Rugby Union

Williams shoots down reports of move back to league

The 32-year-old Williams' playing future has been the subject of intense speculation virtually every year since he walked out on a five-year contract with rugby league's Canterbury Bulldogs in 2008 to play union in France.

Williams was forced into clarifying his future after a former Sydney Roosters player told an Australian radio station at the weekend that he would join the club in August after the Auckland Blues' season ended.

"I love being a part of the Blues Rugby team & All Blacks," Williams wrote on his Twitter account on Monday.

Sonny Bill Williams will 'stay with rugby union' - Anthony Mundine

"I feel he'll stay in rugby," Mundine, a former NRL player turned professional boxer, said.

"As great as rugby league is, rugby is the world game. Lots of countries play it all over Europe and South Africa, it's massive. I went to South Africa to watch him play a [Super Rugby] game and they had fans waiting outside the hotel room. It's a big thing. It's the biggest sport over there. It's crazy."

VIDEO: NCDRU facilitates for improved coaching training

By doing so NCDRU has carried out World Rugby Level One Coaching Clinic, in partnership with High Performance Sports PNG and PNG Rugby Football Union. 

 

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Six Nations: England thrash Scotland to equal rugby world record

Yet England, off color so far in this tournament, dazzled at Twickenham to not only retain their Six Nations title but equal the world record of 18 consecutive Test victories for a Tier One side, set by New Zealand last year.

Palais coach confident for World Cup Qualifiers

Palais will take on one of the toughest teams Fiji on Saturday, November 5 in Suva at ANZ Stadium.

The winner will advance to the final WRWC2017 Asia/Oceania Qualifier event in December in Hong Kong.

This Asia/Oceania Qualifier will feature two Asian qualifiers and one Oceania qualifier and the two highest placed teams will qualify for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland.

Larry said they’ve selected a strong team for this weekend’s match which is their main focus before competing in the Oceania 7s from November 11-12.

High Performance Sport Centre farewells PNG Palais

Palais will depart Port Moresby on Wednesday to participate at the inaugural Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship in November.

The 15s team will play against Fiji on November 5 to qualify for the World Cup Qualifier.

The 7s team will participate at the Oceania Sevens Championship from November 11-12 against Fiji, Australia, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga and the Solomon Islands.

The players were given a mental preparation self-talk and motivational talk by PNG netball team Pepes’ captain Lua Rikis who has been an elite athlete for over 16 years.

PNG Palais ready for Oceania 7s

The Oceania 7s will be held at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, Fiji from November 11-12.

In 2016, the Men’s and Women’s Oceania Rugby Championship have combined into one tournament.

The women’s competition will see seven countries compete for the title namely Fiji, Australia, Samoa, PNG, Cook Islands, Tonga and the Solomon Islands.

A final 12 member squad for the 7s tournament will be selected from the 27 players that will play on November 5 against Fiji to qualify for the World Cup Qualifier.

PNG Palais set to play Fiji for World Cup Qualifiers spot

PNG Palais 15s team will take on Fiji this weekend during the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship in Suva at ANZ Stadium on November 5.

The selected 21 players will depart PNG shores on Wednesday where they will meet up with six of the Brisbane based players before traveling to Fiji.

The team will be captained by regular and old time favourite Margaret Nauai.

Palais’ coach John Larry says preparations are going well and the team has been training since March.

They started off with 50 players and later trimmed down to 30 players.

Four finalists in enter SP Export 7s battle

The four finalists are Rabaul Stallions, Lae Harlequins, Hetura Trukai Cyclons and Turagus from the Sarawaget challenge.

These provincial winners will be playing for the Nations Sevens SP Export Cup while potential players  will also be selected for the 2017 PNG Pukpuks squad.

Most of the train-on squad players for the Hong Kong 15’s later this year will also be playing in the tournament to build fitness in the lead up to the games in December.

Women’s division will also be part of the tournament to play for the next years PNG Palais squad.

 

Rio 2016: The moments that made the Games

While Rio 2016 endured more than its fair share of problems, the Games produced some iconic moments of sporting greatness that will live long in the memory.

From Neymar's penalty that lifted a nation, to Usain Bolt's 'treble treble' and Michael Phelps' 23rd gold, here we bring you 10 standout highlights.