It is a lifelong dream come true

‘It was a lifelong dream come true to play for my country’ is all second-rower Nixon Put had to say about making his debut for the PNG LNG Kumuls in the recent Pacific Test.

The shy 21 year old Western Highlander played a hand in the win scoring one of the five tries in the Kumuls 32-22 triumph over the Cook Islands.

Put made his debut back in 2014 playing on the wing for the Mt. Hagen Eagles in the Digicel Cup competition.

2016 saw him shift into playing second-rower and after a stellar performance in the semi-professional competition, he got the nod from SP Hunters coach, Michael Marum.

 “I always prepare to slay my targets in every game and making it into the SP Hunters was one of my dreams.

“But to wear the PNG colours was a lifelong dream come true to play for my country. I was very happy for myself to wear the jersey for my family, my tribe, my province and my nation,” said Put.

To be a better player, Put knows he has a lot to improve on if he wants to cement his spot for the Rugby League World Cup 2017.

“I think I need to work on my one on one contact, improve on my attack and work more with the halves to get more ball and gain more metres.

“I’ve already achieved my lifelong goal of playing for the country, now I just need to work harder to play again for PNG in the Rugby League World Cup,” said Put.

Troy Taule