Rugby Union

12 teams for Rugby Championships

The teams will compete in three respective conferences; Southern, Northern and New Guinea Islands.

PNG Rugby Football Union chief executive officer Frank Genia said previously PNGRFU had in place a similar competition under a different format.

The new format is to ensure there is inclusivity focusing on provincial and the regional level.

Southern conference will have Capital Rugby Boromas, Capital Rugby Gaigais, Daru Stingrays and a combined provincial team consisting of Central, Western and Oro which will be called Barbarians.

Rugby gets K400,000 for national tournament

This sponsorship is focused on building the game at a provincial level through two channels, namely the Export Rugby Championships and the Export Rugby Sevens Series.

SP Brewery marketing manager Roger Harwood said  SP under the brand South Pacific Export Larger is delighted to have an ongoing association with rugby union in PNG.

“Our association to the code started in 2005 and has included the sevens and fifteens format of the game focused on developing the code locally,” he said.

In memory of Lomu - Joseph’s recollection

He said this in an interview during the tribute organized by the PNG Rugby Union and the New Zealand High Commissioner.

Although he never faced Lomu on the field, Joseph said he was privileged to have watched the man in action during his prime.

Joseph recalls how the PNG Pukpuks were grouped in the same pool and set to clash with the All Blacks, which included Lomu, during the 1998 Kuala Lumpar games Sevens tournament. 

However, the absence of the Namibian Sevens team to the Games forced a reshuffle and PNG and New Zealand never faced off. 

Star Lomu’s death may be catalyst for PNG progress

That’s according to New Zealand High Commissioner to PNG, Tony Fautua, during a tribute to honor Lomu this week. 

The tribute was organized by the New Zealand High Commission and the PNG Rugby Union. 

U20 Pukpuks heading to Fiji for Oceania Trophy

The tournament will run from the 27th of November up to the 5th of December.

There are four countries taking part:  Tonga, Fiji, Papua New Guinea  and Vanuatu

The Robin Tarere coached side will play their first game this Friday against Tonga at ANZ Stadium at 3pm (12pm PNG time).

The tournament will be played in a round robin competition over three rounds. The team with the highest number of competition points will be declared the winner of the 2015 Oceania Rugby Junior Trophy.

Tkatchenko steps in with 200 000 for FORU Cup

Tkatchenko intervened after desperate pleas from the PNG Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) on the eve of the Oceania Rugby Nation’s Cup which starts tomorrow.

And he expressed disappointment at the PNGRFU’s preparations towards running the event.

“This tournament is about our standing on the regional and world stage in Rugby Union, and the PNGRFU cannot afford to show false cause and leisurely go about its preparations as has clearly been the case."

Island teams should play in Rugby Championship - Bryan Williams

He played 38 tests and 75 matches for the All Blacks in the 1970s but he was also Samoa's head coach at the 1991 World Cup.

Samoa beat Wales and Argentina to finish second behind Australia in their group, which made the rugby world suddenly take sit up and notice of teams from the Pacific Islands.

His son Paul played for Samoa at the last World Cup and he said he could never understand why it had taken so long for New Zealand to play in Samoa.

England flyhalf Cipriani arrested for alleged drink-driving

Danny Cipriani was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in the latest off-field controversy involving the flyhalf, putting his hopes of making England's squad for the Rugby World Cup in jeopardy.

Cipriani, one of English rugby's most high-profile and talented players, was the driver of a car involved in a collision with another car in London early Monday, police said.