Rugby Union Sport

Rugby Programs Continue To Surface Talent

NCD Schools Rugby Coordinator John Agovai is impressed with the number of unseen talent surfacing with the current, mass participation programs sanctioned by the PNG Rugby Football Union.

With the credentials of Palais coach and Federation of Oceania Football Rugby Union, Elenoa Kunatuba now has in place a number of pathways to promote and enhance women’s rugby in the country. 


The successful roll out of the Pacific in Union program by the St Joseph’s International Catholic College sparked a lot of interest amongst parents and the wider community.


John Agovai, Head of Physical Education at the St Joseph’s Catholic College and NCD Schools Coordinator, commends the extent to which Pacific in Union development officers have taken to establish a popular and profound program within NCD schools.


If there’s one thing that’s different about rugby union in the country compared to previous years, it would be the increase in women’s participation. 


Since its humble beginnings in 2007 with only 4 sevens teams that pioneered in the first ever women’s tournament, numbers have grown significantly.


There are now an additional three unions playing women’s rugby – Capital Rugby Union in Port Moresby, Madang and recently Morobe Rugby Union which started this month.


The rugby fraternity seems to be benefitting with Palais coach Elenoa Kunatuba’s credentials as development officer of the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union.


With plans to create multiple development programs, Elenoa has already created a pathway to assist young girls in excelling from school rugby straight into representative football, with now a much easier transition into the national sevens side.

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