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The worth of the World Sevens competition for international sides have just been enhanced with news that as many as four players from the highly successful Papua New Guinea side been targeted by NRL and Super League clubs, and with Canberra Raider already securing the signature of one.
A primarily ?unknown? PNG outfit took the field at the end of January featuring none of PNG?s regular stars such as Adrian Lam, Marcus Bai, Stanley Gene or John Wilshere, yet still performed at a top level right until the final whistle went against Parramatta in the quarter finals.
The four players which have raised eyebrows in the Rugby League world have been Ricky Sibiya, Geno Kima, Derek Fletcher and Steve Franciscus, with Franciscus already securing a contract with the Raiders.
Derek Fletcher is being targeted by a British Super League club, whilst the Broncos have displayed interest in the top point-scorer of the tournament, Ricky Sibiya, with PNG coach Bob Bennett highly recommending the player to his brother Wayne. The Broncos have also displayed interest in Geno Kima.