In recent years, the Kumuls’ ranking was affected by the war of leadership which has had a lot of impact in the smooth running of the game in the country.
However, with the backing of the national Government, the game is gradually taking shape and its current management aims to get PNG back to being among the top in world rugby league.
This was revealed during a media briefing on the latest progress made by PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka, pictured, and chief executive officer Bob Cutmore and backed by Sports and Tourism Minister Justin Tkatchenko.
The Kumuls were ranked seventh during the 2013 World Cup in England, losing to New Zealand, France and Samoa and ended up last in the pool. And last year Kumuls lost to Fiji in Gold Coast, Australia which now places PNG 14th behind Lebanon.
Minister Tkatchenko said the Government was committed and and seriously supporting rugby league to be managed properly after the past hiccups in the system.
He said the comments by rugby league critics were unfounded for PNGRFL was going through a rebuilding process and currently on course for a better future.
Tsaka added: “We are placed 14th in the world because in the past we played the top teams such as Australia, New Zealand and England.”
Tsaka said the league body has taken the challenge to rebuild and strengthen management aspects of the game. The National