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2021 State of Origin GAME 2: Qld Maroons vs NSW Blues Team Lineup

The Ampol State of Origin Game 2 between the Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues will be held at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday 27th June 2021. The Maroons and Blues released their lineup for Game 2. Interestingly, the Blues released a SQUAD whereas the Maroons announced the actual team lineup from 1 to 13 men, including the reserves .


  • Queensland Maroons Coach: Paul GREEN
  •  New South Wales Blues Coach: Brad Fittler






1 Reece Walsh

Josh Addo-Carr


2 Valentine Holmes

Nathan Cleary (vc)


3 Kurt Capewell

Damien Cook


4 Dane Gagai

Angus Crichton


5 Kyle Feldt

Dale Finucane


6 Cameron Munster

Campbell Graham


7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c)

Payne Haas


8 Christian Welch

Apisai Koroisau


9 Andrew McCullough

Jarome Luai


10 Josh Papalii

Liam Martin


11 Felise Kaufusi

Latrell Mitchell


12 Jai Arrow

Cameron Murray


13 Tino Fa’asuamaleaui

Junior Paulo


14 Ben Hunt

Daniel Saifiti


15 David Fifita

Tariq Sims


16 Mo Fotuaika

James Tedesco (c)


17 Frank Molo

Brian To’o


18. Coen Hess

Tom Trbojevic


19. Ronaldo Mulitalo

Jack Wighton



Isaah Yeo



The Queensland Maroons and New South Wales Blues announced their teams' lineup for Game I of the Ampol State of Origin series. Qld maroons released a 20-men lineup whereas the NSW Blues released a 19-men lineup yesterday. The Maroons and Blues squads are shown below (Source:

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    State of Origin Game 1 QLD TEAM lineup:

  1. Jai Arrow - South Sydney Rabbitohs
  2. AJ Brimson - Gold Coast Titans
  3. Kurt Capewell - Penrith Panthers
  4. Daly Cherry-Evans - Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
  5. Xavier Coates - Brisbane Broncos
  6. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui - Gold Coast Titans
  7. Kyle Feldt - North Queensland Cowboys
  8. David Fifita - Gold Coast Titans
  9. Moeaki Fotuaika - Gold Coast Titans
  10. Dane Gagai - South Sydney Rabbitohs
  11. Harry Grant - Melbourne Storm
  12. Coen Hess - North Queensland Cowboys
  13. Valentine Holmes - North Queensland Cowboys
  14. Felise Kaufusi - Melbourne Storm
  15. Reed Mahoney - Parramatta Eels
  16. Cameron Munster - Melbourne Storm
  17. Joe Ofahengaue - Wests Tigers
  18. Kalyn Ponga - Newcastle Knights
  19. Jaydn Su’A - South Sydney Rabbitohs
  20. Christian Welch - Melbourne Storm

State of Origin Game 1 NSW TEAM lineup:

  1. James Tedesco
  2. Brian To'o
  3. Latrell Mitchell
  4. Tom Trbojevic
  5. Josh Addo-Carr
  6. Jarome Luai
  7. Nathan Cleary
  8. Daniel Saifiti
  9. Damien Cook
  10. Jake Trbojevic
  11. Cameron Murray
  12. Tariq Sims
  13. Isaah Yeo
  14. Jack Wighton
  15. Junior Paulo
  16. Payne Haas
  17. Liam Martin
  18. Api Koroisau
  19. Campbell Graham

State of Origin returns schedule in 2021

The SoE will be played in Townsville for the first time. The NSW Blues will be desperate to get a win because of last year's surprise series. The Queensland Maroons will be keen to maintain their win and secure a successive win to break the spell of losses in the previous years. 

Ampol State of Origin schedule

  • Game I: Wednesday 9 June | Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville, Qld
  • Game II: Sunday 27 June | Suncorp Stadium, Qld
  • Game III: Wednesday 14 July | Stadium Australia, NSW

Who is 2020 PNG Hunter's New Coach?

2020 PNG Hunters new coach, Matthew Church, is a not new to rugby League. He has been fundamental in the development of young talents in the under 15, 16, 18 and 20 levels

He is an experienced assistant coach at junior levels and head coach at East Tigers under 20 and Meninga cup under 18.

Matt has a long coaching career at the junior levels. He seems to be the kind of person to go to when you wanted to develop young talents.

2020 PNG Hunters New Coach a Fan Fav?

However, Matt may be new to the PNG RL politics and fans. He may need time to adjust to the madness of rugby League when things go well.

He also will have to prepare for times when things do not work out right. In fact, there is a a ‘big shoe’ to fill and the expectations are high.  Matt is probably aware of it!

It is important that Matt sets his direction for the Hunters early on – where he wants to see the players and team by the end of 2020 season. 

The direction can be in several  ways, but importantly success of individual players is also the success for the team as  whole.

Direction for PNG Hunters in 2020

One way to set a direction and measure it is to successfully connect players to the QRL (Intrust Super Cup) ,NSWRL, NRL or other international competitions.

Another direction can be for the team to be successful in the QRL competition. And that is to not fall below the precedence set by the previous players and coach.

Having said that, Matt is focused on the PNG Hunters in 2020 with his sight on the Digicel Cup comp.

He said
"I'm just looking forward to developing those players and the staff in and around the Hunters and hopefully working in the Digicel Cup (domestic competition in Papua New Guinea) as well to raise coach education,".
We wish him and the 2020 PNG Hunters all the best in the Intrust comp.

