DEPUTY Prime Minister Leo Dion will officially kick off this Sunday’s Prime Ministers XIII match in Kokopo.
Dion will represent Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, who will not available.
Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko will accompany Dion, along with National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop.
Tkatchenko, while confirming Dion’s involvement said he was looking forward to the match.
“This match will be a test for rugby league and our representative potential after a big year for the game,” Tkatchenko said.
“After a successful year for our SP Hunters in the Queensland Cup, and the Digicel Cup, I look forward to see how our guys will fare against the world-champion Australians.
“We have come a long way in such a short time in our efforts to restore lost pride to our national game and team, and this (PMs XIII match) is only part of the process. It will be a huge match for us, and I am sure Mal Meninga and Michael Marum will do everything they can to ensure they are at their best come Sunday.
“I would like to welcome this quality Australian team to our shores, it is through this kind of regular international exposure that we will see rugby league grow and strengthen.”
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Downer Rugby League 9s World Cup
- PNG Kumuls 0 Australia 26
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- PNG Kumuls 23 USA Tomahawks 10
Pacific Test Results
201 9 - PNG Kumuls 28 Great Britain Lions 10
2019 - Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 20
2019 - PNG Kumls 6 Samoa 24
2018 - PNG Kumuls 26 Fiji Bati 14
2017 - PNG Kumuls 32 Cook Islands 22
2016 - PNG Kumuls 24 Fiji Bati 22
2015- Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 22
World Cup Results
Round 1 : PNG Kumuls 50 Wales 6
Round 2: PNG Kumuls 14 Ireland 6
Round 3 PNG Kumuls 64 USA 0
Quarter Finals : PNG Kumuls 6 England 36