Papua New Guinea national rugby union team

The rugby union team represents Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea in Rugby Union. The team is classified as a national of the third category by the International Rugby Board (IRB ).


Papua New Guinea has been playing since 1966 internationally in rugby union. The first international match in December they won against the selection of Vanuatu with 47:3. In addition, you stepped up in 1969 to test games against Fiji and Wallis and Futuna. Up to participate in the qualification for the Rugby Union World Cup in 1999 they played from then but only sporadically internationally, including one subject Fiji in 1979 significantly with 0:86.

In qualifying for the tournament in Wales, the team failed in the first round, although one could defeat Tahiti. The defeat against the Cook Islands cost the team but the next round.

In qualifying for the 2003 World Cup, things went much better. After victories over the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu they reached the third round in which waited the Cook Islands. After a 29:14 win at home they lost a week later in the Cook Islands with 21:16. Due to the points scored more Papua New Guinea reached the fourth and final round. There they defeated the team from Tonga in two games with 14:47 and 12:84.

2007 is defeated in the first round again, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In the next round the Cook Islands succeeded the rematch, four years earlier defeat, and Papua New Guinea retired after a 12:37 defeat and a 20:11 victory from. In qualifying for the 2011 World Cup succeeded in Papua New Guinea to the decisive round in Oceania go where no one but clearly defeated twice against Samoa and thus eliminated.

Participation in World Championships