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Vanuatu rugby star Jason Pakoasongi battling cancer

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VRL rallies to support rugby player Jason Pakoasongi. Currently Jason, who is also a lawyer with the State Law Office, is undergoing treatment in India.


The Pacific Advisory Vanuatu Rugby League (VRL) has recently announced it is deeply saddened to hear its star player Jason Kalfau Pakoasongi is battling cancer.

The VRL will be showing its support to Jason and his family in a number of different ways throughout his battle.

“We are passing on our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to Jason and his family during this very difficult time. We will throw our full support towards his recovery,” Tom Carlo, VRL President, has said.

Jason Kalfau Pakoasongi, a lawyer with the State Law Office, is the elder statesman of the VRL. He has played in the first ever Vanuatu Rugby League team, competing at the International 9’s in Sydney in 2012.

Jason Pakoasongi went on to make his Test debut in Vanuatu’s first ever Test match vs Greece in 2012, scoring a try in front of his home crowd in Port Vila. Jason Pakoasongi is the Vanuatu record holder, being the only player to play in all 5 of Vanuatu’s Test Matches. He is also the record try scorer with 3 Test tries in addition to also captaining the South-Sea Islander Vanuatu Invitational tour throughout Queensland in 2013.

“We’ll be retiring Jason’s number 3 jersey for our upcoming Test Match vs Solomon Islands in Honiara on the 21st October. Jason would have been one of the first players selected and would have been lining up in the jersey had he been fit. We have no doubt Jason will again be taking his rightful place in his number 3 jersey in the Emerging Nations World Championships in Sydney in 2018 so we are going to refrain from using it for this particular match,” said VRL Coach Lionel Harbin.

The VRL will be inviting Jason to attend the game in the Solomon Islands should he be able to travel.