PNG Kumuls legends geared for Saturday

Kumul No.67 Arebo Taumaku has been named in the PNG Kumuls legends to take on the Brisbane Broncos Legends this Saturday, August 31, at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Also in the side are his DCA teammates Kumul No. 95 Dairi Kovae, who with Arnold Krewanty (105) had stints with the Newcastle Knights in late 1980s and Kumul No.107 Mea Morea.

PNGRFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka said former NRL stars Marcus Bai (176) and John Wilshire (186) will lace on their boots on Saturday. Recently retired Larsen Marape (238) will also be playing.

Tsaka said the team, mostly Port Moresby based, have been in training for the past three weeks under coach Richard Wagambie and Michael Marum.

“The interest and passion shown by these former Kumuls has been overwhelming,” Tsaka said.

“They were household names in their era and I invite everybody to come to the Oil Search National Football Stadium on Saturday and see these legends replay their skills against a star Broncos legends side.”

The 25 man team (Kumul No. in brackets) is:

1. Kepi Saea (100)                       14. Gimapau Keimelo (210)

2. Joshua Kouru (139)                 15. Robert Volu*

3. Ipisa Wanega (116)                  16. Andrew Norman (195)

4. George Kele *                           17. John Wilshire (186)

5. Paul Gela *                                18. Marcus Bai (176)

6. Rodney Pora (219)                   19. Alex Haija (242)

7. Johnson Kiuke (240)                20. Leonard Tarum*

8. Steven Kale*                              21. Mea Morea (107)

9. Vicky Moses *                           22. Dairi Kovae (95)

10. Richard Kambo (243)             23. Arebo Taumaku (67)

11. Larsen Marape (238)             24. Gideon Kaouru (103)

12. Karo Pat*                                  25. Tuksy Karu (147)

13. Siegfred Gande *                    26. Richard Wagambie (142) - Coach

*denotes: Represented PNG in unsanctioned RLIF games

“Wagambie and legends like Arnold Krewanty (105), Michael Marum (197), Mark Mom (184), Stanley Tepend (198) and others may make surprise appearances on Saturday, such is the passion shown by these former great players,” Tsaka added.

(John Wilshire in training this week – PNGRFL picture)

Press release