The 2013 rugby league world cup (RLWC) has provided opportunities for the Kumul players to play oversea. Even though the Kumuls lost all the pool matches at 2013 RLWC, many overseas rugby league clubs are recruiting players from PNG. For instance, KUMUL forward Larsen Marabe is reported to have signed with Whitehaven in England’s second-tier rugby league competition.
Reports from England state that Marabe, a Kumuls team-mate of current Haven star Jesse Joe Parker, who has since changed his surname to Nandye, has signed with the club subject to receiving visa clearance.
But the Whitehaven club is not expecting any problems and issued a statement that this should be sorted out this week.
The international duo are scheduled to arrive in Cumbria towards the end of January.
Marabe couldn’t be reached for comments yesterday but is one of the eight players named in the PNG Queensland squad, who didn’t turn up for the training camp obviously because his negotiations with the overseas club were well advanced.
Another two Papua New Guinea Kumuls Francis Paniu and Enoch Maki, who have opted to instead train with the Q Cup squad, will also be England-bound once their visa and arrangements are in order.
Both players made headlines with their signings while in England with the Kumuls for the recent World Cup.
They have been included in the 33-member Rovers squad for 2014, according to the club website, which also has Kumul captain Neville Costigan on its playing roster.
Another Kumul Menzie Yere has an existing contract with Sheffield Eagles, a championship league club in the same competition as Whitehaven - and was believed to have left for England at the weekend.
There have been unconfirmed reports that another Kumul that Mark Mexico has been linked to Super league club Bradford Bulls.
Another member of the squad Wellington Albert is currently in talks with Australian National Rugby League club with an offer expected this week.
Three other clubs South Sydney, Gold Coast Titans and West Tigers are “extremely interested” in the 20-year-old Southern Highlander.
The Kumuls ended up with a disappointing outing forced to an early exit following a winless three-game pool campaign.
The players have been spared criticisms from the rugby league fraternity, the blame shifted instead to coach Adrian Lam and high performance director Mal Meninga with calls for their sacking.
The dust seems to have settled but the poor performance has resulted in PNG dropping in the Rugby League International Federation world ranking from sixth before the World Cup to seventh.
Fiji, semi-finalists in the World Cup, is the best placed Pacific islands team ranked fourth with PNG somehow better rated ahead of Samoa eighth, Tonga 13th and Cook Islands 14th.
Samoa was in the same pool as PNG finishing second after winning two games but is rated behind fourth-placed France, who they also beat in Pool B.
New world champions Australia sit in first position ahead of finalists New Zealand, England third and France fourth, according to the ratings system used by RLIF
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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