1997 Oceania Cup
|Number of teams||6|
|Host country||New Zealand|
|Winner||New Zealand XIII|
The 1997 Oceania Cup was an international rugby league football tournament played in the Pacific region. The tournament was operated and contested by Super League-aligned countries during the Super League war as an alternative to the Pacific Cup.
Six teams contested the Cup. The 1997 tournament went ahead following the previous year's cancellation due to the unavailability of Australian teams when the tournament was replaced with a Pacific Challenge Series. Western Samoa withdrew from the tournament in disagreement with Super League-aligned authorities over promises that they believed were given to them.
New Zealand XIII were coached by Gary Kemble and included Glenn Coughlan, Blair Harding, Mike Dorreen, Iva Ropati, Shane Endacott, captain Aaron Whittaker, Mark Faumuina, Denvour Johnston, Hitro Okesene, Jerry Seuseu, Bryan Henare, Meti Noovao, Brad Williams, Joe Galuvao, Fa'ausu Afoa, Ben Fahey, Jason Kerapa, Keneti Asiata and Paul Staladi. Richard Stewart replaced Shane Endacott when he withdrew due to injury. Before the series began the New Zealand Māori bet the New Zealand XIII 21-19 at Ericsson Stadium.
|2||New Zealand XIII||3||3||0||0||99||30||69||6|
|3||Papua New Guinea||3||1||0||2||58||67||-9||2|
5th place play-off
3rd place play-off
18 May 1997
|New Zealand XIII||20 – 15||Māori|
|Tries: Paul Staladi (2)
Goals: Glenn Coughlan (2)
|Tries: Ricky Henry
Goals: Tama Hohaia (3, 1 FG)