For the first time in international rugby league history, a women’s Test Match in Papua New Guinea has been played outside the nation’s capital.
Today, in game one of a two-match series, the Oil Search PNG Orchids took on England Rugby League Women’s team in the Eastern Highlands Province town of Goroka.
The home team Orchids were defeated by England 24 -10, but despite the score-line the Orchids put on a valiant and physical display in front of a crowd electric with cultural pride.
More than 6,000 tickets were sold to the historical match with Papua New Guinea again coming out in force supporting their national sport.
In the lead up to the match, both teams attended community engagement events visiting local schools and hospitals.
Jeremy Edwards, International Rugby League (IRL) Southern Hemisphere General Manager said
“It’s a great honour for International Rugby League (IRL) to take the sport to new regions. Its testament to the strength and continued growth of rugby league in Asia-Pacific.
Today a remote community of Papua New Guinea was treated to a spectacular display of world-class rugby league. International Rugby League will continue to work with member nations to expand the sport throughout Asia-Pacific.”
The Oil Search PNG Orchids will compete against England Women’s in a double header with PNG Kumuls and the Great Britain Rugby League Lions in Port Moresby, Saturday 15th November.