THE sacking of Adrian Lam as Kumuls coach is part of a PNG Rugby Football League restructure programme, chairman Sandis Tsaka said.
And he says the appointment of Mal Meninga as the new Kumuls coach is part of a four-year plan to improve the standard of the game in the country.
The National had reported on Tuesday the sacking of Lam and appointment of Meninga.
“The key difference between the old Team Kumul and the new Team Kumul structure is that the old structure was directed at preparing the Kumuls for the World Cup only,” Tsaka said.
“The new Team Kumul structure is a whole of rugby league programme to improve the standard of the game.
“All technical officials and management engaged and employed under the old Team Kumulsprogramme have had their contracts terminated by the PNGRFL Board. This also includes the termination of Adrian Lam as coach.”
Tsaka said the Team Kumulprogramme was an innovative initiative of the PNGRFL in partnership with the Government and funded through the sponsorship of several major corporate sponsors.
It includes the introduction of elite development programmes and high performance initiatives.
“The new PNGRFL leadership is determined to improve the standard of the game in PNG so that PNG can competitive with the top rugby league playing nations in the world,” he said.
He said Meningawould be in charge of the new Team Kumulprogrammes for the next three years.
“The PNGRFL and PNG are very happy that Meninga has committed to the PNGRFL and the Team Kumulprogramme over the next few years as he is one of the best rugby league coaches in the world,” he said.
The PNGRFL Board has also tasked Meninga to prepare a comprehensive structure, programme and budget incorporating priority areas and submit this to the board for its deliberation by the end of January.
He said the new Team Kumulprogrammewould focus on developing many country-wide rugby league programmes including school boys competitions and enhancing regional development programmes.
The programme will deliver a comprehensive rugby league program for the Under-12 to Under-18 competition, Under-20s and all affiliate leagues, Digicel Cup, Queensland Cup and the International Program including the Kumuls.
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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