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Pacific sport in brief

Tuesday 27 September 2022 | Written by RNZ | Published in Pacific Islands, Regional

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Pacific sport in brief
Konrad Hurrell brandishes the Tonga flag after helping St Helens to win a fourth consecutive Super League grand final. Picture: ALLAN MCKENZIE/SWPIX.COM/PHOTOSPORT

September 27, 2022

Tonga's Hurrell among English Saint Helens league champion scorers

Saint Helens have won the Betfred Super League Championship after beating the Leeds Rhinos 24-12.

It's the fourth consecutive grand final win for Saint Helens.

They scored four tries, including one by Tongan international Konrad Hurrell.

Hurrell said he was one of three Tongan internationals who joined the club over the last two years.

The Rugby League World Cup kicks off next month with the opener between England and Samoa on October 15.

Tonga's Langi swaps to France's rugby league side

Former Tongan international Samisoni Langi has been named to play for France in the Rugby League World Cup next month.

The 29-year-old qualified to play for France after meeting the five-year residency rule, having played for French Super League club Catalan Dragons since 2018.

France's World Cup pool opponents are Samoa, Greece and England.

Australia aids PNG rugby development

Australia will put in $US1.4 million for high-performance rugby in Papua New Guinea.

The high performance strategy will improve preparation for the women's and men's national teams.

It is also hoped the funding will enhance female players and help foster home-grown talent.

The federal government puts aside close to $US10 million each year to help create pathways for Pacific athletes.

Four teams left in MSG football tournament

The MSG Prime Minister's football cup competition, in Port Vila, Vanuatu reached its semi-final stage.

PNG is facing Fiji and Solomon Islands is to play against the Vanuatu Development team.

Solomon Islands Football Coach Felipe Vega-Arango told MSG Cup media they respect the Vanuatu side.

"The expectation I have for tomorrow's game is the same. When we have to do the stuff that we are good at. We need to keep aground we need to keep moving. We need to make passes to the space. We need to respect the opponent because even though it's Vanuatu Development it won't be easy, it's going to be a really tough match I know that they are going to be pushing', he said.

The final is set for September 30 and will see both the runner-up and winner match.