2017 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup

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2017 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup
Tournament details
Countries Fiji
 Samoa
 Tonga
Tournament format(s)Round-robin
Date1–15 July 2017
Tournament statistics
Teams3
Matches played3
Attendance26,500 (8,833 per match)
Tries scored13 (4.33 per match)
Top point scorer(s)Tonga Sonatane Takulua (25)
Top try scorer(s)Fiji Henry Seniloli (3)
Final
Champions Fiji (4th title)
Runners-up Tonga
← 2016 (Previous)
(Next) 2018 →

The 2017 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup was the twelfth edition of the Pacific Nations Cup annual international rugby union tournament. The 2017 title was contested solely by the Pacific nations of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.

Teams competing in previous years, Canada, Japan and the United States were not scheduled to participate in the tournament for 2017 or 2016 due the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifying format. The top two teams on aggregate across the 2016 and 2017 Pacific Nations Cups for Japan 2019,[1] with the team finishing third scheduled to enter the repechage for qualification.[2]

Having not hosted a test match since playing Fiji in June 2009, Tonga was given the go-ahead to host a test match with World Rugby's approval of the revamped Teufaiva Sport Stadium.[3]

Fiji retained their title to win for the third consecutive year in a row.

Table[edit]

Rank Team Games Points Tries Try Bonus Losing Bonus Table Points
Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff For Against
1  Fiji 2 2 0 0 52 26 +26 6 2 1 0 9
2  Tonga 2 1 0 1 40 40 +0 4 3 0 1 5
3  Samoa 2 0 0 2 42 68 –26 3 8 0 1 1
Points breakdown:
*4 points for a win
*2 points for a draw
*1 bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
*1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

Fixtures[edit]

The full match schedule was announced on 23 March 2017.[4]

Round 1[edit]

1 July 2017
15:00 TOT (UTC+13)
Tonga  30–26  Samoa
Try: Latu 13' c
Pakalani 17' c
Takulua 47' c
Con: Takulua (3/3) 14', 19', 49'
Pen: Takulua (3/3) 12', 33', 42'
Report[5] Try: Levave 30' c
Leiua 65' c
Con: Pisi (2/2) 30', 66'
Pen: Pisi (4/4) 8', 21', 35', 44'
FB 15 Atieli Pakalani
RW 14 David Halaifonua
OC 13 Nafi Tuitavake
IC 12 Siale Piutau (c)
LW 11 Cooper Vuna Substituted off 69'
FH 10 Latiume Fosita
SH 9 Sonatane Takulua
N8 8 Valentino Mapapalangi Substituted off 40'
OF 7 Nili Latu
BF 6 Daniel Faleafa
RL 5 Steve Mafi Substituted off 66'
LL 4 Leva Fifita
TP 3 Siua Halanukonuka Substituted off 61'
HK 2 Paul Ngauamo
LP 1 Siegfried Fisiihoi
Replacements:
HK 16 Suliasi Taufalele
PR 17 Latu Talakai
PR 18 Ben Tameifuna Substituted in 61'
FL 19 Jack Ram Substituted in 66'
FL 20 Michael Faleafa Substituted in 40'
SH 21 Leon Fukofuka
FH 22 Kali Hala
CE 23 Tevita Taufu’i Substituted in 69'
Coach:
Australia Toutai Kefu
FB 15 Tim Nanai-Williams
RW 14 Alapati Leiua
OC 13 Kieron Fonotia Substituted off 77'
IC 12 Rey Lee-Lo
LW 11 David Lemi (c)
FH 10 Tusi Pisi Substituted off 66'
SH 9 Kahn Fotuali'i Substituted off 74'
N8 8 Faifili Levave
OF 7 Galu Taufale
BF 6 Piula Faʻasalele
RL 5 Fa'atiga Lemalu Substituted off 61'
LL 4 Chris Vui
TP 3 Paul Alo-Emile
HK 2 Manu Leiataua Substituted off 79'
LP 1 Nephi Leatigaga Substituted off 56'
Replacements:
HK 16 Elia Elia Substituted in 79'
PR 17 Jordan Lay Substituted in 56'
PR 18 James Lay
LK 19 Masalosalo Tutaia Substituted in 61'
FL 20 Taiasina Tuifu'au
SH 21 Auvasa Faleali’i Substituted in 74'
FH 22 D'angelo Leuila Substituted in 66'
CE 23 Henry Taefu Substituted in 77'
Coach:
New Zealand Alama Ieremia

Touch judges:
Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Paul Williams (New Zealand)

Notes:

Round 2[edit]

8 July 2017
15:00 TOT (UTC+13)
Tonga  10–14  Fiji
Try: Fisiihoi 46' c
Con: Takulua (1/1) 47'
Pen: Takulua (1/2) 25'
Report[6] Try: Nakarawa 53' m
Pen: Volavola (3/3) 14', 65', 72'
FB 15 Atieli Pakalani
RW 14 David Halaifonua Substituted off 77'
OC 13 Siale Piutau (c)
IC 12 Tevita Taufu’i
LW 11 Cooper Vuna Substituted off 77'
FH 10 Latiume Fosita
SH 9 Sonatane Takulua
N8 8 Valentino Mapapalangi Substituted off 72'
OF 7 Jack Ram Substituted off 55'
BF 6 Daniel Faleafa Substituted off 3' Substituted in 11' Sent to blood bin 42' to 55'
RL 5 Steve Mafi
LL 4 Leva Fifita
TP 3 Siua Halanukonuka Substituted off 55'
HK 2 Paul Ngauamo Substituted off 72'
LP 1 Siegfried Fisiihoi Substituted off 62'
Replacements:
HK 16 Suliasi Taufalele Substituted in 72'
PR 17 Latu Talakai Substituted in 62'
PR 18 Ben Tameifuna Substituted in 55'
FL 19 Sione Tau Substituted in 72'
FL 20 Michael Faleafa Substituted in 3' Substituted off 11' Substituted in 42'
SH 21 Leon Fukofuka
FH 22 Kali Hala Substituted in 77'
WG 23 Kiti Taimani Vaini Substituted in 77'
Coach:
Australia Toutai Kefu
FB 15 Timoci Nagusa
RW 14 Josua Tuisova Substituted off 76'
OC 13 Asaeli Tikoirotuma Substituted off 61'
IC 12 Jale Vatubua
LW 11 Patrick Osborne
FH 10 Ben Volavola
SH 9 Serupepeli Vularika Substituted off 34'
N8 8 Nemani Nagusa
OF 7 Akapusi Qera (c)
BF 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu Substituted off 61'
RL 5 Leone Nakarawa
LL 4 Tevita Cavubati Substituted off 61'
TP 3 Manasa Saulo Substituted off 51'
HK 2 Sunia Koto Substituted off 40'
LP 1 Campese Ma'afu Substituted off 51' Substituted in 77'
Replacements:
HK 16 Talemaitoga Tuapati Substituted in 40'
PR 17 Peni Ravai Substituted in 51' Substituted off 77'
PR 18 Kalivati Tawake Substituted in 51'
LK 19 Api Ratuniyarawa Substituted in 61'
FL 20 Viliame Mata Substituted in 61'
SH 21 Henry Seniloli Substituted in 34'
CE 22 Vereniki Goneva Substituted in 61'
WG 23 Benito Masilevu Substituted in 76'
Coach:
New Zealand John McKee

Touch judges:
Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Marius Mitrea (Italy)

Notes:

  • Sione Tau (Tonga) made his international debut.
  • With this Result Fiji guaranteed qualification for the Rugby World Cup 2019 as Oceana 1.

Round 3[edit]

