Jonah Lomu Legacy Cup kicks off today

The Jonah Lomu Legacy Cup rugby sevens tournament kicks off today at Bava Park in Port Moresby.

12 Capital Rugby Union clubs including four invitational sides will participate in the three days tournament from December 9-11.

Teams invited include AROB Black Orchids, Lae Hammerheads, Madang Madgauns and Kimbe Rebels that make up the 16 men's teams with eight women's teams registered to participate.

The tournament will be officially launched at 12pm before kick off by widow of the former All Blacks, Nadene Lomu.

The tournament commemorates the first anniversary of Jonah’s passing.

Lomu died on November 18, 2015 after suffering a heart attack caused by his kidney disease. Lomu was survived by his wife Nadene and sons Brayley and Dhyreille.

Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko and New Zealand High Commissioner Tony Fautua are expected to attend the official kick off.

Gate fees are K10 for grandstand and K5 for the outer stands with free admittance for children under 12 and tickets will be sold at the gate each day.

The tournament has been sanctioned by the PNG Rugby Football Union and will become an annual event on its calendar.

It aims to inspire current and future rugby players and teams to another level, while promoting and developing the game of rugby in PNG with emphasis on young men and women to play the sport.

There is no prize money but any funds raised will go to junior development.

Quintina Naime