PNG Rugby Football League

PNG Orchids get new chair

Yogi’s appointment was endorsed by the PNG Rugby Football League HR & Management committee and has been rectified by the PNGRFL Board.

 “She is a government affairs advisor at Oil Search and an outstanding athlete herself having represented Papua New Guinea in canoeing in several Pacific Games,” PNGRFL Chairman, Sandis Tsaka said.

 “As an experienced geoscientist, Okaro brings an exciting set of values and unique skillset that complements her sporting experience.” 

PNGRFL revised calendar

PNGRFL Chairman Board Chairman Sandis Tsaka said the revised calendar includes the country’s Premier Competition, the Digicel Cup, schools program, national club championships, confederate championships, national championships and women’s national championships.

Tsaka said the domestic rugby league calendar is set to kick off with the Digicel Cup on the 8th and 9th of May in Lae and PortMoresby and will run for 16 rounds before the 4 round final series from August 29 with the grand final scheduled for September 19.

NIP to pilot PNGRFL governance framework

To kickstart the New Ireland Model, a New Ireland Rugby Football League board of the Papua New Guinea Rugby League was officially sworn in on Friday 22nd January.

The directors include Benjamin Wakip, Byron Chan, Sikal Kelep, Rubie Kerepa, John Keleu and Les Kapin.

“Basically, the board will govern rugby league in the province in line with PNGRFL’s decentralised governance structures,” said Chairman of PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka.

WR Carpenters secure deal with PNGRFL

Today’s signing formalises the MOU that was signed in December 2018.

PNGRFL CEO, Reatau Rau, said it is an added bonus to have WR Group of Companies on board with their many brands, as their partnership would further boost PNGRFL’s ambitious programs.

“These vehicles that we are about to receive will go towards the improvement of the game as we work towards new heights for the game in the next 5 to 10 years,” said Rau.

WR Carpenters backs PNGRFL

A memorandum of understanding was signed today at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

PNGRFL chairman, Sandis Tsaka, said the MoU will be followed by the signing of a sponsorship contract early next year.

“Their support has gone from a silver level support to gold sponsorship for PNGRFL across all its brands,” stated Tsaka.

PNGRFL, Coca-Cola sign deal

PNGRFL chairman, Sandis Tsaka, applauded the partnership, saying the signing was significant as it invests in the future of PNG boys and girls.

The memorandum of understanding that was signed with Coca-Cola in September was formalised today at the National Football Stadium.

PNGRFL chairman, Sandis Tsaka, said the National Schools Rugby League competition provides a pathway for both male and female students, between the ages of 14 and 18, opportunities to aspire to becoming a Kumul or an Orchid and represent PNG at the international stage.

U23 rugby program to develop code

The Under 23 Resident program is a 5 year agreement with New South Wales Rugby League.

The Under 23 Resident’s program creates another pathway for all the players in the national competition, the Digicel Cup.

“This program has been negotiated and finalized by PNGRFL together the counterparts News South Wales Rugby Country and PNGNRLC. We are deligted that they have the confidence in PNGNRLC to pass the program onto us to deliver it in PNG” explained PNGNRLC Chairman Adrian Chow.

Hunters will play in Lae

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.

PNGRFL signs deal with Jack’s

PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau and SP PNG Hunters chairman Graham Osborne signed the deal with Jack’s of PNG manager for corporate business, Yogesh Samy, at Jack’s Retail in Port Moresby today.

The deal gear, which will have the SP Hunters and PNG Kumuls logos on them, will come in all sizes for men, women and children.

“The PNGRFL partnered with Jack’s of PNG in 2017 and the revenue outcome was immense; they decided to sign another contract, this time for 3 years,” Rau said.

Digicel Cup season launched

In attendance were the PNG Rugby Football League plus sponsors from all the ten franchise clubs, support sponsors of the competition and naming rights sponsor and broadcasting partner, Digicel PNG.

Chairman of the PNG NRLC, Adrian Chow, said the Digicel Cup continues to grow and develop with the inclusion of two new teams – PRK Gulf Isou and Simbu Provincial Government Chimbu Warriors.

“A total of 10 franchises will be playing across seven venues in PNG. Over 300 players and 100 franchise officials, match referees and officials will be directly involved and registered.