'Made me who I am': Mead announces Test retirement

Mead wants other young PNG players to have a similar experience and that is why the long-serving Kumuls captain told team-mates on Tuesday that he was calling time on his decorated international career after Saturday night’s Pacific Test against Fiji at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

​The 33-year-old is yet to made a final decision about his NRL future but he has advised new Kumuls coach Stanley Tepend to give his World Cup spot to one of the growing band of young players he believes would provide the talent for a future PNG team in the Telstra Premiership.

Digicel Cup Comp Kicks Off Tomorrow

The wait is over with the much-anticipated opening round of the 2022, tomorrow amidst all pre-match hype and excitements.

This year also marks Digicel’s 11th year as being naming rights sponsors since 2011.

Port Moresby’s National football stadium returns to live action tomorrow with a double header. First up it’s a clash of traditional archrivals with the two foundation clubs of intercity rugby league going head to head Moni Plus NCDC Port Moresby Vipers and Wamp Nga Mt.Hagen Eagles at 1pm.

Hondina gets confirmation as PNGNRL CEO


Hondina has been acting in the position following the resignation of former CEO Reatau Rau last October.

His permanent appointment came into effect on Monday February 8, 2021 and is for a three (3) year term.

“Stanley (Hondina) has performed remarkably well for the past three (3) months while acting in the position,” Tsaka said.

“The PNGRFL Board had no hesitation in confirming this appointment.”

TNA Cup grand final

The 2020-21 TNA Cup Grand Final decider is set for this Sunday between Chayil Panthers and Kupsy Rabbittohs, at Kundiawa’s Dickson oval, Simbu Province.

The Cup winners will pick up the major cash prize of K10, 000 while the Runners Up will settle for K7,000.

Both teams were pace setters of the competition and have been able to maintain their consistency and form right through top 5 play-off leading up the Sunday’s big dance.

Three Digicel Cup games in the Highlands

In Goroka, the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis play host to the Kroton Hela Wigmen at 3pm while across in Minj, Waghi Tumbe will clash with the Agmark Rabaul Gurias. This game will get underway at 2pm.

The other game in the Highlands will be between PRK Mendi Muruks and EPG Enga Mioks in Mendi starting at 2pm.

Down to Lae, reigning premiers Lae Snax Tigers will go head to head with NCDC Port Moresby Vipers. This fixture is set for 3pm.

The current standings after round two:

Digicel Cup launch deferred to next week

PNG National Rugby League Competition (PNG-NRLC) Administrator, Stanley Hondina said the deferment was unavoidable as some franchises who expressed interest to participate had sponsorship issues to sort out as well as the other minimum requirements to meet as set out by the PNG-NRLC.

“These issues need to be sorted out therefore the launch has been moved to next Wednesday April 26 with the kick off scheduled for the weekend of April 30th, 2017,” said Hondina.

He said details on which teams will be participating plus the draws and so on will be released soon.


Marum keeps starting side unchanged for Kokoda Cup clash

Marum said changes may be made before the team flies out on Saturday to Brisbane for the ANZAC round.

“I have retained the starting side that beat Redcliffe Dolphins and made some changes to the extended bench but will confirm on Friday after a couple of players undergo further medical tests.

“Burleigh Bears are the reigning premiers and we want to prepare as well as we can this week. The other added motivation is to regain the Kokoda Cup,” said Marum.

Ipswich place trust in Wigmen

This follows the announcement on Tuesday of a partnership between the Hela Wigmen Club and Ipswich Jets which will see four players from Hela, train and play with the Intrust Super Cup Club.

Ipswich Jets CEO, Jason Cubit, told Loop PNG that under the current arrangement, the Hela Wigmen management will identify and provide them with the right players.

Cubit also said they will provide them with other opportunities off the field.

Hela Wigmen get K1.8 m sponsor


The sponsorship package includes K1.2 million from Kroton Limited, a subsidiary of Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL), includes naming rights to the team who will now be known as the Kroton Limited Hela Wigmen Rugby League Team.

This will cover affiliation fees for the 2017 Digicel Cup Competition (K500,000), the development of a club training infrastructure (K500,000) and an Ambassadorial program with the Ipswich Jets club in the Queensland, Australia (K200,000).

The Hela Provincial Government also has provided K600,000 to the Club for this year.

Students with disability enjoy day with NRL stars

The PNGNRL through the League Bilong Laif program visited the school and conducted games with persons with disabilities.

The inclusive event saw a few disabled students participating in rugby-related activities led by PNGNRL staff.

With the key message to students on the importance of education and having respect for self and others around them including disable children.

The students enjoyed the day outside the classroom for an hour before going back to classes for the day.