PAPUA New Guinea Hunters coach Michael Marum is the prime candidate for the Kumuls coaching job in 2014. With two internationals scheduled for October, the PNG Rugby Football League have yet to declare their candidate for the job, however, the 40 year-old is the frontrunner among a short list of candidates.
Marum, who served under former Kumul coaches, Bob Bennett and Adrian Lam, has been to two World Cups (2008 and 2013) as an assistant, and guided the country’s Queensland Cup franchise, the Hunters, to a sixth place finish in this year’s competition. With World Cup coach Adrian Lam unlikely to be picked, Marum is the next most experienced coach at the top level and
leads the race for the coaching job.
The other candidates who might be considered are former Gulf Isapea mentor Nigel Hukula, Hela Wigmen head coach Stanley Hondina and Lae Tigers coach Stanley Tepend.
Like Marum, all three have represented the country and played in the inter-city competition.
England-based Stanley Gene, who coached the Kumuls at the 2010 Four Nations, is another contender however, the Simbu man, who now calls Hull in northern England home, has not come into calculations since that stint. Marum is expected to be named coach of the PNG Prime Minister’s XIII and will likely have Hukula and Tepend assist him. The PMs XIII match is on October 12.
The PNGRFL have yet to make an announcement but it is understood the PM’s XIII coach will go on to coach the national side in a test match against Tonga the following week. The National
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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