The hardest thing she ever did

One of the hardest things she had to do was play against her own country.

Amelia Kuk has had nothing but praise for the PNG Orchids since joining camp this week.

The 21-year-old rugby star is obviously proud of her Kolpoga heritage, coming from the Kopi tribe in the Western Highlands Province, and says the change from union to league has been somewhat rejuvenating.

Kuk is a 7s player, having represented PNG. However, she made her debut this year with the Jillaroos at the Auckland 9s and taking the field against the Orchids during the PM’s XIII match was the hardest thing she’s had to do.

Kuk has risked her university education to represent PNG in rugby 7s and although she had a fall out with her dad, she counts herself blessed that she will graduate with a degree in paramedics and nursing at the University of Queensland, Australia.

The Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 will see PNG participate for the first time and Amelia will proudly play for her home country.

The fifth staging of the Women's Rugby League World Cup will be held in Australia between 16 November and 2 December. 

Sophie Yaruso