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Thursday, May 03, 2012

PNG wants games

PORT MORESBY (THE NATIONAL) - Papua New Guinea wants to see the 2015 Pacific Games take place in Port Moresby.

Former secretary-general of the PNG Sports Federation and Olympic Committee Sir John Dawanincura said the talks and evaluation were underway with the major announcement to be made today.

Sir John said speaking as private citizen he was sure the Pacific Games Committee (PGC) executive board would be fair but firm in their assessment when they would make the announcement on whether PNG keeps the games or not.

Kiwis set the pace

NUKU'ALOFA (OFC) - Favourites Kiwi fired a warning to their rivals with a 5-1 win over Pago Youth while Lotoha'apai United and Tupapa Maraerenga fought out a thrilling three-all draw on the first day of the O-League Preliminary at Loto-Tonga Centre in 'Atele on Tuesday.

Samoan champions Kiwi are favoured to progress past the round-robin phase to earn a play-off meeting with New Caledonia's Mont-Dore - the winner of which will qualify for the 2013 edition of the O-League - and justified reputation with a comprehensive victory over their American Samoa neighbours.

Aust first to arrive

GLASGOW (IRB) - With the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens now just days away, one nation riding on the crest of a wave is Australia, who were among the first teams to arrive in Scotland.

As things stand, the young Wallabies may only lie sixth in the HSBC Sevens World Series, but their stock rose dramatically last time out at round seven in Tokyo, where an injury-depleted outfit saw-off the veterans of Samoa to clinch the Cup.

With competition levels increasing year on year, and almost month by month, tournaments are becoming ever more difficult to win.

Kids farewell teams

GLASGOW (IRB) - Around 60 pupils from Hyndland and Yoker Primary, were on hand at Glasgow Airport on Tuesday to welcome Fiji, New Zealand, Samoa, Kenya and Zimbabwe to the city ahead of the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens.

They are five of the 16 international teams who will be battling it out at Scotstoun Stadium in the penultimate round of the HSBC Sevens World Series on Saturday and Sunday.

The squads were also piped through international arrivals by one of the country's leading female pipers, Andrea Boyd, from Piping Live! Glasgow International piping festival, the world's biggest festival of its kind.

Prince meets Warriors

WASHINGTON (INSIDERWORLDPARASPORT) - Prince Harry will meet some of the top competitors from the 2012 Warrior Games following the conclusion of the event at a special reception on May 7 at the British Ambassador's residence in Washington, it has been announced.

The Warrior Games, presented by Deloitte, will see over 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans compete in an Olympic-style competition when it takes place for the third consecutive year in Colorado Springs, United States, from April 30 to May 5.

Loyal Kiwi

HAMILTON (FAIRFAX NZ) - Wayne Smith says being close to his family and remaining loyal to New Zealand rugby were the key factors in his decision to turn down an approach to link up with the England rugby team.

New Zealand's Rugby World Cup-winning assistant coach was strongly linked in recent weeks to a possible role with England under new coach Stuart Lancaster.

But in a statement released by the (English) Rugby Football Union from London, Smith, who was assistant to Sir Graham Henry for eight years and helped guide the All Blacks to World Cup victory last year, said he had decided to stay in New Zealand.

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