Papua New Guinea national rugby league team

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Papua New Guinea
Badge of Papua New Guinea team
Team information
Nickname The Kumuls
Governing body Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League
Region Asia-Pacific
Head coach Michael Marum
Captain Rod Griffin
Most caps Stanley Gene, John Wilshere (16)
Home stadium Lloyd Robson Oval
RLIF ranking 15th
Uniforms
First colours
Team results
First game
 England 40–12 Papua New Guinea 
(Port Moresby, PNG; 6 July 1975)
Biggest win
 Cook Islands 6–46 Papua New Guinea 
(Port Moresby, PNG; November 1998)
Biggest defeat
 Australia 82–0 Papua New Guinea 
(Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville; 7 October 2000)
World Cup
Appearances 6 (first time in 1985–1988)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2000

The Papua New Guinea national rugby league team represents Papua New Guinea internationally in the sport of rugby league football.

In Papua New Guinea, Rugby league is highly popular and is regarded as the country’s national sport. The national side are known as the Kumuls ("birds-of-paradise" in Tok Pisin). Many Papua New Guinean players have left the country in order to pursue professional rugby league careers in Great Britain and Australia.

A team representing Papua New Guinea (generally made up of a mixture of locally based players and International Players) plays an Australian Prime Minister's XIII in an annual match in Port Moresby at the Lloyd Robson Oval. The Australian side consists mostly of developing players from the premier competition the National Rugby League (NRL), as well as a couple of veterans.

History[edit]

Rugby league in Papua New Guinea was first played in the late forties; it was introduced to the nation by Australian soldiers stationed there during and after the Second World War. Papua New Guinea were admitted to the game’s International Federation in 1974. On 6 July 1975, at Lloyd Robnson Oval, in Port Moresby the Kumuls played their first ever international. They were beaten 40-12 by England. The English team were en route to Australia and New Zealand to fulfil away fixtures during the 1975 World Cup.

They first entered the Rugby League World Cup for the 1985-89 competition, though it was not until 1995 that they won away from home. In 1987 The Kumuls stage their first full test playing tour of Britain, after playing BARLA opposition in 1979. They lost the test 42-0 at Central Park, Wigan.

On Tuesday 20 October 1987, that Cumbria met Papua New Guinea before a crowd of 3,750 at the Recreation Ground, Whitehaven. Cumbria won 22-4. Four days later they played a World Cup rated Test against Great Britain.

During the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour of Australasia a Test match was played at Port Moresby. Later that year Papua New Guinea played a World Cup match against Australia in Wagga Wagga, the Kangaroos recording a then international record winning margin of 62 points with a 70-8 win. Australian winger Michael O'Connor crossed for four tries and kicked seven goals for a personal points haul of 30, which could have been 44 had he not missed seven kicks at goal. In 1991 Papua New Guinea played host to a touring Great Britain, the series ended in a 1-1 draw.

On Sunday 27 October 1991, Papua New Guinea met Wales at Vetch Field, Swansea. Roared on by a fervent crowd of 11,422; Wales won by a record 68-0 margin, scoring thirteen tries. Papua New Guinea never recovered and lost all five matches in Britain, conceding 232 points in the process, and won only one of their four matches in France.

Papua New Guinea wound up their 1991 tour of Europe with a World Cup rated Test match against France, which was played on Sunday 24 November at the Stade Albert Domec, Carcassonne. Despite Papua New Guinea leading 8-4 at half-time; France defeated their visitors 28-14.

The Kumuls hosted Australia for a two test series in October 1991 (won 2-0 by the Kangaroos), and also hosted Great Britain during the 1992 Lions tour of Australasia.

Papua New Guinea travelled to England to compete in the 1995 World Cup under coach Joe Tokam and captain Adrian Lam.[1] In their group was Tonga and New Zealand, against whom they failed to win a match.

In 1996 Bob Bennett, brother of the famous Wayne Bennett, was appointed the Kumuls' coach.[2] Also, in 1996, Adrian Lam captained the 'Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Team' against the Australian Kangaroos (52-6 win to Australia). Bob Bennett coached the 2000 World Cup Kumuls team to the qualification two the pool were the kumuls made it into the top 5 team in the world so the 2000 World Cup Kumuls team was granted the best kumuls team. In 2005 Papua New Guinea beat the Australian Prime Minister's XIII 24-16 in Darwin. This was the first win over any Australian based national side. In 2007 Papua New Guinea drew with Australia PM XIII 24-24.

