With a little more than a month to go until the Rugby League World Cup, Coach Mal Meninga says the annual invitational match would be used as a genuine selection trial for players pushing for spots in the Kangaroos’ World Cup squad.
The six debutants; Valentine Holmes, Andrew Fifita, Api Koroisau, Dylan Walker, Bird and Paul Vaughan, will take their place in the team travelling to PNG next week, with the match to be played at the National Football Stadium in the nation’s capital.
A further six players in the squad represented the Kangaroos in the ANZAC Test match earlier this year, with Tom Trbojevic the only player yet to have played a representative match at senior level.
Brisbane Broncos fans can look forward to seeing some of their favourite players as well at the NFS on the 24th of September.
Australian PM XIII’s Coach Meninga also confirmed Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods would skipper the Prime Minister’s XIII.
The Prime Minister’s XIII will also be involved in a series of events alongside the Harvey Norman Jillaroos, including community visits and coaching clinics while on the ground in PNG and these programs are supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
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