Schools rugby league has new manager

Current PNG Kumuls and SP Hunters team manager, Arnold Krewanty, is the new manager of Coca-Cola National Schools Rugby League.

The announcement was made by the PNGRFL CEO, Reatau Rau, at the signing of the five-year agreement with Coca-Cola PNG Ltd yesterday.

Krewanty was Kumul number 105.

He came through the schools rugby league program in the 1970s, joined the PNGRFL in 2012 as part of the NRL Bid program where in the following year, he was appointed Game Development manager.

PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said Krewanty became the first team manager of the SP PNG Hunters when it entered the Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition in 2014.

With the PNGRFL board’s endorsement, Krewanty will be managing the Coca-Cola National Schools Rugby League competition for the next five years.

“It’s a brand on its own, it needs to have a dedicated person to run it,” said Rau.

“We all know his background and all we can say is that, we want to give assurance to all our partners, especially Coca-Cola, that he is a devoted person.”

Rau further pledged the PNG Rugby Football League’s support behind Krewanty to ensure a smooth running of the competition.

Meantime, Krewanty thanked PNGRFL for the appointment, and said the PNGRFL policy that those youths who want to play rugby league must be in school will be enforced.

Krewanty said the appropriate registration and affiliation and all necessary documents will be prepared and sent to the schools as soon as the school year begins.

“As the CEO said, we want to make sure that the proper processes and requirements are met before the schools begin their competitions,” he stated.

He further said he will give every ounce of his energy and commitment to ensuring the Coca-Cola National Schools Rugby League program produces not only a pathway for good rugby league players but generally, an educated and good individual and citizen of PNG.

“I wish to thank Coca-Cola PNG for this investment and together with those partners still to come, I assure you all that this is the start of an exciting journey for every Papua New Guinean child.”

(New manager of Coca-Cola National Schools Rugby League, Arnold Krewanty)

Carmella Gware