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.

PNG Hunters Show Their Support for the Youth of PNG

The PNG Hunters showed their support for the Youth Of PNG at the launch of the Youth Blood Drive on World Blood Donor Day on June 14th. Don’t miss the boys showing off their dance moves in the Spread the Red videos available on the Youth Blood Drive Facebook page …

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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.

WELLINGTON ALBERT OUT, BRAWA DEBUTS

SP Hunters coach Michael Marum has called up Watson Boas to the starting line-up as half back and moved captain Ase Boas to five eighth in two positional changes for their clash against Mackay Cutters in Round 5 of the Intrust Super Cup (ISC) on Saturday in Mackay,...
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MARUM MAKES ONE CHANGE TO LINE UP SP

SP Hunters coach Michael Marum has made one change to the starting line up from last weekend’s side for this weekend’s round 4 ISC home game against Norths Devils. Bland Abavu who sat out last Sunday’s match due to suspension starts on the wing in place of Butler...
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WAWA BECOMES HUNTER #51, AMEAN IN

Paul Wawa becomes SP Hunter No.51 when he makes his debut on the wing against South Logan Magpies in Round 3 of the ISC competition in Brisbane next Sunday. Stargroth Amean starts at fullback in place of Bland Abavu who has been rubbed out by the QRL Judiciary for one...
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Check it out! Highlights + Wrap: Hunters v Tigers!

The PNG Hunters were back at home for the first time since their elimination final loss to the Sunshine Coast Falcons last season. They returned to their winning ways at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby with a 30-20 victory over the Easts Tigers in Round...
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ADEX WERA, WELLINGTON ALBERT NAMED IN RND 2 CLASH

SP Hunters vice- captain Wellington Albert will become Hunters player No. 50 when he makes his debut from the bench in Sunday’s Intrust Super Cup round 2 clash against East Tigers at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby. And returning to the starting line-up...
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MARUM NAMES PUT IN STARTING LINE UP

Nixon Put will make his debut when he dons on the SP Hunters jersey for the first time in this weekend’s round 1 Intrust Super Cup clash against CQ Capras in Rockhampton on Saturday.   Coach Michael Marum named the Western Highlands youngster in the starting line up...
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MARUM CONFIRMED KUMUL COACH, EXTENDS HUNTERS TERM

Incumbent PNG LNG Kumuls coach Michael Marum has been confirmed to guide the national rugby league team into the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka said his Board ratified the appointment of Marum as PNG LNG Kumuls coach at...
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Hunters survive scare from Jets

The PNG Hunters still remain unbeaten at home after defeating the defending premiers Ipswich Jets in an entertaining and tight affair in Port Moresby last night. In the end, a penalty goal from Hunters playmaker Ase Boas in the 77th minute proved to be the difference....
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Hunters snap away losing streak v Gulls

The PNG Hunters returned to form with a 40-10 win over the Tweed Heads Seagulls at Piggabeen Sports Complex this afternoon. The visitors – who have struggled to win their away games this season – played some enterprising football (and enjoyed some luck) in their...
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Hunters snatch last minute win

The PNG Hunters are still unbeaten at National Football Stadium after defeating South Logan 22-20 in an entertaining affair. Co-captain Noel Zeming scored the match winner just on the fulltime to break the hearts of the Magpies, who were left to rue some costly goal...
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