Papua New Guinea national rugby union team

The Papua New Guinea national rugby union team, nicknamed the Pukpuks, (Tok Pisin for 'crocodiles'), played its first international in 1966, defeating Vanuatu 47–3. Papua New Guinea have not so far qualified for a Rugby World Cup. They participated in the Oceania World Cup qualifying tournaments for the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups, but did not qualify.

Papua New Guinea
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Pukpuks
UnionPapua New Guinea Rugby Football Union
Head coachSydney Wesley
First colours
World Rugby ranking
Current84 (as of 16 January 2023)
First international
 Papua New Guinea 47–3  New Hebrides
(1966-12-01)
Biggest win
 Papua New Guinea 97–3  Vanuatu
(2005-08-20)
Biggest defeat
 Papua New Guinea 7–115  Samoa
(2009-07-11)

HistoryEdit

Papua New Guinea made their international rugby debut at the South Pacific Games in 1966. The team won all three matches against New Hebrides, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna to win the gold medal.

As hosts for the following games held at Port Moresby in 1969, Papua New Guinea defeated New Caledonia again and the Solomon Islands but lost to the eventual gold medalist Fiji to finish with the silver medal.

Papua New Guinea entered a qualifying tournament for the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales. Papua New Guinea competed in Round 1 of the Oceania qualifying tournament. Although they defeated Tahiti, they lost 22–19 against the Cook Islands. They finished second in the final standings.

They played in qualifying tournaments for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, playing in Round 1b of the Oceania tournament. Papua New Guinea defeated both the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to advance through to Round 3. In Round 3 Papua New Guinea faced the Cook Islands to advance to Round 4. In the final round, for repechage qualification, Papua New Guinea were defeated by Tonga.

In attempting to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, Papua New Guinea started out in Round 1a of the tournament. Papua New Guinea defeated the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to finish at the top of the standings to move through to Round 2. In Round 2 the Cook Islands went through to Round 4.

The Pukpuks won the inaugural Federation of Oceania Rugby Union (FORU) Cup (2007), defeating Niue in the final by a score of 46–19. In the 2009 Oceania Nations Cup, Papua New Guinea managed to beat Vanuatu 86–12 in the semifinals and in the final, beat Cook Islands 29–12. They then went on to play Samoa in the Oceania Qualification for the 2011 Rugby World Cup where they got beaten 115–7 away and 73–12 at home. They were unable to qualify for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Papua New Guinea hosted the 2011 edition of the FORU Oceania Cup, winning the tournament by defeating Vanuatu (78–3),[1] Solomon Islands (33–15)[2] and Niue (36–7) [3]

World Cup recordEdit

World Cup record
Year Round P W D L F A
   1987 No qualifying tournament held
    1991 Did not enter
  1995
  1999 Did not qualify
  2003
  2007
  2011
  2015
  2019 Withdrew
  2023 Did not qualify
  2027
Total 0/8 - - - - - -

Overall RecordsEdit

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Papua New Guinea national XV at test level up until 20 April 2020.[4]

Team Mat Won Lost Draw Win% Last played For Aga Diff
  American Samoa 1 1 0 0 100% 2015 36 22 +14
  Cook Islands 7 3 4 0 42.86% 2013 153 163 −10
  Fiji 3 0 3 0 0% 1979 3 253 −250
  Hong Kong 3 0 3 0 0% 2016 26 79 −53
  Nauru 1 1 0 0 100% 2019 89 7 +82
  New Caledonia 3 2 1 0 66.67% 1979 59 25 +34
  New Hebrides 1 1 0 0 100% 1966 47 3 +44
  Niue 3 3 0 0 100% 2019 111 44 +67
  Russia 1 0 1 0 0% 2016 19 49 −30
  Samoa 2 0 2 0 0% 2009 19 188 −169
  Solomon Islands 8 8 0 0 100% 2019 284 97 +187
  Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0 100% 1992 46 35 +11
  Tahiti 3 3 0 0 100% 2015 163 48 +115
  Tonga 2 0 2 0 0% 2002 26 135 −105
  Vanuatu 5 5 0 0 100% 2011 339 28 +311
  Wallis and Futuna 2 2 0 0 100% 1969 100 5 +95
  Zimbabwe 1 0 1 0 0% 2016 11 38 −27
Total 50 32 18 0 64% 1564 1271 +293

SquadEdit

Squad to Oceania Rugby Men's Championship (12 October 2022):

  • Aidan Toua - QRU
  • Jordan Seladi (Capital Rugby Union)
  • Tony Sipa (Capital Rugby Union)
  • Freddy Andale (Capital Rugby Union)
  • Mick Rau (Capital Rugby Union)
  • Caleb Nipal (Capital Rugby Union)
  • Eddie Nipal (Capital Rugby Union)
  • George Wai (Capital Rugby Union)
  • Barol Homerang (Capital Rugby Union)
  • Jaran Pittan (Capital Rugby Union)
  • Ron Butler (Capital Rugby Union)
  • Kenneth Vagi (Capital Rugby Union)
  • William Kalai (Capital Rugby Union)
  • Anu Karai (Capital Rugby Union)
  • Jonah Tokiong (Capital Rugby Union)
  • Blake Mindipi (Capital Rugby Union)
  • Francis Miria (Morobe)
  • Cameron Wai (Morobe)
  • Laho Posu (Morobe)
  • Lindsay Yobone (Morobe)
  • Paul Nelson (Morobe)
  • Mafu Kalas (Morobe)
  • Elias Patala (Morobe)
  • Eddie Carl Soor (NCD Rugby Union)
  • Ezekiel Dauko (NCD Rugby Union)
  • Brendon Yenmoro (NCD Rugby Union)
  • Jackson Waingut (NCD Rugby Union)
  • Keith Frizzel (NCD Rugby Union)
  • George Mark (East New Britain)
  • Hosea Alfred (East New Britain)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ www.irb.com https://web.archive.org/web/20111201232547/http://www.irb.com/newsmedia/regional/newsid=2060706.html. Archived from the original on 2011-12-01. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ www.irb.com https://web.archive.org/web/20111203220417/http://www.irb.com/newsmedia/regional/newsid=2060759.html. Archived from the original on 2011-12-03. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ www.irb.com https://web.archive.org/web/20111207085804/http://www.irb.com/newsmedia/regional/newsid=2060797.html. Archived from the original on 2011-12-07. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "team records". espnscrum. Retrieved 20 April 2020.

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