Pacific Islanders rugby union team

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Pacific Islanders
Union Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance
Fiji Rugby Union
Samoa Rugby Football Union
Tonga Rugby Football Union
Coach(es) Flag of Tonga.svg   Quddus Fielea (2008)
Captain(s) Flag of Fiji.svg   Moses Rauluni (2008)
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First match
Queensland Reds 29 - 48 Pacific Islanders
(20 June 2004)
Largest win
NSW Waratahs 21 - 68 Pacific Islanders
(25 June 2004)
Largest defeat
Ireland 61 - 17 Pacific Islanders
(26 November 2006)

The Pacific Islanders was a combined international rugby union team that played from 2004 to 2008. It represented Fiji, Samoa and Tonga; Niue and the Cook Islands also supplied players to the squad for the Pacific Islanders' tour in 2004. The team did not play at Rugby World Cups, where each of the nations continued to represent themselves.



Australia/New Zealand 2004

The Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance (PIRA) was formed in 2003. The coach is appointed by the Islanders board and in turn supported by the national coaches of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. Its team, the Pacific Islanders, is drawn from the best Fijian, Tongan and Samoan players, and created far more interest on their inaugural 2004 tour than any of the three nations could have hoped to individually. Despite losing every game, 29-14 v Australia, 41-26 v New Zealand and 38-24 v South Africa, they were impressive in all three Tests and played full-strength teams, something that rarely happens when major nations play Tonga, Fiji or Samoa. The Islanders did, however, beat a Queensland XV 48-29 at Ballymore and NSW Waratahs 68-21 at Australia Stadium.

Celtic Nations 2006

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The Pacific Islanders before their match against Scotland

As the individual nations were primarily concerned with qualifying for the next World Cup the Islanders did not tour again until 2006. Scheduled matches against Italy and New Zealand in June 2006 did not take place, but they undertook a Northern Hemisphere tour in late 2006 with matches against Scotland, Wales and Ireland. PIRA had ruled in July 2006 that the team selected for that year's tour to Great Britain and Ireland would consist only of players who had previously played for Fiji, Manu Samoa or Tonga. This was intended to ensure that the Pacific Islanders team serves to develop players for the island nations only. Notably, two players on the 2004 tour, Sione Lauaki and Sitiveni Sivivatu (the latter the Islanders' leading scorer on that tour), went on to play for New Zealand. [1] During that tour, they were the last opponents of Ireland at their traditional home of Lansdowne Road before its redevelopment into a modern all-seater stadium. The Pacific Islanders were beaten in all three matches.

Europe 2008

In November 2008, the team toured Europe and played Tests against England, France and Italy. The team's manager was Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka, former Prime Minister of Fiji and author of two military coups in 1987. [2] Though it began with two defeats, the tour ended with the Islanders' first ever win over European opposition, with a 25-17 victory in Italy. [3]

Alliance ends in 2009

In July 2009, the Samoa Rugby Union informed fellow Alliance members Fiji and Tonga that it had decided to quit the alliance because the merged Pacific Island team had failed to produce financial benefits sought by member unions. [4]

The original concept was basically to provide an opportunity (to play) every two years. There were two aims, to get revenue to help in the running of the activities of the unions (and) to provide players with the opportunity to play against tier one sides.But the International Rugby Board changed the schedule for the Pacific Islands team to play every four years. Every four years won't generate the revenue needed to run our rugby.

Peter Schuster, SRU Chairman, 2009 [4]

Future status

There was speculation that the Islanders would be admitted into an expanded Super 12 competition or the Tri Nations Series, but instead the organisers of the Super 12 and the Tri Nations, SANZAR, opted to expand the Super 14 by adding one team each in Australia and South Africa and an extra round of fixtures to the Tri Nations without admitting any new teams. French businessman Eric Series, owner of the Asia Pacific Dragons team, [5] proposed a Pacific Islands team for the 2016 Super Rugby season but was outbid by the Japan Rugby Football Union. [6]

In 2014, a match between the Pacific Islanders and the British and Irish Lions was proposed for the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, [7] but the match was never scheduled. [8]


The squad for the 2008 tour to Europe



20 June 2004
Queensland XV Flag of Queensland.svg 29 48 Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders
Tries: Junior Pelesasa (2), Peter Hynes, Mafi Kefu
Con: Marshall Milroy (3)
Pen: Marshall Milroy
Tries: Sitiveni Sivivatu (3), Seremaia Bai, Sireli Bobo, Lome Fa'atau, Norman Ligairi, Taufa'ao Filise
Con: Seremaia Bai (4)
Ballymore, Brisbane
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: George Ayoub Flag of Australia (converted).svg

25 June 2004
New South Wales Flag of New South Wales.svg 21 68 Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders
Tries: Morgan Turinui, Tim McGann, Milton Thaiday
Con: Matthew Burke (3)
Tries: Sitiveni Sivivatu (2), Taufa'ao Filise (2), Seilala Mapusua (2), Seremaia Bai, Sisa Koyamaibole, Soane Tonga'uiha, Lome Fa'atau
Con: Seremaia Bai (9)
Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 8,005
Referee: Greg Hinton Flag of Australia (converted).svg

3 July 2004
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg29 14 Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders
Tries: Stirling Mortlock (2), Matt Giteau (2), Brendan Cannon
Con: Joe Roff, Matthew Burke
Tries: Sione Lauaki, Sireli Bobo
Con: Seremaia Bai (2)
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Attendance: 19,266
Referee: André Watson Flag of South Africa.svg

Australia: 15.Joe Roff, 14.Clyde Rathbone, 13.Stirling Mortlock, 12.Matt Giteau, 11.Lote Tuqiri, 10.Stephen Larkham, 9.George Gregan (capt), 8.David Lyons, 7.Phil Waugh, 6.Radike Samo, 5.Nathan Sharpe, 4.Justin Harrison, 3.Al Baxter, 2.Brendan Cannon, 1.Bill Young, - replacements: 16.Jeremy Paul, 17.Nic Henderson, 18.Dan Vickerman Yellow card.svg, 19.George Smith, 20.Chris Whitaker, 21.Matt Burke, 22.Chris Latham
Pacific Islanders: 15.Norman Ligairi, 14.Lome Fa'atau, 13.Seilala Mapusua, 12.Seremaia Baikeinuku, 11.Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10.Tanner Vili, 9.Moses Rauluni, 8.Alifereti Doviverata, 7.Sisa Koyamaibole, 6.Sione Lauaki, 5.Ifereimi Rawaqa, 4.Inoke Afeaki (capt), 3.Taufa'ao Filise, 2.Aleki Lutui, 1.Soane Tonga'uiha, - replacements: 17.Tevita Taumoepeau, 18.Leo Lafaiali'i, 19.Semo Sititi, 20.Steve So'oialo, 21.Seru Rabeni, 22.Sireli Bobo - No entry: 16.Joeli Lotawa

10 July 2004
New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg41 26 Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders
Tries: Joe Rokocoko (2), Justin Marshall, Rico Gear, Kees Meeuws, Tana Umaga
Con: Daniel Carter (4)
Pen: Daniel Carter
Tries: Sitiveni Sivivatu (2), Seru Rabeni, Sione Lauaki
Con: Seremaia Bai (3)
North Harbour Stadium, Albany
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Stuart Dickinson Flag of Australia (converted).svg

New Zealand: 15.Mils Muliaina, 14.Rico Gear, 13.Tana Umaga (capt.), 12.Dan Carter, 11.Joe Rokocoko, 10.Carlos Spencer, 9.Justin Marshall, 8.Xavier Rush, 7.Marty Holah, 6.Jono Gibbes, 5.Keith Robinson, 4.Chris Jack, 3.Carl Hayman, 2.Keven Mealamu, 1.Kees Meeuws, - replacements: 18.Jerry Collins, 20.Byron Kelleher, 21.Nick Evans - No entry : 16.Andrew Hore, 17.Greg Somerville, 19.Mose Tuiali'i, 22.Sam Tuitupou
Pacific Islanders: 15.Seru Rabeni, 14.Lome Fa'atau, 13.Brian Lima, 12.Seremaia Baikeinuku, 11.Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10.Tanner Vili, 9.Moses Rauluni, 8.Sisa Koyamaibole, 7.Alifereti Doviverata, 6.Sione Lauaki, 5.Ifereimi Rawaqa, 4.Inoke Afeaki (capt.), 3.Taufa'ao Filise, 2.Aleki Lutui, 1.Soane Tonga'uiha, - replacements: 17.Tevita Taumoepeau, 18.Filipo Levi, 19.Semo Sititi, 19.Semo Sititi, 21.Tane Tu'ipulotu, 22.Sireli Bobo - No entry: 16.Joeli Lotawa, 20.Steve So'oialo


11 November 2006
Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg3820 Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders
Tries: Mark Jones, James Hook, Kevin Morgan, Lee Byrne, Ceri Sweeney
Con: Ceri Sweeney (5)
Pen: Ceri Sweeney
Tries: Justin Va'a, Seilala Mapusua, Kameli Ratuvou
Con: Tusi Pisi
Pen: Tusi Pisi
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 50,769
Referee: Wayne Barnes Flag of England.svg

18 November 2006
Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg34 22 Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders
Tries: Marcus Di Rollo, David Callam, Kelly Brown, Andy Henderson
Con: Chris Paterson (4)
Drop goal: Marcus Di Rollo
Pen: Chris Paterson
Tries: Rupeni Caucaunibuca, Kameli Ratuvou 2, Daniel Leo
Con: Pisi (1)
Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 19,055
Referee: Bryce Lawrence Flag of New Zealand.svg

26 November 2006
Ireland  IRFU flag.svg61 17 Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders
Tries:Denis Hickie, Paddy Wallace, Malcolm O'Kelly, Simon Easterby(2), Shane Horgan, Rory Best, Paul O'Connell
Con: Paddy Wallace (6)
Pen: Paddy Wallace (3)
Tries: Seru Rabeni, Lome Fa'atau, Tusi Pisi
Con: Tusi Pisi (1)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Christophe Berdos Flag of France.svg


8 November 2008
England  Flag of England.svg39 13 Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders
Tries:Sackey (2), Cipriani, Kennedy, Mears
Con: Cipriani (4)
Pen: Cipriani (2)
(Report) Try Rabeni
Con: Hola
Pen: Hola, Bai
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 55,427
Referee: Matt Goddard Flag of Australia (converted).svg

15 November 2008
France  Flag of France.svg42 17 Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders
Tries:Tillous-Borde, Szarzewski, Heymans, Picamoles, Médard
Con: Skrela (4)
Pen: Skrela (3)
(Report) Try:Taione
Pen: Bai (4)
Stade Auguste Bonal, Montbéliard
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Nigel Owens Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg

22 November 2008
Italy  Flag of Italy.svg17 25 Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders
Tries: Ghiraldini 16' c
Mauro Bergamasco 65' c
Con: Marcato (2)
Pen: Marcato 6'
(Report) Tries: Delasau 3' c, 29' m
Ratuvou 40' c
Con: Bai (2)
Pen: Bai 18', 42'
Stadio Giglio, Reggio Emilia
Attendance: 13,595
Referee: Wayne Barnes Flag of England.svg

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