25 Aug 2010

NRL boss visits PNG to discuss expansion

8:22 am on 25 August 2010

The National Rugby League chief executive David Gallop will visit Papua New Guinea to examine the country's bid to have a team in the competition.

Rugby league is extremely popular in PNG and the national government is supporting a bid to have a local team in the competition by 2015.

Gallop accepted an invitation to visit Port Moresby to appraise the bid first-hand.

He would not comment directly on PNG's chances but indicated 2015 might be too soon.

He says the possible expansion of the 16-team competition will be discussed next year.