Whether you’re from the coastal or the Highlands region that dream of playing professional rugby league continues.
For 23-year-old Emmanuel Waine to be named in the SP PNG Hunters final squad for the 2020 Intrust Super Cup was a dream come true. Waine is among a group of several rising talents to break into the limelight.
Waine’s dreams of playing professional rugby league came after completing grade 12 at Fatima Secondary School in 2015.
He played with the Hagen Eagles in 2018 before switching to the Wigman in 2019. But before playing professional rugby, he was playing in local school competitions back home.
Waine says he always wanted to be like his Dad and uncle who were former PNG Kumul.
Waine did not hesitate to thank Hunters Coach Mathew Church for his tough training sessions and helping develop his talent. He says he was really surprised to make the bigger squad first and then to make the final squad is unbelievable.
Waine says he owes it to coach Mathew Church for having confidence him. He (Church) is a tough coach but he’s also down to earth and is the kind of coach that has principles to make you a better player and his grateful for that.
Waine says the coach disciplinary style was forcing players to be serious and consistent in everything they do and in the process making them more professional.
Waine was scouted by Hunters selectors after a solid performance with the Hela Wigman in their fairytale run to the 2019 Digicel Cup grand final were they lost to Snax Tigers.
Waine, who has Chimbu and Jiwaka heritage, said he was excited and proud of making the 2020 squad but would not be carried away with expectations and would focus on getting better at training and whenever he got a chance to play.
He admitted that the training had been very tiring and he had come close to giving up at times but senior players like Stanton Albert and Enock Maki had encouraged him to keep at it and be strong
There’s a lot of positives in the camp and makes him and the other youngsters feel at home.
The young forward, who plays in the back row, stands at 175cm and tips the scale at 86 kg.
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