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Vanuatu national rugby league team

The Vanuatu national rugby league team represents Vanuatu in international rugby league matches. The team was founded in 2011 and is administered by the Vanuatu Rugby League (VRL).

Vanuatu
Badge of Vanuatu team
Team information
Governing bodyVanuatu Rugby League
RegionAsia-Pacific
Head coachLionel Harbin
CaptainJames Wood
Home stadiumPort Vila Municipal Stadium
RLIF ranking36th
Team results
First international
 Vanuatu 14–24 Greece 
(Port Vila, Vanuatu; 20 October 2012)
Biggest win
 Vanuatu 48–30 Solomon Islands 
(Mackay, Australia; 7 October 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Vanuatu 16–32 Philippines 
(Luganville, Vanuatu; 11 October 2014)
World Cup
Appearances0

HistoryEdit

The Vanuatu national team was founded in 2011 after Australian Dane Campbell began to promote rugby league in Vanuatu.[1] Campbell was the inaugural head coach of the team. They played their first match in the Cabramatta International Nines on 4 February 2012. Joe Meninga, nephew of Mal Meninga, was selected in Vanuatu's squad for the tournament.[2] The team were undefeated in reaching the final, where they lost to the Australian Aboriginal team.

Vanuatu played their first test match against Greece on 20 October 2012, which they lost 14-24.[3][4] On 20 August 2013, David Simpson was announced as head coach, succeeding the inaugural head coach Dane Campbell.[5]

Current SquadEdit

Squad selected for the 2018 Emerging Nations World Championship;[6]

  • Avia Allen
  • Amani Arutahiki
  • Rob Franklin
  • Maxwell Garae Ngatonga
  • Ben Henderson
  • Patrick Jack
  • Stanley Joseph
  • Anro Kalpukai
  • Daniel Kaltapang
  • Andrew Kaltongga
  • Salitasi Lolo
  • Ben Lui
  • Danford Lui
  • Tonny Lui
  • Alehana Mara
  • Alickson Napakaurana
  • Potefa Nishina
  • Kalsauma Oscar
  • Alex Philip
  • Dominique Sablan
  • Max Taleo
  • Stephen Tanga
  • Daniel Wood
  • James Wood

International resultsEdit

Date Opponent Score Venue Attendance Note
20 October 2012   Greece 14-24   Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila Friendly
7 October 2013   Solomon Islands 48-30   Stadium Mackay, Mackay 1,648 Friendly
12 October 2013   Niue 22-20   Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila 3,022 Friendly
11 October 2014   Philippines 16-32   Chapius Stadium, Luganville 2,021 Friendly
16 October 2016   Solomon Islands 24-16   Port Vila Municipal Stadium, Port Vila 1,000 Friendly
4 October 2018   Hungary 18-13   St.Marys League Stadium, Sydney 300 2018 Emerging Nations World Championship
7 October 2018   Greece 38-0   Kellyville Ridge Stadium, Sydney 130 2018 Emerging Nations World Championship
10 October 2018   Poland 44-4   New Era Stadium, Sydney 170 2018 Emerging Nations World Championship

All-time results recordEdit

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost Win % For Aga Diff
  Greece 1 0 0 1 0% 14 24 -10
  Hungary 1 0 0 1 0% 13 18 -5
  Hong Kong 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0
  Japan 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0
  Niue 1 1 0 0 100% 22 20 +2
  Poland 1 0 0 1 0% 4 44 -40
  Philippines 1 0 0 1 0% 32 16 -16
  Solomon Islands 2 2 0 0 100% 72 46 +26
Total 7 3 0 4 50% 153 124 +29

Current players of Ni-Vanuatu descentEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-10. Retrieved 2011-12-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Vanuatu Rugby League announces national team". Vanuatu Daily Post. 19 December 2011. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012.
  3. ^ http://rugbyleagueplanet.com/international-rugby-league-features/211-vanuatu-rugby-league/702-greece-defeat-vanuatu-in-port-vila
  4. ^ Bryan, Andrew (6 November 2012). "Lazarus' Greek Odyssey". NRL.com. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  5. ^ "New Squad and Coach announced". VanuatuRL.com. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  6. ^ https://www.rlenwc.com/teams/vanuatu/ Vanuatu RLENWC
  7. ^ "Alehana Mara happy to help Vanuatu in long-term World Cup quest". Radio New Zealand. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2016.

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