By PARKER TAMBUA
PRIME Minister James Marape says the Government will help relocate the SP Hunters if the Queensland Rugby League goes ahead with having all Intrust Super Cup (ISC) teams based in Australia next year.
The Tari-Pori MP, who is also the sports minister, made the comment during the presentation of the Digicel Cup at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby yesterday.
“If the QRL allows the Hunters to continue next season, together with the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), we are willing to help relocate them to Queensland next year,” Marape said.
PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka was also present when the country’s chief executive made the announcement.
Tsaka told The National yesterday that a statement would be made on the 2017 ISC champions tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Marape congratulated the Hela Wigmen and Lae Tigers for reaching the Digicel Cup grand final.
“Thank you to the sponsors and supporters of both teams,” he said.
“Congratulations on making the final.
“Unfortunately, one has to win and Wigmen have done so.
“I am also the Tari-Pori MP and I am from Hela but I must remain neutral as the prime minister.
“Thank you to Lae Biscuit Company and the Chow family for supporting Tigers.
“The Tigers have set the bar for PNG rugby league and congratulations to them.”
Marape said despite Covid-19 affecting many businesses this year, sponsors such as Digicel had continued to support the country’s premier rugby league competition.
“Digicel has been supporting rugby league in the country for more than ten years now,” he said.
“This year, with Covid-19, it has been a challenge but I thank them for continuing to support the game.
“Thank you to all the sponsors of every franchise for their support.
“This shows that rugby league still remains the No.1 sport in the country.”