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A blow to Kumuls’ preparations

Coach Michael Marum told reporters after the Captain’s run today that Griffin sustained a knee injury at training on Thursday.

Marum was openly disappointed, saying it is a blow to the Kumuls’ preparations.

Meanwhile, Willie Minoga has been promoted from the bench to replace Griffin and Marum is confident the PNG’s World Cup Ambassador will do his best.

However, it was not all bad news as Ase Boas ran freely and has been cleared to play.

Marum confirmed the 18-man side today with one to be omitted an hour before kick-off tomorrow.

Griffin is captain, Minoga out, Eliab in

The 30 year old from Wabag, Enga Province made his debut for the Kumuls as a 20-year-old in 2007 against Wales. He is Kumul #218.

It will be a memorable occasion for Griffin when he runs on for the Kumuls for the 11th time, but first as captain.

“I thank Coach Michael Marum for giving me the honour to captain PNG in this test.

“It’ll be great to lead the boys out on Saturday. Captaining your country, there’s nothing like it.

Griffin joins the Bulldogs

Born in Papua New Guinea and raised in Atherton, Queensland, the 30-year old arrives at Belmore with a wealth of experience in the game.