Army off to Pacific Cup

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THE PNG Defence Force received a set of rugby union jerseys to participate in the Pacific Military Cup in Canberra, Australia.
The 10-day event has attracted teams from Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and France.
The soldiers will leave for Canberra tomorrow.
The uniforms were donated by the National AIDS Council Secretariat through the Australian aid agency, AusAID.
The team will return on Oct 24.
The army side has been training for more than a month and are prepared for the event.
PNGDF commander Brig-Gen Francis Agwi said the side would be giving their best shot at the event.
He added the soldiers were not only going there for the event but to represent their country and the military.
He challenged them to be good ambassadors in creating relationships and creating awareness on HIV/AIDS.
“Play hard, play within the rules and make friends and play with true sportsmanship and come back with a trophy,” he said.
AusAID and the National AIDS Council Secretariat representative Donna Jean Nicholson said that PNG had grown in showing commendable leadership in combating HIV/AIDS and, with our defence force, it would be only fitting that through their operations in the region they could share a positive message with their neighbours.
“We are proud to have been asked to support the PNGDF for this event and we hope that you all do well in the tournament,” Nicholson said.