April 28, 2022 - 1944 views

Chairman of Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League Sandis Tsaka in a statement today, says they will announce a Head Coach for the PNG LNG Kumuls next week. 

Longtime Kumuls Head Coach Michael Marum retired recently, and Tsaka says the PNGRFL is completing the process for the appointment of the new Kumuls’ Head Coach, before they make an announcement later next week. 

Meantime, he says PNGRFL is grateful for the return of international rugby league after a two-year absence.

"We acknowledge the support of the National Rugby League (NRL) and the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) for supporting the mid-year international matches for the Pacific nations this year," Tsaka says. 

With the 2021 Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) scheduled for later this year, the PNG LNG Kumuls are looking forward to the mid-year test as an opportunity to build our national team’s preparations towards the World Cup.  

The PNG LNG Kumuls and the Fiji Batis have had a great Melanesian rivalry over the last few years and this year’s international meet will be another exciting chapter in this story.  

Tsaka also says the retirement of key players over the last two years, will provide a great opportunity for new players to continue to build on the great success that the national men’s rugby league team has had over the last 8 years.  

He further says the extended PNG LNG Kumuls’ squad for the mid-year test will be finalized by the new Head Coach and the PNG national selectors.  

"With the wide pool of talented PNG players playing in the NRL, the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) and the New South Wales Rugby League Competition (NSWRLC), the PNGRFL is confident that the Kumuls will assemble a strong team for the mid-year test in preparation towards the buildup to the 2021 RLWC in England," Tsaka adds. 


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