PAT HOSSACK | The Roar
IN A MOVE which will no doubt buoy all involved in Papua New Guinea rugby league, the Queensland Rugby League has granted the fanatical rugby league nation a license to compete in the 2014 Intrust Super Cup (formerly the Queensland Cup).
In addition to this, Papua New Guinea will also field Under 16s and Under 18s sides in the QRL’s elite junior competitions.
The only country in the world that lists rugby league as its national sport, PNG is an area of largely untapped incredible potential for our code.
The amazing reception for the PM’s XIII side this season is a perfect example of just how mad the people are for the greatest game of all. Sponsors are reportedly ‘swarming’ to get a piece of the side.
This news will hopefully give an extra drive to the current crop of Kumuls competing in the rugby league World Cup on the eve of their tournament opener against France; the drive to begin the long road to becoming the rugby league contender that I believe they can become.
With three sides from Group B, also containing Samoa, France and New Zealand, progressing into the quarter-final stages, the Kumuls will be fighting it out to not find themselves placed at the bottom of the table.
On their home ground France will not be easy beats, while Samoa have brought a star-studded line-up to England, so Papua New Guinea certainly have their work cut out for them.
It will be no mean feat, but with this exciting news for 2014, whichever way the RLWC goes for the Kumuls, there are big things on the horizon for Papua New Guinea rugby league.