Lepa said the CCIC had already confirmed a team from Vanuatu and was consultating with teams from Tonga and Fiji to participate in the K100,000 tournament.
Lepa added that a team representing New South Wales, including some Papua New Guinean players who play in the NSW Cup would be invited. Lepa, in a statement yesterday, said plans were underway to involve the overseas sides on an invitational basis to raise the profile of the offseason competition.
The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League has yet to endorse the plan, however, it is believed the arrangment would be similar to sides from the region coming to the country to play in a rugby union sevens tournament.
The Ipatas Cup is the country’s premier rugby league offseason competition and involves up to 80 clubs from all four regions of the country.