Rugby League Representing Papua New Guinea in the Melanesian Cup early next year is going to be an honour for the 2018 Digicel Cup premiers, says Goroka Lahanis captain Gonzella Urakusie. The 29-year old, who is also working as a game development representative for PNG National Rugby League in Goroka said in an interview that he was looking forward to the upcoming challenge. The Lahanis will be playing against the Vodafone Cup champions Rovarova Rabbitohs next February. The Bintagor sponsored side qualified for this after they beat Enga Mioks 10-6 in the Digicel Cup grand final in Port Moresby in September. “I feel so good about representing the country and Eastern Highlands with the Goroka Lahanis to go to the Melanesian Cup next year,” Urakusie said. “In our preparations to the Melanesian Cup, we have expert trainers helping us out and the boys are doing very well at the moment especially in terms of maintaining fitness. “All Lahanis players are communicating well and are committed to training because I think they’re all looking forward to go to Fiji. The former PNG Hunter also mentioned that the trip to Fiji will be a first of its kind experience for most of the Lahanis boys who have never travelled out of the country. “Most of our boys do not have more than five years experience of semi-professional rugby league in the Digicel Cup but I hope that winning the Digicel Cup has opened up their eyes and raised their spirits. “I am confident as the captain that we can do well, we played very well this year in the Digicel Cup having an unbeaten run with 11 straight wins to the grand-final to win it and, hopefully that will be the boost for us going to the Melanesian Cup. Apart from looking forward to the Melanesian Cup, Urakusie plans to continue to play in the Digicel Cup with the Lahanis for at least two more years before he retires.