THE Digicel Cup will kick off on April 15, Papua New Guinea National Rugby League chairman Sudhir Guru said yesterday.
“I am hopeful for a successful season this year,” he said.
“A lot of positives can be taken from the grand final between the Gurias and Wigmen, which united warring tribes who put aside their differences to come together and support their team.
“There were close to 5000 people who gathered at the match in Lae, with 4000 of them travelling in by truckloads from Hela to watch the match.
“The match ended with no incidents reported and that is a huge achievement.
“It is a very, very big positive and I’d like to see that continued this year.”
Guru said there would be no Digicel Cup games played in Port Moresby this year because of the lack of venues but there might be a review after the Pacific Games.
The PNGNRL board meets later this month to confirm the number of teams for this season and their home grounds.
Guru is positive of having a 10-team competition again this year.
The national body had received formal bids from three new teams and decision on their entry would be decided later this month.
“There are clear guidelines set for the inclusion of teams. I see no problem of them being included in the competition. We are not stopping them from entering.”
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