Kiunga will start own rugby comp

Normal, Sports

The National, Friday 26th April 2013

 THE Kiunga Rugby Union Association (KRUA) is set for a big year following its formation early this year.

Association secretary Oral Michael said the code was new in Ki­unga and it would be a major challenge for executives to promote it.

“Rugby union is in the country and but not in Kiunga,” he said.

“As the code is new, it has been a huge challenge to promote rugby union in town and the surrounding community. 

“We (KRUA) are in process of affiliating to the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) and we believe we will be fully affiliated to the mother body with the establishment of KRUA this year,” Michael said.

He said KRUA aimed to expose and develop young and raw talents in Kiunga and Western.

“We are now closely working with Daru and Tabubil who are well ahead of us,” he said.

KRUA has five clubs: Wanderers, Redback Spiders, Southern Toads, Crusaders and NGI Taliz. 

The clubs will play their last preseason matches tomorrow.

“The current five pioneer clubs are all geared up to play the last preseason matches of the sevens competition.”

Michael said the season would begin on May 4.

He said a team would be selected to take part in the Joey Charlie Cup on Daru Island from June 7-10.

“We are urging the Kiunga com­munity, all business houses, corporate organisations, private companies and the district and provincial government to assist and support the first ever Kiunga Rugby Union select team. 

“KRUA is focused, more proactive and innovative in all aspects of the game.

“We assure the community that we will work very closely with them to make Kiunga the best town through sports development and rugby union,” Michael said.