Boas, Page out of PM’s XIII squad
Rugby League By KEVIN TEME Current SP PNG Hunters captain and playmaker Ase Boas is one of the three notable omissions in the National Gaming Control Board’s sponsored PNG Prime Minister’s XIII team named yesterday. The other notable omissions from the lineup are Hunter’s winger Junior Rau and Kumul “wrecking ball” Luke Page. Head coach Michael Marum said this after NGCB chief executive officer Imelda Agon named the 18-member team at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby. Marum said Boas’ form of late has been poor after sustaining injuries during the season and that is the reason why he was dropped from the squad. “Ase hasn’t been playing well in the last few games. “He played well last year, this year he struggled a bit with injuries and he has put on weight. “And I have spoken to him a lot of times about it,” Marum said. He said, Boas will however be going away to England to play in the third tier competition so hopefully he plays well and gets up to the Super League to be considered in the future. “For Rau, he is on suspension by the Queensland Intrust Cup judiciary after the last game against Queensland Capras for a dangerous throw. “He (Rau) didn’t play after Capras game so the suspension carries on including international games so he will be serving that one match suspension which comes into play in this match against the visiting Australian Prime Minister’s XIII match,” he said. Page has been dropped from the side due to work commitment. Marum said the side has also new faces including Daniel Russell (South Logan Magpies) and Kyle Laybutt (North Queensland Cowboys). “Russell has signed a three-year contract with North Queensland Cowboys from the Brisbane Broncos U-20. He is young kid and he played against us in the last game against Magpies,” he said. The NGCB PM’s XIII side is dominated by Queensland’s Intrust Super Cup players including Hunters, South Logan Magpies and East Tigers. The rest are from the NRL and one from the English Super League. The squad is: Edene Gabbie, Enoch Maki, Moses Meninga, Nixon Putt, Rhadley Brawa, Stanton Albert, Watson Boas, Willie Minoga (Hunters), Daniel Russell (South Logan Magpies), David Mead (Catalans Dragons), James Segeyaro (Cronulla Sharks), Justin Olam (Melbourne Storm), Kyle Laybutt (North Queensland Cowboys), Lachlan Lam (Sydney Roosters), Nene McDonald (St George Illawarra), Rhys Martin (Canterbury Bulldogs), Tom Butterfield (East Tigers) and Wellington Albert (Widnes Vikings). The rest of the PM’s XII staff including coaching staff are Marum, Timothy Lepa, Stanley Tepend, Nigel Hukula, Solomon Kuliniasi, John Wilshire, Marcus Bai, Simon Morris and Dr Ivan Ravu Jr.