Former World Cup chief executive officer Andrew Hill has been appointed lead consultant by the Papua New Guinea NRL Bid 2025 Board.
PNG Rugby Football League chief executive officer Stanley Hondina said Hill advised the board on the set up and legal framework of the bid process at a workshop earlier in the week.
Hondina said it was the board’s decision to extend Hill’s scope of work to include his services with the PNG NRL Bid 2025.
Hondina added the board was confident of “going forward” with working towards the bid.
“The workshop also served as the official engagement of Hill as the lead consultant at this stage, until the overall structure is being set, that title may change,” he said.
“He’s very well connected and experienced in the rugby league space.
“We congratulate Andrew on his appointment as well as welcome him to the team.”
Hill, when responding to the appointment said it was an incredibly exciting time for the game in PNG.
“I think everyone in the world knows the passion that Papua New Guineans have for the game,” he said.
“We also know how important rugby league is for the country but equally important how the country is very important for rugby league.
“We need to ensure that those messages about how important the game can be for young people in this country are absorbed by everyone connected with the sport.
“We can really unite and inspire a generation of young girls and boys to be the best they can be at anything.
“It’s more than just a game.”
Hill added that he was honoured to be working with like-minded people.
“There’s a lot of work and we need to be patient.
“It’s more than just the game on the field of play because it’s going to be quite strategic.
“We have to ensure that we get proper governance, the model has to be right and looking at every opportunity that gets presented to PNG.”