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The 2019 Pacific Games will be hosted in Apia following an announcement by the Pacific Games Council to award the 16th iteration of the multi-sport event to Samoa.

The announcement comes two months after the Pacific Games Council officially removed Tonga as hosts.

Samoa were one of three island nations to bid for the tournament, with Guam and Tahiti the others.

Rugby League Nines will be one of twenty-six sports played at the 2019 Pacific Games, with at least six nations set to take part in a Men’s tournament.

2019 will be the third time Rugby League Nines will be played at the Pacific Games with the sport also taking part in 2007 (Samoa) and 2015 (Papua New Guinea).

In the 2007 tournament Fiji won the Gold Medal, with the Cook Islands and hosts Samoa collecting the other medals. Other participants in the 2007 Pacific Games included Tonga, Tokelau and Niue.

In the 2015 tournament, hosts Papua New Guinea won the Gold Medal after defeating Samoa in the final. Tonga finished third to collect Bronze. Other participants in the 2015 Pacific Games included Fiji, Cook Islands and the Solomon Islands.

Possible participants for the 2019 tournament include Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Niue and Norfolk Islands.