Niue national rugby union team

Last updated

Nickname(s)Toa Niue
UnionNiue Rugby Football Union
Head coachMetric Ikitoelagi
CaptainLuke Gibb
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First colours
World Rugby ranking
Current94 (as of 23 November 2020)
First international
Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg 124 - 4 Flag of Niue.svg  Niue
(Apia, Samoa; 10 September 1983)
Biggest win
Niue  Flag of Niue.svg 87 - 0 Flag of Nauru.svg  Nauru
(Port Moresby, PNG; 31 August 2019)
Biggest defeat
Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg 124 - 4 Flag of Niue.svg  Niue
(Apia, Samoa; 10 September 1983)

The Niue Island national rugby union team is the national team of the third tier rugby union playing nation of Niue Island. The team first started playing in 1983 in mainly competes in the Oceania Cup, which it won in 2008. [1] Rugby union in Niue Island is administered by the Niue Rugby Football Union.



Niue's first international match was at the 1983 South Pacific Games in Suva against hosts Fiji. The Niueans managed to score a try against the eventual tournament winners but were defeated by 124–4. [2] The team found success in the 2008 Oceania Cup, defeating New Caledonia by 27–5 in the final on 1 September 2008. [1]

As of 29 May 2013, Niue was ranked 71st in the IRB world rankings. The team had played 10 international matches by that time, four against the Cook Islands and three against Tahiti. Other matches have been against Fiji, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. [2]


Some of Niue's best players are professionals in New Zealand. Former Niue captain Matt Faleuka played for Northland before moving to Italian club Overmach Rugby Parma in 2007.

While the Niue and the Cook Islands teams did not compete in the Pacific Tri-Nations competition, they did supply players to the squad for the Pacific Islanders' tour in 2004 (but not in 2006).

The Niue sevens team have been active in the IRB World Sevens and the Commonwealth Games.


World Cup

World Cup record
YearQualification status
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 1987 Not invited
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Ireland.svg Flag of France.svg 1991 Did not enter
Flag of South Africa.svg 1995 Did not enter
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 1999 Did not enter
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2003 Did not qualify
Flag of France.svg 2007 Did not qualify
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2011 Did not qualify
Flag of England.svg 2015 Did not qualify
Flag of Japan.svg 2019 Did not qualify


AgainstPlayedWonLostDrawn% Won
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 725028.57
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 10100.00
Flag of Nauru.svg  Nauru 1100100.00
Flags of New Caledonia.svg  New Caledonia 2200100.00
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 30300.00
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 312066.66
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 431075.00
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu 2200100.00

Current squad

The squad was selected for the 2019 Oceania Rugby Cup.

Luke Gibb (c) Hooker Flag of New Zealand.svg Paremata-Plimmerton RFC
Matthew Jackson Hooker Flag of Australia (converted).svg Krueger Crocs
Samuel Ikihega Prop Flag of Australia (converted).svg Moorabbin Rams
Stephen Tapuosi Prop Flag of the United States.svg Chicago Lions
Morre Tukuniu Prop Flag of Niue.svg Southern Marlins
Maloney Taleni Prop Flag of New Zealand.svg Otahuhu RFC
Pierce Makaola Lock Flag of Australia (converted).svg Northern Panthers
George Pamatatau Lock Flag of Australia (converted).svg North Brisbane Rugby Club
Auston Puhotau Lock Flag of Australia (converted).svg North Brisbane Rugby Club
Sagele Harrison Lock Flag placeholder.svgunknown
Quinton Strickland Flanker Flag of Australia (converted).svg Footscray R.U.F.C.
Togatule Kose Flanker Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mareeba Gladiators
Nick Laufoli Flanker Flag of New Zealand.svg Kava Club
Randy Liuvaie Number 8 Flag of New Zealand.svg Freyberg Old Boys RFC
Khalum Halo Scrum-half Flag of New Zealand.svg Manukau Rovers RFC
Gavin Patuki Scrum-half Flag of New Zealand.svg Southern Cross
Shaun-Adam Atamu Fly-half Flag of New Zealand.svg Bombay R.F.C.
David Pamatatau Fly-half Flag placeholder.svgunknown
Anthony Liuvaie Centre Flag of New Zealand.svg Old Boys University RFC
Lepau Feau-Fuhiniu Centre Flag of New Zealand.svg Old Boys University RFC
Dawson Mele Centre Flag of New Zealand.svg Southern Cross
Cyruss Payne Wing Flag of New Zealand.svg Marist Saints
Tui Leatigaga Wing Flag of Australia (converted).svg Camden Rugby
Dee Saele Nanai Wing Flag of New Zealand.svg Manukau Rovers
Tonga Tongotongo Wing Flag of New Zealand.svg Manukau Rovers
Kegan Tuhega Fullback Flag of Australia (converted).svg Pine Rivers Bears Junior League Club
Logan Norman Fullback Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Bangor RFC

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  2. 1 2 "Niue test rugby scores". Rugby International. 21 July 2009. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015.