PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL)

PNGRFL programs resume

In 2020 all its nationwide rugby league competitions and programs were suspended for four months from March to June amidst threats of COVID-19.

Since the suspension lapsed, a handful of individual leagues took it upon themselves to seek conditional approval and clearance from the National Pandemic Control Centre and provincial pandemic offices to continue with games.

Under special consideration PNGRFL applied leniency provided the Niupla Pasin Protocols were followed.

PNGRFL Extends Women's Squad

The PNGRFL Women’s Program is currently working in partnership with the PNG Sports Foundation’s High Performance Sport Unit, who had assisted the Women’s Program by conducting Screening and Testing on May 22.

Based on the Performance Fitness Testing and Physiotherapy Screening completed during the 3 days camp, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Foster Maso, of the High Performance Southern Center, is designing a Strength and Conditioning program.

PNGRFL Defer League Trials

The first trials for New Guinea Islands to be staged in Kokopo on Thursday followed by Southern in Port Moresby, Highlands in Minj and Northern in Lae over the weekend have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 measures.  
The deferral means the 2021 National Confederate Championships slated from October 15-17th in Lae and the All Stars challenge the week after will be rescheduled. 
The Affiliated Leagues comprises of Under 20, senior men’s and senior women’s local competitions. 

PNGRFL, Air Niugini extend travel sponsorship

PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) CEO Reatau Rau said the partnership covers all the SP Hunters travels to and from Queensland during the 2019 Queensland Intrust Super Cup season.

“We are grateful to our national flag carrier Air Niugini for continuing this vital partnership for the SP PNG Hunters players and staff to travel to and from Queensland to participate in the Intrust Super Cup competition this season,” Rau said.

Newspaper article concerns PNGRFL chairman

Chairman Sandis Tsaka said no official statement was released by the PNGRFL with regards to any SP PNG Hunters pre-season trial matches against any clubs whatsoever.

However, a newspaper reporter, who was aware of a private discussion by the PNGRFL and Hunters Coach Michael Marum on arrangements for trial matches, went on to publish unconfirmed and an unauthorised article on Wednesday, 22nd November.

The Chairman expressed concern that such unauthorised announcements have the potential to derail discussions between PNGRFL and outside clubs.

​PNG prop overlooked due to police matter

CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League, Reatau Rau, said this in a brief statement after the announcement of the SP Hunters 20-man squad yesterday afternoon.

 “And until this matter has been dealt with, there will be no further comment,” said Rau.

In Noki's place to take on the Ipswich Jets this Saturday will be Wellington Albert.

(Henry Wan Noki – Picture: Zimbio)

Koiari league ends in brawl minutes from time

Five minutes before fulltime a commotion between players on field saw supporters rushing in from all ends of the field that sparked the fight between Tigers supporters and Panthers players.

However, police providing security moved in and quickly contained the situation firing rapid gun shots into the air and tear gas onto the field which dispersed the crowds.

The game ceased immediately with Tigers leading 16-8 and were awarded the Koiari Rugby premiership title.

PNG Loops 5@ 5

Meninga sacked as Kumuls coach


This was confirmed by PNGRFL Chairman, Sandis Tsaka in a press statement today.

Meninga was appointed coach of the Australian Kangaroos succeeding Tim Sheens this month.

Tsaka thanked Meninga for his work with the PNGRFL as Kumuls coach since 2014.

“Mal is an icon of the sport and the value, profile and integrity he brought to the game in PNG with his involvement with rugby league in PNG has been highly appreciated.  

“We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours,” said Tsaka.