The Vanuatu-South Sea Invitational tour will officially kick off this Thursday (21st February), with the core travel group, which consists of current national team players Kunro Kalo, Patrick August, Jason Pakoasongi and Kalpat Kalmar, departing their training base on the Sunshine Coast (Queensland) and heading north for the 12 day tour.
The past 4 days have seen the Vanuatu based members of the squad train at Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Noosa, with the team gelling well despite the poor weather conditions. Players have had the opportunity to meet former NRL player Noel Goldthorpe, whilst also seeing some of the beautiful beaches on the Sunshine Coast.
Preparations now turn to Rockhampton this weekend, with the Vanuatu based players linking up with South Sea members of the squad in Gladstone before playing the Central Capras on Saturday evening at Browne Park in Rockhampton. The squad for the game will also include current national team captain James Wood and also Herbie Henderson (Santo) Robbie Congoo (Malekula) and Josh Tanner (Tanna).
Commenting on the trip so far, team member Geoffrey Kausei stated “the past 4 days have been tremendous and we are confident that we are preparing our bodies and minds for the big games ahead. We understand that we are representing our nation of Vanuatu and we are extremely excited by the challenges that lay ahead”.
The Vanuatu Rugby League would like to thank their major sponsors Ford AutoDis, The Kava Emporium, Law Partners, Enigma Merchandise and Nambawan Brewery for their continued support of the team and also to event partners Air Vanuatu and the Queensland Government through the Multicultural Affairs ministry in making this tour a reality.
For updates on the tour and what the players are doing, be sure to keep in touch by visiting www.vanuaturugbyleague.com or following Vanuatu RL on facebook.