Papua New Guinea are close to finalising a squad for next month's Pacific rugby league test against Fiji in Sydney.
PNG Hunters mentor Michael Marum was appointed interim Kumuls coach in February and a strong performance next month should confirm his position through to next year's World Cup.
PNGRFL Chief Executive Officer, Bob Cutmore, expects the team to have a strong local flavour, supplemented by a few players in the NRL and feeder competitions.
"We've actually named a squad of 30 players but we haven't finalised it yet...but Michael will sit down with the national selectors and try to sort that out in the next week."
"I still think we will be mostly Hunters because a lot of our players that we would have picked from like (Penrith Panther's hooker) James Segeyaro and (North Queensland Cowboys utility) Ray Thompson - they're all injured for their NRL clubs, so that doesn't help us...and we're keeping a track of all those players and their injuries...and we've just got to see what players that we've got and how they're injured. It all depends what happens over the next couple of weeks while we track these players in Australia," he said.
Canberra Raiders hooker Kurt Baptiste and centre Kato Ottio are among those under consideration.
Meanwhile the former Papua New Guinea coach Adrian Lam has joined the Kangaroos coaching staff as a performance analyst.
Lam was in charge of the Kumuls at the 2013 World Cup and joins the Australian coaching staff led by Mal Meninga, who replaced Lam as Kumuls boss before resigning last year to take charge of Kangaroos.
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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