[edit]

Vanuatu was involved in the Oceania qualifying tournaments for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. It was a part of the Round 1a group, with the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. It won its first match at home against the Solomon Islands, lost the second match away to Papua New Guinea 97 to 3, and did not proceed to the next round.

World Cup Union record[edit]

  • 1987 - No qualifying tournament held
  • 1991 - 1999 - Did not enter
  • 2003 - 2007 - Did not qualify

In late 2012, due to management issues, the Vanuatu rugby team was suspended by the IRB for failure to report about the country's use of money and development of the sport within the country.

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