PNG may join Queensland Cup
PAPUA New Guinea will know in seven days whether the country will have a team taking part in the 2013 Queensland Rugby Leagues Intrust Super Cup or not.by NRL
PAPUA New Guinea will know in seven days whether the country will have a team taking part in the 2013 Queensland Rugby Leagues Intrust Super Cup or not.
"It's been a long and intense six month process but we are pretty confident, we're 80% confident of getting the nod," PNG National Rugby League Bid chief executive officer Brad Tassell said.
Tassell yesterday revealed that a meeting by the QRL board in Melbourne last Thursday tabled PNG's submission, and drew a positive response from all members, and clubs in the current competition.
"It's been positive. They now go back to re-drawing and working towards accommodating an extra team in their schedule.
"It's an even 12-team competition at the moment, and the addition will obviously make it an uneven draw. They want to work around all areas to cover for the team.
"They'll meet again on the June 7, before any confirmation is made, so we're looking forward to it."
He added that the outcome could also see a potential trip by the QRL board to Port Moresby to inspect the facilities for the proposed team's home matches - Lloyd Robson Oval.
Entry into the QRL Intrust Super Cup, downgraded from the county's original bid to have a team in the highest Australian rugby league competition, the NRL, has been deemed however as the next best step going forward.
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