PNG Palais

HSBC Sydney Sevens schedules out

Palais will face France, Australia and Spain while the PNG Pukpuks are pooled against South Africa, England and Spain.

The full match schedules for both the men's and women's HSBC Sydney Sevens 2018 have been released with 28 teams set to compete across three action-packed days on 26-28 January.

Fans will be treated to 79 matches as the Allianz Stadium plays host to Sydney's biggest festival of rugby across Australia Day weekend.

Palais begin selection trials

A late inclusion trying out for a spot in the Palais team was young touch footballer Gemma Schnaubelt.

Schnaubelt first featured at the 2017 National Touch Championships.

She played for the Brisbane based team and was recently invited by the PNG 7s team to try out.

She is the daughter of Namatanai MP Walter Schnaubelt.

She arrived from Brisbane this afternoon before taking the field.

A little jetlagged, Schnaubelt joined the rest of the players in the selection trials under head coach John Larry.

Strong 20-man Pukpuks squad named

Due to the in fights of PNG Rugby Football Union, much of the squad has been based and carried over from the 2016/2017 calendar year of tournaments.

The 20-man team has been finalised after the staging of recent tournaments in 2017, including NCDRU satellite 7s, Oceania 7s and the PNG games.

Both the men and the women’s PNG sevens teams are preparing for the  HSBC 7s World Series tournament in Sydney but the sad fact is that, for such a successful sporting code, both teams are without a major sponsor.

Palais qualify for 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens

Despite coming fourth out of eight teams at the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships in Fiji, the Palais still finished as the highest placed women’s team (outside of Australia, Fiji and New Zealand).

Results from day two:

Australia def. PNG Palais 25-7 (semi-final), Fiji def. PNG Palais 39-0 (third and fourth playoff).

As for the PNG Pukpuks, they finished fifth out of 13 teams. It’s also good news for the Pukpuks, who have qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s and HSBC Men’s Sevens World Series 2017/18.

Results from day two:

Pukpuks, Palais go down in finals

In the opening match of the men’s quarter-finals in Fji, Australia edged out the Pukpuks 22-21 to advance on to the semi-final.

The Pukpuks will meet American Samoa in the 5th-8th placed playoffs at 2:20pm (11:20pm PNG time).

The Palais were also unlucky, losing to Australia 25-7 in the first of the women’s semi-finals.

Australia will play New Zealand in the women’s grand final.

Not all hope is lost with the Palais to face off against Fiji for third place at 6:26pm (3:26pm PNG time).

(Photo credit: Oceania Rugby)

Day 1: Pukpuks win two matches


PNG Pukpuks def. Tuvalu 26-10, PNG Pukpuks def. Vanuatu 33-0, Samoa defeated PNG Pukpuks 31-14.


PNG Palais drew with Cook Islands 12-12, PNG Palais def. Tahiti 77-0, New Zealand def. PNG Palais 15-0.

Day two will start at 11am (8am PNG time) tomorrow morning, starting with the quarter-finals. 

Pukpuks win, Palais draw

In the opening match of the Championships this morning, the Palais settled for a 12-12 draw with Cook Islands.

Match 6 saw the Pukpuks down Tuvalu 26-10.

In the other matches today, the Pukpuks will take on Vanuatu and then later Samoa, while the Palais have dates with Tahiti and New Zealand.

The Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships started today and will end tomorrow with the finals.

(Palais in training – Photo credit: Oceania Rugby Facebook Page)

Palais knocked out in quarter-finals

South Africa took the lead inside a minute when Zenay Jordaan scored.

Mathrin Simmers made it 10-0 just two minutes later to put South Africa in firm control.

But the Palais hit back immediately through Fatima Rama. A successful conversion from Joana Lagona put the score at 10-7.

A try to South Africa before the half-time whistle gave them some breathing space with a 17-7 lead.

Tries to Nadine Roos and Phumeza Gadu in the second half sealed the win for South Africa advancing them onto the next stage of the tournament.

Palais to play South Africa in quarter-final

The match will kick off at So Kon Po Recreation Ground at 9:22am local time (11:22am PNG time).

From Thursday’s results, the Palais defeated Colombia 19-0, then went down to South Africa 24-7, but came back to win their last match over Italy 12-5.

In the other quarter-final matches today, Belgium will play Netherlands, Italy take on Kenya and Japan will clash with China.

PNG Palais to begin preparations for Hong Kong 7s

The team will participate at the Hong Kong 7s tournament from April 7-9, which is the qualifiers for the World Series.

Palais played their best at the Sydney 7s despite not registering a win.

They lost to New Zealand in the first match 34-5, and then went down to Canada 39-3 and France 31-10.

On day two, they lost to England 29-17 in the trophy challenge quarter-finals and got defeated by Spain 31-17 in the 11th place play-off.

Coach John Larry said their main focus is on the Hong Kong 7s.