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The Niue national rugby league team represents Niue in rugby league football. The team played their first match in 1986, and their first Test match in 2013.

Niue
Badge of Niue team
Team information
NicknameThe Rock
Governing bodyNiue Rugby League
RegionAsia-Pacific
Head coachBrendan Perenara
CaptainMike Filimona
Home stadiumAlofi Stadium
RLIF ranking24th
Uniforms
First colours
Team results
First international
 Cook Islands 22–8 Niue 
(Rarotonga, Cook Islands; 1986)
Biggest win
 Niue 48–4 South Africa 
(Campbelltown, Australia; 2 May 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Samoa 36–18 Niue 
(Suva, Fiji; 19 October 2004)

HistoryEdit

 
Captain Mike Filimona playing for Niue against the Philippines in 2014

The team played their first match in at the 1986 Pacific Cup, losing 22-8 to the Cook Islands. Their first ever win was 14-0 against Fiji at the 1992 Pacific Cup. Niue currently participates in the annual Cabramatta International Nines tournament. They lost their first ever Test match 22-20 against Vanuatu on 12 October 2013.

ResultsEdit

Pacific CupEdit

Year Opponent Score Venue
1986   Cook Islands 8 – 22   Rarotonga
  Māori 16 – 32
1990   Tokelau 16 – 26   Nukuʻalofa
  Tonga 4 – 58
  Western Samoa 2 – 52
1992   Tonga 8 – 24   Carlaw Park, Auckland
  Cook Islands 22 – 23
  Fiji 14 – 0
  Western Samoa 41 – 28
1994   Australian Aborigines 10 – 64   Suva
  Māori 22 – 24
  Fijian Presidents XIII 30 – 8
  Tonga 58 – 12
2004   Māori 4 – 54   North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
  Samoa 18 – 36   Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
  Fiji 24 – 34   North Harbour Stadium, Auckland

Current SquadEdit

Test matchesEdit

Date Opponent Score Venue Ref
12 October 2013   Vanuatu 20 – 22   Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila [2][3]
4 October 2014   Philippines 36 – 22   Wentworthville [4]
2 May 2015   South Africa 48 – 4   Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown [5]
3 October 2015   Cook Islands 44 – 22   Sydney [6][7]
October 2016   South Africa 50 – 22   Brakpan Stadium, Pretoria [8]
November 2016   South Africa 44 – 0
14 October 2017   Lebanon 32 – 16   Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Link

All-time results recordEdit

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost Win % For Aga Diff
  Cook Islands 1 1 0 0 100% 44 22 +22
  Lebanon 1 0 0 1 0% 16 32 -16
  Philippines 1 1 0 0 100% 36 22 +14
  South Africa 3 3 0 0 100% 142 26 +116
  Vanuatu 1 0 0 1 0% 20 22 -2
Total 8 6 0 2 75% 258 124 +124

Notable playersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Niue announce squad for Emerging Nations World Cup". Rugby League International Federation. 27 July 2018.
  2. ^ Mascord, Steve (12 October 2013). "Mal Meninga's nephew stars as Vanuatu scrape home in historic encounter". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Victory for Vanuatu over Niue newcomers". Vanuatu Rugby League. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Niue rugby league coach says victory another step forward". Radio New Zealand. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  5. ^ St John, Mark (3 May 2015). "Niue Beat South Africa". Rugby League Week.
  6. ^ "Niue rugby league claim biggest scalp yet". Radio New Zealand. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  7. ^ Ewart, Richard (6 October 2016). "Niue topple Cook Islands to boost their stocks on the international stage". ABC. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Niue depart for African rugby league tour". Radio New Zealand. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.

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