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PNG Rugby union is heading for a huge year in 2015

Papua New Guinea Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) president Richard Sapias said that next year will be their biggest year in many years for their administration to manage.

On top of the Pacific Games of which Australia and New Zealand will be a major attraction next year, the menu includes the Wellington and Hong Kong Sevens, Oceania 15s, Olympic qualifiers in New Zealand and possible matches with Singapore A and a Test with Hong Kong for the Pukpuks. "The Pukpuks tour is on the books but have yet to tie down certain things. We are speaking to Singapore rugby for a match against their A team and a possible Test match with Hong Kong," he said.

He said during the Hong Kong Sevens, they hope to tie things down before they can make any announcements.

"This is all part of the Pukpuks build-up to the Oceania 15s in August, but everything is all being mapped out under new national coach Sydney Wesley, and we are guided at the end of the day by his plans," Sapias added.

Sapias said the juniors also have a seven’s and Under 20 tournament, whilst the women who have similar program to the men are ranked just behind Fiji… have the best chance for Olympic qualification if their current uplifting progress is an indication.

"Our women just missed out during the Oceania tournament but backed up well the following weekend to beat Samoa," he said.

Sapias said the women’s program is on a positive pathway with their coach doing a great job. Sapias who spoke following the PNGRFU Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, said their administration is gearing up and was happy to say that the local unions have also picked up their game and internal challenges that pose for them.
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