By BURI GABI
RUGBY league players in Central province may be given the opportunity to have a feel of bemobile Cup competition, if all goes well in this weekend’s PNG National Rugby League board meeting gives a green light for intending franchise team Rigo Roosters.
The 3 Suns Rigo Rugby League president Gwaibo Mairi, told The National in an interview yesterday that the submission would be presented to the PNGNRL board meeting which is set for Saturday.
He said Rigo MP Ano Pala, had committed himself to develop rugby league in the district.
He was keen to attract the interest of the youths by allocating K80,000 for the team as their entry ticket to pay up the franchise fee.
Pala has made funding available for the team to participate in the competition.
He wants to engage youths in a positive activity through sports and rugby league has been seen as a fitting avenue.
Rigo MP also intends to expose raw talents to play in the local rural league competition at the semi-professional level.
Mairi also said they had already set in place a board to manage the franchise team from Rigo for the first time in the history of rugby league in the country.
Pala had indicated his interest to support the franchise for the next three years.
An invitation will be given to the rugby league playing associations throughout Central province to fill in their players in the franchise.
A good number of businessman and senior public servants in Rigo district had indicated their support.