PNG Palais ready for Oceania 7s

The PNG Palais will be traveling to Fiji this week to participate in the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships.

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.

Palais coach John Larry said they’ll be taking on rivals Fiji in the first match so that will be a challenge.

Larry said however he is confident the girls will be able to pull through and they’re looking forward to take on Fiji.

“It’s good that we see them early in the tournament then later as they’re a tough team,” Larry said.

Reigning Olympic Champions Australia will be looking to add to their 2016 success.

PNG will be looking to improve its ranking from fourth place behind Samoa in third place, Fiji ranked second behind Australia.

Cook Islands is behind PNG followed by Tonga and the Solomon Islands.

The rankings for the Oceania Rugby Women’s Sevens Championship 2016 was determined based on the final rankings of the Core Teams of the 2014/15 Women’s Sevens World Series, and the final rankings of the 2015 Oceania Women’s Sevens Championship. 

Quintina Naime