2008 Pacific Islanders rugby union tour of Europe

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2008 Pacific Islanders rugby union tour of Europe
Summary
P W D L
Total
3 1 0 2
Test match
3 1 0 2
Opponent
P W D L
 England
1 0 0 1
 France
1 0 0 1
 Italy
1 1 0 0

The 2008 Pacific Islanders rugby union tour of Europe was a series of test matches played by the Pacific Islanders team in England, France, and Italy during November 2008.

The team lost the first two test matches against England and France, but won the final test against Italy.

The head coach for the tour was former Tongan player Quddus Fielea, after Ilivasi Tabua withdrew from the tour. The captain for the tour was Fijian Mosese Rauluni while the vice-captain was Tongan Nili Latu.

Squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Tani Fuga Hooker Samoa Samoa
Sunia Koto Hooker Fiji Fiji
Aleki Lutui Hooker Tonga Tonga
Tonga Lea'aetoa Prop Tonga Tonga
Census Johnston Prop Samoa Samoa
Kas Lealamanua Prop Samoa Samoa
Kisi Pulu Prop Tonga Tonga
Justin Va'a Prop Samoa Samoa
Paino Hehea Lock Tonga Tonga
Kele Leawere Lock Fiji Fiji
Filipo Levi Lock Samoa Samoa
Hale T-Pole Lock Tonga Tonga
Nili Latu (vc) Flanker Tonga Tonga
Semisi Naevo Flanker Fiji Fiji
George Stowers Flanker Samoa Samoa
Viliami Vaki Flanker Tonga Tonga
Sisa Koyamaibole Number 8 Fiji Fiji
Finau Maka Number 8 Tonga Tonga
Player Position Union
Sililo Martens Scrum-half Tonga Tonga
Mosese Rauluni (c) Scrum-half Fiji Fiji
Seremaia Bai Fly-half Fiji Fiji
Pierre Hola Fly-half Tonga Tonga
Seilala Mapusua Centre Samoa Samoa
Seru Rabeni Centre Fiji Fiji
Epi Taione Centre Tonga Tonga
Vilimoni Delasau Wing Fiji Fiji
Napolioni Nalaga Wing Fiji Fiji
Sailosi Tagicakibau Wing Samoa Samoa
Kameli Ratuvou Fullback Fiji Fiji
Gavin Williams Fullback Samoa Samoa

Two further players were originally included in the squad Sireli Bobo and Soane Tonga'uiha. However Bobo became unavailable, and Tonga'uiha later withdrew from the tour.

Results[edit]

England[edit]

8 November 2008
England  39–13 Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders
Tries:Sackey (2), Cipriani, Kennedy, Mears
Con: Cipriani (4)
Pen: Cipriani (2)
Report Tries Rabeni
Con: Hola
Pen: Hola, Bai
Cards: Semisi Naevo Temporarily suspended from 75' to 80' 75' to 80'
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 55,427
Referee: Matt Goddard (Australia)

France[edit]

15 November 2008
France  42–17 Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders
Tries:Tillous-Borde, Szarzewski, Heymans, Picamoles, Medard
Con: Skrela (4)
Pen: Skrela (3)
Report Tries:Taione
Pen: Bai (4)
Cards: Napolini Vonowale-Nalaga Red card 18'
Stade Auguste Bonal, Montbéliard
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

Italy[edit]

22 November 2008
Italy  17–25 Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders
Tries: Ghiraldini 16' c
Mauro Bergamasco 65' c
Con: Marcato (2)
Pen: Marcato 6'
Report Tries: Delasau 3' c, 29' m
Ratuvou 40' c
Con: Bai (2)
Pen: Bai 18', 42'
Stadio Giglio, Reggio Emilia
Attendance: 13,595
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

See also[edit]