Rugby union is a popular sport in Tokelau.
Like many other Pacific nations, Tokelauan rugby is a popular, but often not formally organised sport. Tokelauans due to their small numbers, and scattered island population, have often preferred rugby sevens to the XV game,although Tokelau did play rugby 15s at the 1983 South Pacific Games, including a creditable 15–28 loss to PNG, a much larger Pacific nation. Rugby sevens has been a sport in the South Pacific Games since the late 1990s.
There is also a semi-formal league structure.
Tokelau's main problems are related to population and geographical factors - its population is a mere 1,416, and lives on three widely separated tropical coral atolls in the South Pacific Ocean. All of this makes a rugby infrastructure difficult to construct, and the islands are beset by rising sea levels. The geographic future of Tokelau depends on the height of the ocean. No significant land is more than two metres above high water of ordinary tides. This means Tokelau is particularly vulnerable to any possible sea level rises caused by global warming. There is also a lack of land for specifically designated rugby pitches.
Tokelau's close relationship with New Zealand and Australia, however, ensures that rugby union gets a lot of media coverage in Tokelau.
Tokelau took part in a rugby sevens tournament in the Cook Islands in June 2009.
As is the case with most Pacific Islands, rugby league has had a presence in Tokelau since the late 1980s.However, like some other national rugby league teams, the national side has relied on Australian based players with Tokelauan heritage to bolster its strength.
Tokelau is a dependent territory of New Zealand in the southern Pacific Ocean. It consists of three tropical coral atolls, with a combined land area of 10 km2 (4 sq mi). The capital rotates yearly among the three atolls. In addition, Swains Island, which forms part of the same archipelago, is subject to an ongoing territorial dispute and is currently administered by the United States as part of American Samoa. Tokelau lies north of the Samoan Islands, east of Tuvalu, south of the Phoenix Islands, southwest of the more distant Line Islands, and northwest of the Cook Islands.
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