By STEVE MASCORD
OFFICIALS are hailing this year’s Ohana Cup at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium as the best yet, with Samoa thrilling around 8000 fans in their 20-4 win over Tonga.
The Hawaiian Rugby League are still trying to lure Penrith and Brisbane to the holiday isle, despite the reservations of the NRL, and plan to use next year’s event as a precursor to a state competition for domestic players.
“We’ll shoot for four month competition starting next July,” says organiser Steve Johnson.
The Western Corridor NRL bid boss also revealed he wanted this year’s game to be a double-header, with the United States taking on Fiji in the earlier game. But the newly rebranded USA Hawks weren’t interested.
“Samoa is one of the big places Western Union does transfers to from Hawaii and we spoke to them about putting something back,” he said.
“American sports aren’t involved in the community like rugby league is. That impresses a lot of companies in Hawaii.
“ESPN Sport were blown away by rugby league. They’d never seen it before and they want to cover whatever we do.”
ON the mainland, the US has named a 35-man train-on squad for the upcoming internationals against Canada.
And, as is consistent with the change of administration for the game in America, there are 28 potential international newcomers.
A number of training camps are to be held. The USARL National Championship Final will be held on rugby league’s 120th birthday, August 29.
A PNG minister made headlines last week with some colourful quotes regarding the re-emergence of the Kumuls
State enterprise minister Ben Micah told parliament: “”We are going to hunt them down, we’ll kill them and we’ll eat them.”
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