PNG Kumuls stars Enoch and Francis Paniu will not play in the Super League. Hull KR have released them after they failed to gain work permits.
The pair, who played for their country in the 2013 World Cup, had agreed one-year contracts for 2014 subject to receiving clearance.
They are now expected to join up with the PNG Hunters team that will play in the Queensland Cup this year and Robins chief executive Mike Smith says they will do so with the club's blessing.
"When we agreed the deals with Enoch and Francis it was always on the basis that they could get a visa and work permit," he said. "Unfortunately, despite a lot of hard work from everyone involved, that hasn't happened and the decision has been taken to release them from their contracts.
"It is a shame as they were looking forward to trying their hand in this country, especially given the strong links we as a club have with Papua New Guinea."
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Downer Rugby League 9s World Cup
- PNG Kumuls 0 Australia 26
- PNG Kumuls 18 New Zealand Kiwis 18
- 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