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PNG moving ahead with bid to join Australia's NRL

PNG moving ahead with bid to join Australia's NRL

Posted 28 July 2010, 17:09 AEST

Papua New Guinea's National Rugby League Bid Team, has started an All Schools Rugby League program to develop a strong junior league to secure a license to enter a team in the Australian NRL.

The PNG government has approved physical contacts sports in schools throughout the country.

Presenter: Firmin Nanol

General Manager of the PNG NRL Bid team, Bev Broughton; Governor of Port Moresby city, Powes Parkop; Former Australian Kangaroos and Clive Churchill Medal winner, Dennis Ward; Joseph Dongari, Primary school teacher in Port Moresby

NANOL: Rugby league is the unofficial national sport in the country.

The government in a bid to promote development, peace and unity through rugby league, is bidding to enter a team in the Australian NRL competition.

It has appointed a Bid Team headed by former Australian Gold Coast Titans Manager Paul Broughton and partner Bev Broughton.

The Bid team has launched the ''PNG All Schools Rugby League Program'', which kicks off this year.

The aim is to get primary school teachers accredited to become coaches, referees and trainers to help school children develop a passion for rugby league.

The General Manager of the PNG NRL Bid team, Bev Broughton says the development of a junior school boys' league is a requirement for PNG to secure a License in the Australian NRL.

BROUGHTON: In order to present a compelling case to the NRL, for PNG to get an NRL licence, there needs to be a strong junior development base within Papua New Guinea and this is our contribution to strengthening junior rugby league.

NANOL: The Governor of Port Moresby city, Powes Parkop is on the PNG NRL Bid team.

He says the concept has been long overdue and it must start with the next generation of rugby league players.

PARKOP: Oh, it's a very important program. It is in fact one of the benchmark in which we have to achieve and roll out in order to qualify for licence with the NRL. The Rugby League has been played in PNG on a casual basis and we cannot get at least to that level that Australia and New Zealand in unless we have a junior development program. That is what we have to do in order to be competitive and I am confident that we can get there, eventually if we get this program up and rolling.

NANOL: Former Australian Kangaroos and Clive Churchill Medal winner, Dennis Ward is in Papua New Guinea to help promote the concept.

He says helping primary school teachers to be able to train young school children to play rugby league is a great start.

He says the PNG Government has to finance and fund such concept.

WARD: What has been denied PNG for a long while has been financial support. The first thing you need is somewhere, some money which will help you get the resources that are necessary to build what you're trying to build.

NANOL: The core aspect of the program also includes educating teachers on the rules of the game to become coaches, referees and administrators in schools.

Most teachers who witnessed the launching of the '' PNG All Schools Rugby league Program, offered their support.

Joseph Dongari is a primary school teacher in Port Moresby.

DONGARI: I think everybody will be excited, because especially the parents. They will want to see their children progress and at least one day to representing our team from Papua New Guinea that is participating in the NRL competition and as I teacher, I really want to come in and fully participate in helping the development of the rugby league, especially at our school level.

NANOL: The All Schools Rugby League competition is also aimed at developing and identifying talents in schools throughout the country.

It's also aimed a providing opportunities for PNG school children to aspire for and succeed as NRL and international players.

Firmin Nanol-Port Moresby.

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