Tokelau Rugby League map


Information on this page was updated – 27/4/2012

Foundation Year – 1988

International Team – Tokelau Rugby League

Top level domestic competition – N/A


History – Tokelau is a small cluster of Islands located in the Pacific. Tokelau have been playing rugby league since the late 1980’s

Tokelau’s first major international rugby league event was the Pacific Cup in 1992. The Pacific Cup involves other pacific nations along with indigenous teams from Australia (Aborigines) and New Zealand (Maoris). They performed well for a small nation with wins over Norfolk Island and American Samoa.

Tokelau’s small population usually means they call on players from abroad in Australia and New Zealand when playing rugby league internationals.

Tokelau were late inclusions in the 2006 Pacific Cup competition. New Caledonia withdrew a week before the tournament was due to start leaving Tokelau with little time to prepare. Tokelau did not fair well in the Pool. They were grouped with Tonga and NZ Maoris and suffered two heavy defeats. Tokelau did restore some pride with a shock win win over Samoa in the 5th place play-off.

In 2007 Tokelau took part in the South Pacific Games. For the first time the South Pacific Games had a Rugby League 9’s tournament involving 6 nations. Tokelau beat Niue 16 – 10 in the play-off for 5th spot.

In February 2012 Tokelau will host a Tokelau Leaders Symposium where all the Tokelau League Heads from Tokelau, New Zealand and Australia will come together to discuss and formalise the structure for Rugby League. It’s envisaged from this symposium that rugby league will be able to officially form the Tokelau Rugby League Association (TRLA). The TRLA will be the driving force behind Tokelau’s rugby league development and also allow the game to receive support from the Tokelau government.

In December 2011 the Tokelau National Sports Coordinator made contact with the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) to express their ambitions to come back to the rugby league fold. After the TRLA is formalised in August 2012 the first goal of the body is to obtain membership of the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation (APRLC).

In a boost to the sport locally a 10 day rugby league development workshop was held on Tokelau in February 2012. With all this focus on Rugby League in Tokelau it is only a matter of time before we see Tokelauans punch above their weight in the international rugby league arena.

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2006 Rugby League Results 
Mar 5th Tokelau 34 – Samoa 28
NZ Maoris 64 – Tokelau 4
Tonga 62 – Tokelau 0

1998 Rugby League Results 
Cook Islands 22 – Tokelau 16
American Samoa 54 – Tokelau 12
Tonga 18 – Tokelau 4

1992 Rugby League Results 
Tokelau 44 – Norfolk Island 8
NZ Maoris 34 – Tokelau 18
Australia Aborigines 46 – Tokelau 18
Tokelau 26 – American Samoa 18

1988 Rugby League Results 
Western Samoa 40 – Tokelau 18
Western Samoa 40 – Tokelau 18