BRIEFLY

New office opened

PORT VILA – Van2017 Pacific MiniGames Organising Committee is officially Open for Business with the grand opening of their new office, in Port Vila located at Champagne Estate — opposite Boucherie Traverso, next to ODC Computers — last Friday.

VIP guests representing high level government delegates, local businesses houses, NGOs, charity groups, youth, church and sports groups from around the country came together to celebrate this milestone event and to hear from both the Government of Vanuatu and Van2017 that the “Games are open for business”.

PNG Palais named for

Oceania

PORT MORESBY – The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) has finalised the national women’s Palais teams to take part in the Oceania Championship, also in Fiji.

PNGRFU Development manager Sailosi Druma said the 15s team will play their first ever international against Fiji, as part of the World Cup qualification process on November 5.

Women Sevens team: Lynnette Kwarula, Debbie Kaore, Kymlie Rapilla, Joanne Lagona, Cassandra Sampson, Taiva Lavai, Geua Larry, Thereseanne Daimol, Helen Abau, Augusta Livuana, Harkana Dixon, Marlugu Dixon.

The non-travelling reserves are: Cathy Puro, Marie Siari and Marie Biyamah.

The women 15s team: Jane Buku, Clara Biyamah, Michaeline Lawrence, Angela Parao, Pamela Waringe, Mavis Mitaharo, Margaret Naua, Isi Geno, Norah Waiga, Lorraine Pomat, Fatima Rama, Tracey Stanis, Melanie Kawa, Nina Stein, Victoria Kamen, Lynnette Kwarula, Debbie Kaore, Kymlie Rapilla, Joanne Lagona, Cassandra Sampson, Taiva Lavai, Geua Larry, Thereseanne Daimol, Helen Abau, Augusta Livuana, Harkana Dixon, Marlugu Dixon.

Lomu’s legacy

PORT MORESBY – The legacy of the late former New Zealand All Black legend Jonah Lomu still lives on in Port Moresby.

This was highlighted during the unveiling of the Jonah Lomu Cup, legacy rugby sevens challenge, at the residence of the New Zealand High Commissioner Tony Fautua last night

Minister denies rumours

PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko says he is not ‘politically interfering’ in the election of a new president of the PNG Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU). Speaking at Bava Park, Port Moresby, Tkatchenko denied any claims of him interfering in the affairs of the PNGRFU.

RWC host

broadcaster

TOKYO – The host broadcaster contract for the next rugby World Cup has been awarded to a partnership between Host Broadcast Services (HBS) and IMG, the well-known talent and sports agency.

The appointment of the partnership, known as International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS), was announced by World Rugby, rugby union’s governing body.

Community beneficiaries

GOLD COAST – Gold Coast 2018 chairman Peter Beattie has sought to highlight the benefits of hosting the Commonwealth Games to the local community after the organising committee faced criticism for overlooking Australian talent in its recruitment for high-profile roles.

Rio 2016

setback

BRASILIA – Workers and companies employed by Rio 2016 have still not been paid as the organising committee continues to face problems fulfilling its financial obligations, insidethegames can reveal.

Outstanding payments have been frozen until Rio 2016 receives funds from the Brazilian City Government, sponsors and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), something that is expected to mostly take place in November and December.

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