Kumuls ready to cash in By Online Editor
4:29 pm GMT+12, 28/03/2012, Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea stands a good chance of making its maiden rugby league world cup semi-final after being drawn in Group B with New Zealand, France and Samoa.
The 2013 tournament to be held in England and Wales sees the Kumuls with a realistic chance of reaching the second round of playoff matches unlike the last world cup in 2008 where PNG was drawn in the “pool of death” alongside league giants Australia, New Zealand and England.
Not surprisingly the Kumuls lost all their matches and exited the tournament early while fellow Melanesians Fiji made history by reaching the semi-final stage.
The current format has 14 teams in four groups with the top two groups A and B holding four teams while the lesser groups C and D have three teams.
With flexible eligibility rules and five years to ponder their place in international rugby league the Kumuls have enough talent to secure the number two spot in their group which will see them take on the third place finisher in Group B which would be either Fiji or Ireland.
But according to PNGRFL administrator, Ivan Ravu the sport and its administrators need to get their house in order first and start their preparations quickly for PNG to build momentum for the world cup.
This is a stern warning yesterday from acting PNG Rugby Football League administrator Ivan Ravu when releasing statement from International Rugby Football (IRF) on the 2013WRL Cup draws.
Ravu said PNG is pooled against World Cup holder New Zealand, France and Samoa in Pool B.
The World Cup tournament next year involves 14 nations which include; Australia, Cook Islands, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga, USA and Wales.
The acting administrator said our success would depend on PNG’s preparation for the tournament. It is very important that PNG Kumuls must have regular tournament starting this year until next year in preparation for the World Cup.
PNG’s biggest hurdle would be the immediate selection of coaching staff and players – training squad.
“It is 12 months away but it is important that we organise our possible team. PNGRFL can maintain the core of its Kumul players and also several members of emerging squad who are maturing very quickly who will provide depth to selection when making the team,” he said.
Ravu said the training must start now but the coach staff have yet to be appointed while PNGRFL Board is yet to be elected, and we (PNG) really need to work hard as soon as the positions are filled.
The biggest responsibility must go to representative players at Digicel Cup and international level to maintain their form as NRL players need not to worry as they are training week in and week out.
There are few PNG players such as Tyson Martin who is part PNG playing North Queensland Cowboys is also pressing for selection apart from David Mead and James Segeyaro from NRL competition.
A lot of players are contracted in England will have to work hard to make the training squad for 2013 World Cup.
PNG will be based out of Hull – the home town of former PNG Kumul player Stanley Gene will move around to play football.
The competition’s structure will consist of two groups of four, with England drawn alongside arch rivals Australia, Fiji and Ireland in Group A.
Scotland will face Tonga and Italy in Group C and joint hosts Wales have been drawn against the Cook Islands and the USA in Group D.
The first games and opening ceremony will be played on Sat October 26 and the final on Sat Nov 30. However, the full list of dates and kick-offs will only be announced when the broadcast schedule is finalised.
Ravu said PNG’s success would depend on preparation for the tournament.
“It is very important that PNG Kumuls must have regular tournaments starting this year until next year in preparation for the World Cup,” he said.
“PNG’s biggest hurdle would be the immediate selection of coaching staff and players – training squad.
“It is 17 months away but it is important that we organise our possible team.
“PNGRFL can maintain the core of its Kumul players and also several members of the emerging squad who are maturing well quickly who will provide depth to selection when making the team.”
Ravu said the training must start now but the coaching staff had not been appointed while the PNGRFL board is yet to be elected.
“The biggest responsibility is on representative players in the Digicel Cup while those playing overseas had the benefit of playing at a high level week in and week out.”
The Kumuls look to be well served in the halves and hooking roles with several NRL players eligible for selection.
NRL players David Mead, James Segeyaro, Neville Costigan, Ray Thompson and Tyson Martin are players who will be monitored by selectors.
Other Australian-based players who have kept under the radar but are very much in the mix are Tu’u Maori, Keith Peters, Jack Cooper, Matt Nightingale, Tommy Butterfield, Joe Bond, Jay Ashton and Rod Griffin.
England-based Menzie Yere, Paul Aiton, Ryan Tongia, Makali Aizue and Jason Chan have all excelled in the Kumul jumper.
A lot of players contracted in England will have to work hard to make the training squad for the 2013 World Cup.
PNG will be based in Stanley Gene’s hometown Hull.
