NGCB Prime Minister’s XIII

Johnson, De Belin are Kumuls shadow players

Coach Michael Marum made the announcement when naming the squad on Monday.

Johnson plays for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and De Belin from the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Alex Johnston’s mother hails from PNG while one of De Belin’s parents was born in PNG.

The Rabbitohs knocked out the Dragons from the NRL Premiership a fortnight ago but then were knocked out by the Roosters last Saturday.

Depending on fitness and medical tests of the 18 man squad announced on Monday, the four shadow players, including two PNG players, could be included.

ARL and 2017 RLWC Heads To Visit Port Moresby

This is for meetings with the PNG Rugby League Football League on Friday, and to watch the 12th annual NGCB Prime Minister’s XIII match between Australia and Papua New Guinea on Saturday.

PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said CEO Andrew Hill his support team will be in Port Moresby for the 3rd Port Moresby Host City Coordination meeting, to be held at the National Football Stadium.

“The meeting will be updated on anticipated travel schedule for visiting teams, accommodation and transport arrangements and security program of the RLWC2017,” Tsaka said.