Oceania juniors do battle for world stage

(IRB.COM) Monday 24 August 2009
 Oceania juniors do battle for world stage
Papua New Guinea succeeded in qualifying last year for the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy, in Kenya

The Oceania Under 19 championship gets underway on 24 August in Apia, Samoa, bringing together five nations across four match days.

IRB Junior World Championship-bound Fiji, Samoa and Tonga will most likely contest the main trophy, while Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu will be vying to clinch the region's one representative berth at next year's IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy.

Last year, PNG produced an impressive display of running rugby to beat Vanuatu 84-0 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi, Fiji and qualify for the 2009 tournament in Kenya, where they finished in sixth place after losing to Namibia 48-43 on the final match day.

Earlier this month, Zimbabwe won Africa's Under 19 event to secure a first appearance in the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy.

The Host Union and dates for the tournament will be confirmed in due course.

Hosts Samoa get the 2009 Oceania Age Grade tournament underway at Apia Park against Fiji.

Full match schedule

24 Aug 2009
3:00pm - Fiji v Samoa

28 Aug 2009
2:00pm - Samoa v Papua New Guinea
4:00pm - Tonga v Fiji

31 Aug 2009
2:00pm - Fiji v Vanuatu
4:00pm - Tonga v Samoa

4 Sep 2009

2:00pm - Papua New Guinea  v Vanuatu
4:00pm - Cup Final

* All matches to be played at Apia Park, Samoa
** All match times Samoa local time (BST -12 hrs)