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PNG Football Stadium (known as Lloyd Robson Oval until 2015)[2] is a sporting ground in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. It hosted 3 games for the 1989–1992 Rugby League World Cup. It has been the home ground for the Papua New Guinea national rugby league team since 1975. It has a total capacity of approximately 15,000 and is the National Stadium of Papua New Guinea. The stadium was completely redeveloped in preparation for the 2015 Pacific Games.[2]

National Football Stadium
PNG National Football Stadium
Full namePapua New Guinea National Football Stadium
Former namesLloyd Robson Oval
LocationPort Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Coordinates9°28′6″S 147°11′54″E / 9.46833°S 147.19833°E / -9.46833; 147.19833Coordinates: 9°28′6″S 147°11′54″E / 9.46833°S 147.19833°E / -9.46833; 147.19833
TypeStadium
Genre(s)sporting events
Capacity14,800[1]
Field shaperectangular
SurfaceGrass
ScoreboardYes
Construction
Renovated2015
Expanded2015
ArchitectPopulous
Main contractorsPopulous
Tenants
Papua New Guinea Kumuls (1975-present)
Port Moresby Vipers (PNGNRL 1986-present)
Papua New Guinea Hunters (Queensland Cup 2016-present)

HistoryEdit

Lloyd Robson Oval hosted its first Rugby league international on 6 July 1975 when PNG played host to England who were on their way to Australia and New Zealand for the down under leg of the 1975 World Cup. In front of an enthusiastic crowd of 12,000 England ran out 40-12 winners in what was the Kumuls international debut game.

PNG played the 1982 and 1986 Kangaroos at the oval. The Australians, unbeaten on both Kangaroo Tours, won both games 38-2 and 62-12 respectively. The 1986 game saw the Oval's record attendance when 17,000 enthusiastic fans saw the Kangaroos defeat the Kumuls.

The opening Test match of the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour was played at the Oval between Papua New Guinea and the British before a crowd of 12,107.

Lloyd Robson Oval was the primary venue of the 2009 Pacific Cup. The four round-robin matches were played at the ground on 24–25 October and 31 October, with the final played on 1 November 2009.[3]

The oval is also home of the Gulf Isapea, Hela Wigmen, and Port Moresby Bulldogs who play in the PNGNRL Digitel Cup.

Lloyd Robson is also a regular host of the annual rugby league game between the Kumuls and an Australian Prime Minister's XIII at the conclusion of the Australian-based National Rugby League season. These games are usually well attended, with 16,000 attending the game in 2012 won 24-18 by the Mal Meninga coached PM's XIII.

Soccer is also played at the Lloyd Robson Oval, with both the national men's and women's PNG teams playing matches at the ground, though they both generally use the Hubert Murray Stadium

Rugby league test matchesEdit

List of rugby league test matches played at Lloyd Robson Oval.[4]

Test# Date Result Attendance
1 6 July 1975   England def.   Papua New Guinea 40–12 12,000
2 29 May 1977   Papua New Guinea def.   France 37–6 14,000
3 30 July 1978   New Zealand def.   Papua New Guinea 30–21 11,541
4 23 August 1978   Papua New Guinea drew with   France 13–13 16,000
5 25 July 1982   New Zealand def.   Papua New Guinea 56–5 13,000
6 2 October 1982   Australia def.   Papua New Guinea 38–2 15,000
7 12 July 1987   New Zealand def.   Papua New Guinea 36–22 15,000
8 13 October 1991   Australia def.   Papua New Guinea 40–6 14,500
9 31 May 1992   Great Britain def.   Papua New Guinea 20–14 7,294
10 26 June 1994   Papua New Guinea def.   France 29–22 5,000
11 27 October 1994   New Zealand def.   Papua New Guinea 30–16 15,000
12 6 October 1996   Australia def.   Papua New Guinea NRL 52–6 15,000
13 17 June 2001   France def.   Papua New Guinea 40–6 15,000
14 7 October 2001   Australia def.   Papua New Guinea 54–12 14,000
15 24 October 2009   Cook Islands def.   Fiji 24–22 3,269
16 25 October 2009   Papua New Guinea def.   Tonga 44–14 9,813
17 31 October 2009   Fiji def.   Tonga 26–16 2,000
18 1 November 2009   Papua New Guinea def.   Cook Islands 42–14 10,151

Rugby League World CupEdit

List of Rugby League World Cup matches played at Lloyd Robson Oval.
Results are from the 1985-88, 1989-1992, and 2017 World Cups.

WC
Game#
Date Result Attendance
1 17 August 1986   Papua New Guinea def.   New Zealand 24–22 15,000
2 4 October 1986   Australia def.   Papua New Guinea 62–12 17,000
3 2 June 1990   Great Britain def.   Papua New Guinea 40–8 7,837
4 11 August 1990   New Zealand def.   Papua New Guinea 18–10 7,837
5 28 October 2017   Papua New Guinea def.   Wales 50–6 14,800
6 5 November 2017   Papua New Guinea def.   Ireland 14–6 14,800
7 12 November 2017   Papua New Guinea def.   United States 64–0 14,800

Non-test internationalsEdit

Game# Date Result Attendance
1 18 September 2005   Australian PM's XIII def.   Papua New Guinea 34–0 N/A
2 30 September 2006   Australian PM's XIII def.   Papua New Guinea 28–8 N/A
3 23 September 2007   Papua New Guinea drew with   Australian PM's XIII 24–24 10,500
4 27 September 2008   Australian PM's XIII def.   Papua New Guinea 54–30 N/A
5 27 September 2009   Australian PM's XIII def.   Papua New Guinea 42–18 N/A
6 26 September 2010   Australian PM's XIII def.   Papua New Guinea 30–18 10,865
7 23 September 2012   Australian PM's XIII def.   Papua New Guinea 24–18 16,000
8 24 September 2016   Australian PM's XIII def.   Papua New Guinea 58–0 15,011
9 23 September 2017   Australian PM's XIII def.   Papua New Guinea 48–8 13,468

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.looppng.com/content/national-football-stadium-nearly-ready
  2. ^ a b "PNG National Football Stadium". Populous. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  3. ^ ARL (Press Release) (2009-07-28). "Pacific Cup announced". Australian Rugby League. Archived from the original on 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2009-07-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Lloyd Robson Oval @ Rugby League Project

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