World Cup, Australian league bosses in capital


RUGBY League World Cup 2017 chief executive officer Andrew Hill and Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant arrive in Port Moresby today for meetings with the PNG Rugby League Football League tomorrow and watch the 12th annual Prime Ministers 13 match between Australia and Papua New Guinea on Saturday.
PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka said Hill and his support team would be in Port Moresby for the third Port Moresby host city coordination meeting to be held at the National Football Stadium tomorrow.
“The meeting will be updated on anticipated travel schedule for visiting teams, accommodation and transport arrangements and the security programme of the RLWC2017,” Tsaka said.
He added the meeting would involve discussions with the government, host city representatives and other stakeholders as well. The chairman said visits would also be made to the Sir John Guise Stadium and National Football Stadium, venues where three pool games would be played next year.
“Pre-competition friendlies and trial matches for the Kumuls would also be on the agenda for discussion,” Tsaka said.
He said discussions with ARL commission chairman John Grant would basically centre around on how they could assist develop the game of rugby league in the country and the region.
“These discussions would benefit PNGRFL on possible assistance and ways of future development from the ARL Commission,” he said.
Their attendance to the PMs 13 game on Saturday reflects the importance and value this annual fixture has between our two countries.
Both gentlemen and their teams leave on Sunday.

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