The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League says the record turnout at last weekend's Annual General Meeting shows how far the sport has come in a short space of time.
79 affiliates were present at this year's AGM in Wabag - up from 34 last year - where the PNGRFL's Annual Report was endorsed and changes accepted to the constitution.
Audited financial statements were also presented to the membership for the first time in six year, for the period of 2010-2013.
PNGRFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka has been in charge for 14 months and says major progress has been made since a disappointing World Cup campaign in 2013.
"The game at that time...rugby league was basically dead so when we went to the world cup I think the performance we got was what we deserved. It was a reality check for us. It gave us an assessment of where we're at both domestically and internationally. It was a rude awakening in a sense for a proud people that call rugby league the national sport but it has given us a motivation to get out of the abyss where we were and rebuild the game".
Attendees also received a presentation on the administration's strategic plan and vision for the next three years.