Rugby union at the Pacific Games has been contested since 1963 when included as one of ten sports at the first games held in Suva, Fiji.[1] Rugby sevens is the form of rugby now played at the Pacific Games, with men's and women's tournaments (for 7-a-side teams) included in the current schedule. The women's competition was added for the first time at the 2011 Pacific Games held in Nouméa.

Prior to the late 1990s the men's tournament at the South Pacific Games, as it was then known, was contested by national rugby union teams (i.e. 15-a-side). The shorter tournament structure of rugby sevens being better suited to multi-sports events led to the change of format.

In 2014, Australia and New Zealand were invited to participate in some events for the 2015 Pacific Games,[2] and the Australian women's sevens team was subsequently confirmed as a competitor for the women's tournament in Port Moresby.[3]

Rugby sevens is also played at the Pacific Mini Games, and was included for the first time at Pago Pago in 1997.

Pacific Games

Men's tournament

The men's tournament is now played as a rugby sevens competition (for 7-a-side teams). From 1963 until 1995 the competition was for national rugby union teams (15-a-side). The first two events in 1963 and 1966 were played as round-robin competitions only and, as such, did not include finals.

Year Games Host city  Final Third place Ref
Gold Score Silver Bronze
 Rugby 15s
1963
(details)
I Suva Fiji  round
robin
 Tonga  Western Samoa [4][5]
1966
(details)
II Nouméa Papua New Guinea round
robin
 New Caledonia New Hebrides [6]
1969
(details)
III Port Moresby Fiji  88–3  Papua New Guinea  Solomon Islands [7]
1971
(details)
IV Papeete Western Samoa  23–9 Cook Islands  Tahiti [8][9]
[10]
1975 No rugby tournament in 1975
1979
(details)
VI Suva Tonga  6–3  Fiji  New Caledonia [11][12]
1983
(details)
VII Apia Fiji  18–10  Western Samoa  Tonga [13]
1987
(details)
VIII Nouméa New Caledonia  22–9  Cook Islands  Tahiti [14][15]
[16]
1991
(details)
IX Port Moresby Western Samoa  34–7  American Samoa  Solomon Islands [17][18]
1995
(details)
X Papeete New Caledonia  12–8
13–3
 Tahiti n/a [19][14]
[A]
 Rugby 7s
1999
(details)
XI Santa Rita Fiji  40–12  Papua New Guinea  Vanuatu [20][21]
[22][B]
2003
(details)
XII Suva Fiji  43–10  Cook Islands  Samoa [26]
2007
(details)
XIII Apia Fiji  26–19  Samoa  Papua New Guinea [27][28]
[29]
2011
(details)
XIV Nouméa Samoa  21–19  Fiji  Papua New Guinea

[30]

2015
(details)
XV Port Moresby Fiji  33–7  Samoa  Tonga [31]
2019
(details)
XVI Apia Fiji  7–5  Samoa  Tonga [32]

Women's tournament

Rugby sevens for women was added to the Pacific Games schedule in 2011 at Nouméa.

Year Games Host city  Final Third place Ref
Gold Score Silver Bronze
 Rugby 7s
2011
(details)
XIV Nouméa Fiji  43–7  Samoa  Papua New Guinea [33]
2015
(details)
XV Port Moresby Fiji  12–10  Australia  Papua New Guinea [31]
2019
(details)
XVI Apia Fiji  19–5  Australia  Papua New Guinea [32]

Medal table

The all-time medal standings for rugby at the Pacific Games, including the South Pacific Games, from 1963–present is collated in the table below. This includes 15s and 7s versions of rugby union and both men's and women's events, but does not include medals from the Mini Games.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Fiji112013
2 Samoa[C]35210
3New Caledonia New Caledonia2114
4 Papua New Guinea1258
5 Tonga1135
6 Cook Islands0303
7 Australia0202
8 Tahiti0123
9 American Samoa0101
10 Solomon Islands0022
 Vanuatu[D]0022
Totals (11 nations)18181753

Updated to 2019.

Pacific Mini Games

Men's tournaments

Year Games Host city  Final Third place Ref
Gold Score Silver Bronze
 Rugby 15s
1985
(details)
II Rarotonga Cook Islands  def.  New Caledonia  Tahiti [34][35]
[36]
 Rugby 7s
1997
(details)
V Pago Pago Samoa  57–0  American Samoa  Solomon Islands [37][38]
2009
(details)
VII Rarotonga Samoa  36–12  Fiji  Tonga [39]
2013
(details)
IX Mata-Utu Samoa  31–12  Fiji  Tonga [40]
2017
(details)
X Port Vila Samoa  14–7  Fiji  Tonga [41][42][43]

Medal table

The all-time medal standings for rugby at the Pacific Mini Games, including the South Pacific Mini Games, from 1985–present is collated in the table below. This includes 15s and 7s versions of rugby union and both men's and women's events.

All-time medal table – Pacific Mini Games Rugby
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Samoa4004
2 Cook Islands1001
3 Fiji0303
4 American Samoa0101
New Caledonia New Caledonia0101
6 Tonga0033
7 Solomon Islands0011
 Tahiti0011
Totals (8 nations)55515

See also

Notes

  1. ^ As reported in Pacific Islands Monthly, Tahiti had agreed to host rugby union for the 1995 games.[44] Initially it was decided to host 22 sports but 4 others were added (netball, squash, surfing and powerlifting).[45]
  2. ^ Vanuatu won a medal for rugby sevens at the 1999 SPG.[23] The team defeated the Solomon Islands in the play-off for the bronze.[24][25]
  3. ^ Includes medals won as Western Samoa
  4. ^ Includes medals won as New Hebrides

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