PNG and Argentina to sign deal for rugby talent

The Governments of PNG and Argentina will sign an MOU selected PNG Rugby Union talents to go and train in an Argentinian professional system.

This was announced by Minister for Sports, APEC and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko.

“The details are still yet to be concreted, but the whole incentive is there to make it happen,” said Tkatchenko.

He said it was a surprise move by the Argentinean Ambassador to PNG, Hugo Javier, who pitched the idea to Tkatchenko.

The Ambassador said there could space available for up to four talented rugby prospects from PNG in their country.

“To be in a country that takes rugby Union very seriously and for Argentina to open up the door for rugby union is just wonderful,” he said.

Tkatchenko however said PNG Rugby needed to get its act together so that the sport can progress.

He said from past experience the sport had suffered from administrative and management issues.

“Get on with the job of administrating the sport because look at the opportunities that are coming in,” Tkatchenko said.

“We don’t want to be disappointed.”

Cedric Patjole