Rugby union in Wallis and Futuna

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Rugby union in Wallis and Futuna
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CountryWallis and Futuna
Governing body French Rugby Federation
Comité Territorial de Rugby Wallis et Futuna
National team(s) Wallis and Futuna
First playedlate 19th century

Rugby union in Wallis and Futuna is a popular sport within the French overseas territory.

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Governing body

The Comité Territorial de Rugby Wallis et Futuna is a committee under the umbrella of the French Rugby Federation which is the governing body for rugby union within Wallis and Futuna. [1] [2]

The committee is not affiliated to the IRB in its own right, but it is an associate member of the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU), which is the governing body for rugby union in Oceania.

History

Rugby union was first introduced into Wallis and Futuna by the French, and has been played there for at least a century. Wallis and Futuna is still a French colony, and this has proven a mixed blessing, as players have the prospect of "promotion" to French professionalism/semi-amateurism, but this also potentially weakens the local system, removing players from local competitions.

Wallis and Futuna also has geographical problems. The two main island groups are 160 km apart, making regular competition difficult. There is also the issue of population, since the islands only have around 13,000 inhabitants. However, the islands have strong ties to Tonga and Samoa, both of which are major rugby nations, despite their small size. The Kailao often thought of as the Tongan haka and used by the Tonga national rugby union team is of Wallisian origin.

Pacific Games

Wallis and Futuna first played international 15-a-side rugby in 1966 at the South Pacific Games (as it was then called), but has since switched focus onto playing rugby sevens. Rugby Sevens has been a sport in the South Pacific Games since the late 1990s. The Wallis and Futuna team has competed at 7-a-side rugby tournaments in recent Pacific Games. [3] [4]

Notable Players

See also

Reference list

  1. "Comités Territoriaux" [Territorial Committees] (in French). Fédération Française de Rugby. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  2. "Effectifs des Comités au 30 mai 2009" [Committee numbers at 30 May 2009](PDF 0.3 MB) (in French). Fédération Française de Rugby. Archived (PDF) from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  3. "Two days of rugby union sevens". Cook Islands News. 10 January 2007. Archived from the original on 2 January 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  4. "Rugby sevens at the 2011 Pacific Games". XIVth Pacific Games. Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 29 November 2011.

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