Palais coach confident for World Cup Qualifiers

Papua New Guinea women’s rugby team Palais’ coach John Larry is confident that the team will do well to qualify for the Rugby 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.

“Fiji has been one of the World Cup contingents and they’ve been playing 15s at the international level unlike PNG.

“They’re a strong team and we know they’ll put up a good and tough fight and we are ready for that.

“Our team is strong as well and we’ve been training alongside the men’s team so it will come down to the wire,” Larry said.

Palais consists of a strong team with regulars Kymlie Rapilla, Joanne Lagona and Cassandra Sampson.

Pacific Games Gold Medalist in Boxing Debbie Kaore makes her come back to rugby union and will be leading the team onto the field.

Quintina Naime