Rugby union in Palau is a minor but growing sport.
Rugby was introduced in the mid 20th century, either by the Japanese, or the Americans. Palau was a Japanese colony between the two world wars, and Japanese is still an official language there.
Palau's main problem is one of population. Only around 20,000 people live there. Although most of these people live on the main island, the southern islands, such as Sonsorol, are particularly isolated, making development difficult there, and land is at a premium, making the development of pitches difficult.
In 1995, Guam Rugby Club undertook tours to Saipan (in the Marianas), Palau, Pohnpei (Micronesia), and continental Asia.
Rugby Sevens has been a sport in the South Pacific Games since the late 1990s.
Guam is an organized, unincorporated territory of the United States in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean. It is the westernmost point and territory of the United States, along with the Northern Mariana Islands. The capital city of Guam is Hagåtña and the most populous city is Dededo. Guam has been a member of the Pacific Community since 1983. The inhabitants of Guam are called Guamanians, and they are American citizens by birth. The indigenous Guamanians are the Chamorros, who are related to other Austronesian natives of Eastern Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan.
Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, composed of thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It has a close shared cultural history with two other island regions: Polynesia to the east and Melanesia to the south; as well as with the wider Austronesian peoples.
Palau, officially the Republic of Palau and historically Belau, Palaos or Pelew, is an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean. The country contains approximately 340 islands, and together with parts of the Federated States of Micronesia, forms the western chain of the Caroline Islands. Its area is 466 square kilometers (180 sq mi). The most populous island is Koror. The capital Ngerulmud is located on the nearby island of Babeldaob, in Melekeok State. Palau shares maritime boundaries with Japan to the north, Micronesia to the east, Indonesia to the south, and the Philippines to the west.
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Rugby union in the Philippines is a minor but growing sport.
Rugby union in the Marshall Islands is a minor sport.
Rugby union in the northern Mariana Islands is a minor but growing sport.
Rugby union in the Federated States of Micronesia is a minor but growing sport.
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