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Footy tragic Anthony Albanese makes huge call on NRL’s future as he tells league to base a Pacific Islander team in Papua New Guinea Anthony Albanese is keen to see a Papua New Guinean team play in the NRL Prime Minister threw his support behind the notion in PNG parliament speech Albanese said 'sport is such a genuine way to build ties' between the two nations

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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has publicly acknowledged Papua New Guinea's passion for the NRL during his visit to the southwestern Pacific nation - and called for the country to get a team based on its soil.

Mr Albanese used his historic speech to PNG's parliament on Thursday to reaffirm his support for a Pacific Islander team to one day compete fulltime in the NRL, stating Australia and PNG have a 'shared passion for rugby league'.

'Today I affirm my view that I want to see a PNG-based, Pacific Islander team compete in the National Rugby League competition,' he said.

'Sport is such a genuine and powerful way of building strong and lasting ties between our peoples, at a code and club and community and family level.'

It comes as Mr Albanese told reporters in Australia on Wednesday he was 'very keen' to see a PNG-based team one day play in the NRL, revealing he has raised the proposal with league's administrators.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with PNG counterpart James Marape (right)

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with PNG counterpart James Marape (right) 

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