Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA – July 31, 2020: 3:10pm (POST COURIER): The PNG Rugby Football League has been urged to create pathways for the schools rugby league players, says former Waghi Tumbe coach Gabriel Kiluwa.
Kiluwa is now the eastern end Highlands confederate schools development officer responsible for administration work for director Joe Tokam.
He said the PNGRFLâ€™s introduction of the schools rugby league program was a good initiative but there was no pathway for the players at the end.
â€œThe schools rugby league players are the nursery for the Digicel Cup, SP Hunters and Kumuls but nothing much was done to mould them and create channels for their pathway,â€ Kiluwa said.
This year, the schools rugby league program was suspended following the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the PNGRFL must consider students playing in the schools rugby league competition and monitor them because there were some who had potential but because there were no mechanisms in place to monitor their performance they could not continue to a higher level.
He added that the schools program was PNGRFL concept and should have a development squad training program that should accommodate for potential players selected from schools competition.
He also said the PNGRFL should also have a junior Kumul program in place and select players from the schools competition.
Kiluwa added that if there was a Junior Kumul program in place it would boost the morale of the players to consistently concentrate on playing rugby league.
He claimed because there were no such programs most players competing in the schools rugby league program lost hope playing rugby league.
He said franchise clubs competing in the PNG National Rugby League Competition looked to various Governorâ€™s Cup tournaments and competitions to select their players and those at the schools competition were left out.
He added it was good that the PNGRFL kept monitoring the schools rugby league players after their graduation because the developing system would create a pathway for the players.
He said the schools rugby league competition gained a lot of momentum but the PNGRFL was not concentrating to seriously support the competition.
Kiluwa said in Jiwaka only few schools in North Waghi took part and the competition did not play in South Waghi because the schools were not interested.
He said Kurumul Primary School took part in the competition but because of transportation difficulties they withdrew while only Kudjip Primary School took part because it was at the gate way and was easy to travel to Banz. (PACNEWS)