1986 Pacific Cup
|Number of teams||6|
|Host country||Cook Islands|
|Winner||Māori (3rd title)|
The 1986 Pacific Cup was the 3rd Pacific Cup, a rugby league tournament held between Pacific teams. The tournament was hosted in the Cook Islands and eventually won by the New Zealand Māori side, who defeated Western Samoa in the final.
The 1986 Pacific Cup was the first to be held after the cancellation of the planned 1979 version. Only the New Zealand Māori side returned from the first two editions, as this Pacific Cup had a more Pacific Island focus than the first two which included Papua New Guinea (who now had Test status) and Australian lower grade sides.
- The Cook Islands included John Whittaker, George Lajpold and Riki Cowan.
- Coached by Richard Bolton, the New Zealand Māori squad included Gary Mercer, Dave Watson, Adrian Shelford, Mark Woods, Anthony Murray, captain Sam Stewart, Mark Horo, Tawera Nikau and Mike Kuiti. Hugh McGahan, Ron O'Regan, Owen Wright, Tracey McGregor, Andrew Vincent and Brendon Tuuta all pulled out of the side due to injury or professional club commitments. The Māori side played a warm up game before the competition began, defeating Waikato 52-32. It was the first time in over two decades that the Māori side was comprised completely of Māori players, as the side had previously also picked Polynesian players.
- Tokelau included Sam Panapa. The rest of the squad was selected entirely from domestic players, chosen from a population of just over 1000.
- Tonga included John Fifita, George Mann, Dick Uluave and Robert Fonua.
- Western Samoa included Paddy Tuimavave, Esene Faimalo, Robert Moimoi, Mike Kerrigan, Richard Setu and Paul Okesene.
Team of the Tournament
The 1986 Pacific Cup Tournament team was named at the end of the tournament and included: George Huriwai (Māori), Gary Mercer (Māori), Ampelea Aiolupotea (Samoa), Robert Fonua (Tonga), Alimone Liavaa (Tonga), Paddy Tuimavave (Samoa), Sam Panapa (Tokelau), Neville Ramsay (Māori), Dave Sefuiva (Samoa), Adrian Shelford (Māori), Simona Foua (Tokelau), Mick Curran (Tonga), Simona Foua (Samoa), Sam Stewart (Māori), John Fifita (Tonga), Lorne Greene (Māori) and Dick Uluave (Tonga).