APRL Snapshot gathers some of the major Rugby League headlines and other news from across Asia, the Pacific and Latin America from the past week.
Mendi look to continue undefeated start in Digicel Cup
The Mendi Muruks are on track to recording their best start to a PNG NRL season since 2008 when they face the Goroka Lahanis this weekend.
The Muruks are one of only three undefeated teams left in the 2021 Digicel Cup season and will be favourites to extend that run when they take on the winless Lahanis.
Vipers v Dabaris
Wigmen v Gurias
Muruks v Lahanis
Mioks v Eagles
Gutters v Tumbe
Tigers v Isou
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Wellington Origin Series to kick off
Game One of the Wellington Origin series kicks off this weekend at McEwan Park in Petone when Hutt City faces the Porirua Western Bays.
Origin matches will be played at the Under 15s, 16s and 18s Boys age groups, whilst a Women’s selection match will also be held.
Japan join the fold
This week the Asia Pacific Rugby League welcomes Japan as it’s newest member nation.
Japan becomes only the second Asian nation to become a member of the APRL following the Philippines who became a member earlier this year.
Colombia to host South American Championships
Colombia has been named as hosts for the 2022 South American Championship.
The tournament, which will feature at least Colombia, Chile and Brasil will become a Qualification tournament for the Americas Cup and Rugby League World Cup.
Bushwara RP Cup Final is on
Despite being originally scheduled back in May, the 2020/21 Bushwara RP Cup Final will take place at the Hohola Fields on Sunday.
Singapore receives approval from MHA
Steps to re-establish the code in Singapore have received a welcomed boost with the Ministry of Home Affairs registering Rugby League XIII Singapore as a society.
COVID impacts State competitions
Major Australian competitions, the Intrust Super Cup, Knock-On Effect NSW Cup, Ron Massey Cup, NSW Women’s Premiership and the West Australian Men’s and Women’s Premierships will all take a break this weekend with COVID once again forcing some cities back into shutdown.
National Club Championship returns
The PNG National Club Championship will return in 2021 with dates for the National knock-out competition released this week by the PNGRFL.
Pesega and Leifiifi commit to College tournament
The Pesega and Leifiifi Colleges are the first two secondary schools to commit both boys and girls teams to the Samoan Under 18s Championship which is set to take place later this year.
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Enga Schools competition expands
The 2021 Enga Schools competitions will feature representatives from all six districts within the Province as the code continues to grow at the schoolboy and schoolgirl level.
The competing districts will be Wabag, Wapenamanda, Laiagam, Kandep, Porgera and Kompiam Ambum.