They were granted automatic qualification to the 2008 World Cup but were placed in a pool with the top three teams, Australia, New Zealand and England, and failed to win a match in the tournament.

2010 controversy[edit]

The Papua New Guinea team experienced huge difficulties leading to the 2010 Rugby League Four Nations Tournament, as politicians clashed for control over the game and the governing body, the PNGRFL, was split over issues concerning junior development, the national team and the Papua New Guinea NRL bid. This caused Adrian Lam to retire as head coach of the Kumuls in September 2010[3][4] while recently retired captain Stanley Gene, who had never coached a side before, was named his replacement.[5] The governing board were adamant that more Papua New Guinea-based players should be in the squad, and fewer Australia-based players should be picked. In early October the squad was announced for the tournament and consisted of 12 PNG-based players with captain Paul Aiton being the only NRL player.[6] Whilst the Australian team for the tournament was worth an estimated A$10 million, local newspapers calculated the Kumuls value at around A$670,000.

Despite the Australian media treating the defeat of the Papua New Guinean team as a mere formality, with the team having odds of 125-1 to win the tournament, the players and journalists at home were positive that the Kumuls could make a lasting impression in the tournament.[7] After their first up 42-0 defeat against Australia, the team's enthusiasm and crunching tackles were praised, but ball control and creativity let the team down hugely.[8] However the team faced much more criticism after their 76-12 thrashing suffered at the hands of New Zealand, with fans angry at the poor display from the players[9] and some questioning the credentials of new coach Stanley Gene.[10] Days after the match a broader look at the sport in the country occurred with one assessment concluding that rugby league was poorly managed[11] and former PNG great Marcus Bai called on clubs to supply a greater number of representative standard players especially from the New Guinea Islands region which had supplied five of this year's team.[12] The way politics had made its way into the governing of the sport was also condemned.[13]

Return To Redfern[edit]

On 9 February 2013, Papua New Guinea played a trial game against the South Sydney Rabbitohs, at Redfern Oval. They lost 38-12.

2015 Pacific Rugby League Test[edit]

In May 2015, Papua New Guinea took on Fiji in the 2015 Melanesian Cup at Cbus Super Stadium. The International was part of a triple header which also included the Polynesian Cup, between Samoa and Tonga, and the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis. The Kumuls never really troubled the Fijians after handling errors and poor decisions led to the Bati easily winning the inaugural Melanesian Cup by 22-10.

2016 Pacific Rugby League Test[edit]

In May 2016, Papua New Guinea took on Fiji in the 2016 Melanesian Cup at Pirtek Stadium. The International was part of a triple header which also included the Polynesian Cup, between Samoa and Tonga, and the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis. In this year's test, the Kumuls had more experienced players and it paid off. Despite being in a similar situation with the half time score, they managed to make a miraculous comeback not many saw coming, to record their first win 24-22 on away shores since the 2000 World Cup.

Current squad[edit]

The Papua New Guinea national team squad selected for the 2017 Pacific Cup test-match.[14] (caps and points apply for after the test-match finished):


Other Nat. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Pts Club
Papua New Guinea Fullback Stargroth Amean (1991-03-09) 9 March 1991 (age 26) 9 20 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea Hunters
Papua New Guinea Wing Justin Olam (1993-12-23) 23 December 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm
Papua New Guinea Wing Richard Pandia (1994-05-04) 4 May 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Australian colours.svg Ipswich Jets
Papua New Guinea Wing Adex Wera (1990-05-18) 18 May 1990 (age 27) 2 0 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea Hunters
Papua New Guinea Centre Israel Eliab (1991-01-16) 16 January 1991 (age 26) 2 4 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea Hunters
Papua New Guinea Centre Thompson Teteh (1989-07-12) 12 July 1989 (age 28) 5 8 Redcliffe colours.svg Redcliffe Dolphins
Papua New Guinea Five-eighth Ase Boas (1988-12-26) 26 December 1988 (age 28) 2 8 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea Hunters
Papua New Guinea Halfback Watson Boas (1994-11-08) 8 November 1994 (age 22) 1 8 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea Hunters
Australia Prop Luke Page (1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 26) 2 0 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Burleigh Bears
Papua New Guinea Prop Henry Wan (1991-07-23) 23 July 1991 (age 26) 1 0 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea Hunters
Papua New Guinea Hooker Wartovo Puara Jr (1990-06-24) 24 June 1990 (age 27) 2 0 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea Hunters
Australia Hooker Tommy Butterfield (1991-03-15) 15 March 1991 (age 26) 1 0 Balmain colours.svg Easts Tigers
Australia Second-row Rhyse Martin (1993-03-01) 1 March 1993 (age 24) 2 0 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs
Papua New Guinea Second-row Rod Griffin (Captain) (1987-01-05) 5 January 1987 (age 30) 10 8 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs
Papua New Guinea Second-row Nixon Put (1991-09-04) 4 September 1991 (age 26) 2 0 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea Hunters
Papua New Guinea Second-row Wellington Albert (1994-09-03) 3 September 1994 (age 23) 2 0 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea Hunters
Papua New Guinea Lock Stanton Albert (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea Hunters

