The National, Monday 26th March 2012
Twenty teams have expressed interest with 10 from the province with the remaining are from the New Guinea Islands, neighbouring Madang, the Highlands and one from Port Moresby.
Tournament director Robin Tarere said the event would be used to select a side to represent the province at the PNG Games in October.
Tarere said the competition was also a good preparation for teams who would be playing in the NGI 7s circuit this year.
He reminded teams that although the deadline for registration had elapsed last Friday he was extending it to Wednesday with teams to contact the chairman of the organising committee Naka Songake on 472 1511.
The tournament could be reduced to a 16-team format if teams did not register quickly.
He also thanked TH7s major sponsor SCRUM as well as minor sponsors and contributors: Coca-Cola, Seeto Kui, Trukai Rice, Prima Smallgoods, Ling’s Freezer, Consort Shipping, Chemcare, Besta IFC and Western Star Transport.
Tarere also thanked No.1 Hire Car for sponsoring the lead-up tournament to the TH7s which was held earlier this year.
The teams for the Trans Highway 7s are: Royals, Harlequins, Unitech Reds, Defence, Defence Academy, Pirates, Old Crocs, Morobe Schoolboys, Markham Sagasek, NARI (Lae), Kimbe Rebels – defending champions, Gigo Hurricanes, Wairas, Black Orchids (NGI), Ramu Sugar, Madang 1, Madang 2 (Madang), Goroka, Mt Hagen (Highlands) and PNG Barbarians (Port Moresby).