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Rugby tournament prepares athletes for Tokyo Olympics Games
The 2021 PacificAus Sports Oceania Rugby Sevens held at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville over the weekend 25th to 27th June 2021 was the final official tournament for Oceania Rugby national teams ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Sevens.
The event featured four men’s and four women’s teams with the national teams from Australia (current Women’s Olympic Gold Medalist), Fiji (current men’s Olympic Gold Medalist) and New Zealand (current men’s and women’s Commonwealth and Rugby World Cup Sevens Champions) joined by an Oceania side in both the men’s and women’s event.
Played as a double round-robin format the tournament mirrors the Olympic three-day schedule, with each team playing two matches per day. Each team played the other three teams twice with Fiji undefeated, New Zealand as runner-up and Australia positioned third.
The tournament is supported by the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ), Sport and Recreation (SR) and Stadiums Queensland (SQ), and Townsville City Council (Council) and is sponsored by the PacificAus Sports program (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Australian Government supported the travel costs for Fiji’s national women and men’s sevens teams to compete in the Challenge, through the Pacific Step-Up program, PacificAus Sports. The $52 million program aims to build sustainable, elite sport pathways between Australia and the Pacific, with a major focus on women and girls.
Oceania Rugby is one of six regional associations of World Rugby, responsible for representing the interests of its 16 Members. Oceania Rugby works closely with Member Unions to promote the growth and performance of rugby throughout the Oceania region. Central to this is a series of tournaments, development programs and institutional strengthening initiatives led and coordinated by Oceania Rugby. Oceania Rugby’s Sport for Development programs contribute to achieving gender equality, reducing inequality, and ending violence against women and children, and are built around rugby values: respect, integrity, solidarity, discipline and passion.
The Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is working with partners across the region to enhance Pacific sporting communities, unlock the potential of rising Pacific stars, and to create new opportunities for Pacific sportspeople to meet and learn from their Australian counterparts. The $52million program a is a flagship initiative of Pacific Step-up and Sports Diplomacy 2030.
26th June 2021 - Fiji and Australia aspire to elevated cooperation through sport
1st June 2021 - New Zealand Rugby appoints new Chair and Deputy
30th May 2021 - Coffs Coast attracts first major women’s rugby tournament
20th May 2021 - Rugby Australia launches bid to host 2027 Rugby World Cup
13th May 2021 - Rugby Australia announces Cadbury as new principal partner
12th May 2021 - New dates announced for Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand
29th April 2021 - COVID impact sees Rugby Australia reveal $27.1 million loss for 2020
12th April 2021 - Rugby Australia launches new Digital Coaching Hub
26th March 2021 - World Rugby to back Super Rugby involvement of two Pacific Island teams
5th March 2021 - World Rugby announces plans for ‘condensed’ Sevens Series
3rd March 2021 - World Rugby recommends 2021 Women’s World Cup be delayed for a year
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