PNG Rugby Football League CEO, Reatau Rau, made this statement during the announcement of the SP PNG Hunters game in Lae.
The Hunters will be playing against the Norths Devils at the Lae Rugby League ground on July 22nd.
In preparation for this international match, the PNG Rugby Football League, with the Lae Rugby League, have been working around the clock to ensure that the venue, as well as protocols, are on par with the Queensland Rugby League’s requirements.
“What we have developed in Port Moresby over the last four years, in making sure all the protocols of the Hunters, the standards and the way we run professionally here…we will also be expected to do that in Lae,” Rau said.
“So hopefully that can also rub off in Lae.”
There are also plans to host the country week games in the Highlands as well as the New Guinea Islands.
“We’ll be looking at discussing some venues but that’ll be for 2019 and 2020 country rounds,” said Rau.
“The only time you can take the Hunters game away is the country round, and so this time we have taken it to the Momase region, with Lae being the most accessible location.”
The first game on July 22nd will be a Digicel Cup round 16 clash between the Lae Snax Tigers and Enga Provincial Government Mioks.
The PNGRFL CEO said discussions are being held by all stakeholders to ensure security is maintained on the day.