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Papua New Guinea international hooker Edwin Ipape signs new three-year contract at Leigh Centurions

Papua New Guinea international hooker Ipape, 25, has been in outstanding form for the Centurions this season since arriving in February, earning Heritage Number HN#1536 and scoring six tries in 14 games.

He capped a stand-out performance by winning the Ray French Trophy as Man of the Match in Leigh Centurions’ victory in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final at Tottenham Hotspur last month.

Leigh Centurions Sign Ipape

Ipape, 22, made his PNG international debut in 2019 and in his third game scored a sensational 65-metre try after breaking away from dummy half just before half-time in his side’s memorable 28-10 victory over Great Britain in Port Moresby.

More recently, he has been playing for PNG Hunters in the Queensland Cup competition, after trials with NRL club Manly in 2020 were ended by the onset of the pandemic.

London Broncos Sign Albert

PNG International Wellington Albert is the latest biggest signing by the London Broncos as they look to beef up their forward line ahead of the new season.

Broncos Head Coach Jermaine Coleman said he’s delighted and relieved to finally get him adding Wellington comes with a fantastic reputation and at his best is difficult to handle. Coleman said he’s proven that at all levels of the game.

Albert glad to have PNG players in UK

He had initially played with them in the same team in PNG but this time, they will be competing against each other.

The 24-year-old, who is from a remote village near Mendi, Southern Highlands, expressed excitement after the signing of Ase and Watson Boas for the 2019 season of the Betfred Championship in England.

“I love playing alongside them but now I’ll play against them in (the) Championship,” said Albert.

“I love them coming over as well. Good to have PNG boys in England.”