Papua New Guinea

Adnan Mufti hundred in bizarre UAE victory

Adnan Mufti hundred in bizarre UAE victory

08/12/2017, Papua New Guinea, Cricket, Cricket PNG, Article # 25109456
Kyle Coetzer made 121 off 130 deliveries in Sharjah and so dominant was his Scotland team that Kenya couldn't even match his own score much less aim for a target of 267

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Coetzer smashes 121; Kenya succumb for 105

Coetzer smashes 121; Kenya succumb for 105

08/12/2017, Papua New Guinea, Cricket, Cricket PNG, Article # 25109154
Kyle Coetzer made 121 off 130 deliveries in Sharjah and so dominant was his Scotland team that Kenya couldn't even match his own score much less aim for a target of 267

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How the WCL Championship affects places for World Cup 2019

How the WCL Championship affects places for World Cup 2019

07/12/2017, Papua New Guinea, Cricket, Cricket PNG, Article # 25095735
Netherlands, the champions, have gained entry into the newly-proposed ODI league. They also join Hong Kong, Scotland and Papua New Guinea to play the qualifying tournament of the 2019 World Cup

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How the WCL affects places for World Cup 2019

How the WCL affects places for World Cup 2019

07/12/2017, Papua New Guinea, Cricket, Cricket PNG, Article # 25095852
Netherlands, the champions, have gained entry into the newly-proposed ODI league. They also join Hong Kong, Scotland and Papua New Guinea to play the qualifying tournament of the 2019 World Cup

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England to play New Zealand Kiwis in US

England to play New Zealand Kiwis in US

06/12/2017, Papua New Guinea, Multi Sports, Papua New Guinea Facts (Publication), Article # 25083995
PictureNew Zealand perform the Haka ahead of their World Cup clash with Scotland in Christchurch. Credit: Nathan Hopkins. Copyright: NRL Photos.
A Test in Denver between New Zealand and England next June is set to be the beginning of a long-term plan to build the game in the United States before the 2025 World Cup.

Moore Sports, which is behind the successful bid to host the 2025 World Cup in North America, has been in negotiations for the Kiwis and England to meet in the US on the June 22-24 stand-alone representative weekend, during which State of Origin II will be played at ANZ Stadium.

The proposal was discussed at Tuesday's meeting of NRL club CEOs and ARLC chairman John Grant confirmed a decision would be announced soon.

If it goes ahead, the Test is likely to be played at Mile High Stadium – home to the NFL's Denver Broncos – and is intended to be the first of an ongoing series of matches played in the US to promote interest for the 2025 showpiece tournament.

"What I can say is that there is a very short period before a decision has got to be made and the parties vested in that decision are the New Zealand Rugby League, [England's] Rugby Football League, the RLPA on the behalf of the players contracted to the NRL competition and the NRL clubs," Grant said.

"Those discussions are happening right now to try and make that happen, and you have to look at this not as one game, you have to look at this as a continuum building the international opportunities for our game.

"That means more revenue for the game, which means benefits for everyone and means players, clubs and leagues can be beneficiaries of this and you can have a global platform which is just a totally different environment in terms of attracting broadcast revenue.

"Though one game it might be, it is actually a very significant step in this process and if 2025 is going to work out then we have got to start now so I would be very hopeful we can get it up."

John Paul Basile, a former NBA associate vice-president for business development and operations who is working alongside Jason Moore on strategy for the 2025 World Cup, is hopeful the Test would go ahead next year.

"I am optimistic because of the fact that people are enthusiastic and there is opportunity," he said. "If it doesn't happen next year we are going to make it happen the following year."

With the Test to be played outside of the NFL season, Basile said the aim was to attract American football fans to rugby league.

"At this point it is not 100 per cent confirmed that it is Denver, we are still looking at other markets, but Denver is kind of the halfway point between the two places [New Zealand and England] and if you know Denver it has every sport in that market," he said.

"It is very saturated in terms of sports but they are extreme sports fans and potentially you have got a team there [the Broncos] who will get behind us and help to introduce it to American football fans." Source: nrl.com



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Scotland, PNG, Hong Kong secure World Cup qualifier spots

Scotland, PNG, Hong Kong secure World Cup qualifier spots

06/12/2017, Papua New Guinea, Cricket, Cricket PNG, Article # 25086122
The three teams join table-toppers Netherlands in the qualifiers while Kenya drop to division two ahead of the final set of WCL matches

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Plan for Pacific Islands team in Super Rugby gathers pace

Plan for Pacific Islands team in Super Rugby gathers pace

29/11/2017, Papua New Guinea, Multi Sports, Papua New Guinea Facts (Publication), Article # 25004403
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A Pacific Islands-based Super Rugby team could be created next year under plans which would revolutionise the sport in the region.
 
The proposal, supported by World Rugby, is to create a new club side in the southern ­hemisphere’s flagship domestic tournament to stop the talent drain from the islands.
 
It is hoped that a squad made up of players from Fiji, Samoa – England’s opponents tomorrow – and Tonga would encourage the best talent produced by the Pacific Islands to remain there, and so represent their nations’ teams in international rugby.
 
“We are optimistic,” Mark Egan, head of competitions and performance for World Rugby, told iNEWS. “The Super Rugby option is something that will be seriously looked at. It’s on our agenda.”
 
An independent feasibility report, with World Rugby input, on how a Pacific Islands team could be incorporated into Super Rugby is due to be completed this year.
 
The report will then be sub­mitted to the Pacific Islands Working Group and SANZAAR, the body which runs Super Rugby, in the first quarter of 2018. World Rugby then hopes that an agreement is reached next year so that the franchise could begin playing matches from the 2021 season, after the current broadcasting contract ends.
 
“If it is the right thing to do for the world game and the Pacific ­Islands you can be sure that we will be looking at every way – including financially – that we can possibly support it,” Egan said.
 
The new team would cost around £7.5m a year to run, which looms as the biggest obstacle. “It has to make sense from a rugby and commercial perspective,” Egan added. “The model would require private ­equity, government funding and sponsor support.”
 
World Rugby is likely to be able to give significant financial backing to the project, but, “the franchise would have to show that it will be able to operate in a financially sustainable way over an agreed period of time”. The finances of the three individual unions – Fiji, Samoa and Tonga – would also have to be protected.
 
Fiji, the Pacific nation with the best infrastructure, would be expected to be the home base for the squad. But it is hoped that some matches could be played in Samoa and Tonga.
 
The prospect of a Super Rugby team was welcomed by Fe’ao Vunipola, the chief executive of the Tonga Rugby Union. “I would support it wholeheartedly,” he said. Vunipola believes that it would lead to “more chance of the boys staying and living near home”.

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Coetzer, Watt seal Scotland's 2-0 sweep

Coetzer, Watt seal Scotland's 2-0 sweep

25/11/2017, Papua New Guinea, Cricket, Cricket PNG, Article # 24962069
Papua New Guinea's batting underwhelmed again as they conceded the ODI series 2-0 to Scotland with a six-wicket defeat in Dubai

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MacLeod, seamers lead Scotland to six-wicket win

MacLeod, seamers lead Scotland to six-wicket win

24/11/2017, Papua New Guinea, Cricket, Cricket PNG, Article # 24948990
Safyaan Sharif and Alasdair Evans shared seven wickets between them to bowl Papua New Guinea out for 147, and Calum MacLeod's unbeaten 60 helped Scotland easily finish the chase

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