Date: 8/10/15

Rugby League fans in Papua New Guinea will have the chance to follow their national team at home during the Rugby League World Cup in 2017 following an announcement by the Papua New Guinea Government and City of Port Moresby today.

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill, announced details of a partnership that will see three pool matches played in Port Moresby in rugby league’s pinnacle international event.

Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC 2017) Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown, welcomed the announcement while in Sydney with Papua New Guinea Minister for Sports, Hon. Justin Tkatchenko, Vice Minister for Sports Hon. Labi Amaiu, and National Capital District Governor Hon. Powes Parkop.

“We are excited about taking the Rugby League World Cup to one of the world’s most passionate Rugby League nations,” Mr Brown said.

“Our agreement with the Papua New Guinea Government and the City of Port Moresby will see three pool matches played in Port Moresby involving their national team in front of their local fans.

“We welcome the support of Prime Minister O’Neill and Governor of the National Capital District, Hon. Powes Parkop and look forward to working with them to deliver a world class event for the people of Papua New Guinea.” Mr Brown said.

The RLWC 2017 will be officially co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from October to December in 2017 with the world’s best players from the world’s best 14 nations compete to become world champions.

Today’s announcement will mean all 28 matches in the Tournament will be played across three countries. The remaining matches in the Tournament will be allocated following consultation with potential Host Cities in Australia and New Zealand.

“Rugby League in Australia and New Zealand has never been in a better position with a record number of people playing, watching and attending matches across both countries.

The record television audience and attendance at the 2015 NRL Grand Final reinforced this position,” Mr Brown said.

“Our aim is to make this Rugby League World Cup the most accessible and fan friendly ever. We not only want to see traditional rugby league fans come out to support their national team, we aim to engage with the local communities of all participating teams to deliver an event that celebrates the diversity of cultures and countries playing the greatest game of all.”