Papua New Guinea national rugby sevens team

The Papua New Guinea national rugby sevens team competes in the Oceania Sevens, where they finished third in 2009, and fourth in 2010, 2015 and 2016.

Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea rugby.png
UnionPapua New Guinea Rugby Football Union
Nickname(s)The Pukpuks[1]
Coach(es)Douglas Guise
Team kit
Largest win
Papua New Guinea 56–10 Malaysia
(University of Delhi, New Delhi; 11 October 2010)
Largest defeat
Papua New Guinea 0-64 England
(Wellington; 3 February 2006)
World Cup Sevens
Appearances1 (First in 2018)
Papua New Guinea national rugby sevens team
Medal record
Pacific Games
Silver medal – second place 1999 Santa Rita Team
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Apia Team
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Nouméa Team
Samoa playing Papua New Guinea at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

The team has also entered selected World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments as an invited team. The team has been invited to the New Zealand Sevens in 2000, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2018, and to the Australian Sevens in 2000, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2017 and 2018. The team has also been invited at the 2000 Fiji Sevens and 2000 Tokyo Sevens . At the 2011 Gold Coast Sevens, PNG defeated Niue and Japan to take 13th place. At the 2018 Hamilton Sevens, the team defeated Russia and France to take 11th place.

Papua New Guinea has also played the Hong Kong Sevens World Series qualifier. In the 2015 edition, they went to the semifinals, where they lost to Russia. In 2016 they lost all matches in the group phase. In 2017 they reached the semifinals.

PNG qualified for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[2] Papua New Guinea made its first appearance at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in 2018, following its fifth place finish at the 2017 Oceania Sevens Championship.

Tournament historyEdit

Rugby World Cup SevensEdit

Rugby World Cup Sevens Record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
  1993 Did Not Enter
  1997 Did Not Qualify
  2001
  2005
  2009
  2013
  2018 Bowl quarterfinalists 21st 4 2 2 0
Total 0 Titles 1/7 4 2 2 0

Commonwealth GamesEdit

Commonwealth Games record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
  1998 Plate Finalists 10th 7 4 3 0
  2002 Did Not Enter
  2006
  2010 Bowl Winners 9th 6 4 2 0
  2014 Bowl Semifinals 11th 5 2 3 0
  2018 Group stage 9th 3 1 2 0
Total 0 Titles 4/6 21 11 10 0

Sevens World SeriesEdit

New Zealand SevensEdit

2007–08

  • Samoa 22–0 Papua New Guinea
  • New Zealand 41–0 Papua New Guinea
  • Canada 27–21 Papua New Guinea
  • Cook Islands 24–17 Papua New Guinea (1/4 finals Bowl)
  • Kenya 38–7 Papua New Guinea (SF Shield)

2006–07

  • Samoa 26–0 Papua New Guinea
  • England 22–7 Papua New Guinea
  • Scotland 17–12 Papua New Guinea
  • Tonga 19–12 Papua New Guinea (1/4 finals Bowl)
  • Portugal 26–19 Papua New Guinea (SF Shield)

2005–06

  • Australia 24–10 Papua New Guinea
  • England 64–0 Papua New Guinea
  • Scotland 34–12 Papua New Guinea
  • Canada 33–10 Papua New Guinea (1/4 finals Bowl)
  • USA 12–15 Papua New Guinea (SF Shield)
  • Tonga 19–14 Papua New Guinea (Shield Final)

2010–11

  • Argentina 14 – 10 Papua New Guinea
  • New Zealand 45 – 0 Papua New Guinea
  • Scotland 12 – 14 Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea 10-22 Cook Islands (1/4 finals Bowl)
  • France 52-12 Papua New Guinea (SF Shield)

2014–15

  • England 29 – 0 Papua New Guinea
  • New Zealand 38 – 7 Papua New Guinea
  • Canada 41 – 0 Papua New Guinea
  • Wales 41 – 0 Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa 47 – 5 Papua New Guinea

