Hull KR announce groundbreaking partnership with Papua New Guinean club

Hull KR have entered a groundbreaking development partnership with Port Moresby Vipers that will see two young players from Papua New Guinea link up with the Super League club's academy in the coming weeks.

In the first direct pathway of its kind with a domestic side from PNG, the Robins are hoping to find the next Stanley Gene or Makali Aizue, two players who made a significant impression at Craven Park, while helping to develop the sport in a rugby league-mad country.

KR chief executive Paul Lakin said: "This is a very significant partnership for both Hull KR and Papua New Guinea’s domestic game that has been months in planning.

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"Papua New Guinea is the only country in the world whose primary sport is rugby league. We’ll put the time and attention into this partnership to ensure we give it the best possible chance of success. It’s exciting, innovative and has huge potential."

Governor of Port Moresby and patron of Port Moresby Vipers, Powes Parkop MP added: "The significance about this arrangement is that our development players will not only play rugby league but also further their education by schooling in the UK. It is a life-changing opportunity we should grab with both hands.

"It is important to note that this pathway supports players who are in schools. I take my hat off to club executives of both clubs for their insight into opening this remarkable sporting portal to develop rugby league in Papua New Guinea."

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