The Interchange Vanuatu Rugby League (VRL) were highly disappointed with their performance against Greece, which saw Vanuatu outclassed 38-0. In response Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu Head Coach Lionel Harbin who was scathing of the performance against Greece has made several changes, some forced through injury and illness such as to former NRL player Alehana Mara. Mara was taken to hospital as a precaution but was cleared of any serious injury and is expected to make a full recovery.
After finish in 3rd place behind Hungary and Greece in Pool B, Vanuatu will face off in the Trophy semi-finals against Poland who finished first in Pool C. Poland is coming off two big wins, 62-6 over Hong Kong and 58-6 over Japan.
“I would like to apologise to all our sponsors and supporters for our performance against Greece, it wasn’t up to the standards we expect from the Vanuatu Rugby League. Full credit to Greece as they played very well, out enthusing, out muscling and out smarting us but we are a much better team than we showed on Wednesday night and it is highly disappointing we turned in a display such as that. It will be another very tough challenge against Poland, coming off a few big wins but we will look to turn it around and get our first win of the tournament” lamented a frustrated Interchange Vanuatu Rugby League Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu Head Coach Lionel Harbin.
The match will be the first meeting between the respective Pacific and European nations. The winner will face the winner of the other Trophy semi-final between Philippines and Turkey on Saturday at St.Mary’s.
The Vanuatu Rugby League still has some exciting player sponsorships available, where for AUD $500 (40,000 Vatu) you are personal sponsor of a player and receive a team signed jersey, $100 worth of Vanuatu Rugby League merchandise as well as a range of other exciting benefits. Join Dynamic Supply Company that is supporting Avia Allan, the Brewery Bar & Restaurant that is supporting Daniel Kaltapnag, Tana Plaza Pharmacy in supporting Stephen Tanga and most recently Coolongatta Hotel in supporting Captain James Wood representing their country at the Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship.
The Interchange Vanuatu Rugby League will line up:
1. Stephen Tanga- Port Vila Powerhouse (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
21. Alickson Napakaurana- Ifira Black Bird (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
2. Maxwell Garae Ngatonga- Port Vila Powerhouse (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
19. Anro Kalpukai- Ifira Black Bird (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
22. Amani Arutahiki- Redcliffe Dolphins (Brisbane, Australia)
11. James Wood- Tweed Heads Seagulls (Gold Coast, Australia)
14. Dominique Sablan- Ifira Black Bird (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
8. Salitasi Lolo- Port Vila Powerhouse (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
24. Daniel Wood- Santo Boars (Luganville, Vanuatu)
10. Kalsauma Oscar- Ifira Black Bird (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
4. Ben Lui- Port Vila Powerhouse (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
12. Daniel Kaltapang- Pango KingSharks (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
13. Ben Henderson- Sunshine Coast Falcons (Sunshine Coast, Australia)
16. Danford Lui- Port Vila Powerhouse (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
17. Avia Allan- Port Vila Powerhouse (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
18. Max Taleo- Pango KingSharks (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
20. Alex Philip- Port Vila Powerhouse (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
9. Stanley Joseph- Port Vila Powerhouse (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
Coach- Lionel Harbin
Assistant Coach- Rhys Wesser
Head Trainer- Gerald Thompson
Trainer- Holika Taufa
Manager- Ben Howard
Manager- Leonard Ngwero
Photographer- Ron Zwiers
Anyone interested in supporting the Vanuatu Rugby League should contact Vanuatu Rugby League via the following channels:
All matches of the Rugby League Emerging Nations World Championship will also be Live Streamed through the Website and Facebook: