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Digicel Cup’s first ever coaches conference

This was conveyed to 50 participants, including coaches, trainers and physiotherapists who attended the recent Digicel Cup Coaches Conference in Port Moresby.

Participants from the 12 Digicel Cup rugby league teams gathered in Port Moresby for a two-day coaching conference from the 21st – 22nd  February.

Digicel PNG Senior Vice President, Lorna McPherson, said: “Congratulations to everyone involved in making the conference a success, especially the Chairman of PNGNRLC Adrian Chow and Competition Manager Stanley Hondina. 

Lihir girls eye rugby league

The event, facilitated by the Lihir International Primary School, attracted 11 teams across local schools last year, with an increased number of girls who participated under the girls division.

Kul Destiny Primary School girls coach, Rachel Daniel, who had participated with her girls’ team, said ‘women in rugby league’ in New Ireland was now growing rapidly, describing it as a ‘positive sign’.

Rugby league international development program

PNGRFL CEO, Reatau Rau, made this statement in the presence of international rugby league representatives recently.

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) and the Rugby League World Cup 2021 in England staff were in Port Moresby to discuss the International Development Program.

In a joint press conference last week, PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau said changes made in the past years has placed them in a better position to attract international events.

Rugby League: Warriors treatment of Johnson 'harsh'

The Kiwi NRL club has advised long-serving playmaker Johnson to test his value on the open market, even though there's a year to run on his contract.

The timing and public nature of the Warriors announcement was criticised by Nikorima, coming midway through New Zealand's three-Test series in England.

He said his room mate Johnson was caught off guard, days out from Sunday's second Test in Liverpool.

Raising rugby league standard expensive: Manager

PNG NRL Competition manager, Stanley Hondina, says improving the system, process and governance of the game is expensive.

He said this in response to criticisms on social media on the amount of money required by the PNG NRLC for a rugby league franchise to join the Digicel Cup competition.

The PNG NRLC and Hondina came under fire recently on social media about the cost for a franchise bid and the registration fee to join the Digicel Cup.

The bid costs K100,000 while the registration costs K400,000 annually.

Can one team change a country’s mindset?

This is the opening statement in the new rugby league documentary that will soon premiere in PNG.

A powerful and inspiring film, Power Meri follows the journey of the PNG Orchids from inception to the world stage.

Through the voices of pioneering players from the inaugural 2017 squad, viewers will get an in-depth look at these women’s humble beginning, their passion in the game of rugby league and challenges faced as female athletes in a male-dominated sport.

Time ticking on Tonga vs Australia test

It's been nine months since Mate Ma'a Tonga's memorable run to the World Cup semi finals, which included a famous victory over New Zealand in Hamilton.

The Kingdom's request for a rematch against the Kiwis in October was rejected by New Zealand Rugby League, who also vetoed Tonga's desire to host the Kangaroos in Auckland.

Woolf said despite both sides wanting the match to go ahead roadblocks keep getting in the way.

"Our first option was that we wanted to play against New Zealand but it was very clear early on that that was not going to happen," he said.

SBW opens up about a return to league

Williams is targeting next year's Rugby Union World Cup with the All Blacks but his future beyond that is undecided.

The dual international turns 34 next August and is weighing up ending an illustrious career spanning Australia, New Zealand, France, Japan, rugby league, rugby union and boxing.

Williams became a pariah in the 13-man game after his walk-out on Canterbury in 2008 over a contract dispute.

Major League Rugby scouting for Pacific talent

Major League Rugby completed its inaugural season last month with the Seattle Seawolves beating the Glendale Raptors in the grand final.

Former Fiji sevens captain Osea Kolinisau (Houston SaberCats) and 'Ikale Tahi first five Kurt Morath (Utah Warriors) were among the Pacific players to feature in the debut Major League Rugby campaign.

The competition's top try-scorer, Tonata Lauti, was born in Tonga before moving to Salt Lake City with his family in 1996.

Southern confederate women’s trials underway

The women’s trials started on Wednesday, August 1, and will end today where 20 women will be selected to represent the Southern zone.

It was a perfect Port Moresby day when both seasoned and first timers took to the field at the National Football Stadium for the Southern women’s division trials.