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Brisbane Broncos to bring top side to face the Hunters

Brisbane Broncos to bring top side to face the Hunters

31/01/2018, Papua New Guinea, Multi Sports, Papua New Guinea Facts (Publication), Article # 25645336
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THE Brisbane Broncos are set to unload their big guns in their final NRL pre-season trial against the PNG Hunters next month.
Coach Wayne Bennet named his best 23-man squad for the fixture which will be played at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Sat, Feb 24.
Rugby league fans are expected to pack the NFS in order to see NRL stars like Darius Boyd, Anthony Milford, Matt Gillett and Sam Thaiday in action in Broncos colours for the first time against the Intrust Super Cup premiers.
PNG Rugby Football League chief executive officer Reatau Rau confirmed that Bennett’s squad would include all his top players.
“We received their travelling squad yesterday and I am happy to say that the Broncos have honoured their commitment and will send their premier side for this historical trial match,” Rau said.
The Broncos will be facing the SP Hunters with a trial already under their belts — they play their first trial on Feb 17 against the Gold Coast Titans in Toowoomba.
The Broncos will also split their first grade squad on Feb 24 with a side taking on the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in Brisbane.
Also travelling to Port Moresby is Broncos chief executive Paul White and former players in Allan Langer, Scott Prince and Justin Hodges.
Broncos 23-man squad: Jack Bird, Darius Boyd, Troy Dargan, Matt Gillett, Alex Glenn, Jamayne Isaako, Jordan Kahu, Mathew Lodge, Andrew McCullogh, Joshua McGuire, Anthony Milford, Todd Murphy, Kodi Nikorima, Corey Oates, Joseph Ofahengaue, Tom Opacic, Jonus Pearson, James Roberts, Sam Scarlett, Korbin Sims, Jaydn Su’a, Tevita Pangai, Sam Thaiday.



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Albert Brothers depart for Widnes Vikings

Albert Brothers depart for Widnes Vikings

17/01/2018, Papua New Guinea, Multi Sports, Papua New Guinea Facts (Publication), Article # 25500834
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The Albert brothers, Wellington and Stanton flew out of the country yesterday for the United Kingdom for a two year rugby league contract with the Widnes Vikings club in the English Super League.

The Albert family was at the Jacksons International Airport earlier today to farewell the duo.

PNG Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Reatau Rau and his staff were also there to farewell the brothers.

"The Albert brothers have been together for the last four years after coming through our systems through the junior development programs all the way to the Digicel Cup and then Prime Minister's XIII and onto the Hunters and eventually went on to the Penrith Panthers for two years and then coming back to the Hunters for a full year last year, then the 2017 World Cup and here they are."

Wellington Albert is thankful to coach Michael Marum and the Hunters.

"When we came back we thought our rugby league careers were over but thank you to Michael Marum and PNGRL for believing in us and giving us the chance to play in the Hunters.

"We really appreciate that."

Stanton was signed up by the Vikings last Friday, replacing his late team mate Kato Ottio.

"Im honoured to represent my country and my team mates in the Hunters in the UK.

"Im feeling excited and looking forward to a new chapter."

NBC News - Paul Taumik Junior



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Albert Brothers depart Widnes Vikings

Albert Brothers depart Widnes Vikings

17/01/2018, Papua New Guinea, Multi Sports, Papua New Guinea Facts (Publication), Article # 25500315
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The Albert brothers, Wellington and Stanton flew out of the country yesterday for the United Kingdom for a two year rugby league contract with the Widnes Vikings club in the English Super League.

The Albert family was at the Jacksons International Airport earlier today to farewell the duo.

PNG Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Reatau Rau and his staff were also there to farewell the brothers.

"The Albert brothers have been together for the last four years after coming through our systems through the junior development programs all the way to the Digicel Cup and then Prime Minister's XIII and onto the Hunters and eventually went on to the Penrith Panthers for two years and then coming back to the Hunters for a full year last year, then the 2017 World Cup and here they are."

Wellington Albert is thankful to coach Michael Marum and the Hunters.

"When we came back we thought our rugby league careers were over but thank you to Michael Marum and PNGRL for believing in us and giving us the chance to play in the Hunters.

"We really appreciate that."

Stanton was signed up by the Vikings last Friday, replacing his late team mate Kato Ottio.

"Im honoured to represent my country and my team mates in the Hunters in the UK.

"Im feeling excited and looking forward to a new chapter."

NBC News - Paul Taumik Junior



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