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Bold bid for PNG-led Pasifika team to become NRL’s 18th franchise

“We’ve seen in Super Rugby recently that they have taken the jump over rugby league and established a Pasifika team. Whilst we think rugby league in the Pacific is far stronger, it gives us the confidence to discuss what a Pacific team might look like.

“Obviously PNG would be leading those discussions, but clearly the genuine goal of the PNG government is to get more content in PNG and a licence based in PNG.”

Albanese watched the deciding State of Origin game with PNG Prime Minister James Marape on Wednesday night as part of the Pacific Islands Forum in Fiji. Speaking to reporters during the trip, Albanese expressed a desire for the region to have its own NRL team and to host State of Origin matches.

“I’ve had discussions with the NRL, very directly, and I have spoken to [ARL Commission chairman] Peter V’landys and [NRL chief executive] Andrew Abdo about the Pacific’s…

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