Queensland Rugby League

Further Delays To Hunters Homecoming

The QRL has sought ongoing independent advice in relation to the proposed Hunters’ home match on Saturday, August 20. 

Based on this advice and the need to ensure the health and safety of all teams and club personnel remains a priority, the Board has not approved travel to PNG this weekend.

As a result, the Round 19 game between the Hunters and Bears will now be played at Bycroft Oval on the Gold Coast. 

Hunters Announce Final Squad

Head Coach Matthew Church announced the squad today and expressed his excitement for the season ahead.

“It is my absolute pleasure to announce the final squad of 26 for the upcoming 2022 season. 

“We have an exciting mix of returning and new players from PNG’s premier Rugby League competition the Digicel Cup, and there is a real hunger within the group to perform, challenge each other and strive towards a better season in 2022,” Church said.

Church also confirmed the SP PNG Hunters’ leadership model for the 2022 season.

PNG player named in Queensland women’s team

Amelia Kuk will be part of the team when they take on New South Wales on June 22.

The match will be held at North Sydney Oval and will mark the first occasion that the game will be played under the State of Origin brand (previously named the Interstate Challenge).

Queensland will be coached by former Origin hooker Jason Hetherington with former Jillaroos Nat Dwyer and Karyn Murphy his assistant coaches.

Hatcher replaces Betros as QRL Chairman

Mr Betros informed the QRL Board at Friday morning’s AGM of his decision to retire after 17 years of service, including the past four as Chairman.

“I am retiring with the game in great shape on and off the field and I wish incoming Chairman, Bruce Hatcher, ongoing success,” Mr Betros said.

Emerging Queensland Squad named

The 20-man squad, which will assemble in late January, includes four newcomers to the senior Emerging camp – Coen Hess, Felise Kaufusi, Ashley Taylor and Christian Welch.

“"The pathway programs we have available through the QAS are second to none and this is another fantastic opportunity to look at the next generation of players coming through," Maroons head coach Kevin Walters said today.