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The SP PNG Hunters are delighted to announce that approval has been given by the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) for the club return home to Papua New Guinea next week. 

The homecoming will coincide with the SP PNG Hunters’ Round 20 Hostplus Cup fixture with the Mackay Cutters, which will now be played at the Santos National Football Stadium on Saturday, 27th August with kickoff at 3pm. 

SP PNG Hunters CEO Scott Barker has welcomed the news. 

“We have been working tirelessly with the QRL over the last few months to bring the Hunters home and it’s exciting to see that become a reality next week,” Barker said. 

“The club is extremely grateful for the support and guidance of the QRL and the processes they have followed to support our safe return home.”

The Hunters’ return to PNG next week is made possible thanks to the Australian Government’s PacificAus Sports Program and Newcrest Mining Limited, owner of the Lihir gold project, who are co-funding the operation. 

Tickets for the SP PNG Hunters v Mackay Cutters Round 20 Hostplus Cup game will go on sale at the National Football Stadium, Port Moresby from next Wednesday, 24th August. 

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Papua New Guinea's team participating in the Queensland Hostplus Cup

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