Sport: PNG league determine to win

11:25 am on 7 May 2016

The Papua New Guinea league coach Michael Marum says his team is determined to represent the nation well and exact revenge on a Fiji team which beat them last year.

Papua New Guinea rugby league fans.

Papua New Guinea rugby league fans. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The two sides will meet today before Tonga play Samoa in the Pacific Doubleheader at Pirtek Stadium in Sydney.

Marum said winning the match will mean a lot for PNG's world ranking with the country currently sitting below the likes of Canada, Serbia and Italy at 14th.

However the coach said the match holds even more importance for fans.

"It's going to (make) the nation come to a stop. It's our national sport up here. We will be representing 7.2 million or 8 million people back at home so the boys will put on the jumper with pride. We want to make sure we do well."