2016–17

  • England 40 – 0 Papua New Guinea
  • Kenya 47 – 5 Papua New Guinea
  • Argentina 41 – 14 Papua New Guinea
  • Wales 29 – 7 Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa 35 – 7 Papua New Guinea

2017–18

  • South Africa 36 – 5 Papua New Guinea
  • England 27 – 0 Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea 33 – 7 Russia
  • Papua New Guinea 35 – 0 France
  • United States 42 – 12 Papua New Guinea

Australia SevensEdit

Adelaide 2009–10

  • Kenya 27 - 7 Papua New Guinea
  • Fiji 41 - 0 Papua New Guinea
  • Wales 64 - 5 Papua New Guinea
  • England 47 - 0 Papua New Guinea
  • Tonga 45 - 0 Papua New Guinea

Adelaide 2010–11

  • Argentina 45–5 Papua New Guinea
  • England 45–12 Papua New Guinea
  • Scotland 19–14 Papua New Guinea
  • Kenya 26–17 Papua New Guinea
  • Tonga 24–19 Papua New Guinea

Gold Coast 2011–12

  • Argentina 33 – 0 Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa 38 – 0 Papua New Guinea
  • France 33 – 5 Papua New Guinea
  • United States 24 – 5 Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea 38 – 0 Niue
  • Papua New Guinea 31 – 19 Japan

Sydney 2016–17

  • Scotland 26 – 12 Papua New Guinea
  • New Zealand 31 – 7 Papua New Guinea
  • Australia 26 – 7 Papua New Guinea
  • France 17 – 0 Papua New Guinea
  • Canada 33 – 20 Papua New Guinea

Sydney 2017–18

  • South Africa 50 – 0 Papua New Guinea
  • England 35 – 5 Papua New Guinea
  • Papua New Guinea 21 – 17 Spain
  • Wales 24 – 5 Papua New Guinea
  • Canada 31 – 14 Papua New Guinea

Commonwealth GamesEdit

2010 Commonwealth GamesEdit

Group CEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
  Kenya 3 3 0 0 69 22 +47 9
  Samoa 3 2 0 1 109 29 +80 7
  Papua New Guinea 3 1 0 2 85 65 +20 5
  Malaysia 3 0 0 3 10 157 −147 3

11 October 2010

Samoa   38–17   Papua New Guinea
Kenya   17–12   Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea   56–10   Malaysia

Bowl Quarter Final

12 October 2010
9:44
Papua New Guinea   26–12   Sri Lanka

Bowl Semi Final

12 October 2010
13:22
Papua New Guinea   24–5   Tonga

Bowl Final

12 October 2010
15:22
Canada   10–19   Papua New Guinea
 2010 Commonwealth Games Bowl Winners 
 
Papua New Guinea

[3]

Current squadEdit

Squad at 2017 Oceania Sevens Championship:[4]

  • Gairo KAPANA
  • Dean MANALE
  • Eugene TOKAVAI
  • Arthur Apelis CLEMENT
  • Wesley VALI
  • William TIRANG
  • Samuel MALAMBES
  • Henry KALUA
  • Himah ALU
  • Isaac AQUILA
  • Freddy ROVA
  • Patrick TATUT Jnr

Previous squadsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • McLaren, Bill A Visit to Hong Kong in Starmer-Smith, Nigel & Robertson, Ian (eds) The Whitbread Rugby World '90 (Lennard Books, 1989)
  1. ^ "Sport: Late coaching change disrupts PNG sevens team". Radio New Zealand International. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  2. ^ http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/07/01/2942581.htm?site=sport&section=rugbyunion
  3. ^ Rugby Sevens XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi
  4. ^ http://www.worldrugby.org/sevens-series/stage/1663/teams/3906
  5. ^ pg2015.gems.pro (8 July 2015). "2015 Pacific Games Men's 7s" (PDF). Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  6. ^ World Rugby.org (6 February 2015). "2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series - Wellington: Papua New Guinea 7s". Retrieved 3 May 2015.