2017 Rugby League World Cup

Tkatchenko: Three RL World Cup matches to be played in Port Moresby

Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko revealed to Loop PNG today after the official announcement of the tournament draw in Australia yesterday.   

Australia is the major host of the international rugby league tournament, while PNG and New Zealand are co-hosts.   

“The World Cup Committee and Organizing officials have done their tours for the last 6-8 months of our facilities and have basically decided on the National Football Stadium

Kumuls to play World Cup games at home

“We have created history after four years of negotiations with Rugby League World Cup officials and Australia (ARL) who have won the bid to host the World Cup,” Tkatchenko told Loop PNG.

He confirmed that all Kumuls home matches will be played in Port Moresby, following recommendations from World Cup Committee and Organizing officials’ inspections of venues in other provincial centres in the last 6-8 months.  

“National Football Stadium is customarily designed for the purpose of rugby league and with that the three games will be played there,” Tkatchenko said.

NZ to host seven Rugby League World Cup games

RNZI reports New Zealand are co-hosting the tournament with Australia.

The final will be played in Brisbane, with three pool matches also being played in Papua New Guinea.

Fourteen nations will contest the tournament with New Zealand drawn in pool B where they will play Samoa, Scotland and Tonga.

Kumuls’ win crucial leading up to World Cup

Minister for Sports Justin Tkachenko has challenged the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) to ensure that proper plans and timelines are set out for the Kumuls’ preparations.

Tkachenko challenged PNGRFL to ensure that the crucial decisions that need to be made are made, and the proper plans and timelines are set out for the team’s preparations.

He said in a statement that the Kumuls’ win will also be a challenge for every player eligible for Kumul selection to prepare and perform to their very best in their respective competitions.

US qualify for Rugby League World Cup

Danny Howard, who plays for Sydney club Wentworthville in the NSW Cup, scored three of his side's eight tries in Jacksonville.

It confirmed the Hawks' place at the tournament in Australia and New Zealand following their success at the 2013 World Cup in which they were surprise quarter-finalists before going down 62-0 to the Kangaroos.

Howard and brother Stephen were born in Los Angeles before their family moved back to Canberra when they were young.

​2017 Rugby World Cup body welcomes PNG as host

PNG will host three matches at the World Cup with each of the Kumuls pool games to be held in Port Moresby.

RLWC 2017 local organising committee chief executive officer Michael Brown welcomed the support of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and looks forward to working together to deliver a world class event.

“We are excited about taking the Rugby League World Cup to one of the world’s most passionate Rugby League nations,” he said.

All 28 matches in the tournament will be played across Australia, New Zealand and PNG. 

PNG wins host rights to World Cup league matches for 2017

The PNG government first signalled its interest in hosting World Cup matches two years ago, with co-hosts Australia and New Zealand offering their support.

Papua New Guinea's Minister for Sports and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko, says, after hosting a successful Pacific Games, Port Moresby has a host of new facilities ready and waiting to be used at the highest level.

The Cooks return to the world of league

The Kukis haven't played a match since the 2013 World Cup, having been overlooked for the first three years of the Pacific Test programme.

They face Tonga later this month in a winner-takes-all qualifier for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

This Saturday's match-up against Niue is a chance to test players and combinations but coach Alex Chan says it's just nice to finally put a Cook Islands team back on the park.

Digicel Play scores exclusive free-to-air rights to broadcast Rugby World Cup

Taking place every 4 years, the RWC 2015 is hosted in England and Wales from September 18th to November 1st.

The RWC is watched by over 4 billion viewers, and ranks as one of the world’s top 5 sporting events, alongside rivals, FIFA World Cup and the Olympics.

Digicel’s CEO Maurice McCarthy said “We are excited to bring the Rugby World Cup free, uninterrupted and live to fans of the sport throughout the country.”

“With PNG’s fast growing interest in rugby union we are delighted to offer every TVWAN viewer a front-row seat to all the action.”