Boas welcomes talks to relocate Hunters to Queensland


SP Hunters captain Ase Boas has welcome talks of relocating the Intrust Super Cup (ISC) side to Queensland, Australia, next year.
The Queensland Rugby League is understood to be considering the option of having all ISC teams based in Australia next year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 2017 ISC premiership winner told The National last week that he would make the sacrifice of staying away from his family for the entire season next year if necessary.
“For me, it will not be a problem,” the 31-year-old Port Moresby Viper said.
“I will be happy to make that sacrifice for the club and our country if it means we will be based in Queensland next year.
“I know my family will be supportive.
“It will not be the first time for me to live away from home and my family.
“I’ve done that before and I know they will support me if things turn out that way.
“I can’t speak for others but I am sure most of the Hunters player will be willing to make that sacrifice as well.”
Prime Minister James Marape announced a fortnight ago that the Government would be willing to help the Hunters relocate to Queensland.
Meanwhile, Boas — who has so far played eight tests for Papua New Guinea — said he was hopeful of returning to the Kumuls for next year’s World Cup in England.
“I am winding down my career but my target now is to make the World Cup squad next year,” the former Rabaul Guria said.
“I know there is a lot of competition for spots in the halves.
“We have a number young ISC and National Rugby League playmakers who are also competing for spots.


  • Waste if time and money on the over grown Hunters. Put these money into something good like health and education facilities in the rural areas where majority will benefit and not a minority Hunters folks. I’m sure they will always bow out before finals are played as QRL teams already know the same style of footy Hunters play.

  • Sirox, this is a sick mentality. We in western don’t have any opportunity to paricipate at such level but do understand that this is good for our country. PNG kumul defeated Great Britain as a result of our boys training, playing and competing at that level quite recently. Imagine having one more team there where more talents and crop of players can be selected makin opportunity to wear a kumul jumper becomes very competitive.
    On a bigger scale, this must be seen as an achievement for our country in the following areas;
    Youth personnal development
    Exposer to developed country’s way of life
    Using these people as medium for disseminating various positive message to our communuties
    Employment opportunity etc

    God bless PNG!

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