David Westley

Former Kumul visits PNG athletics team

Speaking to the athletes, Westley said he was born in East New Britain and his family moved to Cairns when he was eight years old. Soon afterwards his father died of cancer, so his mom raised him and his two siblings.

He turned to sports to help him deal with losing his hero and father. At 18, he was picked up by Canberra Raiders and he played there for seven years, won an NRL grand final and represented PNG at the World Cup and other rugby tests. He played for another three years with two other NRL clubs.  

Changes in PNG Orchids coaching staff

The recently appointed head coach, David Westley, believes the coaching staff is made up of individuals who are reliable and can deliver.

The staff is led by Westley as head coach, Sammy Rice Jackson as assistant coach and Ruth Turia as the team manager.

When queried on the exclusion of one of last year’s coaches, Westley said he had his chance last year where unfortunately, his actions have resulted in his omission.

Appointments announced in PNG Orchids team

PNG Rugby Football League chairman, Sandis Tsaka, yesterday revealed the appointment of a chairperson of the newly-established PNG Orchids Executive Management Committee (OEMC), as well as a new head coach.

Experienced journalist and public relations executive, Ruth Waram, is the new chairperson of the PNG Orchids Executive Management Committee, while the new head coach of the women’s national team is former PNG Kumul David Westley.

Rugby leagues coaches urged to be good mentors


Former Kumul and Australian NRL development officer David Westley said a coach must be a mentor and a father figure that everyone in their team will look up to. 

Westley currently facilitates the coaching accreditation course program in the country run by the PNGRFL in collaboration with the Australian NRL.

He is also the PNG Kumuls strength and conditioning coach.

He told coaches during the first coaching clinic recently that apart from coaching, there’re the outside factors and roles that coaches have to play as well.

Rugby league coaches undergo NRL certified accreditation course

The coaching accreditation course is the first stage of a three phase program to achieve a PNGRFL coaching certificate accreditation to the NRL.

Thirty one coaches from the Southern and New Guinea Islands confederates took part in the first clinic from March 6-8 in Port Moresby.

Twenty six coaches from the Highlands and Northern Confederates participated in the second clinic from March 10-12 in Goroka.

Among the participants were 13 former players from the Kumuls, SP Hunters and Digicel Cup, and six women club coaches.