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coach and media commentator, Phil Gould, leaves
PNG NRL bid team general manager, Bev Broughton, hopes
Gould's presence can help spread the word about the bid in
In a country where rugby league is religion, PNG fans want a team in the NRL in 2015, a massive task considering the difficulties involved.
"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step," Gould told reporters.
"I don't think it's going to be easy and I don't think it's going to happen overnight but the country has to move forward and rugby league can be a big part of that," he said.
"It should be something that our code in
Buoyed by the massive liquefied natural gas project that
is hyped to double PNG's GDP, the government has committed $8.2 million to the
bid with most reserved for a 30,000-seat stadium in
Sports Minister Philemon Embel says "whatever the cost" the government will build the stadium as they are "100 per cent behind this NRL bid."
But many problems remain.
PNG hopes Gould can tame the basic administration issues along with a host of logistical and other realities.
Earlier this month the national side's coach, Adrian Lam, broke ranks voicing disappointment at a continuing court battle over who is president of the PNG Rugby Football League.