Papua New Guinea qualify for Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco

Papua New Guinea qualify for Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco

Papua New Guinea face a bumper 2018 after excelling at the Oceania Sevens Championship over the weekend, with both the men's and women's teams qualifying for the Commonwealth Games, World Cup and numerous World Series events.

The Pukpuks finished fifth overall in Suva to secure a spot at the Sydney and Hamilton legs of the Men's World Series, with the Palais were granted an invitation to the Sydney leg of the Women's World Series after reaching the semi finals.

Both teams will also take part in the World Series Qualifier in Hong Kong in April, a week before competing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Meanwhile both the men and women will take part in the Rugby World Cup Sevens for the first time in San Francisco in July.

PNG men's coach Dougie Guise admitted to some relief after confirming their place at a host of major events.

"We've always thought of ourselves as a genuine contender - whether it be Oceania when we get the HSBC Sevens Series," he said.

"I think we were hard done by early on in the quarter finals but we always knew in our wish we are a top-notch team I reckon.

"Given the right support I reckon we'd give some of these bigger nations a good run."

PNG are bound for the Sevens World Cup, Commonwealth Games and World Series events in Sydney and Hamilton.PNG are bound for the Sevens World Cup, Commonwealth Games and World Series events in Sydney and Hamilton. Photo: Oceania Rugby Women's captain Joanne Lagona said the team achieved more than they expected.

"To qualify for the World Cup it's really hard to train and come...I'm really excited and it's really challenging," she said.

"We didn't think we'd be coming this far and it's a bonus for the team and we are looking forward to (attending the World Cup)."