PNG Palais

PNG Palais to participate in new comp

The Sevens Challenger Series is a new competition designed to boost rugby sevens’ development across the globe.

World Rugby unveiled the details on February 11th.

The series will take place at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 28-29 March, 2020.

The standalone event will see 12 teams who have qualified from all six World Rugby regions competing to win a coveted core place on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series for the 2021 season.

PNG Rugby Union announces women’s 7s team

Chairman Syd Yates said coach Paul Tietjens has given the wider training squad, which has been in intense training since returning from the April Hong Kong 7s, every opportunity to make the final team.

Injuries, fitness levels, performance in game situation, attitude on and off the field, commitment and dedication to training, were among the factors that were used to name the final team.

PNG Palais start off strong

The tournament was hosted in Hong Kong from April 4th-5th.

In match three of Pool B on the 4th of April, Fatima Rama, Tavai Lavai and Joanne Lagona posted points for their side in the first half, where the teams went for break with 17-nil.

Right after halftime, Marie Biyama sped past Hong Kong defenders for another PNG try, thanks to Joanne Lagona’s impressive sidestepping and pass.

Unfortunately, Lagona was sent to the bin minutes later for an intentional knock-on.

Palais prep for Hong Kong qualifiers

Head coach Paul Tietjens from New Zealand, said for these young women who will again wear the national colours of PNG with the same pride that they do for every tournament, the journey has been a great experience.

“The team has settled in well (after arriving on Sunday night). We have had four training sessions, where we have focused on team clarify on attack and defense.”

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Palais end tournament on a high

In the qualifying final yesterday, the Palais fell short going down to Wales 22-7, but bounced back in the afternoon with a 22-10 win over Poland.

Australia won the Super 7s tournament with a 24-10 over Fiji in the Cup final.

The two-day tournament held over the weekend had the participation of 12 international teams including Fiji, Spain, Japan, South Africa and PNG.

The Palais will now look forward to improve before the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2018 - Hong Kong in April of this year.

(Photo credit: Super 7s Brisbane)

Palais to play Wales in qualifying final

The match will kick off at 12:22pm.

In results from yesterday’s round robin matches:

South Africa def. PNG Palais 22-0, England def. PNG Palais 57-0 and Sweden def. PNG Palais 32-0.

In the other qualifying finals today, Sweden will take on Poland at 12pm, England will do battle with France starting at 12:44pm and USA and South Africa have a date at 1:06pm.

Palais skipper scores PNG’s first try

Unfortunately, Palais went down to England this morning and then later lost to Japan as well.

Following three straight loses on day one of the HSBC Sydney sevens tournament, the PNG women’s team were out to improve their performances.

Pooled against Dubai sevens champions, Australia is never easy but PNG has shown a lot of courage facing France and Spain as well.

The English women handed PNG Palais their hardest lesson yet at the 2018 HSBC Sydney Sevens as day two kicked off today.

Palais go down to France and Australia

In this morning’s encounter, the French ran in eight tries to comfortably beat the Palais 50-0.

The match after lunch saw the current world champions, Australia put away the Palais with the same score line of 50-0.

The Palais will play their third and last match of the day against Spain at 3:56pm.

The HSBC Sydney Sevens is being relayed live on TVWAN Action.

Palais leave for Sydney Sevens

Coach John Larry said speed, defence and decision-making have been some of the areas of focus in the eight weeks of training leading into the tournament.

“The 12-member team will be led by Debbie Kaore. We still have other experienced players in Freda Waula, Joanne Lagona and Lynette Kwarula,” he said.

“Our only debutant is Gemma Schnaubelt, who brings a lot of flare into the side.”

The Palais have been placed in Pool A alongside Australia, France and Spain.

HSBC Sydney Sevens schedules out

Palais will face France, Australia and Spain while the PNG Pukpuks are pooled against South Africa, England and Spain.

The full match schedules for both the men's and women's HSBC Sydney Sevens 2018 have been released with 28 teams set to compete across three action-packed days on 26-28 January.

Fans will be treated to 79 matches as the Allianz Stadium plays host to Sydney's biggest festival of rugby across Australia Day weekend.