Prime Minister’s XIII

NFS clarifies PM’s XIII incident

In a statement, NFS said the sequence of events that transpired are as follows:

Best of mates off field: Minister

Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Anne Ruston, said a mutual love for sport strengthens our two nations’ bilateral ties.

“The athletes showcased the best of what sport has to offer,” Minister Ruston said. 

“Australia and PNG may be fierce opponents on the field, but we are the best of mates off it.”

Minister Ruston said the Port Moresby matches marked the first time a women’s team competed alongside their male counterparts as the Australian PM XIII Women’s side.

Mead, Segeyaro to lead PNG Kumuls

The incumbent PNG LNG Kumuls captain will be assisted by James Segeyaro, who captained the Pacific Test in July during Mead's absence.

During their joint training with the PNG Orchids yesterday, Mead expressed his excitement at being back in camp.

The 2017 World Cup skipper was not considered for the Pacific Test selection in July as he was playing in the UK Super League.

“It’s a huge honour to be named captain for your country so I’ll make sure I prepare really well this week and give my best for the team,” he said.

Orchids side named to face Jillaroos

The bulk of the team remains from the squad that played the Brisbane Broncos early this month in Australia, while there are some new faces.

Amelia Kuk, who played for Broncos against the Orchids, now joins the squad to take on the Jillaroos in the second curtain raiser to the Prime Minister’s XIII match.

The recent Regional trials have seen the selection of Lilah Malabag and Betty Kawak from the Southern Confederate and Elmah Turpa from the NGI.

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POMRFL women to play curtain raiser for PM’s XIII

The PM’s XIII match between Australia and Papua New Guinea will be played this Saturday, September 24 at the National Football Stadium.

The two women’s teams are Paga Panthers and Royals who are SP POMRFL Women grand finalists.

POMRFL board chairman, Dr James Naipao said women’s participation in this annual event illustrates the promotion of gender equality in sports.

The PNG and New South Wales Under 16 teams will also challenge as curtain raiser.

Meantime, the Australia PM’s X111 team arrives this Thursday for the match.