Zev John

PNG Footballers Pursue Rugby Dreams in Queensland

Zev John, Bobby Tenza, Samuel Yegip and Khaiya Ross grew up playing rugby league on "cow paddocks" in their tiny villages back home in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

They are now preparing to grace footy fields across Australia, with hopes of one day representing their proud country on the international stage and also professionally in the National Rugby League (NRL).

Zev John in starting line-up for game 2

Enock Maki has been relegated to the inter change bench with Moses Meninga taking his place at prop, allowing John to partner Nixon Putt in the second row.

Ase Boas makes way for Kyle Laybutt, who joined the squad on Tuesday, on the bench.

James Segeyaro is unable to join the team for game two because of delayed travel arrangements.

The team is:

John excited to don Kumuls jumper

During Thursday’s training, Zev said he was more than excited to represent PNG on home ground, where he first started playing rugby league more than 5 years ago.

The 21 years old from Western Highlands could not believe his luck when he was selected to play for the PNG LNG Kumuls against the England Knights.

Zev is based in Melbourne Australia, and currently plays for the Victoria Thunderbolts, the development club for the Melbourne Storms.

“I will put in a hundred and ten per cent this Saturday.”