PNG PRIME Minister James Marape has challenged the SP Hunters to play well for the country.
He is positive they can bring the Queensland Intrust Super Cup title home.
Marape said that when farewelling the Hunters at Jackson International Airport in Port Moresby yesterday.
The Hunters will be based in Queensland for the upcoming season.
This is because of Covid-19 protocols that limit the movement of players between Papua New Guinea and Australia.
Marape said the country was proud that the Hunters’ management had selected and assembled the best squad for the upcoming season.
He said the entire country, PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), sponsors Kumul Petroleum, National Gaming Control Board and South Pacific Brewery were right behind the Hunters.
“This is a ground-breaking event for us as a country to relocate one of our national franchises, the SP Hunters, to Queensland, “ Marape said.
“This is the start of a journey that can be something bigger and better for us as we push for the concept of PNG fielding a team in Australia’s National Rugby League.
“I urge you players to grab this opportunity.”
Marape said the sponsors would be looking at other areas like welfare, education and life beyond sports for players.
“Congratulations to each and every one of you,” he said.
“You play your sport, live up to your potential and represent your country as well as your family.
“The country is proud of you all.”
Meanwhile, the team will undergo a 14-day quarantine in Brisbane.
PNGRFL chief executive Stanley Hondina said Queensland Rugby League would provide some training equipment, which the Hunters would use for indoor training while in quarantine.
The traveling contingent comprises 25 players and five coaching staff, including head coach Matthew Church.
“Unfortunately, when they get out of quarantine, they will have only 10 days before the season starts.
“It is the worst-case scenario but it’s out of our control.
“Fortunately, we have a plan to take care of it and it has now become our last option.
“Our boys (players) are prepared for this and they knew the sacrifices that they had to commit to and we are confident they will be ready for their opening match on March 20.
“The Hunters will be based at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast.”
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