Stanley Gene's representative career lasted over a decade. He made his name for PNG in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup, and also played in the 2000 and 2008 tournaments. In addition, he represented his country in numerous test matches before announcing his intention to retire from international rugby league following the 2008 World Cup. Following PNG's exit from the tournament, he was tearfully carried from the field by his team mates and given a standing ovation by the crowd. He is regarded in Papua New Guinea as a sporting legend.