Vanuatu Rugby League

Vanuatu Rugby League Workshop records successful turn out

VRL Secretary General, So’o Motuliki hailed the turn-out as a success.

“Our development programme is slowly coming into shape and although it is slow but it is a sure process, being able to provide such a workshop is such an honour and privilege. The sky is the limit and we aim to have more workshops as planned during our sporting year in order to fulfill our objectives as a committee as per our development plans.”

The workshop engaged the participants in learning the basics and rules of the sport.

Vanuatu Rugby league Captain supports Pacifique Treize bid

Woods has described it as a great initiative and one that will open pathways for players from Vanuatu.

Pacifique Treize, who made their bid public last week, are aiming to enter the 2nd tier rugby league competition in Australia, the Intrust Super Cup by 2023.

The Noumea, New Caledonia-based bid has been buoyed by the support of the Vanuatu Rugby League and they aim to play 2 games per year in Vanuatu if they are successful in gaining admission to the Intrust Super Cup.

New Pacific rugby league team proposed for ISC

The Pacifique Treize Rugby League bid was officially launched this week and hopes to follow in the footsteps of the Papua New Guinea Hunters, who have been playing in the Queensland Cup since 2014.

The 2020 ISC season was cancelled in March due to Covid-19 but the group behind the Pacifique Treize bid say their aim is to join the competition in 2023.

The six-member steering committee, which included representatives from the French Pacific, Australia and Vanuatu, had spent the past 12 months investigating the feasibility of the bid.

Pacific teams look to grab opportunities at Emerging Champs

It will be Vanuatu's first game since a test against Solomon Islands last October.

Harbin said the smaller nations normally didn't get a lot of opportunities to play at the international level.

"It's a pleasant opportunity to see how far we have come," he said.

"We have only been able to play one test a year and this is a great opportunity for not just us, Vanuatu, but all the countries to see how far they are developing and see what else they have to work on and keep developing as minnow nations in rugby league so I reckon it's a great concept. "

Strong local core for Vanuatu league squad

Port Vila Powerhouse have contributed half of the 24-man squad, with Ifira Black Bird, Pango KingSharks and the Santo Boars also represented.

"Nineteen members of the 24 man squad currently play in our domestic leagues in Port Vila or Santo and Rob Franklin also came through our domestic system before having opportunities to move to and play in Australia," he said.

Interchange LTD backs platinum VRL success

The deal will see the team known as Interchange Vanuatu Rugby League Men’s National team. Interchange will also have pride of place on the front of the playing jersey and shorts, as well as across all training gear.

Interchange is a Vanuatu-based organisation committed to a better future for Melanesia by providing nation-building telecommunications technologies and infrastructure to communities throughout the entire region.

Vanuatu holds first woman rugby league game

The Vanuatu Rugby League stated that tomorrow’s game will be the first ever Rugby League game for women in Vanuatu.

Home ground advantage will be with the Eels as the game will be played at Mele field, in the capital Port Vila.

The game won’t be the only Rugby League on display, with the juniors kicking off at 1:30pm and the final Vanuatu Rugby League Men’s selection trial for the upcoming Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship following at 3:15pm (local time).

Vanuatu too strong for Solomons in league test

In the third test between Melanesian rivals, Vanuatu raced to a 20-8 lead at half-time before the home side fought their way back into the contest to ensure a close finish.

Saturday's test was the first to be played in Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu team manager and board member Ben Howard said they were definitely made to work for their victory.

"The game was in the balance, we were only up by ten, and all the momentum was with them and we were lucky enough to take an intercept try and run 90 metres, which sort of turned the momentum of the game," he said.

VRL announces Test squad for historic Solomon Islands game

 “I’m very pleased to announce the 24 man training squad of which 20 players will tour the Solomon Islands,” said VRL President Tom Carlo.

“This squad highlights the investment we have made into the game in Vanuatu where 21 of the players were either born and or raised in Vanuatu. 22 have come through our domestic competition in Vanuatu and 21 players currently play in our domestic competition in either Port Vila or Santo,” Carlo said.

Vanuatu Rugby League rallies behind star

The lawyer is the elder statesman of the team, having played in the first ever Vanuatu rugby league team at the International 9's in Sydney in 2012.

He made his Test debut in Vanuatu's first 13-a-side international against Greece later that year and is the only player to feature in all five of Vanuatu's test matches.

He is also the country's record test try-scorer and captained the South-Sea Islander Vanuatu Invitational team in 2013.