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Focusing on the Pacific region, the program brings you interviews with leaders, newsmakers, and people who make the Pacific beat.

Pacific Beat ABC News

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Focusing on the Pacific region, the program brings you interviews with leaders, newsmakers, and people who make the Pacific beat.

    Star names to feature at Pacific Nations Cup as eligibility rule changes take effect

    Star names to feature at Pacific Nations Cup as eligibility rule changes take effect

    It's been three COVID-riddled years since Fiji, Samoa and Tonga competed for the Pacific Nations Cup. In the interim World Rugby have changed their rules to allow players of Pacific origin to represent their countries of heritage, even if they have previously played for another country, opening the door for big names, including Israel Folau and Charles Piutau.

    • 6 min
    Star-studded teams to headline Pacific Nations Cup in Suva

    Star-studded teams to headline Pacific Nations Cup in Suva

    A slew of big names will headline the Pacific Nations Cup tournament in Suva, with players of Pacific origin now allowed to play for their countries of heritage. Among the new faces is former All-Black Charles Piutau, who joins the program to talk about his journey to the competition. Also on the show, New Zealand Warriors prop Bunty Afoa speaks ahead of the NRL club's emotional homecoming.

    • 48 min
    Lakapi Samoa CEO urges Rugby Australia to stick with Super Rugby Pacific

    Lakapi Samoa CEO urges Rugby Australia to stick with Super Rugby Pacific

    The CEO of Lakapi Samoa says there are more players ready to pledge their allegiance to the Manu for future games under new eligibility rules, but right now he's just glad to have the national team back on the park again at the Pacific Nations Cup. Meanwhile he's urging Rugby Australia not to back out of Super Rugby Pacific.

    • 5 min
    Papua New Guinea's "Ace" edging closer to a first AFL appearance with Gold Coast Suns

    Papua New Guinea's "Ace" edging closer to a first AFL appearance with Gold Coast Suns

    The dream to play in the AFL is edging closer for Hewago Oea - better known as Ace. The young Papua New Guinean has been turning heads playing for Gold Coast Suns at second tier level this season, after first grabbing the headlines for his country when they won the International Cup four years ago.

    • 6 min
    NZ Warriors' long delayed return home is going to be "spine tingling" for the players

    NZ Warriors' long delayed return home is going to be "spine tingling" for the players

    The New Zealand Warriors have been marooned in Australia for well over two years because of COVID , and haven't played an NRL match in front of their own fans in South Auckland for more than a thousand days. But the squad is back on home soil at last, and a packed house is expected at Mount Smart when they take on Wests Tigers.

    • 5 min
    Plotting a safe & successful path for Pacific players keen to build rugby careers overseas

    Plotting a safe & successful path for Pacific players keen to build rugby careers overseas

    The chance for talented Pacific rugby players to head overseas is all too tempting, not least for the financial rewards. Right now the Rugby Agents are looking for candidates to join clubs in the US, Spain and Romania. But what protections are in place for players from the islands who opt to jump out of their cultural comfort zone?

    • 5 min

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