Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation

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Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation
Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation Logo.png
Abbreviation APRLC
Formation 14 November 2010; 6 years ago (2010-11-14)
Type Sports organisation
Headquarters Auckland, New Zealand
Region served
Asia, Oceania
Membership
11
Official language
English
Chairman
Mark Gosche[1]
Parent organization
RLIF
Website www.aprlc.com

The Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation (APRLC) is an umbrella body for nations playing the sport of rugby league football in the Southern Hemisphere.[2] The Confederation aims to act as a counterpart to the Rugby League European Federation.

History[edit]

The formation of the APRLC was agreed at the Rugby League International Federation's annual general meeting in May 2010.[3] The Federation was established with 7 founding full members.[4] The APRLC is based at the New Zealand Rugby League's Auckland headquarters and will focus much of its efforts on developing the sport in the Pacific Islands.[4] Under the new RLIF constitution agreed in 2010, the APRLC may appoint a delegate to the five-person International Federation executive.[3]

In 2011, the Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation met in a meeting in Auckland over December 5–6. At the meeting the chairman of the Fiji National Rugby League Peni Musunamasi has been elected as a director to represent the Asia Pacific region on the Rugby League International Federation which has been labelled a "significant milestone for the sport". Amongst many issues that were discussed at the two- day meeting was the application for membership of the federation from India, Philippines, Tahiti, Tokelau and American Samoa that shows the growing popularity of the sport in the region.[5][6]

Competitions[edit]

Pacific Rugby League International[edit]

The Pacific Rugby League International is a series of rugby league test matches that have been played during the National Rugby League's annual representative weekend since 2013.

They consist of the Melanesian Cup, played between Papua New Guinea and Fiji, and the Polynesian Cup, between Tonga and Samoa.

Members[edit]

Full members[edit]

Country Founded RLIF
affiliation
APRLC
affiliation
 Australia 1907 1998 2010
 Cook Islands 1995 1998 2010
 Fiji 1992 1998 2010
 New Zealand 1907 1998 2010
 Papua New Guinea 1930 1998 2010
 Samoa 1988 1998 2010
 Tonga 1986 1998 2010

Affiliate members[edit]

Country Founded
 Japan 1994
 Niue 1986
 Solomon Islands 2008
 Vanuatu 2011

Pending members[edit]

Country Founded
 American Samoa 1988
 Hong Kong 2014
 Pakistan 2011
 Philippines 2011
 Thailand 2011
 Tokelau 1986

Official APRLC Rankings[edit]

The Official Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation Rankings are calculated on each nation’s performance over the current season and are influenced by a nation’s official RLIF ranking.

Influencers of position include:

  • The result of the match i.e. win, lose or draw
  • The margin of victory (or defeat)
  • The relative strength of opposition faced
  • The date of the match – more recent matches are weighted more heavily
  • The importance of the match e.g. a World Cup match is given greater weighting than a standalone international.
  • Official RLIF World Ranking

Rankings as of August 2015[7]

Rank Movement Team
1 Increase 1  New Zealand
2 Decrease 1  Australia
3 Increase 1  Samoa
4 Decrease 1  Fiji
5 Steady  Papua New Guinea
6  Tonga
7  Cook Islands
8 Increase 3  Niue
9 Decrease 1  Philippines
10 Decrease 1  Vanuatu
11 Decrease 1  Japan
12 Steady  Solomon Islands
Unranked  Thailand
 American Samoa
 Tokelau

APRLC World Cup results[edit]

Team 1954 1957 1960 1968 1970 1972 1975 1977 1985-88 1989-92 1995 2000 2008 2013 2017
 Australia Group Stage 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st Q
 Cook Islands - - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage - Group Stage -
 Fiji - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage Group Stage SF SF Q
 New Zealand Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage 2nd Group Stage SF 2nd 1st 2nd Q
 Papua New Guinea - - - - - - - - Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage QF Group Stage Group Stage Q
 Samoa - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage QF Group Stage QF Q
 Tonga - - - - - - - - - - Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Group Stage Q

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ In Touch New Zealand Rugby League, June 2011. p.13.
  2. ^ Kilgallon, Steve (2010-11-13). "PNG may be replaced by combined Pacific team". stuff.co.nz. Archived from the original on 2010-11-15. 
  3. ^ a b Mascord, Steve (2010-05-11). "RLIF give more power to minor nations". RugbyLeague.com. Archived from the original on 2010-11-15. Retrieved 15 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Walter, Brad (2010-11-14). "Kangaroos to wave hoo-roo for 2012 tournament". The Age. Archived from the original on 2010-11-15. 
  5. ^ http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=188331
  6. ^ http://www.fijisun.com.fj/main_page/view.asp?id%3D65868. Retrieved 2011-12-17.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  7. ^ Rankings

External links[edit]