The Papua Guinea Kumuls squad pay their respects to the late great Kato Ben Otto #269.
Mrs Ottio welcomed the team into her home and addressed them before their departure to the World Cup.
THE Papua New Guinea Kumuls camp in Port Moresby aims to establish a strong connection between the players, local fans and the country before the Rugby League World Cup, coach Stanley Tepend says.
“The players needed to feel a sense of ownership of the team. It’s important that they see the country is behind them, and to be seen off by our fans in person means that when they play, they can relate directly to it,” Tepend said.
He said some players in his 24-man squad have not visited the country for a number of years.
NATIONAL Rugby League’s prolific try scorer and South Sydney Rabbitohs flyer Alex Johnston, along with Melbourne Storm duo Justin Olam and Xavier Coates, will spearhead the Kumuls backline in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup
campaign in England.
Johnston arrived in Port Moresby on Monday afternoon to join the Kumuls camp, a few hours after Kumuls coach Stanley Tepend officially named his 24-man squad for the World Cup campaign from Oct 15-Nov 19 in England.
The Kumul No.294 was named at fullback and is one of only three players with NRL experience, along with Storm powerhouse centre Olam and Queensland State of Origin winger Coates.
The NRL aces are primed to be a threat to other nations in the world cup along with Leigh Centurions trio Nene MacDonald, Edwin Ipape and Lachlan Lam. Their experience will boost the Kumuls backline.
“Most of the guys picked have played (together) before,” Tepend said.
“I think the important thing is the spine. Johnston, Kyle Laybutt, Coates and Ipape have been in top form. They will naturally lead the team on game days.
“Olam is one of the best centres in the world. So they’ll lead and naturally they should inspire.”
The Rabbitohs winger who qualifies for the Kumuls through a PNG-born grandmother, made his Test debut in 2019 against the Great Britain Lions at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA WORLD CUP SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT
This year's postponed Rugby League World Cup is shaping up as the most competitive in history, with high-profile players littered across the competing nations.
After an impressive win over the Fiji Bati at the Pacific Test and with the Prime Minister's XIII all wrapped up, the dust has now settled, and it's left the Papua New Guinea Kumuls squad announcement with much anticipation.
Stanley has already mobilised his squad, with the team landing in Port Moresby on Saturday. He spoke on the importance of the camp and the need for the team to be seen off by the country before the players make their World Cup Campaign.
"The players needed to feel a sense of ownership of the team. It's important that they see the country is behind them, and to be seen off by our fans in person means that when they play, they can relate directly to it," said Stanley.
For some of the players, it will be a long-awaited homecoming.
The Papua New Guinea PM's XIII team went down fight to Australia 64 - 14 at Suncorp Stadium, Australia tonight.
PNG scored three tries through Edene Gebbie , Jimmy Ngutlik and Brandon Nima.
PNG Hunters hooker and PNG International Wartovo Puara will lead the Papua New Guinea PM's XIII on Sunday when they take on Australia at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. Puara is a wealth of experience with seven international appearances to his name, as well as being the most capped PNG Hunter.
He will be in the middle of everything as the hooker, and Coach Stan will need him to lead the young pack from the back of the ruck. He's a sensible dummy half who knows the game and manages the shifts in momentum better than anyone.
Santos PNG Orchids coach Ben Jeffries confirms his 20-player PNG Prime Minister’s XIII Women’s squad will face the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII Women in this Sunday’s clash at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
The match will be played with unlimited interchange and all 20 players are expected to feature. Elsie Albert is unavailable for the match, due to NRLW semi-final commitments with St George Illawarra Dragons, but Orchid number 20, Gloria Kaupa, will captain the side.
Papua New Guinea Rugby League is pleased to confirm the Prime Minister's XIII squad for the upcoming friendly match against our Australian counterpart.
Twenty players have been invited to take part in the week leading into the PM's XIII in Brisbane, with camp commencing on Wednesday, September 21.
Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) Chief Executive Officer Mr Stanley Hondina, on behalf of the PNGRFL Board, congratulated the team and commended coach Stanley and his support staff for the great work done.
“We have every confidence in the team and know they will do us proud on Sunday,” Mr Hondina said
“Our domestic partners in PNGLNG, Digicel, KPHL, NGCB and BSP, without your support this wouldn’t be possible and PNGRFL is greatly indebted by that,” Mr Hondina stressed.
With players whose clubs are deep into finals footy unavailable for selection, the opportunity for incoming squad members to put their best foot forward at the camp to enhance their bid for selection in the World Cup becomes very real.
The Australian Rugby League Commission has announced the Australian Men’s Prime Minister’s XIII squad to take on a PNG PM’s XIII team at Suncorp Stadium next Sunday, September 25.
ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys AM said: “The Commission is thrilled to have the PM’s XIII match in Australia for the first time especially ahead of the much anticipated World Cup. The relationship between Australian and PNG is so important to all of us. Both countries have in common a passion for rugby league and I’m looking forward to seeing some of the emerging players alongside the experienced stars on the international stage.”
Australian Men’s PM’s XIII Coach Mal Meninga said the match would be a vital selection guide ahead of the World Cup, which starts in October.
THE national men’s rugby league team have received a boost to their World Cup preparations, thanks to Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited’s (KPHL) three-year platinum sponsorship of more than K3.3 million.
The World Cup will be held in England from Oct 15 to Nov 19.
The managing director of the national oil and gas company, Wapu Sonk said yesterday the sponsorship would cover the World Cup and Test matches between 2022 and 2024.
“KPHL is proud to continue its sponsorship of the Kumuls for another three years,” he said. “We have been involving all tiers of rugby league in the country.
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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
2019 - 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