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Dual Role For Kawa

It will be an exciting yet challenging tournament for Melanie Kawa at the 2018 Oceania Sevens Championship which starts at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow. The 32-year-old will be the coach
08 Nov 2018 12:51
Dual Role For Kawa
Melanie Kawa (standing, fifth from left ) with the Nauru women’s team at Bidesi Park on November 7, 2018. Photo: Grace Narayan

It will be an exciting yet challenging tournament for Melanie Kawa at the 2018 Oceania Sevens Championship which starts at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow.

The 32-year-old will be the coach of the Nauru women’s 7s team and co-captain of the Papua New Guinea team.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Kawa said she was looking forward to the challenge as both teams will meet in the pool games.

“I am the coach for the Nauru women’s team as well the co-captain for the PNG women’s side and this will be the most challenging tournament ever for me,” Kawa said.

“I was selected as coach on a voluntary capacity just because of how well I play for PNG which really is an honor for me.

“But sharing the knowledge with another Pacific Island team in the Oceania 7s tournament is what makes it very special for me.”

Kawa added this will also be the first ever international competition for the Nauru team.

“This will be their first ever international tournament and the girls are expecting to gain experience and exposure at this level of rugby,” she said.

“It will also be beneficial for these young girls to enhance their skills and grow the sport in Nauru as rugby is not a popular sport.

“We got very powerful players in the team and if we get things sorted out, our aim will be met.

“As the coach my heart is with both the teams and I hope to see the Nauru team improve in every match and for PNG to qualify for the upcoming Sydney 7s. “

 

Edited by Osea Bola

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