2009 Pacific Cup: History


Pacific Cup : Past Tournaments

The Pacific Cup concept was created by Keith Gittoes of the New South Wales Rugby League in 1974 as a way of providing international competition to emerging test nation, Papua New Guinea.

The inaugural tournament, held in Port Moresby, consisted of PNG, Victoria, Western Australia and the New Zealand Maori. Northern Territory was meant to join the competition, but due to Cyclone Tracey, was forced to pull out.

The tournament was held again in 1977 in New Zealand before costs put the concept on hold until the mid 80’s.

With the emergence of new Rugby League competitions in Samoa, Tonga, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands and Fiji, the tournament was held bi-annually until the Super League war.

The tournament was concept was revived by the New Zealand Rugby League in 2004 and 2006 primarily for resident based teams, before the RLIF took over the co-ordination of Pacific based tournaments.

Past Pacific Cup Tournaments
Year
Winner
Runners Up
Host Nation
1975
New Zealand Maori
Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea
1977
New Zealand Maori
Western Australia
New Zealand
1988
New Zealand Maori
Western Samoa
Western Samoa
1990
Western Samoa
New Zealand Maori
Tonga
1992
Western Samoa
Tonga Mate Ma'a
New Zealand
1994
Tonga Mate Ma'a
Fiji Bati
Fiji
1996*
Fiji Bati
New Zealand Maori
Home/Away Series
1997
New Zealand XIII
New Zealand Maori
New Zealand
2004
Cook Islands
New Zealand Maori
New Zealand
2006
Tonga Mate Ma'a
Fiji Bati
New Zealand

* No Final was played in the 1996 Pacific Challenge. Results were based upon Ladder positions