Touch Rugby

Medal and birthday for Samoa’s Hazelman twins

The brothers, who represented Samoa at the XVI Pacific Games, celebrated winning the silver medal in touch rugby as well as their 28th birthday.

The twins’ birthday fell during Team Samoa’s two-week campaign for the Pacific Games and they were unable to celebrate it then.

They had wanted the gold medal as a reward for their parents Lavea George Hazelman and Dorothy Hazelman, who have never missed a game that they played in Samoa.

PNG's golden hat trick in touch rugby, Samoa take silver

The 2015 Pacific Games Mixed Team silver medalists completed a hat-trick in 2019 to win the gold medal in the Mixed Team Division for complete dominance of this week’s touch rugby competition.

They have successfully defended their Men’s and Women’s titles from the 2015 Games with the win in Mixed Teams completing their dominance.

They did so in the deciding clash with Samoa, who were defending Mixed Team champions from the 2015 Pacific Games, though they trailed at the end of the first half.

Samoa play PNG for touch gold medal

Fiji will play the Cook Islands for the bronze medal at St Joseph's Field, Faleata.

Today’s semi finals saw PNG convincingly defeating Fiji 8-4 even though the Fijians showed a lot of prospect at a 3-3 draw at halftime.

The host country also finished strong with a 9-5 victory over the Cook Islands.

At the end of the two days of mixed team elimination, PNG tops the charts with Samoa in second place, Cook Islands in third and Fiji in fourth.