15 July 2017
14:00 WST (UTC+13)
Samoa  16–38  Fiji
Try: Lemi 20' c
Con: Pisi (1/1) 21'
Pen: Pisi (3/6) 27', 33', 37'
Report[7] Try: Seniloli (3) 10' c, 23' c, 42' c
Vatubua 53' c
Ratuniyarawa 75' c
Con: Volavola (5/5) 11', 24', 43', 54', 76'
Pen: Volavola (1/1) 62'
Apia Park, Apia
Attendance: 6,500
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
FB 15 Tim Nanai-Williams
RW 14 Alapati Leiua
OC 13 Kieron Fonotia Substituted off 64'
IC 12 Rey Lee-Lo
LW 11 David Lemi (c) Substituted off 73'
FH 10 Tusi Pisi
SH 9 Kahn Fotuali'i Substituted off 76'
N8 8 Faifili Levave Substituted off 57'
OF 7 Jack Lam
BF 6 Piula Faʻasalele Substituted off 67'
RL 5 Fa'atiga Lemalu
LL 4 Chris Vui
TP 3 Paul Alo-Emile Substituted off 51'
HK 2 Elia Elia Substituted off 58'
LP 1 Jordan Lay Substituted off 76'
Replacements:
HK 16 Seilala Lam Substituted in 58'
PR 17 Nephi Leatigaga Substituted in 76'
PR 18 James Lay Substituted in 51'
FL 19 Galu Taufale Substituted in 67'
N8 20 Sanele Vavae Tuilagi Substituted in 57'
SH 21 Auvasa Faleali’i Substituted in 76'
FH 22 D'angelo Leuila Substituted in 64'
FB 23 Ahsee Tuala Substituted in 73'
Coach:
New Zealand Alama Ieremia
FB 15 Timoci Nagusa Substituted off 60'
RW 14 Vereniki Goneva
OC 13 Asaeli Tikoirotuma Substituted off 74'
IC 12 Jale Vatubua
LW 11 Patrick Osborne
FH 10 Ben Volavola
SH 9 Henry Seniloli Substituted off 76'
N8 8 Nemani Nagusa
OF 7 Akapusi Qera (c) Substituted off 66'
BF 6 Dominiko Waqaniburotu
RL 5 Leone Nakarawa
LL 4 Tevita Cavubati Substituted off 59'
TP 3 Manasa Saulo Substituted off 60'
HK 2 Talemaitoga Tuapati Substituted off 66'
LP 1 Campese Ma'afu Substituted off 66'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sunia Koto Substituted in 66'
PR 17 Joeli Veitayaki Jr. Substituted in 66'
PR 18 Kalivati Tawake Substituted in 60'
LK 19 Api Ratuniyarawa Substituted in 59'
FL 20 Viliame Mata Substituted in 66'
SH 21 Frank Lomani Substituted in 76'
CE 22 Eroni Vasiteri Substituted in 74'
WG 23 Josua Tuisova Substituted in 60'
Coach:
New Zealand John McKee

Touch judges:
Marius Mitrea (Italy)
Nick Briant (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • James Lay (Samoa) and Frank Lomani (Fiji) made their international debuts.
  • This was Fiji's first win in Samoa since their 17–16 win in 2002.

Squads[edit]

Nation Head coach Captain
 Fiji New Zealand John McKee Akapusi Qera
 Samoa New Zealand Alama Ieremia David Lemi
 Tonga Australia Toutai Kefu Siale Piutau

Note: Number of caps and players' ages are indicated as of 1 July 2017 – the tournament's opening day, pre first tournament match.

Fiji[edit]

On 9 May, John McKee named an extended squad ahead of Fiji's 2017 June tests against Australia, Italy and Scotland and their Rugby Pacific Nations Cup / 2019 RWC Oceania qualification campaign in July.[8]

