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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

    Aug 12, 2012
    PM's XIII named for PNG tour match

    Wed 13 Sep, 2017, 7:00am
    Media Release, NRL

    Mal Meninga has named six debutants as part of the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII to take on Papua New Guinea Prime Minister’s XIII in Port Moresby on Saturday 23 September.

    Valentine Holmes, Andrew Fifita, Api Koroisau, Dylan Walker, Jack Bird and Paul Vaughan will take their place in the team travelling to PNG next week, with the match to be played at the National Football Stadium in the nation’s capital.

    A further six players in the squad represented the Kangaroos in the ANZAC Test match earlier this year, with Tom Trbojevic the only player yet to have played a representative match at senior level.

    With a little more than a month to go until the Rugby League World Cup, Meninga said the annual invitational match would be used as a genuine selection trial for players pushing for spots in the Kangaroos’ World Cup squad.

    "I’m absolutely delighted with this team. We’ve chosen the best available players in each position with fifteen of the eighteen players having represented their State already," Meninga said.

    "To get these guys together so close to the Rugby League World Cup is a real coup for our preparations, which will really kick into gear following the NRL Grand Final.

    "Some of them have been fortunate enough to have already experienced playing in PNG, but for the new guys, it really is something to cherish. There’s nothing else quite like it.

    "I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone gels together in a short timeframe and handles the occasion."

    Meninga also confirmed Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods would skipper the Prime Minister’s XIII.

    "Aaron has been a fantastic leader at Club and State level for a number of years now and has fully earned this honour," Meninga said.

    "I’m looking forward to seeing him lead from the front on Saturday week against an always tough, physical and entertaining Papua New Guinea Prime Minister’s XIII team."

    The Prime Minister’s XIII will also be involved in a series of events alongside the Harvey Norman Jillaroos including community visits and coaching clinics while on the ground in Papua New Guinea and are supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

    Australian Prime Minister’s XIII squad

    1. James Tedesco (Wests Tigers)
    2. Dane Gagai (Newcastle Knights)
    3. Josh Dugan (St George-Illawarra Dragons)
    4. Tom Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)
    5. Valentine Holmes (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)*
    6. Jack Bird (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)*
    7. James Maloney (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
    8. Aaron Woods (c) (Wests Tigers)
    9. Api Koroisau (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)*
    10. Andrew Fifita (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)*
    11. Tyson Frizell (St George-Illawarra Dragons)
    12. Josh Papalii (Canberra Raiders)
    13. Jake Trbojevic (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles)

    14. Wade Graham (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
    15. David Klemmer (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
    16. Dylan Walker (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles)*
    17. Josh Jackson (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
    18. Paul Vaughan (St George-Illawarra Dragons)*

    *Denotes PMXIII debut

    Coach: Mal Meninga
  2. Lord of the Skraelings

    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Jun 27, 2010
    Chairman of Marathon Stadium Forums.
    Where I reside at.
    Must be hard to represent all the different diverse groups in the NRL in 1 team lol.
  3. member 2299

    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Aug 16, 2009
    Nambucca Heads
    Especially without a Queensland Club Player named. Part of the Quexit Conspiracy?
  4. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

    Aug 12, 2012
    PM's XIII overpower weakened PNG side

    Sat 23 Sep, 2017, 7:24pm
    David Sigston, AAP

    Tom Trobjevic and James Tedesco have boosted their World Cup selection chances by scoring hat-tricks in the Australian PM's XIII's 48-8 hammering of the Papua New Guinea PM's XIII on Saturday.

    It was a clinical performance by the Mal Meninga-coached side in hot and humid conditions in front of 13,468 screaming fans at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

    Featuring 11 players with Kangaroos experience, the Australians were made to work hard early by a PNG side missing most of their stars who were preparing to play for the PNG Hunters in the Intrust Super Cup grand final in Brisbane on Sunday.

    The visitors were behind 8-6 in the first half before running away with victory in a match that leaves Meninga with plenty of questions ahead of naming his squad for the World Cup later this year.

    The hosts dominated the opening minutes until Manly fullback Trobjevic, playing in the centres, crossed for a try in his first game in the green and gold and halfback James Maloney landed the conversion.

    The crowd went wild soon after when PNG centre Stanford Talita's try was converted by Jason Misian to lock the scores up.

    Five-eighth Misian added a penalty goal to put his side ahead and leave the visitors stunned halfway through the first half.

    St George-Illawarra back-rower Tyson Frizell soon after raced away to put the Australians back in front and from there it was one-way traffic.

    Trobjevic was gifted a second try after nice lead-up work from his brother Jake, while fullback James Tedesco scored from a Corey Norman cross-field kick just before halftime.

    The young Sea Eagles star completed his hat-trick early in the second half as Maloney again added the extras

    Tedesco and five-eighth Norman combined again for the NSW No.1 to add his second try before he completed his own hat-trick in the dying minutes, a four-pointer that was converted by prop Andrew Fifita.

    Maloney finished with a haul of 18 points after scoring late and nailing all seven of his conversions.

    Reserve back Dylan Walker had to be stretchered from the field with what appeared to be a dislocated right ankle and is unlikely to play again this year.

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