09 May 2023

New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) has been invited to put forward a U23 Women’s 9s team to compete in the 2023 Pacific Games.

The 17th Pacific Games (SOL2023) will take place in the Solomon Islands between November 19th and December 2nd.

This is the first time NZRL have been invited to put forward a team following two successful National 9s tournaments and exceptional growth in the women’s space across the country.

The Pacific Games is another high-performance pathway for young wāhine chasing NRLW and Kiwi Fern opportunities.

Women between the ages of 20-23 currently registered and playing community rugby league in New Zealand are eligible for selection.

“Thank you to the New Zealand Olympic Committee for providing the opportunity for our young female athletes to rep the Black and White jersey on the world stage,” says NZRL GM of High Performance and Football, Motu Tony.

“Any chance to represent your country is a blessing, but doing so on a stage celebrating elite sport and culture will be a special milestone for all involved.”

Rugby league was introduced to the Pacific Games in 2007 and in its current 9s format, will consist of a three-day competition.

“Every four years, the Pacific comes together in friendship to celebrate the Pacific Games. A celebration of sport and culture in common bonds acquired through a shared physical geography and community.” Pacific Games Council (PGC).

“Alternating between different countries of the Pacific Region, the Solomon Islands hosts the Games in its capital city Honiara. Five thousand participants (including athletes, technical officials and support staff) from 24 Countries will compete in 24 sports.”