Vanuatu is expected to become the latest country to field a ‘national’ Rugby League team when it plays in the 11th Cabramatta International Nines in south western Sydney in February.
Organiser Dane Campbell is currently in Fiji where he has run a coaching clinic and selection trial for Fijian based Vanuatu eligible players. He also plans to travel to Vanuatu to ensure the squad includes some residents in the squad. “I will be in Port Vila in 2 weeks time to run a similar clinic and trials to select local based players. We will also have a number of Vanuatu born and raised players that are now living and playing in Oz that will form part of the squad,” Campbell said. “The trials we run in 2 weeks will be the first organised game played in Vanuatu.”
Vanuatu will be one of two teams making their ‘international’ debut at the Nines along with Philippines.
Cabramatta Nines regulars, Niue, Tonga and Fijian Australian Residents are the other international teams.
A past regular, Japan, has not nominated at this stage, and there is some doubt over their participation.
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