PNG to host three RLWC 2017 matches

Papua New Guinea will host three matches at the Rugby League World Cup in 2017, it has been confirmed.

The tournament is to be officially hosted by Australia and New Zealand from October to November 2017.

“We are excited about taking the Rugby League World Cup to one of the world’s most passionate Rugby League nations,” Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC 2017) Local Organising Committee Chief Executive Officer, Michael 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.

“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.

“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.”

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