Eleven new faces – Jokedi Bire, Norman Brown, Edwin Ipape, Benji Kot, Sylvester Namo, Gilmo Paul, Solomon Pokare, Judah Rimbu, Jefferey Robert, Solo Wane and Samuel Yegip – have been named in the Final SP PNG Hunters squad for the 2021n Queensland Intrust Super Cup season.
They join Stanton Albert, Ila Alu, Keven Appo, Ase Boas, Casey Dickson, Brendon Gotuno, Joe Joshua, Epel Kapinias, Enock Maki, Brendan Nima, Stanley Olo, Mark Piti, Wartovo Puara Jnr, Junior Rau, Junior Rop, Charlie Simon, Emmanuel Waine and Terry Wapi in the final squad announced in Port Moresby today.
SP Hunters coach Matthew Church said the squad was selected on the way they wanted to play this season.
Former Papua New Guinea Kumul Captain Paul Aiton has been appointed as the SP PNG Hunters Assistant Coach for the 2021 ISC competition.
“Paul Aiton was Kumul No.214, a former captain represented PNG on 12 occasions and has more than 250 games experience at NRL and Super League level,” said acting CEO of PNGRFL Stanley Hondina.
SP PNG Hunters coach Matthew Church in only his second trip outside of Port Moresby spent three exciting days in Enga and Southern Highlands as part of his Christmas holidays during the break before the team’s pre-season camp.
Church’s first venture outside of Port Moresby was a three-day visit to Kokopo and Rabaul in the East New Britain last week.
His Highlands leg included a round-trip from Mt Hagen Western Highlands through to Wabag, Enga, overnight at Malyam Hotel.
An early morning drive the next day to Sirunki, Laiagam and Kandep in Enga and on to Mendi in the Southern Highlands.
SP Hunters Coach Matthew Church has named a 37 man pre-season train on squad in preparation for the 2021 Queensland Intrust Super Cup season.
Grand finalist in the Digicel Cup Kroton Hela Wigmen and Lae Snax Tigers have eight players each in the squad.
Church said the squad will assemble in Port Moresby on Sunday November 29 for a month long pre-season training camp.
"They will undergo medical and fitness tests on arrival" Church said.
Greetings to all our rugby league family and welcome to our 29th edition of Fulltime Reserve, a weekly column to discuss all matters rugby league in our favourite newspaper The National.
The Papua New Guinea Football Rugby League (PNGRFL) had several major rugby league announcements this week.
First was the National Rugby League (NRL) grand final appearance and win by PNG international and Melbourne Storm centre Justin Olam.
On behalf of PNGRFL and our rugby league family in PNG, we congratulate him for this tremendous personal and national achievement.
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