THE 14th place ranking of Papua New Guinea Kumuls in World Rugby League is according to the number of test matches played, the PNG Rugby Football League has explained.
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
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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