WELCOME TO PNGRFL

Welcome to the Official Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) site. The PNGRFL is a proud and established sporting entity. The PNGRFL primiary role is to manage, promote and develop rugby league in Papua New Guinea. The PNGRFL was established in 1974 and are the governing body for rugby league in Papua New Guinea. The PNGRFL have been members of the Rugby League International Federation and Pacific Islands Rugby League Federation since its inception in 1974.

2016 Team Kumuls

We’re pleased to be able to announce the 29-member squad for the one-off Test match against Fiji next month.

There are 8 new faces in the side: Ishamel Baikawa, Benjamin Hetra,  Justin Olam, Watson Boas, Sailas Gahuna,  Anderson Benford,  Philemon Kimiseve and Tuvi Lepan.

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GREAT PNG PLAYERS

Many Papua New Guineans have gone on to play professional rugby league either in the National Rugby League in Australia or Super League in Europe.
Adrian Lam Neville Costigan John Wilshere David Mead
Paul Aiton Arnold Kerwanty Menzie Yere Marcus Bai
Elias Paiyo Stanley Gene Makali Aizue
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SP Hunters put plans together for season 2016

The SP Hunters deserve more credit for their 2015 season performance than what they have received, says new PNG Rugby Football League CEO Bob Cutmore. Cutmore, taking up the position last month which sees him also double up in that role for the SP Hunters club, said it was a wonderful effort considering the many challenges the Hunters had to overcome.

These includes among others the SP Hunters being the team that travelled much longer distances compared to most of the 11 teams in the competition throughout the season. The Hunters finished the 2015 regular season in second spot and fell one game shy of making a historical grand final appearance. “They (SP Hunters) deserve better… they deserve a lot more credit than what they have been getting, ” Cutmore said as he announced that preparations for the 2016 was being finalised with the squad to assemble within a week for pre-season training.

He said coach Michael Marum and his coaching staff had a done wonderful job so not much would change except for some slight alterations to be announced as soon as the squad assembles in Port Moresby next week. Cutmore said the Hunters was to create a pathway for players to advance to the elite level and if the players got scouted and engaged by overseas clubs – that would be a bonus for the program as it would open up spots for other young men to step up to have a shot at making the Hunters team.

He declined to give details on whether the Hunters would be losing any of their 2015 squad, explaining that that information would be released once all necessary arrangements were finalised – if any players signed up with other Intrust Super Cup clubs, NRL or other overseas clubs. “A number of players have been approached but we will make appropriate announcements when the time is right,” Cutmore said. However, Cutmore stressed that while the SP Hunters had captivated imagination and lifted PNG Rugby League’s profile on the international level, the game at the domestic level would get improved attention under his watch.

“A large population of our rugby league members, and this includes the women, are involved in our domestic competitions and we need to focus a lot more of our attention on these players than we have done in the past.“It is not going to be a quick-fix solution and the challenges will be also be there but we will do our utmost best to address some of these issues.”Meanwhile coach Marum is set to announce his 2016 squad this week, which then assembles in Port Moresby for the November 24 pre-season start.

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Afternoon skills session at Sir John Guise Stadium – Noel Zeming doing some extras after training.

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SP Hunters players warming up before there speed and agility session at SJG Stadium yesterday.

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SP Hunters players get a look in by overseas clubs

Two SP Hunters players have been given “train and trial” opportunities with NRL clubs while the third has been contracted to another Intrust Super Cup club. Kato Ottio has joined the Canberra Raiders while Warren Clare is bound for Cronulla Sharks on “train &...
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SP Hunters put plans together for season 2016

The SP Hunters deserve more credit for their 2015 season performance than what they have received, says new PNG Rugby Football League CEO Bob Cutmore. Cutmore, taking up the position last month which sees him also double up in that role for the SP Hunters club, said...
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Tickets for Melanesian Club championship – Agmark Gurias (PNG) v Sabeto Roosters (Fiji) go on sale Oct 7

Tickets for the 2015 Melanesian Club championship this Saturday go on sale three days before the event. The Melanesian Club championship clash between PNG champions Agmark Gurias and Fiji’s premiers Sabeto Roosters at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby on...
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TVWAN secures TV Rights for Prime Ministers XIII match & Melanesian Club championship

TVWAN has secured TV Rights for the Prime Ministers XIII game and the Melanesian Club championships. PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka announced this on Friday. He said TVWAN has undertaken some bold steps to grow the game of rugby league in Papua New...
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Check out this article in The Guardian

PNG Hunters prove popular as they blaze a trail for a rugby league-mad...
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PNG Prime Ministers XIII Team, Under 16 Team Announced

National Selectors have named a Prime Ministers XIII team based on both experience and youth in preparation for the annual rugby league fixture against an Australian select side later this month. PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka when announcing the team...
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SP Hunters’ Team for Qualifying Final v Townsville Blackhawks

SP Hunters coach Michael Marum expects his team to lift to another level as the PNG side prepares for the all important Qualifying Final against minor premiers Townsville Blackhawks this Saturday at the Jack Manski Oval in Townsville. Marum has reminded his players...
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