The eight: NCDC Vipers, Kroton Hela Wigmen, Agmark Rabaul Gurias, Reigning premiers Lae Snax Tigers, Bintangor Goroka Lahanis, Waghi Tumbe, PRK Mendi Muruks and EPG Enga Mioks.
Chairman of the newly revamped PNG National Rugby League Competition, Adrian Chow said nine applications to participate were received.
The application from the Mt Hagen Eagles was rejected.
“The Executive Management Board considered all the applications thoroughly and did not accept the Eagles application because it is determined to manage a national competition free of violence.
“This objective is to rid violence completely from the sport and is supported by all stakeholders," said Chow.
He added the new look PNG – NRLC is sending a strong message to everyone that violence in sport will not be tolerated.
He said no applications were received from Gulf Isapea and Simbu Lions.
“The Board offered an extension of time to them but no response was received hence they won’t be participating this season,” said Chow.
Chow explained there will be 14 rounds of home and away games.
“The competition kicks off this weekend and after 14 rounds of home and away games, only the top four will proceed to a three week finals series,” said Chow.