Canberra Raiders duo Kurt Baptiste and Kato Ottio have been named in Papua New Guinea’s 18-man squad to play Fiji on May 7 at Pirtek Stadium.
Baptiste will mirror his Raiders duties, starting on the bench as a replacement hooker for Queensland Cup PNG Hunters player Wartovo Puara Jnr, while Ottio has been named to play at centre, alongside Gold Coast Titans outside back Nene McDonald.
Ottio has impressed for Raiders feeder club Mounties this season after he was initially offered a train and trial deal with the club. He impressed club management at the Auckland Nines and signed a two-year deal in February.
Former Raiders forward Luke Page was also named in the Kumuls squad.
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Downer Rugby League 9s World Cup
- PNG Kumuls 0 Australia 26
- PNG Kumuls 18 New Zealand Kiwis 18
- PNG Kumuls 23 USA Tomahawks 10
Pacific Test Results
201 9 - PNG Kumuls 28 Great Britain Lions 10
2019 - Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 20
2019 - PNG Kumls 6 Samoa 24
2018 - PNG Kumuls 26 Fiji Bati 14
2017 - PNG Kumuls 32 Cook Islands 22
2016 - PNG Kumuls 24 Fiji Bati 22
2015- Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 22
World Cup Results
Round 1 : PNG Kumuls 50 Wales 6
Round 2: PNG Kumuls 14 Ireland 6
Round 3 PNG Kumuls 64 USA 0
Quarter Finals : PNG Kumuls 6 England 36