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Jonah Lomu Legacy Cup set

The inaugural Jonah Lomu Legacy Cup rugby 7s tournament is all set.
The 12 Capital Rugby Union clubs plus four invitational sides – AROB Black Orchids, Lae Hammerheads, Madang Madgauns and Kimbe Rebels – make up the 16 men’s with eight women’s teams registered to participate.

Nadene Lomu, widow of the former All Blacks great Jonah Lomu arrives in the country tomorrow (Thursday) to officially open the tournament.
Capital Rugby Union president Jacob Anga said Nadene Lomu will be given a traditional welcome by a group from Hanuabada on arrival.
“She will officially open the 3 day tournament on Friday (December 9) at 12noon at the new look Bava Rugby Park in Boroko,” Anga said.
“Sports Minister Justin Tkatachenko and New Zealand High Commissioner Tony Fautua will also attend the official kick off,” he said.

The president said gate fees are K10 for grandstand and K5 for the outer stands. Children under 12 will be admitted free. Tickets will be sold at the gate each day.
Following the official opening, on Oval 1, the first game will see Harlequins take on Haketautai followed by Madang Madgauns up against Spartans. The first women’s game will have Harlequins versus Brothers followed by the Black Orchids women against Wanderers.
On oval 2, Kimbe Rebels play Juggernauts followed by University playing Nova. The first women’s match will see Spartans versus Southern Chiefs.

Anga urged Port Moresby residents to come out and watch some exciting rugby 7s. He also thanked PNG Air, PNG Sports Foundation, BSP, Construct Oceanic Ltd, Global Constructions, Fincorp, Hawkins, Fletcher Morobe, National Airports Corporation, Island Breeze, Tactical Solutions International, Southern Cross Assurance, Boroko Motors, SP Holdings, Beachside Brassier, Paradise Foods, Gateway Hotel and all other sponsors for their support to this tournament.
Meanwhile two referees from Brisbane are currently running a two day refresher’s course in Port Moresby. Anga said the course was basically to remind and update the local referees on the rules of 7s version of rugby.

“This tournament will be the first to play on the world class rugby stadium and we want the players as well as the officials to raise their levels of performance as well,” Anga said.
The tournament ends on Sunday with the Bowls, Plate and Cup finals.

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