FAR & WIDE: Number 49

Far & WideBy STEVE MASCORD

FOR the first time, the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII will travel to Papua New Guinea post-season.
The annual game will be played at Kopoko on October 12. A week later, the Kumuls hope to take on one of the teams taking part in the Four Nations – with England top of the wish list.
On May 4, PNG Residents play an opponent yet to be determined.
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A Scandinavian Australian Rugby League organisation has been formed to enable Australians to help the game in the likes of Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
The season kicked off a couple of weeks back with a sevens tournament hosted by the Flekkefjord Tigers. Rugby union team Stavanger Thunder was the winner.
This weekend, there’s another sevens tournament in Kungsbacka, Sweden. The Pan Skandinavian Championship starts on March 29.
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JACKSONVILLE Axemen star Taylor Alley has signed with south coast club Narooma.
The tough centre is tipped to be a hit, Narooma president Jaimie Wright saying: I’m not trying to put too much pressure on the young fella but a position is available for him in firsts.
“We also hope Taylor takes back to America that he has had the time of his life, met some great people and life long friends, and most importantly gained more knowledge of our great game and return to the USA as a true asset in developing the sport over there.”
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AN elite match officials squad has been formed for the first time by the Rugby League European Federation.
The squad has had its first meeting in Leeds. It will provide referees and touch judges to the three levels on European competition.

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