The PNG Rugby Football League has officially announced that the Hunters will play in Lae on Sunday, July 22nd.
As part of the Intrust Super Cup country week game, the SP Hunters will be playing against the Norths Devils in the round 19 match.
In a press conference today, PNGRFL CEO, Reatau Rau, said the theme for the country week is ‘Get in the game’, and this includes community engagements and conducting coaching clinics, which the SP Hunters players and staff will attend to.
After a number of weeks of testing and compliance requirements, the greenlight has been granted.
“That’s great news. After four years, we are now able to take the SP PNG Hunters, and the Intrust Super Cup game, for the first time – apart from the early years in Kokopo – away from Port Moresby,” stated Rau.
He said Queensland Rugby League’s competition manager, Dave Maiden, confirmed early this week that the outstanding issues, in particular the condition of the playing surface, have met the requirements set and the game would proceed as scheduled.
“We will update QRL on a week-by-week basis as you know Lae is a rainy part of the country.
“But the Lae Rugby League administrator, Mr Adrian Chow, and his team are working hard on the ground to make sure that everything is ready for the round 19 clash.”
Ticket prices, including information on the designated ticket outlets, will be released next week.
The PNGRFL CEO has given his assurance that the tickets will be affordable.
(PNGRFL CEO, Reatau Rau)