Niue national rugby union team
The Niueanische rugby union team represents the located in the South Pacific island nation of Niue in the Rugby Union. The team is classified as a national of the third category by the International Rugby Board (IRB ).
Niue played his first international match on September 11, 1983. 4:124 After the disastrous defeat by the selection of Fiji, it took until 2001 before again took a national Niue on the international stage. The first win was on June 29, 2002 52:5 against Vanuatu.
The team is in Oceania behind the teams from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, who belong to the advanced world leaders, along with the Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea, the second guard.
Internationally, the team was already good for surprises. Particular caused a stir two wins against the much higher -ranked Japan in early 2003.
In August 2008, the team from the Oceania Cup Niue was able to win over the Cook Islands in the preliminaries and New Caledonia in the final after victories. The top three teams from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga not take part in this competition, however.
Nevertheless, the team was able to improve from the Cook Islands to place 61 of the current IRB world rankings after his victory against the higher placed team. The current position is 67
In the qualifications for the Rugby Union World Cup in 2003, 2007 and 2011 you failed each in the first round of the Cook Islands. Recently there was on 27 June 2009 a 7:29 defeat.
For the qualification tournament for the Rugby Union World Cup 2015, which took place in Papua New Guinea as part of the Oceania Cup in July 2013, the team had but surprisingly not reported.