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Sunia Koto Hooker (1980-04-15)April 15, 1980 (aged 37) 54 France Mâcon
Jale Sassen Hooker (1992-09-06)September 6, 1992 (aged 24) 1 Fiji Suva
Talemaitoga Tuapati Hooker (1985-08-16)August 16, 1985 (aged 31) 36 France Provence
Lee Roy Atalifo Prop (1988-03-10)March 10, 1988 (aged 29) 9 Unattached
Mosese Ducivaki Prop (1991-02-28)February 28, 1991 (aged 26) 1 Fiji Naitasiri
Campese Ma'afu Prop (1984-12-19)December 19, 1984 (aged 32) 45 England Northampton Saints
Peni Ravai Prop (1990-06-16)June 16, 1990 (aged 27) 21 France Aurillac
Manasa Saulo Prop (1989-04-06)April 6, 1989 (aged 28) 31 France Toulon
Kalivati Tawake Prop (1988-11-16)November 16, 1988 (aged 28) 3 Fiji Suva
Joeli Veitayaki Jr. Prop (1986-03-14)March 14, 1986 (aged 31) 5 Fiji Naitasiri Highlanders
Leone Nakarawa Lock (1988-04-02)April 2, 1988 (aged 29) 42 France Racing 92
Tevita Cavubati Lock (1987-08-12)August 12, 1987 (aged 29) 18 England Worcester Warriors
Api Ratuniyarawa Lock (1986-07-11)July 11, 1986 (aged 30) 24 England Northampton Saints
Sikeli Nabou Lock (1988-03-05)March 5, 1988 (aged 29) 1 France Biarritz Olympique
Naulia Dawai Flanker (1987-06-26)June 26, 1987 (aged 30) 8 Ireland Connacht
Viliame Mata Flanker (1991-10-22)October 22, 1991 (aged 25) 2 Scotland Edinburgh
Akapusi Qera (c) Flanker (1984-04-24)April 24, 1984 (aged 33) 57 France Montpellier
Mosese Voka Flanker (1985-06-07)June 7, 1985 (aged 32) 4 Fiji Suva
Dominiko Waqaniburotu Flanker (1986-04-20)April 20, 1986 (aged 31) 33 France Brive
Peceli Yato Flanker (1993-01-17)January 17, 1993 (aged 24) 9 France Clermont Auvergne
Nemani Nagusa Number 8 (1988-06-21)June 21, 1988 (aged 29) 8 Fiji Nadroga
Nikola Matawalu Scrum-half (1989-03-08)March 8, 1989 (aged 28) 32 England Exeter Chiefs
Henry Seniloli Scrum-half (1989-06-15)June 15, 1989 (aged 28) 14 Romania Timișoara Saracens
Serupepeli Vularika Scrum-half (1990-04-29)April 29, 1990 (aged 27) 8 Fiji Suva
Ben Volavola Fly-half (1991-01-13)January 13, 1991 (aged 26) 17 Australia Melbourne Rebels
Levani Botia Centre (1989-03-14)March 14, 1989 (aged 28) 8 France La Rochelle
Vereniki Goneva Centre (1984-04-05)April 5, 1984 (aged 33) 44 England Newcastle Falcons
John Stewart Centre (1988-02-17)February 17, 1988 (aged 29) 1 Fiji Suva
Asaeli Tikoirotuma Centre (1986-06-24)June 24, 1986 (aged 31) 19 England London Irish
Jale Vatubua Centre (1991-08-30)August 30, 1991 (aged 25) 3 France Pau
Eroni Vasiteri Centre (1989-05-27)May 27, 1989 (aged 28) 3 Fiji Nadroga
Albert VuliVuli Centre (1985-05-26)May 26, 1985 (aged 32) 16 France Racing 92
Benito Masilevu Wing (1989-10-07)October 7, 1989 (aged 27) 8 France Brive
Nemani Nadolo Wing (1988-01-31)January 31, 1988 (aged 29) 26 France Montpellier
Timoci Nagusa Wing (1987-07-14)July 14, 1987 (aged 29) 26 France Montpellier
Patrick Osborne Wing (1987-06-14)June 14, 1987 (aged 30) 4 New Zealand Highlanders
Josua Tuisova Wing (1994-02-04)February 4, 1994 (aged 23) 1 France Toulon
Kini Murimurivalu Fullback (1989-05-15)May 15, 1989 (aged 28) 18 France La Rochelle
Metuisela Talebula Fullback (1991-05-24)May 24, 1991 (aged 26) 22 France Bordeaux Bègles

Samoa[edit]

