Melbourne and Japan join newly expanded IRB Pacific Rugby Cup Schedule

  
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2/21/2013
By ARU Media Unit


The Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby development team will become the latest Australian side to join a newly expanded IRB Pacific Rugby Cup this year.

The 2013 tournament schedule, which was announced by the IRB earlier this week, will also see newcomers, Junior Japan thrown into the mix to play against Australian and New Zealand development sides. 

The annual Pacific Rugby Cup sees four development teams from Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, and now Japan each play three matches in Australia before travelling to New Zealand to play a further three matches.

Each of the four teams play against Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby development teams and academies in the respective host countries.

The 2013 tournament will take place in Australia from Friday March 1 with three games to be held in Sydney, three in Canberra, four in Brisbane and one, for the first time, in Melbourne.

The Rebels Super Rugby Development team will star in the tournament for the first time in 2013 with a game against the Fiji Warriors at Harlequins Rugby Club in Melbourne on Tuesday 12th March.

The Junior Waratahs kick off first on the opening day of the tournament against the Fiji Warriors at Allianz Stadium in Sydney as the curtain raiser for the NSW Waratahs v Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby match.

The Brumby Runners also kick off on day 1 at Viking Park in Canberra against Samoa A.

Reds College XV join the tournament the next day against Tonga A in Brisbane.

The Brisbane Academy and Sydney Academy teams’ campaigns commence on Thursday 7th March, while the Western Force are set to play their game on Tuesday 12th March.

The Australian leg of the tournament concludes on Saturday 23rd March at Griffith Oval in Canberra when the Sydney Academy team take on tournament newcomers, Junior Japan. 

The four international development sides then head across the ditch to take on the Kiwi Development sides for the second leg of the tournament, which takes place in locations across New Zealand from 18th March.

The tournament, which sits one level below the Pacific Nations Cup, is a key Rugby development pathway for participating nations, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, and now Japan.

Funded by the IRB, the Pacific Rugby Cup helps to expose developing players in each of the four countries to higher levels of competition each year.

The 2013 Pacific Rugby Champions will be determined by points accumulated across the tournaments in Australia and New Zealand, and the final round played prior to the northern hemisphere Test window.
 

2013 IRB Pacific Rugby Cup tournament schedule – Australia leg

DATE

TEAM

 

TEAM

VENUE

KICK-OFF

1-Mar

Junior Waratahs

V

Fiji A

Allianz Stadium, Sydney

4.50pm

1-Mar

Brumby Runners

V

Samoa A

Vikings Park, Canberra

6pm

2-Mar

Reds College XV

V

Tonga A

Ballymore, Brisbane

3pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

7-Mar

Brisbane Academy

V

Fiji A

Ballymore, Brisbane

6pm

7-Mar

Sydney Academy

V

Samoa A

TG Milner Oval, Sydney

4pm

7-Mar

Brumby Runners

V

Tonga A

Vikings Park, Canberra

4.30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-Mar

Brisbane Academy

V

Japan

Ballymore, Brisbane

6pm

12-Mar

Western Force

V

Samoa A

Ballymore, Brisbane

4pm

12-Mar

Rebels

V

Fiji A

Harlequins RC, Melbourne

6pm

12-Mar

Sydney Academy

V

Tonga A

TG Milner Oval, Sydney

4pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

18-Mar

Reds College XV

V

Japan

Ballymore, Brisbane

6pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

23-Mar

Sydney Academy

V

Japan

Griffith Oval, Canberra

4pm