Internationals Papua New Guinea Kumuls RLWC2013

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    • Team Name: The Kumuls
    • First Appearance: 1985
    • RLWC2013 Group: Group B
    • RLWC2013 Opponents: France, New Zealand, Samoa
    • Tournament best: Quarter-Final (2000)
Menzie Yere named in PNG Kumul Rugby League World squad
Posted by Niugini Nius on Monday, September 30, 2013 in All, News, PNG Kumuls, PNG News, Rugby League, Sports |
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Menzie Yere. Getty Images
Sheffield Eagles' try-scoring sensation Menzie Yere has been included in Papua New Guinea's 23-man Rugby League World Cup squad.
Yere is the most prolific try-scorer in British rugby league this season, scoring his 46th of the season in Sunday's 19-12 Championship Grand Final win over Batley.
He is joined in the Papua New Guinea squad by Wakefield hooker Paul Aiton and Huddersfield second rower Jason Chan.
Adrian Lam's squad also includes former Hunslet hooker Charlie Wabo and Newcastle Knights utility forward Neville Costigan, who will be playing for Hull KR in 2014.
The Kumuls will go into camp next Monday before departing for the UK a week later and will play Scotland in a warm-up match at Featherstone on October 19 ahead of their opening World Cup match against France in Hull on October 27.
Squad of 23 players selected for the PNG Kumuls 2013 World Cup Squad
– Captain to be announced prior to departure on the 14th October.
ABAVU, Josiah
AIYE, Dion
ALBERT, Wellington
CHAN, Jason
ELIAB, Israel
KAMBO, Richard
LAKA, Roger
MAKI, Enoch
MARABE, Larsen
MEAD, David
NANDYE, Jessie-Joe
PANDIA, Sebastian
PANIU, Francis
TALI, Jason
WABO, Charlie
YERE, Menzie


Papua New Guinea is the only nation to boast Rugby League as its national sport and, since taking a bow in the game’s 1985-88 tournament, the Papuans have been World Cup ever-presents.

Rugby League was brought to PNG during the 1930s and 40s by Australian miners and serviceman, and the sport quickly established itself in the national psyche.

A governing body was founded in 1949 and, over the next three decades, Rugby League developed rapidly with growing numbers of participants and spectators.

PNG joined the fledgling Rugby League International Federation in 1974 and entered the Test arena a year later, losing 40-12 to Great Britain in the capital Port Moresby.

A decade later, Papua New Guinea were invited to participate in Rugby League’s newly-formatted World Cups of 1986-1988 and 1989-1992, with the highlight a shock victory over New Zealand 24-22 in Port Moresby in 1986.

Although ultimately unsuccessful, the Kumuls played their part in a 1995 World Cup group that threw up the tournaments’ most memorable and entertaining fixtures been PNG, New Zealand and Tonga.

In the 2000 World Cup, led by the talismanic Adrian Lam, PNG made history by finishing top of their pool and qualifying for the quarter finals for the first time.

PNG were automatic qualifiers for the 2008 World Cup, where they were grouped with Australia, New Zealand and England in the super pool. The Kumuls very nearly upset England in the first match, and preformed creditably too against New Zealand and Australia.

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Who was nicknamed The Jukebox last world cup? Also, how great was Stanley Gene to watch last time around.

(or was it the Four Nations?)
Nice one @Sup42...

Video: Papua New Guinea arrive in Hull for Rugby League World Cup
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Papua New Guinea have arrived in Hull, 13 days before their World Cup opener against France at Craven Park (October 27).

Director of rugby Mal Meninga and coach Adrian Lam are confident they have given their players the best preparation ever ahead of a major tournament.

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    Members of the Papua New Guinea squad at The Village Hotel, Hull.
Hull KR’s new signing Neville Costigan was one of the 23-man squad to get off the coach at the Village Hotel, Hull, where the team are staying.
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Anyoe know why Makali Aizue isnt playing? That guys a straight nutter! I love watching him play...

Lam backs PNG duo to shine at Hull KR
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PAPUA New Guinea coach Adrian Lam believes Hull KR are signing two talented players from his squad in Enoch Maki and Francis Paniu. The Mail can reveal they are the pair due to sign for the Robins in 2014 following the World Cup, for which they are currently based in the city.

Lam feels prop Maki would be good enough to play in the NRL and says Paniu, who can play in the second row or as an outside back, has a bright future ahead too. Both players are expected to feature strongly for the Kumuls in the coming weeks, with Rovers fans having a first chance to see them in action when facing France at Craven Park on Sunday, October 27.

Maki and Paniu took part in the team’s first training session at Hessle Rugby Club yesterday morning as they put the final touches to their preparations ahead of a warm-up match with Scotland at Featherstone on Saturday.

“Both are a big part of our squad going forward,” Lam told the Mail. “They are a little bit raw at the moment but they are certainly talented.

“We have watched their games develop. Enoch is one of my favourite players in the squad. I feel he can play in the NRL and he’s one to keep an eye on. Francis is one of the many talented outside backs we have.”

Paniu lined up on the wing and full-back during yesterday’s training session, while Maki operated on the shoulder of Neville Costigan, who will also be at Rovers next season, in the front row.

Both players played for the Kumuls in their 52-10 defeat to the Australian PM’s XIII at the Kalabond Oval in Kokopo before flying to the UK.

Lam expects more of his Kumuls squad to be signed up after the World Cup, as has happened after previous tournaments. Following the 1995 tournament, Rovers signed John Okul and Stanley Gene. Makali Aizue joined Rovers several years later and helped the club win promotion to Super League in 2006. After a successful World Cup in 2008, Sheffield Eagles signed Menzie Yere while Jessie Joe Parker signed for Featherstone Rovers.

Lam expects more of his current squad to join Costigan, Maki and Paniu by plying their trade in England next season.

“When we were in Hull for the 1995 World Cup, we left four or five players behind who had signed for English clubs,” he said. “They have been fans’ favourites ever since and hopefully we can see the same happen this time around.

“I was fortunate enough to play five years at Wigan as well and I was able to watch those players develop. All these players have an opportunity to put themselves in the shop window of world rugby league.”

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Here are the 19-man squads for PNG v Fr

PNG: Josiah Abavu, Paul Aiton, Dion Aiye, Wellington Albert, Ase Boas, Jason Chan, Neville Costigan, Isreal Eliab, Richard Kambo, Enoch Maki, Larsen Marabe, Bosam Nene McDonald, David Mead, Mark Mexico, Jessie Joe Nandye, Jason Tali, Ray Thompson, Charlie Wabo, Menzie Yere.

France: Jean-Philippe Baile, William Barthau, Andrew Bentley, Kane Bentley, Thomas Bosc, Rémi Casty, Vincent Duport, Olivier Elima, Morgan Escare, Theo Fages, Jamal Fakir, Benjamin Garcia, Clint Greenshields, Kevin Larroyer, Gregory Mounis, Eloi Pelissier, Sébastien Raguin, Mickael Simon, Frédéric Vaccari.
Pretty disappointed about the result today. Pity they couldnt land a single kick. Meads missed kick from right out in front to win the game was a shocker! Feel for the Kumuls...
MArk MExico is such an awesome name, i would love to be called Mark Mexico
Watching the game I couldn't help but feel that the NRL style of structured game is having a neg effect on the kumuls flare. I see a number of comments from kumul fans that they don't like Lam and think that job was a stitch up due to Lams NRL contact.
Have to say though that the Catalan dragons tackled well and rattled the boys a bit. Don't think they're up to Samoa on that effort.
after watching Samoa and NZ......their giants make these guys look like Midgets.

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