Rugby League BY SIMON KESLEP Rugby league is a uniting factor for different Papua New Guinea ethnic groups and cultures, Petroleum Resources Kutubu director Mark Sakai says. Sakai was speaking during the official announcement of the new Mendi Muruks coach Glen Nami and franchise team manager Eric Alom. “Rugby league is a uniting factor and we will continue to sponsor the club,” Sakai said. He welcomed on board the coaching duties of former PNG Kumul Glen Nami including his acceptance on the offer of coaching. Sakai said they have also agreed on including the Southern Highlands Governor William Powi as club patron. “We are very proud again to come on board and be the major sponsor.” Southern Highlands deputy provincial administrator (economic and social services) Fiebik Kilip also reflected on how rugby league will be key for change in the province. The provincial government support towards hosting of the Peace Cup with finals scheduled for this weekend is also a stepping stone for rugby league to unite the people. “We manage to bring back the people’s trust through the Ipatas Cup we have hosted in the province, the people are ready despite all the challenges and other things we have went through,” Kilip said.