Sandis Tsaka will become the new head of the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League at the end of this month.
That follows incumbent chairman Don Fox deciding to step down during the annual general meeting on Saturday in Lae, Morobe. Tsaka was Fox’s deputy, the Highlands regional director and Wabag rugby league president. He replaces the Fox, 72, who will remain a PNGRFL board member.
Saka hailed Fox’s service, especially in the past 11 months as interim and the elected chairman.
“I will assume office when he steps down at the end of this year, it is a challenge but as the president of Wabag rugby league I am conversant with rugby league at the rural level,” he said.
“Fox has been a pillar of strength for the organisation especially through the period when politicking was rife, but fortunately the intervention by the O’Neill Government steered the game away from the mud,” he said.
Saka said there was a bright future for the code, with key elements being a children’s programme for Under-6 to U12, the schoolboys programme for U13 to U18, affiliated associations, Digicel Cup competition and international competition.
“We have a few exciting things like the Queensland Cup and junior programme and I think the future of rugby league is bright,” Saka said.
He described the performance of the Kumuls at the recently concluded rugby league World Cup as “a reality check of where we were but the good thing is we know where we are heading.”
“We, as administrators, must make sure the game’s standard is improving, violence in the game is destroying the hard work done and we have big challenges ahead.” 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