The 14 nations are Australia, Cook Islands, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, PNG, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga, USA and Wales.
The first games and opening ceremony will be on Oct 26 and the final on Nov 30.
well just from my own personal experience of watching the kumuls i wouldnt mind seeing the following team:
1. David Mead
2. Ryan Tongia
3. Menzie Yere
4. Jessie Joe Parker
5. Tu'u Maori
6. Keith Peters
7. Ray Thompson
8. Makali Aizue
9. James Segeyaro
10. Jason Chan
11. Neville Costigan (if he is willing to play in order to forsake qld)
12. Rod Griffin
13. Paul Aiton
14. Larsen Marabe
15. Trevor Exton
16. James Nightingale
17. Charlie Wabo
18th Man. Glen Nami
1. david mead
2. ryan tongia
3. jesse joey parker/ tu'u maori
4. menzie yere
5. joe bond/
6. keith peters
7. ray thompson
8. makali aizue
9. james segeyaro
10. jason chan
11. tyson martin
12. rod griffin
13. paul aiton
14. jack cooper
15. rhys martin (younger brother of tyson martin, plays for rooster nyc)
16. glen nami
17. jason nightingale
i guess this bunch of guys can do something proud for us...all the best kumuls
Lets consider what you are stating. Put Glen Nami over internationally, nrl and superleague proven paul aiton. Im not saying glen nami is a bad player, far from it, he is very good, however paul aiton does demand that spot over most contenders. He was an outstanding player for the Kumuls in the undermanned 4 nations squad and has played for the kumuls in most prime ministers XII games and in the 2008 world cup. So he has international experience on his side aswell. Yes Glen Nami is a good solid player for the Kumuls but not over Paul Aiton.
Tu'u Moari is with Newtown Jets after being dumped by Storms for coming late for training. havent heard of the latest on Keith peters, he was with NewTown Jets in 2010, with Tu'u Maori and Richard Kambo
Read Below: TU"U MAORI
FAMILY means everything to new Ipswich Jets recruit Tu'u Maori.
He writes it on his wrist to motivate himself before each game of football he plays.
Family is the reason the Papua New Guinea international tried his luck with NRL clubs Cronulla, Sydney Roosters and the Melbourne Storm, where he was just one spot outside the top 17-man squad last season.
It is also what brought him to Ipswich.
"It was a last-minute thing," the 23-year-old outside back said from Jets training on Monday.
"I was looking for a club after leaving the Melbourne Storm.
"It didn't go well down there."
So the search for a new club began and when his manager made contact with the Jets, both parties reached an agreement.
It suited Maori because he has family at Karana Downs, with whom he is staying while he searches for a place to live.
"It was probably the best deal for me and my little family," he said.
Maori and partner Lucy are the parents of three-month-old A.J.
"It seemed good enough to start off with my family," he said.
"I'm looking forward to what the future holds."
Maori has been encouraged with what he's seen in the fortnight he's spent with the Jets so far.
"I love it," he said.
"I can't wait to find a place to settle down.
"I've got a job at the Dinmore meatworks.
"It's not the same as at the Melbourne Storm but the physio's top class, the doctor and the coaching staff are excellent and the boys are real cool.
"Everyone's been welcoming."
Things might not have gone entirely to plan at the Storm but Maori emerged from his stint there a better and smarter footballer.
"I learnt a lot," he said.
"So much about not giving up, not showing weakness and a lot about defence.
"They really work on it because attack comes naturally. I learned a lot both on and off the field."
Maori's motivation now is to provide for his young family.
But he originally left his home in Auckland to try and make a name for himself to provide a better life for his parents.
"That desire is still there," he said.
"But now I've got a daughter and partner, it changes everything."
So while he is determined to give his all for the Jets, Maori admits he is eyeing a chance at something more.
"My goal is to get into the Queensland Cup first," he said.
"In the long term, I'd like to have a look at the Titans."
Biggest influence: My family.
Favourite player: Greg Inglis.
Best advice: Don't give up.
Favourite food: Island food - Taro and chop suey.
Favourite TV show: Modern Family.
Pre-game ritual: I pray before each game. I also write my brother and nana's names and "family" on my wrist.
There is Kurt baptise contracted to the broncos playing for Norths devils qcup.His played a few first grade games this a very good hooker.There is Rhyse Martin younger brother of Tyson Martin playing for rooster nyc plays lock,second row.Cowboys nyc have Clifford beetham plays hooker or halves.
