PNG Orchids

The hardest thing she ever did

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.

PNG Orchids named for world cup

The 24-year-old debuted for the Australian Jillaroos in last month’s curtain raiser to the PNG PM’s XIII and Australian PM’s XIII match against the PNG Orchids in Port Moresby.

She unfortunately missed out on selection into the Australian team for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup.

“We contacted her and she was over the moon to join the PNG Orchids. She was here last month and got on well with the PNG Orchids so she will not be new to the players. Her inclusion brings that experience to our side,” said Orchids coach, Dennis Miall.

​PNG Orchids presented jerseys

The PNG Orchids were presented the new jerseys from major sponsor Oil Search Limited for their curtain raiser match before the Prime Minister XIII match between the Kangaroos and the Kumuls.

OSL executive general manager stakeholder engagement, Gerea Aopi, said the company was thrilled to support the PNG Orchids.

“This is PNG’s first ever women’s national rugby league team to participate in international events and we are proud to create sporting history alongside them.

“Oil Search is a proud advocate of women’s empowerment.