New faces in the PNG Prime Minister's 13 team

The PNG Prime Minister’s 13 team to take on Australia’s PM13 side on October 6 has been announced with a number of Intrust Super Cup stars set to feature.

Coached by Michael Marum; there are some notable omissions with Bears skipper Luke Page missing out due to work commitments; while Hunters captain Ase Boas was also not named as he is still dealing with the effects of his earlier injuries.

Damaging Hunters winger Junior Rau was also not considered as he is serving a suspension.

The new faces in the side are headlined by former NQ Cowboys-contracted halfback Kyle Laybutt (pictured above) who played with the Mackay Cutters this season.

The team will play the Australian Prime Minister's XIII in Port Moresby on October 6.

Edene Gebbie has been rewarded for a strong season with inclusion in the PNG PM13 side. Photo: PNG Hunters Media
Edene Gebbie has been rewarded for a strong season with inclusion in the PNG PM13 side. Photo: PNG Hunters Media

PNG Prime Minister’s 13 team - (in alphabetical order by first name)
(sponsored by National Gaming Control Board)

1. Daniel Russell - South Logan Magpies
2. David Mead - Catalans Dragons
3. Edene Gebbie - PNG Hunters
4. Enock Maki - PNG Hunters
5. James Segeyaro - Cronulla Sharks
6. Justin Olam - Melbourne Storm / Sunshine Coast Falcons
7. Kyle Laybutt - North Queensland Cowboys / Mackay Cutters
8. Lachlan Lam - Sydney Roosters
9. Moses Meninga - PNG Hunters
10. Nene McDonald - St George Illawarra Dragons
11. Nixon Putt - PNG Hunters
12. Radley Brawa - PNG Hunters
13. Rhys Martin - Canterbury Bulldogs
14. Stanton Albert - PNG Hunters
15. Tom Butterfield - East Tigers
16. Watson Boas - PNG Hunters
17. Wellington Albert - Widnes Vikings
18. Willie Minoga - PNG Hunters

Coach: Michael Marum