Tonga's proposed new rugby league administrators have filed their application for membership of the sport's regional and world bodies.
The Asia Pacific Rugby League has confirmed receipt of Tonga Ma'a Tonga Rugby League's application.
The application will be reviewed by the APRL board and the board of International Rugby League (IRL) before being sent to the full members for final approval.
Former Fiji Rugby Sevens player Amenoni Nasilasila has been sentenced to eight years in prison for the rape of a 24-year-old woman in 2018.
Local media reports the sentencing was handed down in the Lautoka High Court today.
Former SP Hunters utility back, Edene Gebbie, today signed a two-year contract with Australian NRL club the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Gebbie will be playing for the Rabbitohs for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Oil Search PNG Orchids coach Nigel Hukula has named Amelia Kuk as captain for Saturday’s inaugural Pacific Test against Fiji in Sydney. The 23-year-old from Western Highlands becomes only the second captain of the national team at test level, after Cathy Neap. Kuk will lead a new-look Orchids team with 13 debutants in the 18-woman side currently in Sydney.
“She brings that leadership, and she brings together the players who are based in Australia as well as the PNG-based girls, by speaking Tok Pisin and also having that understanding of where we are in women’s rugby league and where we want to go," Hukula said.
The Papua New Guinea Hunters rugby team are being urged to lift their game after a horror start to this year's Intrust Super Cup campaign.
The Port Moresby club host the high-flying Wynnum-Manly Seagulls on Sunday, having managed just one win from nine games in 2019.
Doubles to Troy Leo and Jamal Fogarty helped lift the Burleigh Bears to a 56-4 win over the PNG Hunters at Pizzey Park.
In front of a massive Anzac Day crowd, the Bears put on a show, crossing for ten tries.
Leo’s double takes him to seven tries for the season, while Fogarty’s double, along with eight conversions, took his personal tally to 24 points.
It was a celebratory day for the Bears, with coach Jimmy Lenihan bringing up his 200th game in charge of the club in style.
The Papua New Guinea women's sevens team have reached the quarterfinals of the world series qualifier in Hong Kong.
The Palais started pool play with a 22-14 win over Hong Kong.
Fatima Rama opened the scoring with a try for the Palais in the 2nd minute before Taiva Lavai, Joana Lagona and Mavis Biyama crossed the line at two minute intervals.
As the SP PNG Hunters prepare to face the Sunshine Coast Falcons at home turf tomorrow (Sunday 24 of March), NCD Governor Powes Parkop paid a much-needed visit to their camp in the city on Thursday evening.
Mr Parkop was in their camp to have fellowship with them and give them morale support through words of encouragement after they suffered two consecutive losses in the Intrust Super Cup championships.
He complemented his speech with a K20, 000 cash incentive as match wages for the players and the team management.
Of this, K1000 each is up for grab amongst the players on someone who scores the opening and the winning tries.
PNG Hunters team has named Adex Wera as its skipper for 2019.
Wera was surprised on receiving the news from coach Michael Marum before the official announcement was made at the Hunters 2019 season launching at Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Friday.
The SP PNG Hunters are into rebuilding stages, says coach Michael Marum yesterday.
“We are rebuilding the side this season and we are working really hard to make sure they (players) go out and compete in each game,” said Marum.
He said they are not looking too far ahead at the points table or the finals.
According to the Queensland Intrust Super Cup 2019 gains and loss stats, Hunters recruited a bulk of a new playing group from the Digicel Cup and PNG Rugby Football League confederates to boost their campaign.
The Hunters final squad named this week are:
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