Australian Government Pledges $5.5 Million to PNG’s NRL Bid

The Albanese government has pledged $5.5 million (US$3.7 million) in support of Papua New Guinea’s bid for the next NRL license.
Federal Minister for International Development Pat Conroy made the announcement during his visit to PNG this week and said the funds would be used to develop pathways programs.
“Talent identification and player development are a critical part of developing a competitive and sustainable PNG NRL team,” Conroy said.
There is no dispute over PNG’s ability to drum up support for an 18th team.
The country drew strong crowds to the annual Prime Ministers XIII match hosted before the COVID-19 pandemic and is the only United Nations member state that officially recognises rugby league as its national sport…. Source

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