THIS year’s PNG v Australian Prime Minister’s XIII game is to be played in Kokopo, near the New Britain town of Rabaul which was destroyed by the eruption of twin volcanos in 1994.
The writer has great memories of Australia’s visit to the ruggedly beautiful region in 1991. This will be the first major game in the region since ’92.
The PM’s XIII will meet the Kumuls at Kalabond field, Kokopo, on September 29. At this stage, this is only World Cup warm-up game announced for either country.
Meanwhile, PNG national champions the Agmark Gurias recently completed a two-match tour of Queensland undefeated, with wins over the Northern Pride and JCU Saints.
THE NRL and Super League are no longer the only rugby league competitions that cross national boundaries.
Kicking off last weekend, the Pan-Scandinavian League pits three Swedish clubs against the new Copenhagen RLFC from Denmark.
The Copenhagen boys warmed up for their debut with a sevens tournament in Kungsbacka, Sweden, and made the final against Skåne Crusaders, with the Swedes winning 12-6.
RICHARD York from the Czech Rugby League was in Sydney over Easter and was the special guest of South Sydney for their big Good Friday clash with Canterbury.
Richard reports that expansion in the Czech Republic is continuing apace with 10 clubs located around the country. Rabbtiohs chief executive Shane Richardson will return the visit at the end of the season by stopping into Prague.
CANADA has lined up an international season that many other countries – including Australia and New Zealand – would envy.
On July 6 and September 21 they take on the United States but in between are matches against Jamaica (July 20) and Norway (September 7).
All games are at Lamport Stadium, Toronto, and the CRL is selling a “season ticket” for just $20. They’re providing a blueprint of how a national team can be used to drive development in a new rugby league country.
Check out their cool website, http://www.canadarugbyleague.com
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