Vanuatu national rugby union team

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Vanuatu
Vanuatu Rugby Football Union logo.png
Nickname(s)Tuskers
Union Vanuatu Rugby Football Union
Head coachIshmael Kalsakau
World Rugby ranking
Current104 (as of November 23rd, 2020)
First international
New Hebrides 18–18 Wallis and Futuna
(1966-12-01)
Biggest win
Vanuatu 6-0 Wallis and Futuna
(1966-12-01)
Biggest defeat
Papua New Guinea 97–3 Vanuatu
(2005-08-20)

The Vanuatu national rugby union team represents Vanuatu in the sport of rugby union. The team is classified as a tier three nation by the International Rugby Board (IRB), and has yet to qualify for a Rugby World Cup. Its international debut was in 1966. The team is nicknamed the Tuskers, after the pig tusks prized as currency in some parts of the country. The tusks also appear on the country's flag.

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History

Vanuatu was involved in the Oceania qualifying tournaments for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. It was a part of the Round 1a group, with the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. It won its first match at home against the Solomon Islands, lost the second match away to Papua New Guinea 97 to 3, and did not proceed to the next round.

Record

World Cup

World Cup record
YearQualification status
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 1987 Not invited
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Ireland.svg Flag of France.svg 1991 Did not enter
Flag of South Africa.svg 1995 Did not enter
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 1999 Did not enter
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2003 Did not qualify
Flag of France.svg 2007 Did not qualify
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2011 Did not qualify
Flag of England.svg 2015 Did not qualify
Flag of Japan.svg 2019 Did not qualify

Overall

AgainstPlayedWonLostDrawn% Won
Flags of New Caledonia.svg  New Caledonia 30300.00
Flag of Niue.svg  Niue 20200.00
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 50500.00
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands 413025.00
Total1411307.14

In late 2012, due to management issues, the Vanuatu rugby team was suspended by the IRB for failure to report about the country's use of money and development of the sport within the country.

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