PNC fixtures announced

Date published: February 19 2015

Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Japan, USA and Canada will contest the World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup (PNC) between July 18 and August 3 this year.

World Rugby has announced the fixtures and match schedule for the tournament, which will give top quality competition to all six teams in a Rugby World Cup year.

PNC 2015 will be hosted in three countries: Fiji (July 18), USA (July 18 and 24) and Canada (July 24, 29 and August 3), across five different venues.

ANZ Stadium in Suva, Fiji, hosts the opening match between Fiji and Tonga, with the action visiting Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California and Bonney Field, Sacramento, California (both USA), as well as BMO Stadium in Toronto, Canada, with the play-off finals hosted at the Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, Vancouver, Canada, on 3 August.

The Pacific Nations Cup 2015 is a strategic initiative tournament designed to provide players from the participating unions with exposure to the rigours of international competition, in a condensed tournament format, with the overriding objective of improving the performance of these strategically important unions at Rugby World Cup.

"This year is of particular significance for the six countries involved, with the Pacific Nations Cup taking place some six weeks out from the commencement of RWC 2015," said World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset.

"Top competition for teams is one of World Rugby’s strategic aims and the Pacific Nations Cup gives teams beneficial game time to prepare for England 2015. The PNC also provides a platform for players to showcase their talents against quality and skilled opposition."

Kick-off times for the Pacific Nations Cup matches will be announced in due course. Click here for the fixtures.