SP PNG Hunters Players Update - Where are They Now?

The SP PNG Hunters team in the Intrust Super Cup extended for another 5-year term. Many fans and followers will admit that the level of rugby league, players fitness, humility, fans behaviour and love for rugby league in Papua New Guinea has, in the last 5 years, improved massively. 

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Success story

The SP PNG Hunters concept - getting a PNG team into the Queensland Rugby League - to showcase PNG rugby league talents can be described as a success. 

The next 5 years is going to be a ripper. The home games are going to be a must see. New talents are going to be exposed to the international rugby league scene. 

So, where are the original PNG Hunters players in 2019? Let's have a look at some of the success stories. 

Move to the United Kingdom

The former PNG Hunters five-eighth Ase Boas and his halfback brother Watson Boas have both moved to the UK club Featherstone Rovers alongside the outside centre Thompson Teteh.

Featherstone Rovers are a professional rugby league club that plays in the Championship - a second-tier competition. Similar to the QRL level before the NRL in Australia. 
SOURCE: Twitter Featherstone Rovers’ Papua New Guinea internationals Watson Boas, Ase Boas and Thompson Teteh 

Forward Willie Minoga, hooker Wartovo Puara and fullback Stargroth Amean also moved to England to play with Barrow Raiders. The Barrow Raiders are a semi-professional rugby league team in the third-tier competition. 

SOURCE: @BurrowRaiders Twitter 2019 Raiders line-up for this afternoons game with @YorkKnightsRLFC

In fact, the UK and France have a three-tier rugby league competition. Super League is like the National Rugby League (NRL) competition - the top elite league players play at that level. 

The Championship comp is like the QRL or NSWRL comps. Talented players at Championship Cup would get picked to Super League.

Whereas the third-tier (semi-professional) competition is called the League 1 competition. The competition features clubs from Wales, Canada and France. It is the Rugby Football League's (RFL) third-tier competition, below the Championship.

The rugby pathway is League 1 to Championship to Super League. 

Move to Queensland, Australia

Wynnum Manly is contracting the forward Rahdly Brawa and back Edene Gebbie.

Nixon Putt is marked for the Norths Devils.

Brendon Gotuno moves to the Penrith Panthers.

The PNG Hunters 2019 picks

  • Gairo Kapana, Epel Kapinias (Rabaul Gurias)
  • Shane Haro, Kevin Appo (Pom Vipers)
  • Joe Joshua, Junior Rop (Lae Tigers)
  • Daniel Tapol, Jerry Teme (Hela Wigmen)
  • Brendon Nima, Nick Hasu (Goroka Lahanis)
  • Joe Frank (Waghi Tumbe)
  • Woods Kawage (Enga Mioks)
  • Rex Kaupa (Southern Confederate)
  • Justin Yoka, Jordon Pat (Highlands Confederate)
  • Bland Abavu (Fassifern Bombers)
  • Jack Oii (PRL)

PNG Hunters 2019 loses

  • Ase Boas, Watson Boas, Thompson Teteh (Featherstone Rovers)
  • Stargroth Amean, Wartovo Puara, Willie Minoga (Barrow Raiders)
  • Rahdly Brawa, Edene Gebbie (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)
  • Brendon Gotuno (Penrith Panthers)
  • Adam Korave, Muka Peter Kulu, Junior Bobby, Clyde Name, John Andy, Julius Yakopa, Silas Gahuna (Released)
  • Nixon Putt (Norths Devils)
So, there you have it. Bring on 2019!

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