While the Women’s Papua New Guinea Rugby Sevens team only played at one stop of the World Series Sevens in 2016/2017, the 2017/2108 season is shaping up to be an improvement for the squad. The Papua New Guinea women came in fourth place at the recent 2017 Oceania Rugby Sevens, and landed themselves a spot at the Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco in 2018. Both the Men’s and Women’s PNG Sevens teams qualified for the 2018 Sevens Rugby World Cup, a feat which could be the first of its kind for sport in Papua New Guinea. While the PNG women placed last at the 2017 Sydney Sevens, they will be looking to make their way up the ranks at the 2018 competition and prove they deserve a core spot on World Series.
Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world, with over 800 languages and over 1000 distinct ethnic groups.
Player to watch:
Joana Lagona is always one to watch in the PNG women’s team. As Captain, Lagona has the most experience in her team and is currently their highest try scorer.
World Series Ranking 2016/2017:
2017 Sydney Sevens placing: