Oceania Rugby Women's Championship

Oceania Rugby Women's Champs cancelled

The announcement comes a week after the regional men's and women's sevens championships were also scrapped.

Oceania Rugby General Manager Bruce Cook said the health and well-being of players, officials and public remains to be their top priority.

"Given the exponential global growth of women's rugby and the opportunity to once again showcase our women's talent across the region leading into next year's all important Rugby World Cup, the cancellation of the Oceania Rugby Women's Championship was a very difficult and sad decision to make," he said.

Samoa and Fiji set up Oceania Women's Championship decider

Mele 'Akuila opened the scoring for Tonga with a second minute try but it proved to be a false dawn as Samoa responded with 12 of their own to run away with the first match of the day 68-7 in Lautoka.

Manu Sina 15s captain Masuisui Pauaraisa was pleased with the improvement shown from their first-up win against Papua New Guinea.

"We went away from our first game and we kind of worked with our rucks - that was our main focus throughout the whole game," she said.

New beginnings for Fiji's Women's 15s team

Fiji and Papua New Guinea will play-off in Suva, in the Oceania Rugby Women's Championship next Saturday, for a spot in the final Women's World Cup qualifying event in Hong Kong.

The Fiji women last played a test match in 2006 while former Flying Fijians international Seremaia Bai is also fresh to the coaching ranks after hanging up his playing boots in June.

"I'm into coaching now which is, I think, it's very much in the playing environment so it's a smooth transition," he said.