NIUE RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
Foundation Year – 1992
This page was last updated on the 14/3/14
International Team – Niue Rugby League
Top level domestic competition – N/A
History – Niue is a small Island located in the Pacific. Niue have been playing rugby league since the early 90’s.
Niue’s first major international rugby league event was the Pacific Cup in 1992. The Pacific Cup involves other pacific nations along with indigenous teams from Australia (Aborigines) and New Zealand (Maoris). They performed well for a small nation with a shock win over Fiji.
Niue small population usually means they call on Niuean’s abroad in Australia and New Zealand when playing rugby league internationals.
In 2004 Niue played in the Pacific Rim Competition. Niue lost all their Pool games and did not progress to the finals.
In 2007 Niue took part in the South Pacific Games. For the first time the South Pacific Games had a Rugby League 9’s tournament involving 6 nations . Niue lost to Tokelau 10 – 16 in the play-off for 5th place.
Niue took part in the International 9’s held in Western Sydney on the 7th & 8th of February 2009 at Cabramatta Sports Ground. During the two day festival Niue were grouped with Tonga, Indigenous and NSW Universities. Niue registered a 6 – 0 victory over NSW Universities but failed to register another win missing out on the final.
In early 2009 Niue were ranked 29th in World seedings by the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).
The pacific nation gets plenty of exposure to Rugby League via NRL and International games that are beamed into the Pacific via free to Air TV. The recent Rugby League World Cup will hopefully provide more funding to assist with the continued development of the sport in the pacific.
Dear Readers, If you have first hand knowledge of the current Rugby League situation in Niue we would love to hear from you. Please email us at: [email protected] or join our international rugby league Forums at http://forums.rugbyleagueplanet.com and let us all know what’s going on in your part of the world.
NIUE INTERNATIONAL RUGBY LEAGUE NATION RESULTS
2015 Rugby League Results
May 2nd South Africa 4 v Niue 48, Campbelltown (Test)
2014 Rugby League Results
Oct 4th Niue 36 v Philippines 22, Wentworthville
2013 Rugby League Results
Oct 12th Vanuatu 22 v Niue 20
2004 Rugby League Results
Oct 23rd Fiji 34 – Niue 24
Oct 19th Samoa 36 – Niue 18
Oct 17th Maoris 54 – Niue 4
1998 Rugby League Results
Samoa 24 – Niue 10
1992 Rugby League Results
Niue 42 – Cook Islands 12
Western Samoa 41 – Niue 28
Niue 14 – Fiji 10
Cook Islands 23 – Niue 22
Tonga 24 – Niue 8