By PARKER TAMBUA
THE national men’s rugby league team have received a boost to their World Cup preparations, thanks to Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited’s (KPHL) three-year platinum sponsorship of more than K3.3 million.
The World Cup will be held in England from Oct 15 to Nov 19.
The managing director of the national oil and gas company, Wapu Sonk said yesterday the sponsorship would cover the World Cup and Test matches between 2022 and 2024.
“KPHL is proud to continue its sponsorship of the Kumuls for another three years,” he said. “We have been involving all tiers of rugby league in the country.
“We are the current platinum sponsor of the SP Hunters.
“We are the naming rights sponsors of National Schools Rugby League programme.
“We are also the franchise owner of Hela Wigmen in the Digicel Cup.
“We are happy to partner PNG LNG, which is the naming rights sponsor of the Kumuls.
“We are happy to join other sponsors like Digicel and the National Gaming Control Board which continue to back the Kumuls.
“I thank my KPHL board for its continued investment, not just in the Kumuls, but across all tiers of rugby league in the country.
“For the World Cup and Prime Minister’s 13, we are putting K1 million.
“For 2023 and 2024, the sponsorship will be increased a little bit, so the total will be over K3 million.”
Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League chief executive Stanley Hondina thanked KPHL for its support.
“We know that rugby league is more than just a sport in the country,” he said. “It’s a game that develops young men and women of this country, and KPHL shares the same values that we have.
“That is why they continue to support the game across all tiers.
“We need this support to prepare the Kumuls for the Prime Minister’s 13 and World Cup, so big thanks to KPHL and its board,” Hondina said yesterday.
By PARKER TAMBUA