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PNG will defend the Oceania Rugby Cup they won in 2011 when it hosts the FORU tier 2/3 competition from July 1 to 14 at the Lloyd Robson Oval.
The matches will be played on July 3, 6 and 9 with the finals on the 12th. Two matches will be played each day. Teams taking part are the Cook Islands, Tahiti and neighbours the Solomon Islands.
Monier Pukpuks head coach Alan Manning said all will be serious challengers for the crown of Oceania champions and the Monier Pukpuks are not resting on their previous success.
He said: “We have just come off a very good tour to the Gold Coast and everybody understands that we have to continually lift the levels of performances – whether they be at training or in matches if we are to defend our position as Oceania Champions”.
FORU – the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions – is the IRB regional association and the Oceania Cup is FORU’s showpiece rugby event for FORU’s Development and Targeted Unions.
The winner of this year Oceania Cup will play Fiji in a home and away series in 2014 for the last Rugby World Cup 2015 spot in the Oceania region.
At the recent meeting for FORU nations in Fiji, it was unanimously expressed that the Oceania Cup winner should also be afforded the opportunity to compete in the Pacific leg of the Pacific Rugby Cup. This issue will be presented to the IRB for ratification.
PNGRFU general manager Simon Kerr said: “The Oceania Cup is the first of a series of international rugby tournaments that PNG will be hosting over the next couple of years leading to the Pacific Games and it is a great opportunity to showcase our talent on home soil”.
source: post courier/pacnews
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