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PNG Highlands Here To Learn

PNG Highlands Here To Learn
Highands Rugby Sevens CEO Jims Rekisa (left), captain Stallon Tani and official Jude Koke at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on March 22, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
March 23
11:28 2018

 

The Papua New Guinea Highlands are aiming to learn and gain more experience by playing in the Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament that gets underway at the ANZ Stadium, Suva today.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Highlands Rugby Sevens chief executive officers Jims Rekisa said most of their players travelled by plane for the first time when they came over.

“Ten of the players got out of Port Moresby for the first time while five of our players happened to step into Port Moresby for the first time,” he said.

“We came over so the players could get the much-needed exposure. We’re not here for the prize-money but to learn more about sevens rugby.”

Rekisa indicated that they come from a province which is a rugby league stronghold.

“Our target is to introduce sevens rugby to our players who in turn will take it down to the grassroots. So far everything is going well.

“We organised our first sevens tournament in the highlands where we had sixteen teams and over 8000 people came to watch, which is a good start.”

Rekisa said they’re glad to have hired the services of former Flying Fijians star back Seremaia Bai who has been helping them during coaching clinics in the oil-rich province.

The PNG Highlanders are in Pool 11 where they face top seed Police White, Skaffworks and Draunivau Sharks.

Edited by  Osea  Bola

 

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