ADRIAN Lam’s services as Kumul coach have been terminated.
His replacement will be Team Kumul coaching director and Queensland State of Origin coach Mal Meninga.
It is envisaged that other members of the Kumul staff may face the same fate as the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) board looks to take stock of the World Cup performance and the public perception that has stemmed from it.
The Kumuls lost all matches in a repeat performance of the previous World Cup, all under Lam’s watch.
That led to anger from the rugby league fraternity and drew public reaction, with a majority of people calling for Lam’s sacking. It even led to an attack on Lam while he was at a nightclub in Port Moresby only weeks after the World Cup. A source from the PNGRFL confirmed that the board made the decision in its last meeting of the year on Thursday in Port Moresby.
Lam’s removal could be a move by the PNGRFL board to protect the Kumuls image and the result of the negative press Lam has attracted since November.
Meninga, who was in Port Moresby last week to present his review of the World Cup and the build up maintained his commitment towards Team Kumul’s cause and the five-year programme that both he and Lam were in charge off. It is understood Meninga was approached with the offer while he was here. However nothing official has been confirmed. When contacted to confirm the information, PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said he was not in a position to confirm or deny the board’s decision.
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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