The Maltese Rugby League Association (MRLA) have cancelled their proposed tour to Papua New Guinea for financial reasons, now channelling their energy towards a rugby league international in Sydney on October 8.
MRLA president Mark Sultana said �we (Malta) had a strong playing squad ready for the Port Moresby fixture however Malta must come first and finances won�t allow us to go through with Papua New Guinea while continuing our efforts for development in Malta�
�If we were to commit to this tour, it would have left us with nothing financially and you can not run a governing body with no money�
�The MRLA will now engage our efforts into an international fixture in front of Malta�s largest community outside of Malta itself�Sydney� said Sultana.
Maltese rugby league officials took the game of rugby league to Malta in 2005 staging an international rugby league friendly against England�s national amateur team- the England Lionhearts.
Malta defeated England Lionhearts 36-6 and have since appointed a development representative in Malta.