PNGRFL, sponsors in talks


THE Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) is in talks with the SP Hunters’ sponsors to find a way forward for its only fulltime club in the Intrust Super Cup.
There are questions on the impact on the Hunters, who depend heavily on sponsorship for their income, following the cancellation of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Former coach and now PNGRFL high performance head Michael Marum said for some of the Hunters players, rugby league was their only source of income.
Marum, who is the national coach, said he was hopeful that there would be some action later this year which would help players get back into shape ahead of any rescheduled international matches.
Marum himself only just made it home to East New Britain before the travel ban and is now involved in working with teachers to educate children and young people on good hygiene and how to protect themselves from the virus.
But even in the midst of the current crisis and the disappointment of losing a whole season, Australian Church has conjured up a little humour in adversity and managed to put a positive spin on the whole situation.
“It’s still a bit raw,” the rookie head coach said. “Personally, I’m still in shock. We’re only going to see one game for 2020.
“Thankfully, we won that game. So we can probably count that as an undefeated season.”
Meanwhile, the Hunters are free to move around again today after they completed their 14-day quarantine upon return from Brisbane following their 32-30 win over Souths Logan.
However, those with families outside Port Moresby may have to wait a little longer to be reunited with their loved ones due to the nationwide travel ban. – ABC

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