On 29 May, Alama Ieremia named a 35-man squad ahead of Samoa's 2017 June tests against New Zealand and Wales and their Pacific Nations Cup / 2019 RWC Oceania qualification campaign in July.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Elia Elia Hooker (1996-01-22)January 22, 1996 (aged 21) 3 England Harlequins
Seilala Lam Hooker (1989-02-18)February 18, 1989 (aged 28) 5 France Nevers
Manu Leiataua Hooker (1986-12-26)December 26, 1986 (aged 30) 15 France Bayonne
Viliamu Afatia Prop (1990-05-24)May 24, 1990 (aged 27) 17 France Racing 92
Paul Alo-Emile Prop (1991-12-22)December 22, 1991 (aged 25) 2 France Stade Français
Census Johnston Prop (1981-05-06)May 6, 1981 (aged 36) 57 France Toulouse
James Lay Prop (1993-12-16)December 16, 1993 (aged 23) 0 New Zealand Whakarewarewa
Jordan Lay Prop (1992-11-05)November 5, 1992 (aged 24) 0 New Zealand Whakarewarewa
Nephi Leatigaga Prop (1993-12-05)December 5, 1993 (aged 23) 3 Italy Piacenza
Hisa Sasagi Prop (1987-06-29)June 29, 1987 (aged 30) 1 New Zealand Southern RFC
Bronson Tauakipulu Prop (1996-01-08)January 8, 1996 (aged 21) 1 New Zealand Northshore
Fa'atiga Lemalu Lock (1989-04-17)April 17, 1989 (aged 28) 20 England Saracens
Masalosalo Tutaia Lock (1984-06-05)June 5, 1984 (aged 33) 0 France Pau
Chris Vui Lock (1993-02-11)February 11, 1993 (aged 24) 3 England Worcester Warriors
Piula Faʻasalele Flanker (1988-01-22)January 22, 1988 (aged 29) 7 France Toulouse
Alafoti Fa'osiliva Flanker (1985-10-28)October 28, 1985 (aged 31) 23 England Worcester Warriors
Jack Lam Flanker (1987-11-18)November 18, 1987 (aged 29) 21 England Bristol
Faifili Levave Flanker (1986-01-15)January 15, 1986 (aged 31) 14 Japan Mitsubishi Sagamihara DynaBoars
Kelly Meafua Flanker (1990-10-16)October 16, 1990 (aged 26) 0 Australia West Harbour
Fa’alemiga Selesele Flanker (1989-02-28)February 28, 1989 (aged 28) 5 Samoa Moataa
Galu Taufale Flanker (1987-03-17)March 17, 1987 (aged 30) 1 New Zealand Poneke
Taiasina Tuifu'au Flanker (1984-08-20)August 20, 1984 (aged 32) 19 France Lyon
Sanele Vavae Tuilagi Number 8 (1988-06-15)June 15, 1988 (aged 29) 8 France Carcassonne
Auvasa Faleali’i Scrum-half (1990-02-09)February 9, 1990 (aged 27) 0 France Nevers
Kahn Fotuali'i Scrum-half (1982-05-22)May 22, 1982 (aged 35) 33 England Bath
Dwayne Polataivao Scrum-half (1990-07-30)July 30, 1990 (aged 26) 3 New Zealand Northcote RFC
D'angelo Leuila Fly-half (1997-01-18)January 18, 1997 (aged 20) 6 New Zealand Papatoetoe RFC
Tila Mealoi Fly-half (1991-06-28)June 28, 1991 (aged 26) 1 Samoa Apia Maroons
Tusi Pisi Fly-half (1982-06-18)June 18, 1982 (aged 35) 28 England Bristol
Kieron Fonotia Centre (1988-02-02)February 2, 1988 (aged 29) 2 Wales Ospreys
Rey Lee-Lo Centre (1986-02-20)February 20, 1986 (aged 31) 12 Wales Cardiff Blues
Alapati Leiua Centre (1988-09-21)September 21, 1988 (aged 28) 13 England Wasps
Henry Taefu Centre (1993-04-02)April 2, 1993 (aged 24) 0 Australia Queensland Reds
David Lemi (c) Wing (1982-02-10)February 10, 1982 (aged 35) 49 England Bristol
Tim Nanai-Williams Wing (1989-06-12)June 12, 1989 (aged 28) 6 New Zealand Chiefs
Ken Pisi Wing (1989-02-24)February 24, 1989 (aged 28) 13 England Northampton Saints
Albert Nikoro Fullback (1992-08-07)August 7, 1992 (aged 24) 6 Australia West Scarborough
Ahsee Tuala Fullback (1989-08-23)August 23, 1989 (aged 27) 6 England Northampton Saints

