PNG Palais

Palais lose to France

France took a 19-5 lead at the break last night and ran in another two tries to win the match.

Lagona’s tries came in the first and second half. The 28-year-old has scored four tries in three games at the tournament.

The Palais (who are yet to win a game) will play England later today at 11.28am local time (10.28 PNG time) in the semi-finals for the Challenge Trophy at Kippax Field.

The tournament was scheduled from Feb 3-4.

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Palais lose to NZ and Canada in Women's 7s Series

In their first match against the Kiwis at Allianz Stadium, the Palais were handed a 34-5 beating.

The Palais’ only points came from Joana Lagona who scored late in the second half.

Their second match against Canada saw a similar score line with PNG losing 39-5. It was Lagona again who scored the points with a try in the opening minute of the first half of play.

The Palais’ still have one more match left in the day against France at 7:22pm local time (6:22pm PNG time).

Palais looking to make their mark at HSBC Women’s 7s Series

The John Larry coached side has four debutants and includes players from Mt. Hagen, Goroka and Lae.

“The team has been in camp in Port Moresby since December.

“We have two weeks of training left and a week before we go, we will name the final 12.

“We have some good players that were left out due to injury. But we also have some young girls coming up. We want to be the first team to qualify for the World Circuit,” said Larry.

Larry added the team still has experienced hands in the team to guide the team around the park.

Palais go down to Fiji

Fiji took a 13-5 lead at the break through tries to Litiana Lawedrau and Esiteri Bulikiobo.

The Palais hit back just before the break, thanks to a try from Joanne Lagona.

The Palais were in again early in the second half when Debbie Kaore crossed over. This narrowed the score to 13-10.

But the home side ran away with the win with four more tries to seal a comprehensive win.

Fiji has now advanced to the next qualifying round for the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup to be held in Hong Kong.

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Palais encouraged to follow core values

The players were encouraged by PNG Pepes team captain Lua Rikis during their farewell today by the High Performance Sport Southern Centre for Excellence. 

Palais depart the country this week to play at two events at Fiji in November.

The 15s team will play against Fiji on November 5 to qualify for the World Cup Qualifier.

The 7s team will participate at the Oceania Sevens Championship from November 11-12 against Fiji, Australia, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga and the Solomon Islands.

Palais coach confident for 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.

High Performance Sport Centre farewells PNG Palais

Palais will depart Port Moresby on Wednesday to participate at the inaugural Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship in November.

The 15s team will play against Fiji on November 5 to qualify for the World Cup Qualifier.

The 7s team will participate at the Oceania Sevens Championship from November 11-12 against Fiji, Australia, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga and the Solomon Islands.

The players were given a mental preparation self-talk and motivational talk by PNG netball team Pepes’ captain Lua Rikis who has been an elite athlete for over 16 years.

PNG Palais set to play Fiji for World Cup Qualifiers spot

PNG Palais 15s team will take on Fiji this weekend during the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship in Suva at ANZ Stadium on November 5.

The selected 21 players will depart PNG shores on Wednesday where they will meet up with six of the Brisbane based players before traveling to Fiji.

The team will be captained by regular and old time favourite Margaret Nauai.

Palais’ coach John Larry says preparations are going well and the team has been training since March.

They started off with 50 players and later trimmed down to 30 players.

PNGRU names 19-man train-on-squad for Oceania 7s

After the 2016 National Provincial championships held last weekend in Port Moresby, The PNGRU has selected its extended squad for a 10-day training before training the team down to the final 12 for the Pukpuks Sevens team.

The two days tournament will also fully combine the men's and women's Sevens Championships for the first time.

THE PNGRU during the last week’s national provincial tournament also selected its female side to make up the PNG Palais squad, but is yet to be announced.

PNG Palais play in selection trials

The game was played as a curtain raiser for the National Rugby Union Championship grand final match between Morobe Hammerheads and the Port Moresby Boromas.

The curtain raiser game saw 40 women put into two teams to play against each other for the selection.

A number of current PNG Palai players including Kymlie Rapilla, Joan Logona and Cassandra Sampson were also part of the teams.

The selected team will prepare for the Women’s World Cup inaugural qualifier against Fiji in November.