"It was a solid game against England,” says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.
“Our team played hard, and they can now learn from the experience and look towards the next World Cup.”
The PM says regardless of the result in Melbourne, outstanding games have been played by the Kumuls in this World Cup tournament.
"They have again united the nation as we watched the games, and we have all been impressed,” continues O’Neill.
"Throughout the world cup home games our stadium was full, and all eyes in the country glued on the television sets with children and families cheering.
"I again congratulate everyone who has been involved with the 2017 Rugby League World Cup matches in Papua New Guinea.
"We look forward to welcoming our boys home to Papua New Guinea."
The PNG LNG Kumuls bowed out of the Rugby League World Cup after going down to England 36-6 in the quarter-finals Sunday afternoon (Nov 19) at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.