PNG eyes Coates for NRL bid

State of Origin star Xavier Coates has been earmarked as the face of the franchise if Papua New Guinea’s bid for an NRL club is approved.  Papua New Guinea is in a battle to become one of the newest teams, with Perth

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NRL and Australian federal government dosing in on $600m deal to launch PNG rugby league team

The Australian federal government and the NRL are closing in on a deal worth up to $600 million (US$400 million) to secure a new NRL side based in Papua New Guinea. NRL chairman Peter V’landys met with Minister

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Fiji Business Briefs: NRL trophy, Vatuvara Foundation, VIL director resigns, FMF results

The NRL trophy visits Fiji Fiji Airways Premium Lounge at Nadi International Airport hosted the prestigious NRL Provan-Summons Trophy last week, the first time it had travelled outside Australia. Fiji Airways CEO Andre

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Samoa name powerful World Cup squad

Toa Samoa‘s World Cup credentials have been underlined by the inclusion of eight players from the Penrith and Parramatta grand final teams in a powerful squad announced on Tuesday. Samoa are the first Pacific

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PNG to likely join NRL by 2025: Hill

Australia’s Foreign Ministry is working with PNG Sports executives to get the NRL bid up and running. Australia’s Foreign Minister Senator Penny Wong said this when appearing at NBC National Radio. She said

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Opinion: Don’t blame Pacific Island cultures for queer fear, blame colonisation

Six of the seven players who refused to wear the Manly Sea Eagles rainbow jersey in their match on Thursday night are from a Pasifika heritage.  I’ve been working alongside wellbeing and education with the NRL since

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Cairns offer support for PNG NRL bid

Cairns Regional Council Mayor Bob Manning believes far north Queensland can greatly assist Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) bid to become the NRL’s 18th side. Mayor Bob Manning, who has touted the prospect of a joint

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