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Rugby Matters: South Sea Bubble could provide tonic for rugby

Brendan Gallagher looks at how Pacific Island countries were left behind at the turning of amateurism to professional

13th May 2020 with 0 Comments

Influx of South Africans puts the squeeze of Europe’s Pacific Islanders, warns union chief

Dan Leo points out the shift in recruitment by European clubs from Pacific Islanders in the 80s, 90s and 2000s, to the South Africans

16th January 2020

Rugby Matters: Make Pacific Islands rugby’s West Indies

The West Indies cricket team can be selected from 15 Caribbean island nations. Brendan Gallagher asks if the same can be applied to rugby..

17th October 2019

Problems will exist in the Pacific until we get a professional team, says Fiji coach McKee

John McKee reflects on the issues facing Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, with all three nations set to exit the World Cup in the pool stage

8th October 2019

Gallagher column: Tonga and Samoa should have a base in Auckland

Brendan Gallagher's focusses on the lineage of Tonga, Samoa and Fiji's squads, most of whom are based in New Zealand and Australia

26th September 2019

Ken Pisi to leave Franklin’s Gardens after seven years

"When I first came over, I didn’t know what to expect" – Pisi

1st May 2019

Probyn column: World Cup is still the best way to gain exposure for Tier 2 nations

A big meeting to come this month on World Rugby's Nations League concept

14th March 2019

Pacific island players’ union to explore nuclear option of boycotting 2019 Rugby World Cup in light of proposed ‘World League’

Fiji, Tonga and Samoa have all qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup

1st March 2019

Jackson column: Trailblazing Bee-Gee who twice broke Welsh hearts

Peter Jackson throws things back to 1999 when Apollo Perelini took Samoa to glory

27th September 2018

Leo column: Unearth the root causes to end off-field violence

Dan Leo highlights the skirmish between Amanaki Mafi and Lopeti Timani as one instance of how Pacific Islander physicality can take on..

16th August 2018

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