Rugby league coaches undergo NRL certified accreditation course

The coaching accreditation course is the first stage of a three phase program to achieve a PNGRFL coaching certificate accreditation to the NRL.

Thirty one coaches from the Southern and New Guinea Islands confederates took part in the first clinic from March 6-8 in Port Moresby.

Twenty six coaches from the Highlands and Northern Confederates participated in the second clinic from March 10-12 in Goroka.

Among the participants were 13 former players from the Kumuls, SP Hunters and Digicel Cup, and six women club coaches.

PNGRFL AGM scheduled for tomorrow

Forty nine affiliated league presidents are expected to converge into Lae, Morobe Province this afternoon for the one day meeting starting at 9am on Saturday at the Lae International Hotel.

The two major highlights in the order of business will be the consideration of accounts and audits report and the election of Chairman and four Confederate Directors. 

Following the AGM and swearing-in of the chairman and four Confederate Directors will be a General Meeting.

Match will be a celebration of our Melanesian and Pacific heritage

“Hopefully we can build and grow our ‘people to people’ relations through our shared love for rugby league.

“I hope that as both teams assemble in Fiji for the match, that they take some time to appreciate each other’s stories, customs and embrace our common heritage, learn from each other and hopefully form friendships that go beyond the football field and the weekend,” said Tsaka.

44 confirmed for PNGRFL AGM

CEO of the PNGRFL, Reatau Rau said the 44 leagues comprising of 13 from Southern, four from New Guinea Islands, 16 from Highlands and 11 from Northern Confederates have met all affiliation criteria for 2016 and complied with the PNGRFL constitutional requirements.

“The forty-four leagues have fulfilled and met all constitutional requirements and their Presidents are qualified and eligible to attend the AGM set for Saturday February 25, 2017 at 10am at the Lae International Hotel in Morobe Province,” said Rau.

National women’s rugby league head coach position advertised

CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League, Reatau Rau said the position is being advertised following the PNGRFL board meeting last month in Port Moresby.

“The board resolved that the position of Head Coach for our national women’s team must be advertised so that a suitable and qualified coach is appointed,” said Rau.

Confederates pledge support to new PNGRFL CEO

“On behalf of my Confederate, I congratulate Reatau Rau and we look forward to working with you,” said New Guinea Islands Confederate Director, Horta Boskey.

“I’ve known Reatau for over 20 years and to get a man like him is hard to come by. I have no qualms. A man like him is going to serve us well,” said Northern Confederate Director, Russ Kaupa.

Highlands Confederate Director, Joe Tokam, said: “I congratulate Reatau. As rugby league goes, it is about teamwork.

Position for Raggianas coach to be advertised soon

This was announced by Chairman of the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), Sandis Tsaka last week.

The Raggianas will be participating in the Rugby League World Cup 2017.

“The board made a decision to do a public advertisement to call for applications for the national women’s coach.

“To go forward to start the screening process, talent identification and player development pathways for our elite women in the country, we are now calling on applications for the women’s coach.

2016 PNGRFL AGM set for February

Chairman of the PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka said it will be an election AGM as the term of the board lapsed last year.

“The AGM is normally held in Lae at the Melanesian Hotel, but the new venue will be confirmed and we will notify everyone. It will be in Lae or somewhere thereabouts.

 “Proper notice for the AGM and the requirements and all that will go out by January 27,” said Tsaka.

PNGRFL: Process done fairly and professionally

The PNGRFL sub-committee made up of Chairman, Graham Osborne, Southern Confederate Director, Gwaibo Mairi and Highlands Confederate Director, Joe Tokam worked with Human Resource company- Vanguard International to screen the five shortlisted candidates.

Their recommendations were made to the PNGRFL board that made the decision to appoint Reatau Rau as the new CEO this week.

“I thank Vanguard who were a big part of this. We interviewed five people last weekend (three expatriates and two nationals), and it came down to four.

New PNGRFL boss looking forward to challenge

Rau was the treasurer of the PNGRFL since 2012 until his official appointment as CEO last night.

“It’s going to be an interesting journey. I am looking forward to the challenge.

“Being on the board for the last three years, I was part and parcel of the governance restructuring of the PNGRFL as treasurer.

“I was also in charge of the finance and audit committee of the PNGRFL and we since 2013 until now have done a lot of reformation, a lot of restructuring.