Rugby League BY SIMON KESLEP Watson Boas is happy to once again don the Agmark Rabaul Gurias and lead as team captain for the 2020 PNG NRL competition this season. He made his semi-professional rugby league career debut for Gurias before being scouted into the SP PNG Hunters, playing representative footy for the PNG Kumuls and eventually signing up for England based club Featherstone Rovers. Boas (pictured) played his last game for Gurias in 2015 when the club won their sixth premiership. Now without the competition in England running due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Boas is proud to rejoin his foundation club (Agmark Rabaul Gurias) and lead as skipper. “Since 2015, (the) last grand final we won, it was my last time to play for Gurias. 2016, I joined SP PNG Hunters. From that time on I never played for Gurias until this year where I will run out with the team next week.” “As for myself after five years where I never played for them (Gurias) and now going back and wearing Gurias jersey, it is like I’m happy, ready to represent Gurias, my family and my hometown,” said Boas. Boas also confirmed there are other SP PNG Hunters rejoining the team in the likes of Terry Wapi, Stanley Olo, Epel Kapinias and others. He said this will boost the team and also new talents coming from Port Moresby and Highlands including local talents from East New Britain. He said elder brother Ase Boas might not be joining Gurias due to work commitments. “The past three weeks for us training together we struggled a bit, building combinations but as time goes on with training sessions we are looking good. For Ase, looks like he won’t join us due to work so he might play for Vipers. Even though he is my brother, when we play Vipers, it’s a game so we will play.” The passing of Late John ‘Papa Guria) Nightingale and the five years absence of donning the Gurias jersey, Boas said it has bond together the team. Boas is also not taking the PNG NRL Competition lightly as it is leading up to the Kumuls selection for next year’s Rugby League World Cup. Also teaming up with Boas is Wartovo Puara Jr. “With the loss of our franchise owner, all the boys have put their minds together to give this year to him. All the boys are intact and working together to give this year back to our franchise owner,” he said. “I will not be taking it lightly. I need to fight to earn back my spot, not only challenging players to make the Kumuls side, especially in my position. I also will be challenge by some NRL and UK boys so I would not take it lightly. I will play like I do in this competition like I do at the top level overseas. “Giving those strong runs to show coaches, I am still here and putting my hands up to represent PNG. Both of us (Puara) are in training and will run out next week,” said Boas.
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