Three debutants for PNG league team

Departing North Queensland Cowboys playmaker Kyle Laybutt, who made his NRL debut last year, is set to compete with Watson Boas for chance to partner Lachlan Lam in the halves.

South Logan Magpies centre Daniel Russell gets his chance in the senior PNG squad, having previously turned out for a Queensland PNG representative side, while fullback Edene Gebbie is one of eight PNG Hunters players in the 18-man squad.