New bus aids rugby union

Normal, Sports

The National – Friday, June 17, 2011

PNG Rugby will travel easier this year after Boroko Motors handed over a Mitsubishi L300 bus for its operations.
The vehicle, valued at K75,000, was part of the car dealer’s committment to PNGRFU after coming onboard with the union last year.
BM general manager Marty Dawson said the bus was the second vehicle his company had made available to PNGRFU with a Jeep Cherokee already provided to PNG 7s coach Shane Howarth.
“We made a committment to support PNG rugby union and we are now the official car sponsor for the union.
“The vehicles will be used by the PNGRFU office in Port Moresby to carry out its programmes at schools and the local competitions,” Dawson said.
He added that BM would provide free service for the vehicles as well as replacing the vehicles every 12 months in their three-year agreement.
The vehicles will go a long way to help PNG Rugby achieve its aims for the year particularly with the on-going development of the code at the club and school level.
PNGRFU president Richard Sapias thanked Dawson and BM for the generous support saying the bus would make a huge difference in the running of PNGRFU head office.
“This bus will make a huge difference for the PNGRFU office and optimise our ability to reach players at the school and club levels.
Sapias said that with several major events taking place this year BM’s assistance would ease the pressure of organising events one of which will the Federation of Oceania Unions (FORU) Cup which PNG will host this year.
Howarth said the bus would also help members of his squad who were based in Port Moresby continue their training for IRB tournaments and the Pacific Games.
He added that he was looking forward to the begining of the PNG 7s circuit series which would begin next week with the Black Orchid 7s in Buka.
This will followed  at regular intervals with other tournaments in the NGI region.