Tonga[edit]

On 9 June, Tonga named a 35-man extended squad for their 2017 June test against Wales and their Pacific Nations Cup / 2019 RWC Oceania qualification campaign in July.[9]

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Sione Lea Hooker (1987-01-12)12 January 1987 (aged 30) 3 New Zealand Clifton
Paul Ngauamo Hooker (1990-02-19)19 February 1990 (aged 27) 10 France Stade Montois
Suliasi Taufalele Hooker (1988-08-12)12 August 1988 (aged 28) 4 New Zealand Ardmore Marist
Siegfried Fisiihoi Prop (1987-06-08)8 June 1987 (aged 30) 0 New Zealand Chiefs
Siua Halanukonuka Prop (1986-08-09)9 August 1986 (aged 30) 4 New Zealand Highlanders
Phil Kite Prop (1993-04-24)24 April 1993 (aged 24) 1 Australia Queensland Reds
Sila Puafisi Prop (1988-04-15)15 April 1988 (aged 29) 27 Scotland Glasgow Warriors
Latu Talakai Prop (1989-12-26)26 December 1989 (aged 27) 1 New Zealand Fraser Tech
Ben Tameifuna Prop (1991-08-30)30 August 1991 (aged 25) 1 France Racing 92
Daniel Faleafa Lock (1989-02-13)13 February 1989 (aged 28) 11 France Albi
Leva Fifita Lock (1989-07-29)29 July 1989 (aged 27) 1 New Zealand Hamilton Old Boys
Steve Mafi Lock (1989-12-09)9 December 1989 (aged 27) 21 France Castres Olympique
Vainanuma Manu Lock (1992-08-01)1 August 1992 (aged 24) 0 Tonga Marist
Harrison Mataele Lock 0 New Zealand Grammar TEC
Michael Faleafa Flanker (1992-02-03)3 February 1992 (aged 25) 1 New Zealand Hikurangi
Nili Latu Flanker (1982-02-19)19 February 1982 (aged 35) 53 England Newcastle Falcons
Sione Lolohea Flanker 0 Tonga Silapelu’ua
Otenili Moala Flanker 0 New Zealand Hamilton Old Boys
Jack Ram Flanker (1987-01-14)14 January 1987 (aged 30) 11 England Doncaster Knights
Sione Tau Flanker (1989-02-21)21 February 1989 (aged 28) 0 France Agen
Valentino Mapapalangi Number 8 (1993-07-13)13 July 1993 (aged 23) 4 New Zealand Kia Toa
Leon Fukofuka Scrum-half (1994-09-08)8 September 1994 (aged 22) 1 New Zealand Crusaders
Sefo Ma'ake Scrum-half (1991-09-15)15 September 1991 (aged 25) 1 Tonga Havelu Bulldogs
Sonatane Takulua Scrum-half (1991-01-11)11 January 1991 (aged 26) 21 England Newcastle Falcons
Latiume Fosita Fly-half (1992-07-25)25 July 1992 (aged 24) 22 New Zealand Papatoetoe
Kali Hala Fly-half (1991-03-06)6 March 1991 (aged 26) 6 New Zealand Karaka
Siale Piutau (c) Centre (1985-10-13)13 October 1985 (aged 31) 28 England Bristol
Viliami Tahituʻa Centre (1992-09-10)10 September 1992 (aged 24) 4 Japan Yamaha Júbilo
Tevita Taufu’i Centre (1988-03-21)21 March 1988 (aged 29) 1 New Zealand Melville
Tuihakavalu Ika Wing (1995-05-12)12 May 1995 (aged 22) 0 Tonga Toloa Old Boys
Atieli Pakalani Wing (1989-08-02)2 August 1989 (aged 27) 0 Australia Southern Districts
Nafi Tuitavake Wing (1989-01-21)21 January 1989 (aged 28) 5 England Northampton Saints
Kiti Taimani Vaini Wing 1 New Zealand Grammar TEC
Cooper Vuna Wing (1987-07-05)5 July 1987 (aged 29) 2 England Worcester Warriors
David Halaifonua Fullback (1987-07-05)5 July 1987 (aged 29) 22 England Gloucester

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