Briefly

PNG wins

PORT MORESBY – The Papua New Guinea Barramundis took just over an hour on the final day to wrap up the Namibian innings to claim an historic 199 runs outright victory at Amini Park in Port Moresby. Starting the day at 8/120, Namibia lost Bernard Scholtz (14) and Colin Peake (8) very early thanks to the handy leg spin bowling from Lega Siaka to give the Barramundis the victory by 199 runs.

Series 7s bid

PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea’s hopes of getting back on the World Rugby sevens circuit rests on their performance at next month’s Oceania 7s in Fiji. The Douglas Guise-coached side will need to finish in the top two of the non-core nations at the Nov 11-12 tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Suva to qualify for the Hong Kong 7s.

WC venue

PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko has made a special announcement that all FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup facilities are in near completion mode. Tkatchenko earlier this week visited the respective warm-up and host game facilities and was pleased with the progress and outcome of the work being carried out by the respective contractors.

Tiatia in Samoa

APIA – Former All Blacks Sevens player, Jason Tiatia is back in the country. He has become the newest member of the coaching staff for the Rugby Academy of Samoa. Tiatia played for the Canterbury Sevens and the New Zealand Sevens from 1999 to 2004, then for Grenoble (France) and Parma (Italy) between 2004 and 2008.

Japan bound

PORT MORESBY – Pacific Games reject Sailas Piskaut is a winner after all. Not wanted by his country, not recognised by the Papua New Guinea Karate Federation, but still the International Karate Organisation (IKO), the administrators of World So-Kyokushin remembered the New Irelander. And why shouldn’t they? He is still the South Pacific light-weight full-contact champion (IKO).

‘Fifita won’t quit’

SYDNEY – Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen is confident Andrew Fifita won’t walk out on the National Rugby League. Premiership-winning prop Fifita has been in talks about a switch to a rival code amid fears he will have his contract ripped up after he was banned from selection for Australia’s Four Nations squad.

Beatti speaks

BRISBANE – Gold Coast 2018 chairman Peter Beattie has defended his organisation’s recruitment plan following criticism from legendary ceremony producer Ric Birch for “overlooking” Australian talent. Birch described the hiring policies of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) “crazy” and “second tier” when speaking to The Australian.

Olympic Games

TOKYO – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have reportedly “agreed” that some Tokyo 2020 Olympic events should be held in stricken areas in Fukushima. The region was struck by one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit the country in 2011.

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