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PNG RFL Praise Kumuls Performances

Despite A Successful Campaign In The 2017 RLWC, PNG Kumuls Arrived Into The Country Yesterday On A Quite Mode.

 

 

Source: Post-Courier
BY PRISCILLA HARRY

Despite a successful campaign in the 2017 RLWC, PNG Kumuls arrived into the country yesterday on a quite mode.

 
PNG Rugby Football League (RFL) Chairman Sandis Tsaka praised the efforts of the team and said despite going down to England in the quarter final, PNG Kumuls now have the opportunity to take on other nations in the upcoming world Cup in 2021.

 
The Kumuls are now split up, with several NRL players based in Australia remaining.
The other Super League and PNG based players arrived in the country and will depart for their home provinces.
Tsaka thanked the efforts of coach Michael Marum with his coaching staff, the players, and officials behind the scene to participate in the competition.

 
Tsaka said PNG’s ranking will now change as a result depending on their finish on the quarterfinals but will wait after the end of the World Cup to determine PNG’S new ranking in the world.

 
“This year has being a good one for the code itself, PNG was ranked 16th in the last World Cup but we know we can take on from this experience to improve the code through junior programs starting next year,” he added.

 
Meanwhile, coach Marum was hopeful of the team’s performance and said the boys had displayed to the best of their ability in all four matches.

 
Marum said without the support of the coaching staff, players and supporters, the team would not have made it to the quarterfinals.

 
However, Kumuls captain David Mead who seemed disappointed due to him missing out on the match said the team put a bravery show on their performance.

 
“It was great being part of the team for the last seven weeks of the World Cup,” he added.
Mead said it was an emotional experience, but the exposure has brought a new stepping stone and adventure for the code of rugby league in PNG.

 
For Meads career, he said he will still show up in the next World Cup in 2021 but will travel to Australia to continue his contract with the NRL Brisbane Broncos in the next season.

 
The PNG Kumuls will meet again for another camp for the 2018 Pacific test by mid June next year.

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

Captain of the PNG LNG Kumuls, David Mead says he was disappointed on how the World Cup ended for him.

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.

 

On the game, Mead said the whole team was shattered after Sunday’s loss, and breaking camp was very emotional.

 

“The boys were disappointed. But we can be better going forward.”

 

The 29 year old finished by saying he still wants to play on until the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

 

“I still feel pretty young. Hopefully I’m still playing well by then.”

 Author: Troy Taule

PM hails Kumuls

 

11/20/2017

Our boys did not get a win, but they will return home with the respect of our nation and rugby league fans around the world.

 

“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.

Source: Loop PNG

Proud PM applauds Kumuls

 
“The whole country is with you in heart and mind as you prepare to take on England in the quarter-finals.”
 
Just like every Papua New Guinean, a proud Prime Minister Peter O’Neill extended his congratulations to the PNG LNG Kumuls on their whopping victory over USA yesterday (Nov 12).
 
“You demonstrated your professionalism on the field for a spectacular result,” says the PM.
 
“From the players, coaches and support staff we have seen the commitment to deliver three straight wins.
 
“It will be a tough match, and we know that you will give it your all as you prepare for the game in Melbourne next week.”
 
The PM further congratulates our friends from the United States for their support for rugby league and travelling to Papua New Guinea to meet our team.
 
“The matches played in Papua New Guinea have been an outstanding success,” he says.
 
“Well done to all of our Rugby League World Cup officials and volunteers who organised three great games of the national sport.
 
“Around Papua New Guinea we have enjoyed an outpouring of national pride and emotion.
 
“The success of these international games further strengthens the opportunity for Papua New Guinea to host further major rugby league games in Papua New Guinea.”
 
(Debutant Lachlan Lam and team mate Watson Boas celebrating yesterday at the Oil Search National Football Stadium. The Kumuls beat USA Hawks 64-0)
 
 
Author: Press release via Loop PNG.