FORMER Lahanis captain Glen Nami will for the first time play against the Goroka Lahanis on Sunday.
He is facing the club that nurtured him to reach the pinnacle of his rugby league career playing for the Papua New Guinea Kumuls.
Nami will run onto the National Sports (NSI) ground in Lae Tigers colours hoping to put a dent in his former club’s season.
Nami’s utlilty value will be a bonus for the Tigers as will his inside knowledge of the Lahanis style of play.
The Lahanis will be under the guidance of new coach Baffinu Illai and will be keen to start their season off on the best note.
Illai will rely on dynamic lock Bernard Tatsim Junior, Leo Fred, Kevin Inagafa, Joseph Peter, Wesley Mohukule, Felix Tatsim and halfback Robin Soga.
Notably Charlie Buka, the son of former Lahanis five-eighth Fatty Buka will make his debut in the No.6 jersey.
He was recruited from the Highlands Zone side as a replacement for Noel Zemming who is playing for the SP Hunters.
Though Lahanis narrowly lost to Simbu Lions (14-12) in a trial match last month the Goroka franchise have a great tradition as one of the competition’s leading sides.
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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