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The Pacific Cup is a rugby league football competition for national teams from the Pacific region.

Pacific Cup
Pacific cup logo.png
SportRugby league
Instituted1974
Number of teams6
RegionPacific (Pacific International)
Holders Papua New Guinea (2009)
Most titles Māori (4 titles)
Related competitionEuropean Cup

Contents

HistoryEdit

The Pacific Cup was started in 1975 by Keith Gittoes of the New South Wales Rugby League.[1] It was held twice in the 1970s before being abandoned due to cost.

The competition was revived in 1986 by Peter Donnelly. This was a true Pacific Cup with Polynesian players playing for their true country of origin rather than for the NZ Maoris as had previously been the case . The competition was held biennially until the 1996 competition was postponed. Instead a 1996 Pacific Challenge was held. The Super League ran an Oceania Cup in 1997.

The Pacific Cup was revived by the New Zealand Rugby League once again in 2004, this time as a secondary competition to the Pacific Rim Championship. It was again held in February and March 2006 under NZRL administration, this time as a main competition.

In the post-2008 Rugby League World Cup shake up of the international calendar by the RLIF, it was confirmed that a Pacific Cup was to be held in 2009 with the winner of the tournament entering the 2010 Four Nations tournament.

The 2009 tournament was hosted by Papua New Guinea.[2] The competing teams were Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga.[2]

AppearancesEdit

Eighteen teams from tem nations have taken part in the 12 Pacific Cup tournaments held to date:

FinalsEdit

Year Host Winner Score Runner-up Losing semi -finalists Number
of
teams
1975   Papua New Guinea  
Māori
38–13  
Papua New Guinea
n/a n/a 4
1977   New Zealand  
Māori
35–12   Western Australia 5
1986   Cook Islands  
Māori
23–6  
Samoa
  Tonga   Cook Islands 6
1988   Samoa  
Māori
26–16  
Samoa
  Tonga   Cook Islands 6
1990   Tonga  
Samoa
26–18  
Māori
  Tonga   Australian Aboriginies 8
1992   New Zealand  
Samoa
18–14  
Tonga
  Māori   Australian Aboriginies 10
1994   Fiji  
Tonga
34–11  
Fiji
  Samoa   Australian Aboriginies 9
1997   New Zealand  
New Zealand XIII
20–15  
Māori
n/a n/a 6
2004   New Zealand  
Cook Islands
26–16  
Māori
6
2006   New Zealand  
Tonga
22–14  
Fiji
6
2009   Papua New Guinea  
Papua New Guinea
42–14  
Cook Islands
  Tonga   Fiji 5

ResultsEdit

Team Titles Runners-up Semi-finals
  Māori 4 (1975, 1977, 1986, 1988) 1 (1990) 1 (1992)
  Tonga 2 (1994, 2006) 1 (1992) 4 (1986, 1988, 1990, 2009)
  Samoa 2 (1990, 1992) 2 (1986, 1988) 1 (1994)
  Cook Islands 1 (2004) 1 (2009) 2 (1986, 1988)
  Papua New Guinea 1 (2009) 1 (1975) -
  New Zealand 1 (1997) - -
  Fiji - 2 (1994, 2006) 1 (2009)
  Western Australia - 1 (1977) -
  Australian Aboriginies - - 3 (1990, 1992, 1994)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ International Competitions The Vault
  2. ^ a b ARL (Press Release) (28 July 2009). "Pacific Cup announced". Australian Rugby League. Archived from the original on 13 September 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009.

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