PAPUA NEW GUINEA WORLD CUP SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT
This year's postponed Rugby League World Cup is shaping up as the most competitive in history, with high-profile players littered across the competing nations.
After an impressive win over the Fiji Bati at the Pacific Test and with the Prime Minister's XIII all wrapped up, the dust has now settled, and it's left the Papua New Guinea Kumuls squad announcement with much anticipation.
Stanley has already mobilised his squad, with the team landing in Port Moresby on Saturday. He spoke on the importance of the camp and the need for the team to be seen off by the country before the players make their World Cup Campaign.
"The players needed to feel a sense of ownership of the team. It's important that they see the country is behind them, and to be seen off by our fans in person means that when they play, they can relate directly to it," said Stanley.
For some of the players, it will be a long-awaited homecoming.
Team PNG - Commonwealth Rugby League U19 Nines Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, later this month. Announcement made today.
1. Bill Paul
2. Warren Glare
3. Stanton Alberto
4. Gahuna Silas
5. Solomon Nandepe
6. Josiah Jimmy Page
7, Lavax Ketauwo
8. Bali Las
9. Joel Kapia Kee
10. Toware Kaneke
11. Ereman Ken Block
12. Anderson Benford
13. Dickson Amea
14. John Ragi
15. Nickson Borana
Coach: Dennis Miall
The team, which goes into camp on June 15 in Port Moresby, includes one SP PNG Hunter in Stanton Albert and two Digicel Cup players Warren Glare and Nickson Borana from Lae side, Snax Tigers. The two-day tournament kicks off on June 27. The squad departs on June 21 for Glasgow.
Papua New Guinea will host a minimum of two matches at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, with the potential for further matches throughout the Pacific.
New Zealand and Australia have been named joint hosts, with the Trans-Tasman bid beating out a proposal by South Africa.
The CEO of New Zealand Rugby League, Phil Holden, says the international game grew an extra leg during last year's World Cup and spreading games round will continue that momentum.
He says as part of the their proposal, a couple of games will be played in Port Moresby.
Mr Holden says there was also discussion during the actual presentation whether there might be an opportunity to play a fixture in the South Pacific somewhere, either Fiji or Samoa but the Papua New Guinea one is locked in.
Australia regained its place at the head of rugby league's top table with a 34-2 thrashing of defending champions New Zealand in the World Cup final in Manchester.
The Kangaroos scored five tries in a sublime performance of hard-nosed defence mixed with a superior kicking game and a sharp eye for an attacking opportunity in outplaying a sluggish Kiwi side which failed to fire.
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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
2019 - 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