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