Niue national rugby league team

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Niue
Badge of Niue team
Nickname The Rock
Governing body Niue Rugby League
Region Asia-Pacific
Head coach Brendan "Bman" Perenara[1]
Captain Zebastian Luisi[1]
RLIF ranking 31st
Colours
First international
 Cook Islands 22–8 Niue 
(Rarotonga, Cook Islands; 1986)
Biggest win
 Niue 48–4 South Africa 
(Campbelltown, Australia; 2 May 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Samoa 36–18 Niue 
(Suva, Fiji; 19 October 2004)

The Niue national rugby league team represents Niue in rugby league football. The team played their first match in 1986, and their first Test match in 2013.

History[edit]

Captain Zebastian Luisi playing for Niue against the Philippines in 2014

The team played their first match in at the 1986 Pacific Cup, losing 22-8 to the Cook Islands. Their first ever win was 14-0 against Fiji at the 1992 Pacific Cup. Niue currently participates in the annual Cabramatta International Nines tournament. They lost their first ever Test match 22-20 against Vanuatu on 12 October 2013.

Results[edit]

Pacific Cup[edit]

Year Opponent Score Venue
1986  Cook Islands 8 - 22 Rarotonga
 Māori 16 - 32
1990  Tokelau 16 - 26 Nukuʻalofa
 Tonga 4 - 58
 Western Samoa 2 - 52
1992  Tonga 8 - 24 Carlaw Park, Auckland
 Cook Islands 22 - 23
 Fiji 14 - 0
 Western Samoa 41 - 28
1994 Australian Aboriginal Flag.svg Australian Aborigines 10 - 64 Suva
 Māori 22 - 24
 Fijian Presidents XIII 30 - 8
 Tonga 58 - 12
2004  Māori 4 - 54 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
 Samoa 18 - 36 Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
 Fiji 24 - 34 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland

Test matches[edit]

Date Opponent Score Venue Ref
12 October 2013  Vanuatu 20 - 22 Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila [2][3]
4 October 2014  Philippines 36 - 22 Wentworthville [4]
2 May 2015  South Africa 48 - 4 Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown [5]
3 October 2015  Cook Islands 44 - 22 Sydney [6][1]
October 2016  South Africa 50-22 [7]
November 2016  South Africa 44-0

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ewart, Richard (6 October 2016). "Niue topple Cook Islands to boost their stocks on the international stage". ABC. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Mascord, Steve (12 October 2013). "Mal Meninga's nephew stars as Vanuatu scrape home in historic encounter". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Victory for Vanuatu over Niue newcomers". Vanuatu Rugby League. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Niue rugby league coach says victory another step forward". Radio New Zealand. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  5. ^ St John, Mark (3 May 2015). "Niue Beat South Africa". Rugby League Week. 
  6. ^ "Niue rugby league claim biggest scalp yet". Radio New Zealand. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Niue depart for African rugby league tour". Radio New Zealand. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016. 

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