Jest wanted to say all the line ups are good.. But plez mipla png less lo kain kain rabish blood ya... ******* T.I nam to ya rausim they claim to be png but are not mipla PNG no bastet ya... Eg; this clifford beethem from nyc rausim T.I nambot..!!!!!!!!!!!!! we are not short of rugby players png is filled with talent. Thank you
I know menzie will be there .I don't know bout Tu'u they say he was playing for ipswich jets I haven't seen his names on any of there team lists.Jesse Joe is a safe option got a lot of experience in big games .Maybe have kieren English from Norths qcup team outside JJP.And Ryan Tongia outside menzie .Mead at fullback got a pretty fast attacking backline and Dion and ray Thompson in the halves .The wingers from gurias is a great options too Albert patak an Boas Ruru .And the fullback from the vipers Israel is fast too
Adrian Lam wants the PNG origin concept back again. i personally think thats the way forward in selecting the best player, it might mean just a few from the local digicel cup but at least we have a competitive squad
If a PNG Origin game were to take place this, which players would make the international team ?
Just off the top of my head this are probably some of the players that Adrian Lam would pick. James Segayaro is injured and is a noted omission. There is also a missing starting prop and another forward for the bench.
There might be more that qualify to play for PNG but this are the only ones I'm aware of at the moment.
Jack cooper hasn't played for northern pride at all this year.Tu'u hasn't played for ipswich jets .Junior harro maybe a bit young for this world cup .Makali is getting a bit old now do we go with him or blood some youth .Rodney pora is in great form with George moni.Dion aye would be 5/8 .Marabe another forward too .We defiantly need the png origin back for this year it was a great concept
Considering a line-up that will not only win us games but help in marketing our local players overseas is what we should be looking at.We can keep the core of the Kumuls team to strengthen performance but also make way for local players to shine.Opting for David Mead at fullback can be a welcoming decision for PNG as the Titans speedstar has alot to deliver for the Kumuls if he gets alot more involved in the game.Richard Kambo's superb performance in the PMXIII fixture surely earns him a spot outwide alongside UK-based Ryan Tongia,who is a specialist winger.Menzie Yere retains a centre spot alongside boom centre Thompson Teteh-Jason Tali gave a dismal performance in the PMXIII match.Dion Aiye has been superb for PNG,and is expected to patner well with NRL star Ray Thompson.Veteran forward Makali Aizue can lead upfront alongside Neville Costigan in the front row as demolition man David Loko patners Jason Chan in the backrow.Versatile forward Glen Nami can slot into lock.Paul Aiton is the starting hooker.
The bench should comprise of rising forwards Enoch Maki and Sebastain Pandia,hard man Rod Griffin and Wartovo Puara Jnr.
James Segeyaro - somewhat slow at dummy half.Besides,he's already in the NRL.Doesn't need to market.
Charlie Wabo-he has aged.Cant be a good buy.
Rodney Pora -has also gone past 32 years.Cant be a good buy.
Jessie Joe Parker - he's already in the market.Should create opportunity for others.
Mark Mexico - good player,but not a rep player.
Gonzella Urakusie - good player,but not a rep player.
Re: Any latest infor on the make up of the 2013 world cup squad?
October 16 2012, 11:53 AM
So many areas to fix!!!
Dion should be at standoff as that is where he plays best, however, he still needs to step up his game though im thinking the training camp prior to the world cup under lam should be exactly what he needs. We need ray thompson at halfback for more direction and a good kicking game. We need an explosive fullback to run onto second man balls from dion and at perfect execution. Kambo and jjp at centres while menzie pushes into the seconds so that he can be closer to the ball and the ruck, that is where he will play perfectly. I say this because menzie is one of the greatest png players ever but he is getting old and am afraid he might not be able to keep up with the likes of GI or chris lawrence in the speed department. I dont beleive rodney pora suits the modern game anymore as he's gotten much much slower than he was only 4 years ago, either he shapes up or ship out! Makali, ok but too old. I guess we still hang onto these two war horses merely because of their experience.
Jason chan and menzie should hold the edges of the ruck area very tightly by playing second row while neville costigan should perfectly shield sigeyaro at lock because sigeyaro should be the countries first choice hooker. Charlie wabo is a top player but not as good as he formally was, however, with his experience and reliability, he should definately be in the squad because he can play hooker, lock and centre. Either costigan starts and aiton starts on the bench or the other way around. But then again aiton is the kumuls captain and shouldnt start on the bench, it would be good to have costigan start on the bench so that we have some strike power coming off.
