The first round of the revamped Oceania Rugby Cup got underway last week in Port Moresby.

In the curtain raiser Niue beat Solomon Islands 19-17 in a closely contested match.

The Niueans making their return to international XV's after an eight year absence.

In the later match the hosts Papua New Guinea beat Nauru 89-7.

For Nauru it was their first ever international 15 a side rugby game.

The next round of the competition on Tuesday will see Solomon Islands taking on Nauru and PNG playing Niue.