Rugby Union BY BENNY GETENG The Scrum School Rugby Union carnival is expected to kick off with much more district attendance tomorrow at the Lae Scrum Oval. School teams entering the competition will come from as far as Huon Gulf, Markham and Bulolo district with more than 300-plus students from primary and secondary schools taking part. SCRUM development manager Robin Tarere said this year the carnival is bigger with the participation of schools from other districts. He said divisions for the carnival for both boys and girls are for primary school students are the U-12, U-14 and U-16 while the U-17 and U-18 will cater for secondary school students. He said the 15-a-side competition will begin on Friday for the secondary school students and Saturday for primary school students. Tarere said they had conducted several coaching clinics for the students and teachers during the year prior to the carnival and expects good display of skills during the two-day event. He said for the last 20 years, SCRUM, which stands for Supporters Club Rugby Union Morobe, has been hosting the event with the support of Lae Biscuit Company and Prima Smallgoods. “We have had players come through the carnival then into the Lae competition to eventually represent Morobe Hammerheads and PNG Pukpuks.” Tarere, a former PNG Pukpuk flanker, said despite the limited support from Rugby PNG, they are pleased with the support of the business community to host the event every year and the carnival is a talent pathway for players in the province. “We further plan to cover Kabwum, Finschhafen and Tewae-Siassi in the coming years,” he said He said in order to reach such other districts of Morobe a budget of K50,000 per year would be sufficient to cater for logistics, accommodation and supplies of volunteers to bring the game to schools in Morobe province.