PNG Rugby League Foundation chief executive officer Brad Tassell last night denied claims made by former PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) interim chairman John Numapo regarding the contracts of Team Kumuls personnel.
Tassell scoffed at the allegations that national high performance manager Mal Meninga and Kumul coach Adrian Lam were on highly paid contracts.
“What is being said is simply not true; there isn't an ounce of truth in any of the allegations,” Tassell said in response to a seven-page statement released by the former chief magistrate.
Tassell, who runs the foundation that is currently tasked with developing junior rugby league and helping the PNGRFL get a team into the Queensland Intrust Cup next year, said Meninga and Lam, two highly-qualified and respected coaches, were not being paid the amounts quoted by Numapo in his statement.
Numapo claimed that former Queensland Origin great Meninga was on a A$500,000 (K1.12 million) contract while Lam was on a A$400,000 (K900,000) annual deal.
But Tassell said both men were actually on A$200,000 (K450,000 contracts.
“Mal Meninga and Adrian Lam are on packages that are commensurate with their qualifications. They’re both on $200,000 a year.This is what they would be paid if they were coaching in Australia,” Tassell said.
He said the money was not from the public purse but rather from private sponsors.
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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