Rugby League World Cup Draw 2021: PNG, Tonga, Wales and Cook Islands

The Rugby League World Cup Draw for 2021 as seen PNG pooled against Tonga, Wales Cook Islands. The draw took place at Buckingham Palace was witnessed by the Rugby Football League patron Prince Harry. 

2021 Rugby League World Cup Schedule
IMAGE: Twitter/@RLWC2021

  • Dates: 23 October to 27 November 2021
  • Host country: England 
  • Venues: 17 cities across England including Newcastle, Leeds with the final games at Old Trafford, Manchester, on 27 November 2021.
  • Rugby League World Cup Draw 2021 (Men and Women see below)

In the men's pool, the Cook Islands Rugby League team is the underdog in Group D. Papua New Guinea Kumul are drawn against Wales and Tonga who are the competitive teams in the international rugby league competitions.

It is not going to be easy for PNG Kumuls in this Pool D. 

Many rugby league commentators are behind the 1995 and 2000 semi-finalists Wales in the PNG pool games. However, Tonga has featured strongly against the rugby league giants Australia and New Zeland in recent games. 

The Pool D games are going to be as tough as it comes.

Men's Rugby League World Cup Draw draw

  • Group A: Samoa, England,  France, Greece
  • Group B: Fiji, Australia,  Scotland, Italy
  • Group C: Jamaica, New Zealand, Lebanon, Ireland
  • Group D: Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Wales, Cook Islands

Women's Rugby League World Cup Draw draw

  • Group A:  Papua New Guinea, England, Canada, Brazil
  • Group B: Cook Island, Australia, New Zealand, France

Rugby League World Cup 2021 News and update links

Twitter: @RLWC2021

PNG Kumuls vs Toa Samoa Pacific Test: A Combo of Young and Talented NRL and Intrust Super Cup Players

The 2019 Pacific Test is sure to be a ripper between the PNG Kumuls and Toa Samoa at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday June 22.
samoa vs png 2019
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Papua New Guinea Kumuls is putting together a strong 18 men team for the Pacific Test 2019 composed of players from NRL and Queensland Intrust Cup:

  • NRL= 7 players
  • Wynnum Manly = 3 player
  • PNG Hunters = 5 players
  • North Devils = 1 player
  • Townsville Blackhawks = 1 player
  • Burleigh Bears = 1 player
Recommended reading: samoa vs png 2019 and Lions vs PNG Kumuls Fixtures.

  1. Edene Gabbie Wynnum Manly
  2. Edwin Epape Wynnum Manly
  3. Enock Maki PNG Hunter
  4. James Segeyaro Brisbane Broncos
  5. Junior Rau PNG Hunters
  6. Justin Olam Melbourne Storm
  7. Kurt Baptiste North Queensland Cowboys
  8. Kyle Laybutt Townsville Blackhawks
  9. Lachlan Lam Sydney Roosters
  10. Luke Page Burleigh Bears
  11. Moses Meninga PNG Hunters
  12. Nixon Putt Norths Devils 
  13. Rhadley Brawa Wynnum Manly
  14. Rhyse Martin Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs
  15. Stanton Albert PNG Hunters
  16. Terry Wapi PNG Hunters
  17. Xavier Coates Brisbane Broncos
  18. Zev John Melbourne Storm
For the complete Pacific Test samoa vs png 2019 and British Lions vs PNG Kumuls fixtures, see here.

PNG Hunters News Update - Former Players in the UK and Australia

Update: Further to a post on PNG Hunters former players, this post provides an update on where the 2014 Grand Final winning players' club in the UK and Australia. 

Pic: @rmt_1982.Rob Terrace
Many players who had the opportunity to move to play overseas have either stayed with the teams they were contracted with or moved around. So, this is the latest on where the original PNG Hunters are mid-2019.
  • Barrow Raiders
Wartovo Puara
Stargroth Amean
Willie Minoga

The club released Willie to travel back to PNG on family reasons. Here is what the Barrow Raiders said on Twitter
'Willie Minoga is about to board a flight for PNG. His pregnant wife has been involved in a serious road accident and the club has given Willie's two weeks compassionate leave so he can be with his family. 

Our thoughts are with you Willie from all at Barrow Raiders' 
  • Doncaster RLFC 
Watson Boas (loan)
*Menzie Yere (loan)
Jason Tali

Featherstone Rovers released Watson Boas on loan to Doncaster RLFC. Watson played 11 games and scored 4 tries. He did not feature in the plays in late April 2019 due to availability of other Rovers halves. 
Featherstone CEO Davide Longo said 
'The coaching team at Featherstone Rovers will monitor Watson closely and be very much in regular contact with the Doncaster coaching staff and the player'
The Boas brothers, Watson and Ase, and Thompson Tete joined the second tier club early in 2019. They play several games for the Rovers. 

Thompson Teteh nursed a suspected shoulder injury.

Ase returned home due to family reasons. He is now back with the PNG Hunters 2019.

Watson is now playing for the Doncaster RLFC with two other Papua New Guinean internationals Menzie Yere (on loan from Sheffield Eagles) and Jason Tali.

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Rahdly Brawa, Edene Gebbie (Wynnum Manly)Nixon Putt (Norths Devils) and Brendon Gotuno (Penrith Panthers) - where are they now?

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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