David mead at fullback and classy ryan tongia linking up with centre jjp on the wing should be our ultimate strike side. By the way ryan tongia is not a fullback or a utility, he is a winger and only a winger.
I havnt quite figured out who will play on the other wing, this is a vital position as it will be where we rake up the points, on the edges and not so much in the middle. After matthew pukes pm xiii 2012 performance im thinking him but i guess theres something about him i still dont trust maybe he just hasnt proven himself yet. Jason tali is an extraordinary player but i think he would be best suited on the wing in rep games. Ive never seen joe bond play so i cant say.
David loko a strong running forward and a reasonable defender but a blind player. Mark mexico ok...but hes like david stagg of canterbury bulldogs, great player but not a rep player. Larsen marabe made a good shift from centre to seconds in rep games.
Re: Any latest infor on the make up of the 2013 world cup squad?
October 16 2012, 8:40 PM
You bloody idiot mate!! I am the assistant coach of the sydney roosters!! How many international standard teams has your black *** coached?! You are a wannabe local analyst....key word "local" and youll always be local with that kind of attitude. Ever heard of constructive criticism? i guess not with your small "local" mind! ta
Why would you play menzie at second row he is a centre his been playing centre for Sheffield for the last 3 yrs .It's not going to be a fast track in the world cup with the greasy conditions.The reason he does get the ball much is because we don't play expansive second man play game .We do the usual one bull crap .He will be a wrecking ball outwide one on one .The kumuls need to get it to him as much as we can .I don't understand why Paul ation keeps getting shafted to lock his a bloody hooker through and through .Start him at number 9 with segeyaro on the bench .Paul Ation deserves to be playing hooker for us his earned it .
Thanks local your doing a great job in here.I don't know why for the last 3yrs or so they've pushed Ation to lock.He is a,hooker that's where his strength is quick plays,dummy running why shift him out wide to tackle all day .He has earned the right to be our starting hooker I hope the selectors see it this way .I think our centres have to be menzie and jjp for sure they will be use to the UK fields .I don't think were going to be able to play a fast open attacking game in the world cup with the English weather.So our forwards will need to aim up its going to be a slow track for sure.So we might be going with a small mobile pack I don't think we need costigan he hasn't done anything for the last 2yrs .I think Jason Chan definately been in great form for huddersfield.And Rod Griffin been very consistent this year too.I like Tyson Martin from qcup mackay cutters could be a bench option too can play centre or back row .Larsen will definately be there too a wrecking machine.I think mead will play even if Lams not our coach will be fullback .The wingers Albert patak ,Richard Kambo,Boas Ruru,Chris jerry,Izzy from vipers .Plenty of options there ???
From the Presidents 13 match i'd like to see Mark Mexico, The Gurias hooker and the Fullback that played be in the Kumuls team. Wabo should be dropped, he is out of touch now, Segeyaro and Aiton can easily cover that position. Loko should be in the team. he is a hard runner but leading up to the World cup he should be coached on how to secure the ball when making hit ups. he dropped one too many balls.
Brissyboy i like the way you think unlike some "local" people.....my main reason for having menzie at seconds is because he played 2 outstanding seasons at second row for the rabaul gurias so it will be a familiar role for him and this was when he was faster and smaller than he is now. Please note that the comp that menzie plays for is not the english super league and therefore as classy as menzie truly is he will be better for the kumuls at seconds defending against the likes of frank pritchard, paul gallen and such. In attack he will be devastating if he had jjp on his outside linking up with much pacier ryan tongia. Now i am not saying that you are wrong but by having menzie at seconds we also have depth on the field when it comes to our backline, injuries are imminent in the ice cold weather of england around october/november. True pauly aiton should start at hooker but dont you think we would look more dangerous once aiton shifted into dummy half when segeyaro takes a breather and costigan slots into lock with somewhat fresh legs? This would give us the element of surprise against our opponents as segeyaro and aiton play a similar but different style of footy.
1. Joe Bond
2. Ryan Tongia
3. Richard Kambo / Tuu Maori
4. Jessie Joe Parker
5. David Mead
6. Dion Aiye
7. Rey Thompson
8. Makali Aizu
9. Paul Aiton
10. Neville Costigan
11. Menzie Yere
12. Jason Chan
13. Glen Name
14. James Segeyaro
15. Rodney Pora
16. Tyson Martin
17. Larson Marabe