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PNG Kumuls Fans miss out

RUGBY league lovers in PNG will not be able to watch the Kumuls battle Fiji on the Gold Coast, Australia, on Saturday night on free-to-air television.
That follows cable newcomer Click TV winning the bid to exclusively telecast the Pacific Tests on Saturday – between the Kumuls and the Bati and Toa Samoa and Mate Ma’a Tonga.
The Pacific Tests kick off at 5.30pm at Gold Coast’s Cbus Super Stadium with the Kumuls taking on the Bati, followed by the Samoa and Tonga match at 7.30pm.
Click TV managing director Richard Broadbridge confirmed they had won the bid to exclusively telecast the Pacific Tests in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.
Broadbridge said they would do a live telecast from host broadcaster, Fox Sports.
Viewers having free-to-air channels EMTV and Kundu 2 or DigiPlay and Hitron will not have access to the live feed. Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka said last night he was made aware of the issue yesterday afternoon by the National Rugby League (NRL) and the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF).
Tsaka said he would later advise on what steps they would take in ensuring the Test was watched throughout the country.
The Mal Meninga-coached Kumuls will have an day off this morning on the Gold Coast. They will have lunch at Harbour Town before travelling to Logan City for a community visit at 4pm.
Tsaka said the coaching staff led by Meninga would name the captain of the side later this week.
However, it is most likely that SP Hunters captain Israel Eliab will lead the national team this weekend.
Eliab told NRL.com from Gold Coast that he was happy to be with the side heading towards the clash with the Bati.
If the Kumuls beat the Bati on Saturday, they will host the winner of the Samoa and Tonga match in Port Moresby in October.
The winner of that game will join Australia, New Zealand and England in next year’s Four Nations tournament. The National

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