Rugby League was introduced to Papua New Guinea in the late forties by Australian soldiers stationed there during and after the Second World War. In 1974 Papua New Guinea were admitted to the game’s international federation and on the 6th July 1975 at Robnson Oval , Port Moresby the Kumuls played their first international against England. The English won 40-12.

In the 2000 World Cup the Kumuls team Qualified for the Quarter finals by finishing 1st in their group,  with wins over France , Tonga and South Africa.
In their Quarter finals match against Wales they were defeated 22-8.

In 2005 Papua New Guinea beat the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII 24-16 In Darwin. This was the first win over any Australian based national side. In 2007 the Kumuls drew with the Australia PM XIII 24-24.

Despite a turbulent lead up to the 2010 Rugby League Four Nations Tournament with clashes for control over the game with governing bodies,  which culminated in Head Coach Adrian Lam stepping aside , there were positives that the Kumuls could make an impression on the competition after the team showed enthusiasm and aggression against Australia despite the 42-0 score line. The remaining matches saw the Papua New Guinea Kumuls beaten 76-12 by New Zealand and 36-10 by England.

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