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The Wallis and Futuna national rugby union team represents Wallis and Futuna in rugby union. The team's first international match was against Papua New Guinea, who beat them 54–5 in 1966. Wallis and Futuna recorded their first, and as yet only, victory against Tahiti, winning 3–0 away from home in 1971. The team has not played since 1971 and is currently inactive.
Rugby sevens is now the preferred rugby format in Wallis and Futuna.
Wallis and Futuna, officially the Territory of the Wallis and Futuna Islands, is a French island collectivity in the South Pacific between Tuvalu to the northwest, Fiji to the southwest, Tonga to the southeast, Samoa to the east, and Tokelau to the northeast.
The Kailao is a Tongan cultural dance. Its origin is from Wallis and Futuna.
Mata Utu is the capital of Wallis and Futuna, an overseas collectivity of France. It is located on the island of Uvéa (ʻUvea), in the district of Hahake, of which it is also the capital. Its population was 1,029 in 2018. It is one of two ports in Wallis and Futuna, the other being at Leava on Futuna. Hihifo Airport, the main airport accessing the island and city, is 5.6 kilometres (3.5 mi) to the northwest.
The Tahiti national rugby union team is a third tier rugby union team, representing the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France. They first played in 1971 and have played just 12 games to date, four against the Cook Islands and three against Niue. Other games have been played against Samoa, Wallis and Futuna, Papua New Guinea and Tonga. France played a match against Tahiti at the end of their 1979 tour and won 92-12. Plans to have annual "test" match series against Pacific island neighbours, New Caledonia have been put on hold, due to time, availability, finances, and coaching and refereeing resources. They have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup. Rugby union in Tahiti is administered by the Fédération Tahitienne de Rugby de Polynésie Française. Currently, players who have represented or played for the Tahiti national rugby team, are eligible to represent France. However, playing at a professional level can only enable this. At present there are several Tahitian professional rugby players abroad in France’s Top 14 and Pro D2 professional competition.
The Cook Islands is a third tier rugby union playing nation. They began playing international rugby in the early 1971. Thus far, the Cook Islands have not made an appearance at any of the World Cups.
The Wallis and Futuna national soccer team is the national soccer team of Wallis and Futuna. Wallis and Futuna is not a member of FIFA and, therefore, is not eligible to enter either the FIFA World Cup or the OFC Nations Cup.
The Papua New Guinea national rugby union team, nicknamed the Pukpuks,, played its first international in 1966, defeating Vanuatu 47-3. Papua New Guinea have not so far qualified for a Rugby World Cup. They participated in the Oceania World Cup qualifying tournaments for the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups, but did not qualify.
The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Wallis and Futuna:
Oceania Rugby, previously known as the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU), is the regional governing body for rugby union in Oceania. It was founded in 2000 to represent the interests of Oceania rugby within World Rugby, the international governing body. It presently encompasses fourteen full members and two associate members.
The 1st constituency of Wallis and Futuna is a French legislative constituency covering the whole of the overseas collectivity of Wallis and Futuna. It is represented in the XVth legislature by Sylvain Brial an independent left-wing politician who defeated Napole Polutele in a 2018 by-election.
Rugby union in Wallis and Futuna is a popular sport within the French overseas territory.
Willy Taofifénua is a former French rugby player. He played as a flanker for FC Grenoble.
Christopher Tolofua is a French rugby union player who currently plays for Toulon.
Tokelau national rugby sevens team is a minor national side. At the 2011 Pacific Games they finished in 8th place.
The Wallis and Futuna national rugby sevens team is a minor national team that competes in the Pacific Games and in regional tournaments.
Sébastien Vahaamahina is a French rugby union player of Wallisian origin from the French-administered South Pacific overseas collectivity of New Caledonia.
The 2013 Pacific Mini Games was the ninth edition of these Games. They were held in Mata Utu, Wallis and Futuna, Territory of France, from 2 to 12 September 2013.
The Wallis and Futuna Rugby Committee is a committee under the umbrella of the French Rugby Federation which is the governing body for rugby union within Wallis and Futuna.
The Nauru national rugby sevens team made its international debut at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
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