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June 13, 2021

Manus, new comer to Touch Rugby

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Team Manus are making their debut on the national stage, by participating in the 2017 championships for the first time.

Captain Reilly Ikava said, that the sport is not as popular on the Island province, but that they have all the intention of doing as best as they can in Port Moresby.

Three losses and a forfeit have marked their first stint, but this is something that Manus will improve upon in the future.

Another New Guinea Island team hoping to make their mark is Rarot from Kokopo, and team manager Chris Tangot says that after three years of participating and even winning the tournament once, that his side will do their best as well.

While the National Championships has featured teams primarily from within the country, a looming world cup has opened the selection doors for PNG players, and the PNG Maganis, whose players are based in Brisbane, Australia, are also hoping to make that cut.

Captain Angie Watego said that it is good to bring the younger players and showcase their talent.

A senior player Christie Dela Cruz also added the experience is amazing to say the least.  The National Championships will resume Day 3 tomorrow.

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