A SOMERSET sportswear firm have helped Papua New Guinea's rugby players with their new venture.

The pacific island have recently started a Deaf Rugby team and Karuta Sportswear, based in Weston-super-Mare, donated kit to help them on their way.

Karuta director Martin Longden said: “When Tony Stoyles at World Deaf Rugby contacted me and spoke about PNG’s new venture, I immediately wanted to help out with some donated kit.

"I am so pleased that the guys are wearing the quality kit, they look great.

"Karuta design playing kit and off-field wear for every club, school, university or organisation we deal with and for all major sports - this means everyone has a unique design."

Tony Stoyles, WDR chairman, said: "We can’t thank Martin and his team enough for their kind donation.

"We aim to work alongside Karuta Sportswear as we progress onto bigger events, matches and tournaments."