Marum names final 18 for clash with Wales

“Tomorrow’s game is really important playing our first World Cup match at home,” says PNG LNG Kumuls coach, Michael Marum.

“A lot of fans will be coming in and also watching back at home. There’s a lot of pressure on us but it’s important we get off to a good start against Wales.

The Kumuls had their final training session this morning at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.

“We had the final session with the captain’s run. The 18 man-squad has been named and they’re looking forward to taking the field tomorrow.

Marum confirmed that vice-captain and five-eighth, Ase Boas will take the field tomorrow.

“Ase finished today’s session and he’s ready to go.

“The only concern is Rod Griffin with a knee injury so he’s out of tomorrow’s game. It’s a big blow to the side. We’ve got Willie Minoga coming in to replace him. Willie is an experienced player who has played at the top level before.”

The PNG LNG Kumuls:

1.         David Mead (Captain)

2.         Justin Olam

3.         Kato Ottio

4.         Nene Macdonald

5.         Gary Lo

6.         Ase Boas

7.         Watson Boas

8.         Stanton Albert

9.         Wartovo Puara Jnr

10.       Luke Page

11.       Rhyse Martin

12.       Willie Minoga

13.       Paul Aiton

14.       Kurt Baptiste

15.       James Segeyaro

16.       Wellington Albert

17.       Enock Maki

18.       Lachlan Lam

The PNG and Wales match kicks off at 3pm at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.

Troy Taule