By Jaylee Sapias – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby
Local rugby team the West Papua Warriors are set to make history next month when they play their first ever international fixture in Brisbane, Australia against the Philippines Tamaraws.
West Papua Warriors is a group of young Papua New Guineans who use the tool of sport to promote and raise awareness about the on-going genocide in West Papua.
This contest will be the first time the West Papuan name is to be represented on an international stage.
Team official, Richard Marjen, believes the team’s biggest strength is their passion for the West Papuan Cause. He says, unlike other rugby reams, the management has a different approach towards the players to keep them motivated.
The Warriors are a week into training and are looking forward to representative duties come January 16.
Captain, Tala Kami, has appealed to the public that if they wish to sponsor their game next month, to contact the team on the ‘West Papua Warriors’ Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org