THE first Rugby League World Cup match at the Oil Search National Football Stadium between Papua New Guinea and Wales is only eight days away.
The Wales team are scheduled to arrive in Port Moresby on Tuesday (Oct 24) and host city chief executive officer Tasman Samuel says preparations to receive the Welsh are set. Samuel said that they would have the traditional land owners of Port Moresby, the Motu-Koitabuans, welcome the visiting sides when they arrive at the airport.
Ireland and USA are the other two teams who will play the PNG LNG Kumuls at the NFS over the coming weeks.
“There will be civic receptions held the same evening to formally welcome the teams to PNG,” Samuel said.
“The British High Commission will host the Welsh, the Australian High Commission will host the Irish when they come and the US Embassy will host the US team on the second night the Hawks are here. “The Australian High Commission has come forward to host the Irish in the absence of an Irish diplomatic presence in PNG and also Australia is the lead host nation in the hosting of this Rugby League World Cup.
“On match days, the Tourism Promotion Authority will provide cultural dancers from the 22 provinces to perform as pre-match entertainment. And we sincerely thank TPA for their initiative to come on board to provide what will be a spectacular array of PNG culture on show.”
Regarding the capacity of the stadium, Tasman said since the Oil Search National Football Stadium had a capacity of 15000, broadcast partners EM TV and TV Wan will telecast matches live.
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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