29 Nov 2011

Sport: PNG switch to fifteen modes

11:34 am on 29 November 2011

Papua New Guinea are facing a quick turnaround ahead of Tuesday's Oceania Cup rugby opener against Vanuatu.

Four members of the Pukpuks team have just returned from competing in the Gold Coast Sevens tournament in Australia, giving them only a couple of days to switch into fifteens mode.

Coach Shane Howarth is in charge of both the sevens and fifteens teams and says the timing is hardly ideal.

PNG and Vanuatu close out the day with Niue facing Solomon Islands in the tournament opener at one o'clock local time.

The tournament is a straight round-robin format, with each team playing three games in five days.