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Test match an NRL audition for PNG

Outgoing Papua New Guinea rugby league captain David Mead is urging the Kumuls to use their Test match against Fiji as an opportunity to prove PNG has the talent to support an 18th NRL team.

The only country in the world with rugby league as its national sport, PNG already fields a Queensland Cup team, the Hunters, and in May, the country’s government officially launched a bid to have representation at NRL level.

When they play their first match since 2019 on Saturday night at Campbelltown Stadium, the Kumuls will give the NRL an early preview of what their country could offer if granted a licence.

“To bring a team into the NRL from PNG makes sense to me,” Mead told AAP.

“With PNG players, that fearlessness is always there. You want to play with guys who are fearless and they’ve got that.

“The country obviously loves rugby league.

“People have to see it for themselves to believe it.




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