Doncaster Rugby League Club have agreed to allow Watson Boas to train and play for the PNG Hunters in the 2021 Intrust Super Cup competition in Queensland, until he is able to return to the United Kingdom.
Hunters coach Matthew Church said he welcomed the decision and would include Boas in the squad immediately.
“I have been in contact with the club for the past couple of months and am really pleased to announce that Watson has been allowed to join the Hunters,” Church said.
“The decision means he has been given the green light by Rugby Football League in the UK to register with the Hunters in the QRL, which suits all parties.”
Church said Watson would be with the Hunters until April.
“This will allow him to keep his fitness levels high in anticipation for the Dons’ season getting underway in May and (for when) travel restrictions are lifted,” Church said.
Doncaster chief executive Carl Hall said the move would benefit Boas and his team.
“We felt it was in Watson’s best interests to get some rugby league under his belt while it is available to him prior to his return to the Dons," Hall said.
“It allows him to train and play hard and get himself ready for our season starting in May, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our group.”
Hall thanked Hunters management - in particular coach Church - for their co-operation.
“The relationship between the two clubs is a very strong one which can only be a positive for us all,” Hall said.
The PNG Hunters playing squad and staff will soon arrive in Queensland, prior to the 2021 Intrust Super Cup season kicking off on March 20.
Match: Hunters v WM Seagulls
Round 1 -
Venue: Bycroft Oval, Gold Coast