2019 Oceania Sevens Championship

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2019 Oceania Sevens Championship
Host nation Fiji
Date7–9 November 2019
Cup
Champion Australia (4th title)
Runner-up Fiji
Third Japan
2018
2020

The 2019 Oceania Sevens Championship was the twelfth Oceania Sevens tournament in men's rugby sevens. It served as the regional qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Sevens and was held at ANZ Stadium in Suva, Fiji on 7–9 November.[1] A competition for deaf teams was also included as part of the 2019 Oceania Sevens.[2]

Australia won the main men's tournament to claim their fourth Oceania Championship, defeating Fiji by 22–7 in the final. As the highest-placed side not already qualified, Australia also won the Oceania berth at the 2020 Olympic Sevens in Tokyo.

Samoa and Tonga finished fourth and fifth respectively and, as the second and third highest-placed sides not already qualified, won entry to the 2020 Final Olympic Qualifier.

Tonga and Papua New Guinea, as the two highest-placed sides without core status on the World Rugby Sevens Series, won entry to the 2020 Hong Kong Sevens qualifying tournament for the 2020–21 World Sevens Series.

Teams[edit]

Fifteen national teams competed at the 2019 tournament, including an invited sevens development side from Japan:[1]

Format[edit]

Teams were seeded into three pools of five.[3]

To allow a clear run for countries competing for qualification to the 2020 Olympic Sevens, the two Oceania nations already qualified, Fiji and New Zealand, were placed in Pool A together with the invited development side from Japan, New Caledonia (not Olympic eligible) and Niue. The remaining teams were seeded into Pool B and Pool C.

A playoff between the winners of Pool B and Pool C decided the Olympic qualifying berth.

Pool stage[edit]

Pool A[edit]

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Fiji 4 4 0 0 175 15 +160 12 Advance to title playoffs
2  Japan 4 3 0 1 98 45 +53 10 Advance to title playoffs
3  New Zealand 4 2 0 2 124 38 +86 8 Middle classification
4  New Caledonia 4 1 0 3 17 180 –163 6 Lower classification
5  Niue 4 0 0 4 7 143 –136 4 Fifteenth place
7 November
13:12
New Zealand  57–0  New Caledonia
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
13:34
Fiji  57–0  Niue
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
16:08
New Zealand  38–0  Niue
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
16:30
Japan  50–0  New Caledonia
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
19:04
New Caledonia  17–7  Niue
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
19:26
Fiji  31–0  Japan
ANZ Stadium, Suva

8 November
14:40
New Zealand  14–17  Japan
ANZ Stadium, Suva

8 November
15:02
Fiji  66–0  New Caledonia
ANZ Stadium, Suva

8 November
19:04
Japan  31–0  Niue
ANZ Stadium, Suva

8 November
19:26
Fiji  21–15  New Zealand
ANZ Stadium, Suva

Pool B[edit]

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Samoa 4 4 0 0 156 7 +149 12 Advance to title playoffs
2  Papua New Guinea 4 3 0 1 77 50 +27 10 Fifth place match
3  Solomon Islands 4 2 0 2 45 88 –43 8 Middle classification
4  Cook Islands 4 1 0 3 50 88 –38 6 Middle classification
5  Tuvalu 4 0 0 4 24 119 –95 4 Lower classification
7 November
12:28
Cook Islands  31–19  Tuvalu
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
12:50
Samoa  33–7  Papua New Guinea
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
15:24
Cook Islands  5–17  Papua New Guinea
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
15:46
Solomon Islands  12–5  Tuvalu
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
18:20
Tuvalu  0–29  Papua New Guinea
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
18:42
Samoa  45–0  Solomon Islands
ANZ Stadium, Suva

8 November
13:56
Cook Islands  14–21  Solomon Islands
ANZ Stadium, Suva

8 November
14:18
Samoa  47–0  Tuvalu
ANZ Stadium, Suva

8 November
18:20
Solomon Islands  12–24  Papua New Guinea
ANZ Stadium, Suva

8 November
18:42
Samoa  41–0  Cook Islands
ANZ Stadium, Suva

Pool C[edit]

Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1  Australia 4 4 0 0 201 7 +194 12 Advance to title playoffs
2  Tonga 4 3 0 1 97 44 +53 10 Fifth place match
3  American Samoa 4 2 0 2 41 116 –75 8 Middle classification
4  Vanuatu 4 1 0 3 43 119 –76 6 Lower classification
5  Nauru 4 0 0 4 33 129 –96 4 Lower classification
7 November
11:44
Tonga  29–5  American Samoa
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
12:06
Australia  52–7  Vanuatu
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
14:40
Tonga  34–10  Vanuatu
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
15:02
Nauru  14–17  American Samoa
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
17:36
American Samoa  19–7  Vanuatu
ANZ Stadium, Suva

7 November
17:58
Australia  59–0  Nauru
ANZ Stadium, Suva

8 November
13:12
Tonga  34–5  Nauru
ANZ Stadium, Suva

8 November
13:34
Australia  66–0  American Samoa
ANZ Stadium, Suva

8 November
17:36
Nauru  14–19  Vanuatu
ANZ Stadium, Suva

8 November
17:58
Australia  24–0  Tonga
ANZ Stadium, Suva

Knockout stage[edit]

Lower classification[edit]

 
11th–14th playoffsEleventh place
 
      
 
9 November 2019 – 10.44 – ANZ Stadium
 
 
 New Caledonia7
 
9 November 2019 – 13.18 – ANZ Stadium
 
 Tuvalu12
 
 Tuvalu17
 
9 November 2019 – 11.06 – ANZ Stadium
 
 Nauru12
 
 Vanuatu14
 
 
 Nauru22
 
Thirteenth place
 
 
9 November 2019 – 13.40 – ANZ Stadium
 
 
 New Caledonia7
 
 
 Vanuatu24

Middle classification[edit]

 
7th–10th playoffsSeventh place
 
      
 
9 November 2019 – 11.50 – ANZ Stadium
 
 
 Solomon Islands35
 
9 November 2019 – 14.24 – ANZ Stadium
 
 American Samoa5
 
 Solomon Islands7
 
9 November 2019 – 11.28 – ANZ Stadium
 
 New Zealand39
 
 New Zealand64
 
 
 Cook Islands0
 
Ninth place
 
 
9 November 2019 – 14.02 – ANZ Stadium
 
 
 American Samoa34
 
 
 Cook Islands0

Fifth place match[edit]

9 November 2019 – 17.20 – ANZ Stadium
 Papua New Guinea0
Fifth place
 Tonga31

Title playoffs[edit]

International playoffOceania final
      
9 November 2019 – 16.14 – ANZ Stadium
A1
 Fiji
33
 
9 November 2019 – 19.50 – ANZ Stadium
 
 
 Fiji7
 
 
 Australia22
 
A2
 Japan
0

Olympic qualifier

9 November 2019 – 16.36 – ANZ Stadium
B1
 Samoa
12
Third place
C1
 Australia
19
9 November 2019 – 18.57 – ANZ Stadium
 Japan26
 Samoa21

Placings[edit]

Place Team Qualification
1st, gold medalist(s)  Australia Direct qualification to the Olympic Sevens for 2020
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Fiji
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Japan
4  Samoa Entry to Olympic qualifier for 2020
5  Tonga Entry to Olympic qualifier and World Series qualifier for 2020
6  Papua New Guinea Entry to World Series qualifier for 2020
7  New Zealand
8  Solomon Islands
9  American Samoa
10  Cook Islands
11  Tuvalu
12  Nauru
13  Vanuatu
14  New Caledonia
15  Niue

Source:[citation needed]

Legend
Light bar Already a core team in World Series and previously qualified to the Olympic Sevens for 2020
Dark bar Already a core team in World Series for 2020
Dotted bar Invited team not eligible for qualification from Oceania

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Japan sent a national sevens development squad to the tournament and thus did not compete as the national team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships". Oceania Rugby. Archived from the original on 9 October 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  2. ^ Cama, Akuila (11 September 2019). "Deaf tournament to be part of 2019 Oceania 7s". FBC News. Archived from the original on 13 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Season fixture: 2019 Men's Sevens". Oceania Rugby. Retrieved 4 November 2019.