PNG LNG Kumuls

Former players wish Kumuls good luck

Former players including Emmanuel Kairu, David Gaius, Tuksy Karu, Richard Wagambie, Bobby Ako and Dikana Boge paraded around the stadium before forming a line to welcome out the players from the dressing rooms.

The USA Hawks and PNG LNG Kumuls Pool C match kicked off at 3pm.

It’s show time!

Today’s game day activities will also include the parade of former Moresby-based Kumuls at 2.15pm prior to the kick off to the game between the PNG Kumuls and the USA Hawks.

Gates will open at 11.30am and the action begins with the kick-off for the curtain-raiser match between PNG Defence Force and Australian Defence Force women’s teams.

Cultural performances from the 4 regions of PNG, as an initiative of the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, will take place at 1:25pm.

PM applauds Kumuls

Having attended their two matches so far, he said: “It was great to see mums and dads, together with their children attending the two games against Wales and Ireland and supporting the PNG LNG Kumuls.”

O’Neill, who is also the Minister for Sports, continued: “These are proud moments for us as a country of thousand tribes, but united by one common theme - rugby league.”

He urged all PNG Kumuls supporters attending the final match against the United States to turn up in red, black and gold - the PNG colours; and send the Kumuls off to Melbourne on a high.

Last home game for Aiton

“It has been a long career but it will definitely be the last one for me on PNG soil,” he said.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. It’s all gone by really fast.”

The 32-year-old is savouring every moment of playing in his third and final Rugby League World Cup.

“I’m just happy to be part of it. There are so many young and skilful players out there, so I’m just really glad that Michael Marum and the board gave me a chance to finish and play in my third world cup.”

Aiton first made his debut for the Kumuls back in 2004.

Parkop confident in Kumuls

Speaking to the media about the PNG LNG Kumuls’ recent match with the Ireland, he said Kumuls have proven their defence against the Ireland team by coming on top and moving further into the preliminary finals.

“I am very confident the PNG LNG Kumuls can go as far as meeting the Australian Kangaroos,” he states.

Parkop’s call to the PNG Kumuls is to have self-belief.

“The opportunity is really out there for us to make history.”

The Governor says he is happy that Port Moresby is part of the history making.

Former PNG Kumuls to parade on Sunday

The match will be between the PNG LNG Kumuls and USA Hawks on Sunday.

PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka said this is to honour our past heroes for the foundations they set, leading to the success and recognition we enjoy today.

“The former Kumuls were organised by Mark Mom and a meeting was arranged with the PNGRFL CEO Reatau Rau in September to make this happen.

19yo Lam follows in his father’s steps

He is now destined for his first PNG Test jersey.

Lachlan Lam will make his debut for the PNG LNG Kumuls starting line-up for this weekend’s final Pool game against USA in Port Moresby.

Lam will become Kumul No. 283 when he dons the No. 6 jersey in PNG’s final pool game against USA this Sunday (Nov 12) at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.

Lam will become the 2nd father/son Kumuls after James Segeyaro achieved this feat after his dad Ifisoe, Kumul No. 70.

James became Kumul No. 282 in the 1st game against Wales.

Marum makes changes for USA clash

Lachlan Lam will become Kumul #283 when he starts at five-eighth while Moses Meninga #284 was named at prop.

“We’ve brought in Nixon and Thompson onto the bench. Enock is out of this weekend’s match along with Stanton. Wellington got injured last weekend so he’s out for another two weeks.

“Ase is on the extended bench so we’ll see how he goes. But upon medical advice from the medical team, Ase is better off having a rest to prepare him for next weekend.

Lam and Meninga to debut this Sunday

The 21-man squad is: (three to be omitted)

1.         David MEAD – Captain

2.         Justin OLAM

3.         Kato OTTIO

4.         Nene MACDONALD

5.         Garry LO

6.         Lachlan LAM

7.         Watson BOAS

8.         Moses MENINGA

9.         James SEGEYARO

10.       Luke PAGE

11.       Rhyse MARTIN

12.       Willie MINOGA

13.       Paul AITON

14.       Kurt BAPTISTE

15.       Stargroth AMEAN

16.       Nixon PUT

17.       Thompson TETEH

USA to arrive after lunch

Nicknamed the Hawks, this is their second appearance on the biggest stage of international rugby league. Their first was back in 2013.

USA is currently ranked tenth in the world.

This Sunday’s match against the PNG LNG Kumuls will kick off at 3pm at the Oil Search National Football Stadium.

USA are winless so far having lost their opening match to Fiji 58-12 and then to Italy 46-0 last weekend.