PNG 7s forgo Vanuatu

PNG’s successful men and women’s sevens teams, who recently qualified for the World Cup, have foregone the Vanuatu Pacific Mini Games.

Coach Douglas Guise confirmed this week that instead, the team is preparing for Sydney and Hamilton sevens.

The PNG women’s 7s team are ranked 4th following their gutsy performance at the Oceania 7s tournament in Fiji recently, while the men’s team is ranked 5th after Samoa.

Despite both teams finishing off well at the Oceania 7s event, they won’t be making an appearance at the Vanuatu Pacific Mini Games due to funding constrains, but more so they plan to prioritise and focus on the Sydney and Hamilton sevens next year.

Head coach Douglas Guise told TVWan Sports that the 7s team is thankful they have qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games through the Oceania 7s and have decided to back out of the Pacific mini games.

The Pacific Mini Games is a qualification tournament for the 2018 commonwealth games but the team is focusing on preparation for the World Series in Sydney and Hamilton 7s to be staged in January and February respectively.

The PNG 7S team is seeking a training venue at the moment while working on player strength during gym sessions at the Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre.

(File pic of women’s 7s team)

Sophie Yaruso