The Papua New Guinea Rugby League today officially launched the visit of the Great Britain Rugby League Lions to play the Kumuls in Port Morseby on November 16th 2019. The Kumuls will also participate in the inaugural RLIF Oceania Cup with games to be played on June 22nd against Samoas and November 9th against Fiji. The nation that finishes first in the competition will be promoted to the Oceania Cup Group A in 2020 where they will face New Zealand and Tonga.
RLIF Southern Hemisphere general manager, Jeremy Edwards welcomed the tour and the Oceania Cup saying:
"It is a delight to officially mark the launch of the PNG participation in both the RLIF Oceania Cup and the GB Rugby League Lions tour. Rugby League is a huge part of everyday life in PNG and I want to highlight how much they and the Kumuls offer to the international game.
"The importance of the sport to PNG is refelected today by the guests who have taken the time today to attend the launch event and I welcome them all.
"Across the whole of the Pacific region, the nations are demonstrating why they are such a potential powerhouse in the sport and the games at the end of the year in both the tour and the Oceania Cup will be absolute blockbusters."