Notable players[edit]

Past results[edit]

Country Matches Won Drawn Lost
Total 70 18 2 50
 Australia 12 0 0 12
 Cook Islands 2 2 0 0
 England 3 0 0 3
 Fiji 6 5 0 1
 France 14 4 1 9
 Great Britain 8 1 0 7
 New Zealand 18 1 0 17
 South Africa 1 1 0 0
 Tonga 6 5 1 0
 Wales 3 0 0 3
 Samoa 1 0 0 1

Victories are shown in bold.

Official Rankings as of May 2017[15]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Same position  Australia
2  New Zealand
3  England
4  Scotland
5  Samoa
6  France
7 Rise  Ireland
8 Fall  Fiji
9 Same position  Wales
10  United States
11 Rise  Tonga
12 Fall  Serbia
13  Canada
14  Italy
15 Same position  Papua New Guinea
16  Russia
17  Jamaica
18  Belgium
19 Rise  Malta
20 Fall  Spain
21 Same position  Lebanon
22  Ukraine
23  Germany
24 Rise  Cook Islands
25 Fall  Czech Republic
26 Same position  Norway
27  Denmark
28  Greece
29  Sweden
30  Netherlands
31 Rise  Niue
32 Fall  South Africa
33 Rise  Hungary
34 Fall  Philippines
35 New entry  Thailand
36 Fall  Chile
37  Vanuatu
38 Rise  El Salvador
39 Fall  Latvia
40 Rise  Solomon Islands
41 New entry  Uruguay
42 Fall  Morocco
  • 2014: Papua New Guinea def. Tonga 32-18, Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium (Lae), Papua New Guinea
  • 2013: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 56-10, Headingley Carnegie Stadium (Leeds), England - 2013 Rugby League World Cup
  • 2013: Samoa def. Papua New Guinea 38-4, Craven Park (Hull), England - 2013 Rugby League World Cup
  • 2013: France def. Papua New Guinea 9-8, Craven Park (Hull), England - 2013 Rugby League World Cup
  • 2010: England def. Papua New Guinea 36-10, Eden Park, New Zealand - 2010 Four Nations
  • 2010: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 76-12, Rotorua International Stadium, New Zealand - 2010 Four Nations
  • 2010: Australia def. Papua New Guinea 42-0, Parramatta Stadium - 2010 Four Nations
  • 2009: Papua New Guinea def. Cook Islands 42-14, Port Moresby - 2009 Pacific cup final
  • 2009: Papua New Guinea def. Tonga 44-14, Port Moresby - 2009 Pacific Cup
  • 2009: Papua New Guinea def. Fiji 14-2, Port Moresby
  • 2009: Papua New Guinea def. Fiji 64-10, Port Moresby
  • 2008: Australia def. Papua New Guinea 46-6, Dairy Farmers Stadium (Townsville) 2008 World Cup
  • 2008: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 48-6 Skilled Park (Robina) 2008 World Cup
  • 2008: England def. Papua New Guinea 32-22 Dairy Fairmers Stadium (Townsville) 2008 World Cup
  • 2007: France def. Papua New Guinea 38-26 Parc des Sports (Avignon)
  • 2007: France def Papua New Guinea 22-16 Stade Andre Moga, Begles (Bordeaux)
  • 2007: Wales def Papua New Guinea 50-10 Bridgend, Wales
  • 2005: Australia def. Papua New Guinea 70-22 Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville
  • 2001: Australia def. Papua New Guinea 54-12 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 2001: Papua New Guinea def. France 34-24 Danny Leahy Oval (Goroka)
  • 2001: France def. Papua New Guinea 27-16 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 2000: Wales def. Papua New Guinea 22-8 Widnes, England (2000 World Cup Quarter Final)
  • 2000: Papua New Guinea def. Tonga 30-22 St. Esteve, France (2000 World Cup)
  • 2000: Papua New Guinea def. South Africa 16-0 Toulouse, France (2000 World Cup)
  • 2000: Papua New Guinea def. France 23-20 Stade Charlety, Paris, France (2000 World Cup)
  • 2000: Australia def. Papua New Guinea 82-0 Dairy Dairmers Stadium (Townsville)
  • 1998: Papua New Guinea def. Tonga 54-12 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1998: Papua New Guinea def. Tonga 44-28 Wabag
  • 1998: Papua New Guinea def. Cook Islands 46-6 Lae
  • 1998: Fiji def. Papua New Guinea 14-10 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1998: Papua New Guinea def. Fiji 34-12 Minj, Fiji
  • 1998: Papua New Guinea def. Fiji 16-14 Lautoka, Fiji
  • 1996: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 64-0 Palmerston North Showgrounds
  • 1996: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 62-8 International Stadium, Rotorua
  • 1996: Great Britain def. Papua New Guinea 32-30 Lae
  • 1996: Australia def. Papua New Guinea 52-6 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1995: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 22-6 Knowsley Road, St. Helens, England (1995 World Cup)
