The National, Wednesday 22nd August, 2012
By KEITH PUARIA
PAPUA New Guinea Rugby Sevens captain Douglas Guise has singled out the hunger in his side at the Federation of Oceania Rugby Union (FORU) Sevens in Sydney this weekend as a key factor to success.
Since making his debut for PNG in 2002 at the Hong Kong sevens, and building a sevens career spanning over close to eight years as a part of international sevens campaigns, the 31-year-old is quietly confident ahead of the North Sydney oval event.
“Without taking anything away from the commitment of teams in the previous campaigns, the side this time around is much hungrier, and you can feel it at the sessions.
“We committed ourselves to leaving no stone unturned in our preparations, and we won’t leave any unturned come the tournament,” Guise said.
Guise was adamant that the confidence that had been built over the previous campaigns of 2010-11 by the bulk of the side, in Sydney for the tournament, was a huge plus.
While Guise’ serious hamstring issues saw him sit rugby sevens out in the 2008-09 seasons, Monty Diave, Tisa Kautu and Albert Levi Junior were part of Fiji sevens great Waisale Serevis campaigns, and the quartet teamed up under All Black Shane Howarth in 2010.
Henry Liliket and Chris Kakah joined them as the other members of Howarths’ original squad, including Jason Missian, Billy Torea, and Gairo Varo.
Guise added that new inclusions Hensley Peter, Timothy Pola and Hibert Tseraha were only a sub-section of the exciting new blend of talent coming through in rugby sevens.
“Most important for us is attitude, which every single one brings to this team, it’s a crucial element for success.”
The tournament begins this Saturday with pool matches against Samoa, Cook Islands and Tahiti, and ends with the finals on Sunday. Australia and Tonga are the other contenders for the title.