Vanuatu national rugby union team

The Vanuatu national rugby union team represents Vanuatu in the sport of rugby union. The team is classified as a tier three nation by the International Rugby Board (IRB), and has yet to qualify for a Rugby World Cup. Its international debut was in 1966. The team is nicknamed the Tuskers, after the pig tusks prized as currency in some parts of the country. The tusks also appear on the country's flag.

Shirt badge/Association crest
UnionVanuatu Rugby Football Union
Head coachIshmael Kalsakau
World Rugby ranking
Current108 (as of July 2, 2022)
First international
New Hebrides 18–18 Wallis and Futuna
Biggest win
Vanuatu 6–0 Wallis and Futuna
Biggest defeat
Papua New Guinea 97–3 Vanuatu
Medal record


Vanuatu was involved in the Oceania qualifying tournaments for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. It was a part of the Round 1a group, with the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. It won its first match at home against the Solomon Islands, lost the second match away to Papua New Guinea 97 to 3, and did not proceed to the next round.


World CupEdit

World Cup record
Year Qualification status
   1987 Not invited
    1991 did not enter
  1995 did not enter
  1999 did not enter
  2003 did not qualify
  2007 did not qualify
  2011 did not qualify
  2015 did not qualify
  2019 did not qualify


Against Played Won Lost Drawn % Won
  New Caledonia 3 0 3 0 0.00
  Niue 2 0 2 0 0.00
  Papua New Guinea 5 0 5 0 0.00
  Solomon Islands 4 1 3 0 25.00
Total 14 1 13 0 7.14

In late 2012, due to management issues, the Vanuatu rugby team was suspended by the IRB for failure to report about the country's use of money and development of the sport within the country.

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