Papua New Guinea has been named as a co-host for the 2017 Rugby League Women’s World Cup.
The code of rugby league in the country is expected to achieve its goals of promoting and developing the game, as well as using the code to carry awareness on gender based violence and gender equality.
Meanwhile, female rugby league players around the country are being closely monitored in their local and national competitions before the best players will be selected into the PNG Ragianna side to represent the country.
Port Moresby Rugby League Football Operations Manager, Meke Maino, said the level of women’s league in the country has improved so much, and the Southern Zone Confederate competition will be used as a trial match for selections for 2017 Rugby World Cup.
PNG will gain direct entry into the Rugby World Cup, and won’t be part of the qualifying competition, thanks to their spot as a co-host of the tournament.
The 2017 Rugby League World Cup will be held in New Zealand, Australia and PNG between October 26 and December 2, 2017.