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The National Rugby League (NRL) in Papua New Guinea has officially launched its mini and modified Schools Rugby League competition in both Lae and Port Moresby over the weekend.

The new program is designed to provide opportunities for younger age groups to play Rugby League in structured competitions and will be rolled out across the country over the coming year for the Under 7’s, Under 9’s and Under 11’s age groups.

Commenting on the program, Lae Schools Rugby League coordinator, Dennis Miall, thanked NRL in PNG for giving Morobe the opportunity to take part in the program in addition to the National Capital District.

“It’s a big bonus for all the Lae schools especially the rugby league-playing ones”, he said.

“It (NRLin PNG programme) complements our schools programme, which starts from U14, U16 to U18.”

“We’ll now have six-year-old to 12-year-old students competing in the NRL in PNG programme.”

“Our schools programme will accommodate 14-year-old to 18-year-old students in the primary and secondary divisions respectively.”

“The U20s are now with the seniors in the Lae Rugby League (LRL) competition, so all our rugby league pathways are now complete.”

Each regional program will run for seven weeks.