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The Australian Rugby League has today announced Prime Minister Julia Gillard's first Prime Minister's XIII to play Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Sunday, September 26, as part of a three-day visit to highlight the strong partnership between the two countries and deliver critical health messages to the local community.
The match, at Lloyd Robson Oval, is the culmination of a series of activities in conjunction with AusAID and the Papua New Guinea Rugby League that will bring the Prime Minister's XIII and PNG Kumuls together with the community to talk about the importance of staying safe on and off the field.
In a country which has the highest rate of HIV and AIDS in the Pacific - about 2% of the population is living with HIV - the visit will take the Prime Minister's XIII out into the community to deliver critical messages to locals about being fit and healthy including protecting themselves from HIV and AIDS and protecting women from violence.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard today wished coach Mal Meninga and his team well: