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

Ashes off the agenda for Four Nations

Monday September 14, 2009 by  

The historical significance of the Rugby League Ashes has persuaded the RFL and ARL to reject calls for England and Australia to contest the sport’s most prestigious trophy when they meet in the Four Nations next month.

The two governing bodies had been considering suggestions from current and former Test players for the Ashes Trophy to be played for in the international at Wigan on Saturday October 31.

However after listening to supporters and opponents of the plan, the sheer logistics of transforming the history of the Ashes concept from a three-match series to a one-off match has led to the plan being shelved.

“It was an idea born out of a great sporting rivalry and it is to the credit of the Australians that they were prepared to consider the move,” said RFL Chairman Richard Lewis. Read more

UK to host next World Cup

Tuesday July 28, 2009 by  

The Rugby League International Federation announced today that the next Rugby League World Cup will be held in the United Kingdom in 2013.

The decision was one of many major issues discussed by the International Federation at a two day meeting scheduled in Singapore to determine the future of the International calendar and to discuss the allocation of funding to develop the International game.

The 2008 Rugby League World Cup, run by the Rugby League International Federation, was an outstanding success, attracting more than 290,000 fans including a substantial number of international tourists.

The global television audience reached 19.2million people across some 120 countries and was the most widely broadcast Rugby League event in the game’s history. Read more