Visit to Papua New Guinea for Prime Minister's XIII rugby league matches

  • Media Release

Today I will travel to Papua New Guinea for the Prime Minister’s XIII men’s and women’s rugby league matches in Port Moresby on Saturday.

Australia and Papua New Guinea share a passion for rugby league with the inaugural Prime Minister’s XIII making their debut in Port Moresby in 2005.

This year’s Prime Minister’s XIII matches will be the first time the competition has been played in Port Moresby since 2018 and will showcase experienced and emerging rugby league talent from both Australia and Papua New Guinea.

I also look forward to seeing the next generation of players in action as the Australian school boys and girls and Papua New Guinea’s Junior Kumuls and Orchids play for the first time.   

Australia’s relationship with Papua New Guinea is profoundly important and we share close historical, cultural and people to people links.

Deepening our sporting connections is a mutual commitment by both countries under the Australia-PNG Comprehensive Strategic and Economic Partnership. 

The Prime Minister’s XIII is a demonstration of these ties and an opportunity to celebrate our strong partnership on and off the field.

The Australian Prime Minister’s XIII squads, selected by the Prime Minister and the Australian Rugby League Commission, can be on the found on the NRL website.

Media note: Imagery of Minister Conroy’s visit to Papua New Guinea will be available at the following link:

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