Pacific Islanders rugby union team
The team is provided by the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance, which also has the Pacific Tri-Nations organized until 2005. In addition to the three oceanic nations also Niue and the Cook Islands are entitled to release players to the team, even though they do not play in the Pacific Tri-Nations. The team is not entitled to participate in the world championships, but touring every two years by the world. 2004, they played against the teams in the southern hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand and South Africa ), 2006 against the Celtic nations (Wales, Scotland and Ireland ), but this time without players from Niue and the Cook Islands.
Rugby union is the most popular sport in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, but has become increasingly professionalized since the sport that these nations are no longer able to keep up with the richer nations. The three nations undertake fewer matches and losing games against stronger nations with large differences, as the best players of these countries, mostly to decide aground for the more competitive teams from New Zealand and Australia.
Australia / New Zealand Tour (2004)
After the establishment of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance ( PIRA ) in 2002, it was decided in 2004 to go with a joint team on tour. For a coach was determined, which is supported by the national coaches of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. This represented a team from the best players in the three countries. Even before the tour starts, the team received more media attention than it would alone ever managed one of the three nations. In preparation for the three matches they defeated in May 2004, the first Australian club teams Queensland Reds with 48:29 and New South Wales Waratahs at 68:21. In the games against Australia ( 14:29 ), New Zealand ( 26:41 ) and South Africa ( 24:38 ) in June 2004, they showed extremely attractive benefits despite three defeats.
Celtic Nations Tour (2006)
Due to the qualification for the Rugby Union World Cup 2007, it toured until November 2006. Planned international matches against Italy and New Zealand in June 2006 did not take place. In November toured only players who were already running internationally for their homeland. This is the PIRA had so decided in July 2006, as Sione Lauaki and Sitiveni Sivivatu, the top scorer of the tour in 2004, after the tour for the national team of New Zealand began to play.
In November 2006, we entered against Wales ( 20:38 ), Scotland ( 22:34 ) and Ireland ( 17:61 ), but as early as 2004 was defeated in all three games. The match against Ireland was the last in the traditional stadium Lansdowne Road before the renovation.
England / France / Italy Tour (2008)
In November 2008, the Pacific Islanders were a tour in the Northern Hemisphere and met the national teams of England (November 8 ), France (November 15 ) and Italy ( November 22 ). First Ilivasi Tabua was determined as coach of the selection. However, he resigned due to personal reasons on 23 September of this office. Quddus Fielea, which was previously scheduled as an assistant coach and the national team coached Tonga, took over the role.
The first game against England was lost with 13:39. Even against France left the team after a 17:42 defeat as the loser of the square. In the final game of the tour, the Islanders were the first to win a game against a national team with a 25:17 against Italy.