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PNGRFL Named Coaching Staff For Pukpuks 7’s Team

The PNG Rugby Football Union has named the coaching staff for the Export Lager PNG Pukpuks 7s team, for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.


The head coach is Fereti Verebula from Fiji, and he will be assisted by Kimbe Rebels President, Frederick Matthies.

Also a 24 man train on squad, was named from the weekends NPC 7s championships held in Port Moresby. 


The announcement was made in front of the PNGRFU President Richard Sapias and Vice president Graham Osborne today.


Fereti Verebula from Fiji brings a wealth of experience into the PNGFRU as he sets his target to change the mindset of the players.


His observation so far from the recent Brothers 40th Anniversary 7s tournament, and the weekends NPC 7s, backed his target to put more effort into on and off-field discipline.


Verebula’s experience with the Fiji Warriors, USA and his recent coaching in China is expected to have a positive effect on the team. 


A 24-man train on squad was announced for the Export Lager PNG Pukpuks 7s team for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.


The squad was picked from the NPC 7s, held over the weekend.


Two Brisbane-based players, including Shadrach Gabila and Will Genia’s younger brother, Nigel Genia, were part of the squad.


The Goroka Kili Toas contributed two players in the likes of Desmond Tete and Velu Makarai, while the crowd-pleasing team, Stingrays from Daru chipped in one, Rayson Sauna, in the forwards area.


The squad will go into camp preparing for a final Export Lager PNG Pukpuks 7s team for the commonwealth Games.


PNG is in pool C with Samoa, Wales and Malaysia while the reigning championships New Zealand is in with home side Scotland and Canada.


Meanwhile the NPC 7s saw the Kimbe Rebels took the cup.


It was a default win after the second cup qualifier didn’t go down well with the Morobe Hammerheads and CRU Team 1.

PNGRFU is working on a report on the games mishap according with the guidelines of the International Rugby Board and penalties will be applied.

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