PM’s XIII hold off Kumuls late charge

Sunday September 26, 2010 by  

The ARL Prime Ministers XIII has today defeated the PNG Kumuls 30-18 holding off a late comeback by the locals which included a second half double to hard-running Kumuls backrower Nickson Kolo.

Thousands of local fans lined the road into Lloyd Robson Oval for the arrival of both teams before a ten thousand strong crowd saw the Kumuls welcome the Australians with some brutal defence early in the match.

However a piece of brilliance from Akuila Uate and some hard running from Cronulla Sharks front row partners Kade Snowden and Luke Douglas eventually gave the Prime Minister’s side the impetus to pull away early in the second half. Read more

Prime Minister’s XIII team announced

Tuesday September 14, 2010 by  

The Australian Rugby League has today announced Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s first Prime Minister’s XIII to play Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Sunday, September 26, as part of a three-day visit to highlight the strong partnership between the two countries and deliver critical health messages to the local community.

The match, at Lloyd Robson Oval, is the culmination of a series of activities in conjunction with AusAID and the Papua New Guinea Rugby League that will bring the Prime Minister’s XIII and PNG Kumuls together with the community to talk about the importance of staying safe on and off the field.

In a country which has the highest rate of HIV and AIDS in the Pacific – about 2% of the population is living with HIV – the visit will take the Prime Minister’s XIII out into the community to deliver critical messages to locals about being fit and healthy including protecting themselves from HIV and AIDS and protecting women from violence. Read more

Rabbitohs allow Burgess to play for England

Thursday May 20, 2010 by  

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have decided to allow Sam Burgess to represent England against France in a one-off mid-season international to be played at Leigh on Saturday June 12, pending travel and insurance commitments being met by the English Rugby League.

New England Coach Steve McNamara said that both Burgess and Wests Tigers’ Englishman Gareth Ellis would be selected in his squad to be announced on Tuesday June 1.

After discussions with the English Rugby League and Sam Burgess, Rabbitohs CEO Shane Richardson says the Club will allow Sam to play in the international pending assurances from the English Rugby League that appropriate travel and insurance commitments are met. Read more

Australia takes Anzac advantage

Friday May 7, 2010 by  

The Australian Kangaroos have defeated New Zealand 12-8 in the ANZAC test played at AAMI Park in Melbourne tonight.

The match doubled as the opening of the new stadium, which is also the new home ground of the Melbourne Storm.

Played in driving rain, the match was destined to be a low scoring affair with Australia taking only a slim advantage into halftime.

Australia began the match the better side as they had a chance through Greg Inglis in the third minute. A high bomb from Cooper Cronk flew into the in goal but Inglis in attempting to take the ball propelled the ball forward. Read more

Twenty teams for 2013 World Cup

Tuesday February 23, 2010 by  

Teams from over 20 nations will be given the opportunity to play in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, the RLIF announced today.

The World Cup will be staged in the UK and will feature 14 nations, two of whom will come from qualifying tournaments in the northern and southern hemispheres.

The identity of the 12 teams which will have automatic eligibility for 2013 and those who will be involved in the qualifying process will be revealed later this year.

The proposal for a 14-nation Rugby League World Cup was ratified in Singapore today at a meeting of the RLIF and welcomed by Chairman Colin Love AM, who expressed his belief that the tournament would elevate international Rugby League to new levels. Read more

Four Nations Final confirmed for Brisbane

Thursday February 4, 2010 by  

The schedule for the 2010 Four Nations series has been confirmed with Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium securing the final on November 13.

Tournament series partners the Australian Rugby League, the New Zealand Rugby League and England’s Rugby Football League have announced a seven-match schedule including a ‘double-header’ at Auckland’s re-developed Eden Park Stadium.

Parramatta Stadium will host the first of three Australian events with the Kangaroos taking on one of the star teams of the 2008 World Cup and the reigning Pacific Cup winner Papua New Guinea.

Melbourne will also host the Kangaroos when they take on England, during one of the great international sporting festivals – the Spring Racing Carnival. The stadium for this match is still to be confirmed. Read more

Aussies and Kiwis to open new Stadium

Monday November 23, 2009 by  

A blockbuster international clash between rugby league Four Nations Champions Australia and reigning World Champions New Zealand kicks off a bumper opening weekend for Melbourne’s new rectangular stadium, Sports Minister James Merlino announced today.

And defending NRL Premiers the Melbourne Storm will meet the Brisbane Broncos in their first foray on new home soil when the arena opens in May 2010.

Joining Storm, Kangaroos and Kiwi players Ryan Hoffman and Jeff Lima for a first-hand look at the new stadium today, Mr Merlino said the trans-tasman rivalry will be fuelled when the Aussies host the Kiwis on Friday, May 7 before the Storm meet the Broncos two days later.

“Victorians love their sport and what better a way to open our new rectangular stadium than with a world-class clash between the two best rugby league nations in the world,” Mr Merlino said. Read more

Hayne crowned Player of the Year

Tuesday November 10, 2009 by  

Jarryd Hayne tonight collected the most prestigious individual award in Rugby League when he was named International Player of the Year for 2009.

The Parramatta Eels and Australia full-back was presented with his medal at the star-studded Rugby League International Federation Player of the Year gala dinner in Leeds by former Great Britain captain Ellery Hanley.

Hayne, 21, beat Kangaroos team-mates Greg Inglis and last year’s winner Billy Slater to become the second recipient of the award, which recognises individual excellence during the period between and including last year’s Rugby League World Cup and this season’s NRL and engage Super League Grand Finals.

Hayne was an outstanding figure in the Fiji team that reached the 2009 World Cup Final and in 2009 proved himself as the most influential player in the NRL. His form earned him a call up by New South Wales, for whom he was the most consistent performer in State of Origin. Read more

Kumuls book spot in 2010 Four Nations

Sunday November 1, 2009 by  

Papua New Guinea have won the inaugural Pacific Cup tournament and booked themselves a spot in the 2010 Four Nations with a 42-14 win over the Cook Islands in Port Moresby today.

The Kumuls thrilled a packed Lloyd Robson Oval crowd of more than 10,000 in what was a spirited tournament final, running in eight tries with man-of-the-match David Mead bagging a hat trick.

The win sees the PNG Kumuls advance to the 2010 Four Nations where they will take on league heavyweights Australia, New Zealand and England.

“It means so much to all our boys and everyone here in this country,” PNG Kumuls captain John Wilshere said. Read more

Kumuls show potential despite defeat

Sunday September 27, 2009 by  

Port Moresby fan favourite David Williams in action against PNG.

Port Moresby fan favourite David Williams in action against PNG.

The Papua New Guinea Kumuls have put their Pacific Cup rivals on notice today despite going down 42-18 to the ARL Prime Minister’s XIII side in Port Moresby.

Thousands of local fans lined the road into Lloyd Robson Oval for the arrival of both teams before a 10,000 strong crowd saw the Kumuls welcome the Australians with brutal defence early in the match.

However a hat-trick of tries to Michael Jennings and a terrific performance from crowd favourite and captain Johnathan Thurston saw the Australian side pull away late in the second half.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister’s XIII side joined the Kumuls to promote critical health messages at various locations including the children’s ward of Port Moresby General Hospital, Tubusereia Village and Boera Village. Read more