Rugby 7s

Palais begin selection trials

A late inclusion trying out for a spot in the Palais team was young touch footballer Gemma Schnaubelt.

Schnaubelt first featured at the 2017 National Touch Championships.

She played for the Brisbane based team and was recently invited by the PNG 7s team to try out.

She is the daughter of Namatanai MP Walter Schnaubelt.

She arrived from Brisbane this afternoon before taking the field.

A little jetlagged, Schnaubelt joined the rest of the players in the selection trials under head coach John Larry.

Palais undergo final training on home soil

A total of 12 countries will be participating in this tournament and debutant PNG is grouped in Pool A alongside big guns New Zealand, Canada and France.

Coach John Larry pointed out that the last few days of training, leading to this weekend, will focus on defense and improvements in the ruck areas.

Larry said: “When the game is in the ruck areas we need to circle the ball back.

“We are playing against the big teams so there’s got to be fast rucks, we got to work as threes and pass the ball wide. 

PNG 7s team thrash American Samoa

Despite their 54-0 loss against Fiji in the opening match on Thursday, the PNG women have bounced back to win the other three matches against Nauru, Tonga and American Samoa.

Teams confirmed for Central Premier rugby grand final

Last week saw the semi-finals being played.

In the Bowl event, Tubs Titans will take on Keleone Greens. This game kicks off at 11am while Rigo Magani will lock horns with Aroma East Coast in the Plate grand final starting at 1pm.

The Cup grand final will see the Porebada Bulldogs  go up against Aroma West Coast at 3pm.

The grand final will be played next Friday at the Kone Tigers Oval in the nation’s capital.

Amaiu commits 20, 000 for next 3 years for 7s Cup

Speaking at the finals last night of the inaugural Amiau 7s Cup, Amaiu said he wanted to see the sport of rugby union develop and get back to its glory days.

He congratulated all men’s and women’s teams for their efforts over the 2 day tournament on the weekend.

Amaiu also committed a further 100,000 kina for next year with the focus for the Capital Rugby Union (CRU) to get more youths involved in the sport to grow the game.

“I want to help rebuild this code and for the lost pride to be retained,” said Amaiu. 

Oil outfit backs PNG rugby union team

The games will determine a final PNG national men’s team to represent PNG in the Olympic qualifiers competition in New Zealand in November this year, as well as the Wellington and Hong Kong qualifiers for the World Series.

The 15-man squad includes: Tisa Kautu (captain), Buttler Morris, Billy Torea, Henry Kalua, Lawrence Kuso Jnr, Stanis Susuve, William Tirang, Arthur Clement, Robin Loma, Hensley Peter, Emmanuel Guise, Paul Nelson, Koroseta Veni, George Morseu and Wesley Vali.

The team’s coach is Douglas Guise and the manager is Damaris Minikula.

Morobe champions of National Provincial 7s tourney

They defeated Autonomous Region of Bougainville 24-15 in the grand final today at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium in Port Moresby.

Morobe advanced to the grand final after beating East New Britain 12-10 in a close encounter while AROB defeated home team CRU Boromas 24-22 to make the grand final.

Another Momase Region team Madang took home the Plate after defeating Alotau 24-19.

In the bowl play off, Kimbe Rebels won the Bowl beating Goroka Kilituas 19-12.

PNG thrash Tahiti 48-0

Five tries to PNG was the tale of the tape as they did it easy over a Tahiti side that was no match.

Bomai racked up 6 points converting three of the five tries.

In the second half is when Bomai grabbed her two tries one after the other.

The kicking responsibilities were left to Kymlie Rapilla who added the extras for both tries.

Alice Alois grabbed the last try for PNG in what has been PNG’s easiest win yet.

But PNG’s acid test will come tonight when they play Australia tonight at 8:30pm.

PNG, Samoa, Tonga prime opposition for Fiji: Ryan

Ryan told PACNEWS upon their arrival at Jackson International Airport  Tuesday that Samoa is always a tough team to play against in any 7s tournament.

“ I haven’t seen the team yet  so I don’t know the strength of the side  they brought over  but they will be looking to qualify for Olympics in November, so I’m sure with the new coach as well  they send for this tournament I’m sure they will be a huge threat as well .They always tough to play against.

“I think PNG, Tonga and Samoa this three will make up a prime opposition this week,” Ryan told PACNEWS.

Nauru rugby 7 teams fly in

The 7s team touched  down on PNG soil this morning with the full Nauru contingent after a four hours flight.

Team manager Darrius Deteramo said his troops are here to gain experience.

He said that the sport was introduced there three years ago and it is an opportunity to expose his players to an organized competition on the Games level.

Nauru will also field teams in seven other sports.