Marum: We are only going for the best

first_imgBy Fidelis Sukina Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League and PNG LNG Kumuls coach Michael Marum said there are about 40 names on their Kumuls’ list. But Marum said standards will not be compromised when selecting the squad for the four scheduled matches this year. “Our test matches, the Kumuls we will always be selected from the competitions in the National Rugby League, Super League, the Queensland Intrust Super Cup and the New South Wales Intrust Super Premiership that is because we cannot drop the standard. “It has been set very high and we need to have our best players from those competitions. Since 1975 to last year, there have been around 286 Kumuls the only ones to have donned the jerseys,” Marum said. “This time, we cannot give it away unless you are playing in the competitions mentioned. We have been getting players from those competitions since 16 and 17. It has been really successful and I don’t see any reason why that should change. “Players in those competitions have to be really playing well. Some players might lose their positions. Those who were in the World Cup last year if they are injured or suspended may be left out. We had a long list last year and we have a list of 40 names in our list. Players may have dropped to the lower levels but they need to make their way up to be included in the squad.” Chief executive officer Reatau Rau said the PNGRFL Board has supported the move and will be sticking to it.last_img

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