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Hunters cleared for takeoff

The Papua New Guinea Hunters are all set to travel to Queensland this Sunday after approval to travel was granted by the Queensland Health Authorities yesterday afternoon.

“It’s great news for us all to finally get the approval for the Hunters players and officials to travel to Queensland,” PNGRFL acting CEO Stanley Hondina said.

“They will depart Port Moresby in a chartered aircraft for Brisbane at 2pm this Sunday, February 7, 2021.

“At 5pm this afternoon, as per our application and approval requirement, the travelling party is doing the PCR basic COVID testing and will be in isolation for the next 72 hours before they board the flight.

“This is part of the strict requirements they have to fulfil pre travel to Queensland and post arrival in Brisbane.”

Hondina said PNG Prime Minster James Marape, Sports Minister Wesley Raminai and Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea HE Jon Philip would be at the airport on Sunday at 1pm to farewell the team.

The acting CEO thanked Prime Minister Marape and his government, including Sports Minister Raminai and his office for their support in ensuring this relocation process was realised.

“We’d also like to extend our gratitude to our naming rights sponsors SP Brewery, platinum partners Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd, National Gaming Control Board and all other sponsors and partners,” Hondina said.

“And finally, but not the least, a very big thanks to the hardworking staff at QRL, PacificAus Sports, DFAT, Home Affairs and Australian High Commission.

“On behalf of the PNG Hunters board, staff and players, the PNGRFL chairman and board, all of the rugby league family; we thank you very much for all your support and assistance not only now, but into the year as they are based away from home.”

After completing their required quarantine, the Hunters will prepare to play in their first trial match, scheduled to take place against Ipswich Jets on March 6.

The Hunters will play Wynnum Manly Seagulls in Round 1.