The men’s Papua New Guinea Seven’s only competed on two stops of the 2016/2017 World Series circuit in Wellington and Sydney. However the future is looking brighter for the PNG Puk Puks after their recent performance at the 2017 Ocean Rugby Sevens saw them qualify for the 2018 Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco. 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. The Puk Puks will again play at the Sydney Sevens and inaugural Hamilton tournament in 2018, and will venture to Singapore in April 2018 to battle it out for a core sport on the World Series circuit.
The world’s only known poisonous bird, the Hooded Pitohui, is native to Papua New Guinea.
Player to Watch:
21 year old Gairo Kapana will be one to watch as fairly new face amongst the PNG Mens team. At the 2017 Ocean Rugby Sevens, Kapana was one of the highest try scorers of the competition and his team, with 4 tries under his belt.
World Series Ranking 2016/2017:
2017 Sydney Sevens placing: