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The success of the PNG Hunters in Queensland's Intrust Super Cup inspired a bid for the Kaviti Silktails to join the NSWRL’s Canterbury Cup competition and Cronulla has formed a partnership with the Fijian club to provide a pathway for its young players.
Cronulla Chairman Dino Mezzatesta said the Sharks were keen to return for another match.
“Given the experience that we have just had in the last few days and given the passion of the country I think it is something that we definitely need to explore,” Mezzatesta said.
“There has got to benefits all round and not only the Australian Government and the Papua New Guinea Government working together but I think the NRL would benefit tremendously.
“The way they managed it, the way they looked after us and the logistics of moving us around, with the quality of the facilities and it being only a three-hour flight from Brisbane I think it has a lot of merit.
“When you get a nation so passionate and a stadium with a 15,000 capacity it would be a guaranteed sell-out.
“With the Sharks so heavily invested in our own Pacifica strategy, and the recent Kaviti Silktails partnership, this trip just reinforces our ambition and willingness to cement our position in the Pacific.
“We will continue to explore every opportunity available in the Pacific and PNG is a major player and destination we want to be involved with.”.
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