IRB Pacific Nations CUP
The International Rugby Board has announced the revised schedule for the IRB Pacific Nations Cup 2011 in Fiji which will take place between July 2 and 13.
With the decision having been taken to move the tournament from Japan to Fiji following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck in March, the new schedule confirms the venues, schedule and kick-off times for the six matches that comprise the Pacific Island region’s premier Rugby tournament.
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Tonga and Fiji will get the tournament underway when they meet at Churchill Park, Lautoka on July 2 (kick-off 15:30), while Japan will host reigning champions Samoa at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium in Tokyo on the same day (kick-off 18:10).
Round two on July 9 will see all four teams hosted in Suva for a double-header match day at the National Stadium. Tonga will again get the action under way when they face Japan (12:40) and Samoa tackle hosts Fiji at 15:10.
The tournament will return to Churchill Park for the final round on July 13 when the 2011 champions will be crowned. Tonga play Samoa at 12:40 and Japan round off their campaign against Fiji at 15:10.
The sixth IRB Pacific Nations Cup tournament, now an established event on the annual Rugby calendar with its exciting blend of local rivalry and competitive action, will have an extra dimension this year as Fiji, Japan, Samoa and Tonga look to hone their Rugby World Cup 2011 preparations.
At Rugby World Cup 2011 Tonga will meet Pool A rivals Japan on Wednesday, September 21 in Whangarei before Fiji take on Samoa in their Pool D clash four days later in Auckland.
IRB Regional General Manager for Oceania and Tournament Director William Glenwright said:
“The tournament has become of vital importance to both the Oceania and Asia region and offers a wonderful opportunity to develop players, match officials and structures for all the Unions involved. It was hugely encouraging to see the much-improved performance of these nations during the November 2010 Test window.”