The Papua New Guinea Men’s side has qualified for the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, the HSBC Sevens World Series and for the Sevens Rugby World Cup with the Women’s side also qualifying for the HSBC Sydney Sevens and the Sevens Rugby World Cup to be played in San Francisco next year.
For the second year in a row both the Men’s and Women’s teams from Papua New Guinea have taken out the qualifying spots on the line at the 2017 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships.
The PNG Men’s team will now head to the 2017 Hamilton and Sydney 7’s as the 16th team before going to the 2019 HSBC Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong. Following this they will join Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Samoa to represent the region at the Commonwealth games on the Gold Coast in April. The PNG Womens secured the crucial place in the semi-finals at the end of play on day 1 after finishing 2nd in Pool A. The team have been granted an invitation to the Sydney 7s on the 26th – 28th January before heading to the 2019 HSBC Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong. PNG Captain Joanne Lagona said: “the girls are very excited to be returning to the Sydney 7s in January”. To add to the celebrations both teams have also qualified to the 2018 Rugby World Cup 7’s in San Francisco in July.