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Papua New Guinea Men

Nickname: The Kumuls |

Papua New Guinea Men

Nickname: The Kumuls |
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IRL Ranking :
6th

head coach

Head Coach:
Michael Marum

Captain

Captain:
Rhyse Martin

Appearances

World Cup Appearances:
7 (1985-88, 1989-92, 1995, 2000, 2008, 2013, 2017)

Best Results

World Cup Best Result:
Quarter-final - 2000 and 2017

host venues

RLWC2021 Host Town:
Warrington

Team Bio

In Papua New Guinea, Rugby league is highly popular and is regarded as the country’s national sport. In a nation where communities are far apart and many people live at a minimal subsistence level, rugby league has been described as a replacement for tribal warfare. Many Papua New Guinean players have left the country in order to pursue professional Rugby League careers in Great Britain and Australia, with the current squad comprising of players made up of a mixture of locally based players and players playing the Super League in England and NRL in Australia. 

Rugby league in PNG was first played in the late 1940s; it was introduced to the nation by Australian soldiers stationed there during and after the Second World War and subsequently, PNG were admitted to the Interntaional Rugby League federation in 1974. On 6 July 1975, in Port Moresby, PNG, the Kumuls played their first ever international. They were beaten 40-12 by England. 

Most recently, the PNG Kumuls lost both their 2019 Oceania Cup test matches to Samoa and Fiji respectively, before ending that year on a high with their most recent international match, which was a 28-10 win against the Great Britain Lions. PNG will be looking to go one step further in the RLWC2021 compared to the last tournament in 2017 where they lost in the quarter-finals to this year’s tournament hosts, England. 

Schedule

Men's Group D

TON

Tue 18
October

19:30

Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens

PNG

Men's Group D

PNG

Tue 25
October

19:30

Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington

COO

Men's Group D

PNG

Mon 31
October

19:30

Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster

WAL

News

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The club secured £434,863, one of the largest grants ever awarded from the Rugby League World Cup 2021 CreatedBy RLWC2021 capital grants programme.

RLWC2021 closes London Stock Exchange to celebrate new tournament schedule

RLWC2021 Ambassadors Oliver Thomason and Jodie Cunningham were joined by Rugby League legends, including Shaun Wane and Martin Offiah MBE, for the closing ceremony.

Full Schedule revealed and tickets available now for 2022

All 18 original host town and cities remain involved with, all tournament finals now to be played in Manchester with Manchester Central set to host the wheelchair final.

Bigger and better. New schedule and tickets on sale from 9am Friday

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 officially begins today (15 November) as we can confirm the 61-match schedule will be revealed in full on Friday 19 November at 9am GMT.

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