Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2017

From soccer to rugby

This time around, Martha Karl is all set to live her dream when she dons the red, black and gold colours for the PNG women’s rugby league team at this year’s world cup in Sydney, Australia.

The shy Northern zone selected player has had world cup experience in football and now a different ball game in rugby league. Karl played rugby league for the 14 B Pirates in Lae and took up soccer as a way of keeping herself busy.

She never thought she would make it into the FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup 2016 but she did.

The hardest thing she ever did

Amelia Kuk has had nothing but praise for the PNG Orchids since joining camp this week.

The 21-year-old rugby star is obviously proud of her Kolpoga heritage, coming from the Kopi tribe in the Western Highlands Province, and says the change from union to league has been somewhat rejuvenating.

Kuk is a 7s player, having represented PNG. However, she made her debut this year with the Jillaroos at the Auckland 9s and taking the field against the Orchids during the PM’s XIII match was the hardest thing she’s had to do.