PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA - NOVEMBER 05: Papua New Guinean fans show their support during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between Papua New Guinea Kumuls and Ireland on November 5, 2017 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

A full-strength Brisbane Broncos outfit will fly out to Port Moresby next year to play Intrust Super Cup champions PNG Hunters in a historic trial match.

The Broncos announced the details on Thursday afternoon, in what will be a prized fixture for the game in Papa New Guinea.

The PNG Hunters were remarkably victorious in this year’s decider, with a full 24-man Brisbane squad expected to make the trip.

The fixture will be held on the 24th of February, with a capacity crowd expected to flood the stadium.

Brisbane CEO Paul White was excited about the prospect and insists that it’s an opportunity to give back to Broncos fans located in Papa New Guinea, considering that their national sport is rugby league.

“We know the Broncos have a massive supporter base in PNG and we are respectful of the fact that rugby league is the national sport in their country,” said White.

“The Broncos are always mindful that our trial games are a way to give something back to the rugby league community and this trip to PNG will do just that.

“This will take the form of not only the game, but also events and activities that will involve the wider community.”

What will even make the event more spectacular is the addition of Bronco’s flyer David Mead – who captained PNG in this year’s World Cup.

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Mead will return to his hunting ground to play against his international teammates, and most importantly, his home crowd.


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