I AM disgusted with comments made by former league administrators, fans and mainstream media regarding the performance of our Kumuls in the 2013 World Cup.
I believe those who came out guns blazing calling for Adrian Lam and Mal Meninga’s head, have some hidden agendas or grudges against them .
What do these hooligans know about playing in one of the toughest competition in the world?
We all have to be honest and be true to our self that our level of competition and standard in the Digivel Cup is not up to par with those of National Rugby League, Super League and even the Queensland Intrust Super Cup competition.
Even though rugby is our national sport, that does not mean our expectation should be high and that we should be the best at it at all times at all costs.
Have a look at our neighbouring Pacific Island brothers who have fared well in the 2013 World Cup.
Most of these players if not all are involved in the NRL, Super League or the QLD and NSW state competition.
To them, rugby has become their profession in which they are being paid handsomely and provided with the best training facilities and programmes at an early age to develop their skills and knowledge.
We have the natural skills and ability to perform but to enhance those special skills and to apply them we would need quality training facilities and programmes like the five-year high performance training camp which is currently run by Meninga and Lam.
Remember, changes do not occur overnight, it takes time, effort and resources to make these changes happen.
I urge the fans to be patient and let Mal and his team prove themselves in the next four years with what they have in their plan for our development and if it delivers result or not, then we can make our judgments accordingly.
It is unfair to judge them at this stage as they have just begun implementing their programmes.
A zana Riyong
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