Rugby union at the Pacific Games

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Rugby union at the Pacific Games has been contested since 1963 when included as one of ten sports at the first games held in Suva, Fiji. [1] Rugby sevens is the form of rugby now played at the Pacific Games, with men's and women's tournaments (for 7-a-side teams) included in the current schedule. The women's competition was added for the first time at the 2011 Pacific Games held in Nouméa.

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Prior to the late 1990s the men's tournament at the South Pacific Games, as it was then known, was contested by national rugby union teams (i.e. 15-a-side). The shorter tournament structure of rugby sevens being better suited to multi-sports events led to the change of format.

In 2014, Australia and New Zealand were invited to participate in some events for the 2015 Pacific Games, [2] and the Australian women's sevens team was subsequently confirmed as a competitor for the women's tournament in Port Moresby. [3]

Rugby sevens is also played at the Pacific Mini Games, and was included for the first time at Pago Pago in 1997.

Pacific Games

Men's tournament

The men's tournament is now played as a rugby sevens competition (for 7-a-side teams). From 1963 until 1995 the competition was for national rugby union teams (15-a-side). The first two events in 1963 and 1966 were played as round-robin competitions only and, as such, did not include finals.

YearGamesHost city FinalThird placeRef
GoldScoreSilverBronze
 Rugby 15s
1963
( details )
I Suva Fiji  Flag of Fiji (1924-1970).svground
robin
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga Flag of Samoa.svg  Western Samoa [4] [5]
1966
( details )
II Nouméa Papua New Guinea Flag of the Territory of New Guinea.svground
robin
Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  New Caledonia Flag of New Hebrides.svg New Hebrides [6]
1969
( details )
III Port Moresby Fiji  Flag of Fiji (1924-1970).svg88–3Flag of Papua New Guinea (1965-1970).svg  Papua New Guinea Flag of the Solomon Islands (1956-1966).svg  Solomon Islands [7]
1971
( details )
IV Papeete Western Samoa  Flag of Samoa.svg23–9Flag of New Zealand.svg Cook Islands Flag of France.svg  Tahiti [8] [9]
[10]
1975No rugby tournament in 1975
1979
( details )
VI Suva Tonga  Flag of Tonga.svg6–3Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  New Caledonia [11] [12]
1983
( details )
VII Apia Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg18–10Flag of Samoa.svg  Western Samoa Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga [13]
1987
( details )
VIII Nouméa New Caledonia  Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg22–9Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti [14] [15]
[16]
1991
( details )
IX Port Moresby Western Samoa  Flag of Samoa.svg34–7Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands [17] [18]
1995
( details )
X Papeete New Caledonia  Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg12–8
13–3
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti n/a [19] [14]
[upper-alpha 1]
 Rugby 7s
1999
( details )
XI Santa Rita Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg40–12Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu [20] [21]
[22] [upper-alpha 2]
2003
( details )
XII Suva Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg43–10Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa [26]
2007
( details )
XIII Apia Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg26–19Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea [27] [28]
[29]
2011
( details )
XIV Nouméa Samoa  Flag of Samoa.svg21–19Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea

[30]

2015
( details )
XV Port Moresby Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg33–7Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga [31]
2019
( details )
XVI Apia Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg7–5Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga [32]

Women's tournament

Rugby sevens for women was added to the Pacific Games schedule in 2011 at Nouméa.

YearGamesHost city FinalThird placeRef
GoldScoreSilverBronze
 Rugby 7s
2011
( details )
XIV Nouméa Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg43–7Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea [33]
2015
( details )
XV Port Moresby Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg12–10Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea [31]
2019
( details )
XVI Apia Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg19–5Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea [32]

Medal table

The all-time medal standings for rugby at the Pacific Games, including the South Pacific Games, from 1963–present is collated in the table below. This includes 15s and 7s versions of rugby union and both men's and women's events, but does not include medals from the Mini Games.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 112013
2Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa [upper-alpha 3] 35210
3 New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg New Caledonia 2114
4Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 1258
5Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 1135
6Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 0303
7Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 0202
8Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 0123
9Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa 0101
10Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 0022
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu [upper-alpha 4] 0022
Totals (11 nations)18181753

Updated to 2019.

Pacific Mini Games

Men's tournaments

YearGamesHost city FinalThird placeRef
GoldScoreSilverBronze
 Rugby 15s
1985
( details )
II Rarotonga Cook Islands  Flag of the Cook Islands.svgdef.Flag of France (1794-1815, 1830-1958).svg  New Caledonia Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti [34] [35]
[36]
 Rugby 7s
1997
( details )
V Pago Pago Samoa  Flag of Samoa.svg57–0Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands [37] [38]
2009
( details )
VII Rarotonga Samoa  Flag of Samoa.svg36–12Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga [39]
2013
( details )
IX Mata-Utu Samoa  Flag of Samoa.svg31–12Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga [40]
2017
( details )
X Port Vila Samoa  Flag of Samoa.svg14–7Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga [41] [42] [43]

Medal table

The all-time medal standings for rugby at the Pacific Mini Games, including the South Pacific Mini Games, from 1985–present is collated in the table below. This includes 15s and 7s versions of rugby union and both men's and women's events.

All-time medal table – Pacific Mini Games Rugby
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 4004
2Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 1001
3Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 0303
4Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa 0101
New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg New Caledonia 0101
6Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 0033
7Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 0011
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti 0011
Totals (8 nations)55515

See also

Notes

  1. As reported in Pacific Islands Monthly, Tahiti had agreed to host rugby union for the 1995 games. [upper-alpha 5] Initially it was decided to host 22 sports but 4 others were added (netball, squash, surfing and powerlifting). [upper-alpha 6]
  2. Vanuatu won a medal for rugby sevens at the 1999 SPG. [23] The team defeated the Solomon Islands in the play-off for the bronze. [24] [25]
  3. Includes medals won as Western Samoa
  4. Includes medals won as New Hebrides

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