XAVIER Coates’ speed and aerial antics would be booster for Papua New Guinea in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup says Townsville Blackhawks and Kumul five eight Kyle Laybutt.
Laybutt made the comment after the 19-year old PNG born Brisbane winger dethroned Melbourne Storm’s Josh Addo-Carr as the fastest player in the National Rugby League according to Telstra Tracker data.
The Kumul number 289, Coates clocked 36.9km/h when he latched onto an intercept pass and ran the length of the field to score the Broncos' only try in the 27-6 loss against Newcastle last week.
BRISBANE winger Xavier Coates has dethroned Josh Addo-Carr as the fastest player in the NRL, hitting a new season-high speed in Thursday night’s 6-27 loss to Newcastle.
According to Telstra Tracker data, the 19-year-old winger clocked 36.9km/h when he latched onto an intercept pass and ran the length of the field to score the Broncos’ only try.
PAPUA New Guinea and Doncaster halfback Watson Boas says he fears lacking match fitness for the Kumuls’ end-of-year Oceania Cup fixtures with a return to the United Kingdom (UK) still pending.
The UK third-tier club had granted compassionate leave for the 25-year-old to return home due to family commitments early this year.
And with the indefinite suspension of the competition, former Rabaul Gurias star Boas continues train on his own while waiting for advice from Doncaster.
He told The National yesterday that the club had not given him clearance to play for the Gurias.
RUGBY league legend Andrew Johns has praised Broncos youngster Xavier Coates, comparing the Papua New Guinea Kumuls squad member to multi-sport athlete and former Brisbane winger Israel Folau.
The Broncos and Sea Eagles played out a thrilling clash last Thursday which Des Hasler’s men eventually ran home with 20-18 in a second-half comeback.
A breath of fresh air for Brisbane, Coates proved a massive headache for Manly with his athletic abilities on display on the right edge.
NRL fans had seen glimpses of the 19-year-old last year but this time around, 194cm Coates was easily Brisbane’s most dangerous player in attack.
The Chairman of the PNG Rugby Football League Sandis Tsaka was re-elected on Saturday during the 7th PNGRFL Annual General Meeting.
The AGM was held at Bluff Inn Motel outside Port Moresby attended by all 16 affiliated leagues.
The PNGRFL has been working with its partners in the sport and the country’s national authorities to chart a way forward to implement a revised 2020 program for rugby league post the COVID 19 and the State of Emergency.
The PNGRFL met with Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, Team Leader - COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force on behalf of the S.O.E Controller, Commander David Manning, last week to present its revised plans for 2020 and the PNGRFL public health guidelines that provide the framework for PNGRFL’s “New Normal” for rugby league in PNG.
PNG Kumul Justin Olam’s future with Melbourne Storms is in Limbo as he awaits the signing of his new contract deal with the NRL club.
Speaking to PNG Rugby Football League Chairman Sandis Tsaka on Fulltime Reserve this week, Olam says he has not signed an official contract agreement, however it was just talks and agreements, and added that the media got it all twisted.
Melbourne Storm is understood to have agreed to terms with him, however they have not discussed on a new contract when the NRL returns May 28th.
Kumul says Rabbitohs recruit proving that local players can thrive overseas
PAPUA New Guinea captain Rhyse Martin says his Kumuls teammate Edene Gebbie is evidence that local rugby league players can thrive overseas if they are put in the right environment.
Speaking to PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka on Fulltime Reserve last week, Martin said the country needed to invest more effort and resources into junior development to bear long-term fruit.
“Look at some of the players like Gebbie,” said the former Canterbury Bulldogs forward, who now plays for the Leeds Rhinos in the English Super League.
THE National Rugby League (NRL) is continuing its Pacific programmes with the league now using social media to run its activities in Papua New Guinea during the Covid-19 pandemic.
NRL government and community relations head Jaymes Boland-Rudder said key programmes such as “League Bilong Laif” (league for life) were now delivered to participants through online videos.
“The majority of our programmes are based around face-to-face sessions with large groups of people in schools and communities,” he said.
“As Covid-19 restrictions started to take effect, we realised our mode of delivery would not be possible.
PAPUA New Guinea and Leeds Rhinos forward Wellington Albert says consistency in the Kumuls line-up has allowed the national men’s rugby league team to make significant progress in recent years.
Albert told The National that the current crop of Kumuls had always dreamt of beating heavyweights Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and Tonga.
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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