PNG LNG Kumuls

Mead looking forward to 2021

The 29-year-old said he hopes to retain his form to have a chance to prove he is capable of playing for the Kumuls once more.

He said this when asked if he would wear the red, black and gold jersey once more if selected.

He said in four years’ time, he will be 33 years old however, that does not mean he will not be physically fit to represent PNG.

Mead says he will still remain with Brisbane Broncos for the 2018 NRL season upon the completion of his contract with the team.

Marum on NRL possibilities for players

However team management have yet to confirm which clubs or players have been put on the radar.

According to Coach Michael Marum, several of the players have been approached, however that has yet to reach them on which players have been secured for possible team selection or recruitment.

Marum made the comments sighting several agents that have been reportedly observing players recently.

He told PNG Media that they will have to come through the coaching staff and then a decision will be made on the prospects of scouting these players.

Mead: I’ve learned to accept it and move on

Mead only lasted 90 seconds in PNG’s 36-6 quarter-final loss to England on Sunday and was ruled out for the remainder of the match after failing his Head Injury Assessment.

“It was obviously very frustrating sitting on the sideline and watching. It was pretty hard to accept at first four or five hours after the game.

“As a player, you don’t ever want to miss a single game at a World Cup. But that stuff happens in rugby league so you have to learn to accept it.

“It would have been good to finish, but it wasn’t to be.

“I’ve learned to accept it and move on.

PNG needs more players in the NRL

“We want to see a lot more of our players in the NRL and not just playing in feeder clubs.

“In order for us to be competitive in the next five years, we need another three or four David Meads playing in the Broncos.

“We have a few boys out there in the feeder clubs, but they need to do the hard work to get into the top 25 and be playing week in and week out in the NRL."

Marum said he is hoping to see PNG players who are contracted to NRL clubs break into the big league.

VIDEO: Kumuls Return

PNG RFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka was enthusiastic of the team's arrival stating that their performance guarantees an automatic slot in the 2021 Rugby league World Cup.

 

Benny Geteng with more.

 

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Kumul's effort commended

PNG RFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka was enthusiastic of the teams arrival stating that their performance guarantees an automatic slot in the 2021 Rugby league World Cup.

He said despite us going down to England in the quarterfinals we now have the opportunity once more to take on other Nations in the World Cup come 2021.

The Chairman thanked the efforts of Coach Micheal Marum with his coaching staff, the players and officials behind the scene to participate in the competition.

VIDEO: Kumuls return

Media Manager, Joanna Lester said the Kumuls will touch down in Port Moresby at 12pm.

Only four teams remain in the contest for the ultimate prize in international rugby league. ***

England will play Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium, in New Zealand on Saturday, November 25.

The semi-final will kick off at 6pm.

In the other semi-final, Australia will clash with Fiji at Brisbane Stadium, Australia on Friday, November 24 at 7pm.

 

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Kumuls to return home tomorrow

Media manager, Joanna Lester, says the Kumuls will touch down in Port Moresby at 12pm.

Only four teams remain in the contest for the ultimate prize in international rugby league.

England will play Tonga at Mt. Smart Stadium, New Zealand, on Saturday, November 25. The semi-final will kick off at 6pm.

In the other semi-final, Australia will clash with Fiji at Brisbane Stadium, Australia, on Friday, November 24, at 7pm.

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Kumuls have our respect: PM

"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.

VIDEO: Kumuls lack leadership

Plenty of errors stifled what was a brutal and fast-paced opening 40 minutes and PNG was dealt a blow when heavy clashes headlined by David Mead's collision with England half Luke Gale's.

The shoulder hit forced the PNG fullback from the field just 90 seconds into the match.

PNG LNG Kumuls lacked leadership and guidance on the field of play as England capitalised.

The task for PNG became significantly harder when Kumuls captain, Mead, was considered unfit to return following his head knock.