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IN OPPOSITION: Papua New Guinea

4th July 2017, 13:40

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IN OPPOSITION: Papua New Guinea

In a new feature, Ryan Gould takes a closer look at Wales' opponents at Rugby League World Cup 2017, starting with Papua New Guinea

 

WHERE AND WHEN WILL WALES FACE PAPUA NEW GUINEA?

Wales' opening Rugby League World Cup 2017 fixture will be against Papua New Guinea on Saturday, October 28 at 6am (3pm PGT). 

The match will take place at Sir John Guise Stadium, which was redeveloped ahead of the 2015 Pacific Games and hosted both the opening and closing ceremonies.

Sir John Guise Stadium is located in Port Moresby, the capital and largest city of Papua New Guinea with a population of over 400,000.

In October, there are hot temperatures in Papua New Guinea and daily highs are usually around 30°C.

 

WHAT IS PAPUA NEW GUINEA'S WORLD CUP RECORD LIKE? 

Rugby League World Cup 2017 will be the seventh World Cup that Papua New Guinea have featured in. 

Currently ranked 11th in the world, their first tournament was in 1985 and their last was in 2013. 

In 2013, they were placed in a tricky group with France, Somoa and New Zealand and lost all three of their group matches. 

William Barthau's drop-goal was the difference in an 8-9 defeat to France, before they lost 4-38 to Samoa. 

Their final match was at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, where they fell to a 10-56 defeat at the hands of finalists New Zealand. 

Papua New Guinea's players leave the field after their RLWC2013 clash with Samoa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEN DID PAPUA NEW GUINEA LAST TAKE TO THE FIELD?

Papua New Guinea took on Cook Islands in a Pacific Test at Campbelltown Stadium at Saturday, May 6. 

The Kumuls came out on top as they recorded a 32-22 victory over Cook Islands in the first meeting between the two sides since 2009. 

With the score locked at 12-12 at the interval, Papua New Guinea kicked on in the second-half and tries from Stargroth Amean and Nixon Putt secured the win.

In the end, it was the players who play in the Intrust Super Cup that stepped up to the plate and proved to be the difference. 

Full highlights of Papua New Guinea v Cook Islands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHICH PAPUA NEW GUINEA PLAYERS WILL CATCH YOUR EYE?

Rod Griffin, a 30-year-old second-rower, is currently on the books of Cantebury Bulldogs, although he is yet to make his first-team debut.

He won the Queensland Cup with Ispwich Jets in 2015 and has already played nine test matches for Papua New Guinea. 

Stargroth Amean, meanwhile, is a fullback for Papua New Guinea Hunters, who play in the Intrust Super Cup.

The 26-year-old made his mark in the Pacific Test with Cook Islands and grabbed two tries in a lively performance in the backs. 

 

WHO IS IN CHARGE OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA?

Michael Marum is the head coach of Papua New Guinea. 

He appeared for the country as a player in Rugby League World Cup 2000 and was an assistant coach at both the 2008 and 2013 World Cups. 

 

FAN INFORMATION

Tickets for Wales' opener against Papua New Guinea are yet to go on sale. 

Once they are on open sale, details of how to purchase will be communicated through Wales Rugby League's media channels.

Are you planning on travelling to Papua New Guinea to cheer on Wales? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

 

The next country in our "In opposition" feature will be Fiji, who Wales will face in their second Rugby League World Cup 2017 group match.