Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Team
Papua New Guinea is one of the up-and-coming nations in modern rugby league, and the sport has taken off there in a big way. Nicknamed "the Kumuls" (after the Papuan word for the Bird of Paradise), Papua's rugby league side compete in the Pacific Cup and regularly take on major nations like Australia and New Zealand. You can get your Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Team tickets here at StubHub-
Essential Background for those wanting to watch Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Team
Papuan rugby dates back to the 1940s when the game was introduced during the War. After that, it slowly grew in popularity, until the team contested their first international match in 1975. The 80s then saw Papua gaining experience (though struggling to match major European and southern hemisphere nations).
A major milestone for the Kumuls came in 1995 when they travelled to their first World Cup (in England). They had previously participated in the group stages, but this time around they made the final stages - a huge achievement for a minor nation.
Since 1995, the team have qualified for every World Cup, reaching the quarter finals in 2000. So anyone who purchases Papua New Guinea rugby league tickets can expect to see an extremely high standard of rugby. Whether it's in the World Cup, one-off tests or the Pacific Cup, the Kumuls play to win and compete valiantly every time they take the field.
Great occasions in Papuan New Guinea rugby league history
Papua have been involved in plenty of unforgettable sporting contests. Right from the start, they competed with leading nations, putting 12 points past England in their first Test.
During the 1980s, Papua registered some stunning wins. They beat New Zealand in 1986 and were only just beaten by France in 1991 (both times during the World Cup group stages).
However, the pinnacle of the Kumul's achievements was in 2000, when they defeated France, Tonga and South Africa in the group stages of the World Cup, before losing narrowly to Wales in the second round.
In 2016, they also played arch-rivals Fiji in the Pacific Rugby League Test, avenging the previous year's defeat and coming from behind to win 24-22. The win on Fijian soil showed that Papua could compete abroad as well as at home.
Similar events to Papua New Guinea rugby league
Papua New Guinea's rugby league side offer a great sporting spectacle, but their matches might not be for everyone. If you want to see a different style of rugby league, why not check out tickets for the State of Origin tournament? Or find out whether the Kangaroos are representing Australia any time soon.