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Despite rugby league’s popularity on the eastern seaboard of Australia and in the north of England, Papua New Guinea is the only country where league is considered the national sport. The enthusiasm with which the sport has been embraced in PNG continues to inspire visiting players to the country, with Australian representatives David Williams and George Rose both recently quoted as being astounded by the passion with which the game is followed (ARL Media Release 2009). Indeed, the fervour and skill with which the sport has been adopted in PNG suggests two things: firstly, that with strategic development of the sport the PNG national side, the Kumuls, have the potential to be highly competitive contenders within the international rugby league scene; and secondly, that there is a grand opportunity for rugby league to be used to promote and realise broader community development ideals and goals in PNG.

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