Laybutt’s family emotional following selection

He said his family were happy for him to get the call to represent PNG.

Kyle was out with his mates playing golf when he received the call-up and informed his family.

Kyle’s links to PNG date back to his great-grandparents, who ran a business for many years in Port Moresby.  Kyle’s grandmother was born in Madang.

Although growing up in Queensland Kyle has experienced PNG’s passion when playing for Townsville Blackhawks against the Hunters in Port Moresby.

Dan Russel, also said he was happy to be included in the team.

minor injuries rule out Johnston and De Belin

Team Manager, John Wilshere, said both players will be resting niggling injuries they both carry.

In a media conference Wilshere said both players will not be joining the squad.

“Due to some of the injures they carried through the (NRL) finals they wont be joining the squad because it will them an opportunity to rest and recover for their respective clubs ready for 2019,” he said.

Wilshere said so far the mood camp has been good with the players who joined earl whilst waiting for the rest of squad from overseas.

Aussies cruise to 48-8 win in PM’s XIII

Over 13,000 swarmed into the National Football Stadium to watch a near full-strength Kangaroos side take on a PNG outfit, dominated by Digicel Cup players - a David and Goliath battle.

It took over ten minutes for the Australians to cross the line through Trbojevic who crossed for his first.

The 20-minute mark is where the momentum shifted in favour of the home side after a break from five-eighth Jason Missian.

We need more players from NRL, states Marum

Marum made these comments after PNG were given a taste of NRL level rugby league last weekend with a 58-0 hiding.

“Our boys play in the Intrust Super Cup, it’s a good level but again, we really need to have our boys playing at the NRL level.

“With the experience playing week in and week out, they can come down here to lead PNG.”

Marum added while there are some PNG players playing in Australia and England, those players also needed to work hard to make sure they are playing top level rugby league to match up with other countries.

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Marum: We have to learn and move forward

Coach of the NGCB PNG PM's XIII, Michael Marum has put it simply that his side just didn't play well all throughout the game.

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Marum: We have to learn and move forward

In last night's press conference after PNG's 58-0 loss to the Australian PM's  XIII, Marum said PNG started off badly and never recovered from there.

"We allowed them to score in the first 10 minutes and we just couldn't stop them from there.

"We had a lot of chances but we didn't complete our sets and kept dropping balls and giving away penalties.

"That's something we have to learn from and move on forward," said Marum.

Marum added the effort was there on the day but it's now back to the drawing board.

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Aussies thrash PNG 58-0

The Australian PM's XIII proved too strong handing the NGCB PNG PM's XIII a 58-0 beating tonight at the National Football Stadium.

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Aussies thrash PNG 58-0

15, 011 vocal fans packed the stadium to watch what was a David and Goliath battle.

The Australians were in to score as early as the fourth minute when a kick to the wing from five eighth Mitchell Moses fell safely into the hands of Josh Dugan who ran into score.

The visitors were back minutes later after quick hands sent a flying Blake Ferguson over for the Australian's second try.

The Australians were up 16-0 by the 17th minute this time sending in Semi Radradra who was too big and strong to stop from finding the line.