SP PNG Hunters forward Timothy Lomai has been named in the PNG LNG Kumuls starting line up for Saturday’s Pacific Test against Fiji Batis at the Pirtek Stadium in Paramatta, Sydney.
Coach Michael Marum said from Sydney this afternoon Lomai got the nod ahead of Edward Goma, who is the 18th man.
Goma replaced Townsville Blackhawks backrower Rhyse Martin who withdrew earlier this week due to personal reasons.
“Timothy Lomai will partner Rodney Griffin in the second row in an otherwise unchanged line up announced last week,” Marum said.
He said there were concerns with Adex Wera (calf) and Ase Boas (hamstring) but the injuries are improving as the days go by.
“They’ve been attended to by the physios and are improving quite rapidly. They will be okay in the next 48 hours,” the coach said.
He said apart from this, the camp has been very good so far with all the players and staff mixing very well. “We had our final field session this morning (Thursday) and was really good,” he said.
The captain’s run will be held tomorrow (Friday) at 10am at Pirtek stadium, Paramatta.
The PNG LNG Kumuls play Fiji Batis at 5.30pm on Saturday followed by Tonga versus Samoa at 7.30pm at the Pirtek Stadium in Paramatta, Sydney. Both matches will be televised ‘live’ to PNG and the Pacific by EMTV.
The PNG LNG Kumuls team vs Fiji Batis on Saturday is:
1.David MEAD – (Captain)
2. Justin OLAM
3. Kato OTTIO
4. Nene McDONALD
5. Stargroth AMEAN
6. Ase BOAS
7. Watson BOAS
8. Luke PAGE
9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr
10. Henry NOKI
11. Timothy LOMAI
12. Rod GRIFFIN
13. Adam KORAVE
14. Adex WERA
15. Brandy PETER
16. Willie MINOGA
17. Kurt BAPTISTE
18. Edward GOMA
Coach: Michael MARUM
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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