  • 1995: Papua New Guinea drew Tonga 28-28 The Boulevarde, Hull, England (1995 World Cup)
  • 1994: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 30-16 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1994: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 28-12 Danny Leahy Oval (Goroka)
  • 1994: Papua New Guinea def. France 29-22 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1993: Papua New Guinea def. Fiji 35-24 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1992: Australia def. Papua New Guinea 36-14 Townsville Sports Reserve
  • 1992: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 66-10 Carlaw Park (Auckland)
  • 1992: Great Britain def. Papua New Guinea 20-14 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1991: France def. Papua New Guinea 28-14 Stade Albert Domec (Carcassonne)
  • 1991: Great Britain def. Papua New Guinea 56-4 Central Park, Wigan, England
  • 1991: Wales def. Papua New Guinea 68-0 Vetch Field (Swansea)
  • 1991: Australia def. Papua New Guinea 40-6 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1991: Australia def. Papua New Guinea 58-2 Danny Leahy Oval (Goroka)
  • 1991: France def. Papua New Guinea 20-18 Danny Leahy Oval (Goroka)
  • 1990: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 18-10 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1990: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 36-4 Danny Leahy Oval (Goroka)
  • 1990: Great Britain def. Papua New Guinea 40-8 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1990: Papua New Guinea def. Great Britain 20-18 Danny Leahy Oval (Goroka)
  • 1988: Australia def. Papua New Guinea 70-8 Eric Weissel Oval (Wagga Wagga)
  • 1988: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 66-14 Carlaw Park (Auckland)
  • 1988: Great Britain def. Papua New Guinea 42-22 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1987: France def. Papua New Guinea 21-4 Stade Albert Domec (Carcassonne)
  • 1987: Great Britain def. Papua New Guinea 42-0 Wigan, England
  • 1987: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 36-22 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1986: Australia def. Papua New Guinea 62-12 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1986: Papua New Guinea def. New Zealand 24-22 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1986: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 36-26 Lloyd Robson(Port Moresby)
  • 1984: Great Britain def. Papua New Guinea 38-20 Pope John Paul II Oval (Mt Hagen)
  • 1983: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 60-20 Carlaw Park (Auckland)
  • 1982: Australia def. Papua New Guinea 38-2 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1982: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 56-5 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1981: Papua New Guinea drew France 13-13 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1979: France def. Papua New Guinea 15-2 Stade Albert Domec (Carcassonne)
  • 1979: France def. Papua New Guinea 16-9 Stade Municipal (Albi)
  • 1978: New Zealand def. Papua New Guinea 30-21 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1977: Papua New Guinea def France 37-6 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)
  • 1975: England def. Papua New Guinea 40-12 Lloyd Robson (Port Moresby)

Other Papua New Guinean teams[edit]

  • PNG Prime Minister XIII - Development to consist of local based players and only three international players, used to play both national and development sides.
  • PNG President XIII - PNGRFL 'select' usually playing another development side like Junior Kangaroos or New Zealand A. Rarely used to play national sides.
  • PNG Residents- Papua New Guinea development side made up of solely local players. Regularly playing matches with the Junior Kangaroos, New Zealand Māoris and even national sides.
  • Papua New Guinea KUNDUS - Papua New Guinea junior U18 schoolboys side.

- Recently played QLD U18 as a curtain raiser to Origin I. The QLD U/18 def. Kundus 20-16. The team is captained by Wayne Bond

Participated tournaments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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