PNG Rugby Sevens coach Waisale Serevi issued the ultimate challenge to the nation’s rugby fraternity after the team’s arrival from Tahiti via Auckland and Brisbane last night.
Serevi was speaking at a function hosted by PNGRFU president Richard Sapias at the Port Moresby Country Club to welcome the team back from their successful IRB Sevens Circuit re-entry campaign.
“The door has opened as a result of an outstanding team performance but we cannot go in and lie down,” Serevi said, referring to the IRB circuit and PNG’s qualification.
“We have to work three to four times harder now to go out there and prove that we are there to play and not just make up the numbers,” he said.
Serevi commended his boys for the achievement after the short period to prepare themselves.
He also acknowledged the support of the rugby body and sponsor – Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC).
MRDC acting managing director Clifford Kasi, who welcomed the team, thanked them for a job well done.
“This achievement is a milestone for rugby sevens in PNG and we are very proud to be a part of it. (However) this is only the beginning,” Kasi said.
Sapias congratulated the players and MRDC for their support.
Sapias made a special mention of the MRDC senior management who had thrown their support behind the team with funds and to give them in person.
Players will take the next two days off before coming back together on Sunday ahead of a proposed trip to an invitational sevens tournament in Sri Lanka.
The event may be another opportunity before the IRB circuit goes to Wellington early next February.