KUMUL Francis Paniu is a glaring omission from Michael Marum’s 25-man Queensland Cup squad.
The Agmark Gurias star who has signed up with English Super League club Hull Kingston Rovers with fellow Kumul teammate Enoch Maki, was dropped for disciplinary reasons while in training camp at the Bomana Police College.
Coach Marum yesterday confirmed the demise of his talented prodigy who was penalised for breaking camp rules.
“We have to set high standards if we want to go to the next level and players who cannot maintain self discipline will be shown the door,” he said.
Marum, who was also Paniu’s coach at the Digicel Cup level this year, said it was unfortunate that one of his own players had to be dropped and sent home to Kokopo but discipline was vital at this early stage.
“If the management didn’t make an example of the issue it would not have been good for team morale. We must be seen to be disciplined on and off the field,” Marum added.
In regards to final squad named, Marum said he is happy with the wealth of experience that includes seven World Cup players and a cream of Digicel Cup talent from the Port Moresby Vipers, Lae Tigers, Goroka Lahanis, Enga Mioks and the Gurias of Kokopo.
The seven World Cup players are props Enoch Maki, Mark Mexico and Joe Bruno, second-row/lock Sebastian Pandia, five-eighth Israel Eliab, Penrith Panthers bound wing/second-row Wellington Albert and wiry half-back Roger Laka. Despite showing exceptional form this year, Laka was not used in the World Cup.
Marum said the inclusion of two players from the national zones championships in 102kg second-row Brandy Peter based in Lae and 20 year-old utility back Edward Goma who represented the New Guinea Islands, are promising talent that will grow with this level of competition.
The naming of Gulf Isapea rake Lawrence Tu’u is also a first for the Kerema franchise, Kumul second-row David Loko and overlooked props Essau Siune and Gonzela Urakusie get a chance to prove their worth and Port Moresby Vipers’ Timothy Lomai adds some size to the pack. The team: Adex Wera, Albert Patak, Adam Korave, Brandy Peter, David Loko, Edward Goma, Enoch Maki, Essau Siune, Gary Lo, George Benson, Gonzela Urakusie, Israel Eliab, Joe Bruno, Lawrence Tu’u, Mark Mexico, Noel Joel, Noel Zemming, Roger Laka, Sebastian Pandia, Thompson Teteh, Tiger Emery, Timothy Lomai, Wartovo Puara Jnr, Wellington Albert, Willie Minoga.
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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