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French Polynesia awarded 2027 Pacific Games

Pacifique Treize and Fédération Polynésie Française de Rugby à XIII wishes to congratulate the Olympic Committee of French Polynesia (COPF) and the French Polynesian government for being awarded the 2027 Pacific Games tournament.

The 18th version of the multi-sports event will be held on the island of Tahiti, with 24 countries and over 4,500 athletes set to compete.

The 2027 event is set to feature at least 25 sports, with the Pacifique Treize set to work with the Pacific Games Council, COPF and relevant Rugby League bodies within the region to ensure Rugby League 9s can feature for a fourth successive Games.

The Pacifique Treize bid was launched in 2020 with the aim to help further assist with the development of rugby league throughout the Solomon Islands and the French speaking Pacific territories of New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, French Polynesia and Vanuatu.

The Fédération Polynésie Française de Rugby à XIII was established in 2021 to help establish pathways for players within the territory, as well help ensure French Polynesia is represented in future Pacific Games in both the Men’s and Women’s medal events.

The next Pacific Games will be held in Honiara in 2023, with Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands set to be represented from within the Pacifique Treize’s remit. Work is being done to see if representation from New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna or French Polynesia can be achieved.