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|Union||Papua New Guinea Rugby Football Union|
|Head coach||John Larry|
|World Rugby ranking|
|Current||42 (as of 23 November 2020)|
The Papua New Guinea national rugby union team represent Papua New Guinea in the sport of rugby union. Nicknamed the Palais, (Tok Pisin for 'lizard'), they played their first international in 2016. Papua New Guinea have not so far qualified for the 2017 Women's Rugby World Cup.
See Women's international rugby for information about the status of international games and match numbering
Papua New Guinea's Line-up to (Oceanic qualification to World Cup):
1. Pamela Waringe
2. Jane Buku
3. Norah Wartovo
4. Isi Govea
5. Clara Biyamah
6. Melanie Kawa
7. Lynette Kwarula*
8. Debbie Kaore*
9. Victoria Kamen
10. Margaret Naua (Captain)
11. Nina Stein
12. Kymlie Rapilla*
13. Marlugu Dixon*
14. Cassandra Sampson*
15. Joanne Lagona*
16. Lorraine Pomat
17. Geua Larry*
18. Tracy Stains
19. Harkana Dixon*
20. Theresanne Daimol*
21. Angela Parao
22. Helen Abau*
23. Augusta Livuana*
(*Also selected for PNG’s sevens squad)
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