THE proposed PNG franchise in the NRL will draw players from the current schoolboys and youth competition around the country.
A staunch supporter and Mendi MP Pr Isaac Joseph made this comment when paying the K600 registration fee for the TNT Jets U14-20 rugby league club players in Tente area in Mendi, Southern Highlands province.
He said the PNG franchise would draw the players from junior competition and not the current players in the Kumuls team.
The competition will not cater for current local and overseas representative players.
Pr Joseph said before anyone could achieve their dreams, they have to start disciplining themselves now, look after their bodies, stay away from illicit drugs and not marry early.
As former representative player for Mendi, Pr Joseph appealed to schoolboys and the youths to start taking the game seriously rather than as a social outing.
He said the proposed PNG franchise in Australia was the way to reduce unemployment and also provide opportunities for players who can achieve their goals.
Pr Joseph thanked BSP for providing the uniforms for the teams for the participating teams, the Western Force and the Eastern Force in the schoolboys competition in Upper Mendi.Pr Joseph thanked Junior Emmanuel Tol and Eric Iangalio and president of Mendi Rugby Football League Joe Undipia for taking the lead in establishing the schoolboys rugby league competition.