The Bid

Pacifique Treize Rugby League is an Intrust Super Cup expansion bid for a team representing the French speaking Pacific Island territories of New Caledonia, Vanuatu, French Polynesia (Tahiti) and Wallis and Futuna that will be based in Noumea, New Caledonia.  
The bid was established in 2019 with the primary aim of developing a professional rugby league side based in New Caledonia that could draw upon talent from other French speaking territories within the Pacific region, namely French Polynesia (Tahiti) and Wallis and Futuna, along with close Melanesian neighbours Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. 
The Intrust Super Cup has shown an appetite for developing the game beyond their traditional boundaries, wth the inclusion and success of the Papua New Guinea Hunters since 2014. Currently a 14 team competition featuring powerhouse clubs like Redcliffe Dolphins, Easts Tigers, Burleigh Bears and Wynnum Seagulls, the Queensland Rugby League (who administered the ISC) have stated their ambitions to expand to 16 teams by 2023.