The PNG LNG Kumuls and members of the coaching staff arrived back in Port Moresby today. The Australian-based players left for their homes yesterday, it was quite emotional among the players especially Paul Aiton, who played his last game for PNG over the weekend.
PNG Rugby Football League Chairman, Sandis Tsaka, was extremely proud of the team’s performance during the tournament.
He said it was the result of a successful Rugby League program which began 4 years ago, after the 2013 World Cup.
PNGRFL CEO thanked the sponsors, fans, and supporters who backed the Kumuls during their World Cup campaign. Kumuls Coach Michael Marum thanked the players and coaching staff for their tireless efforts in preparing for the World Cup.
He said they are looking forward to the next World Cup in 2021 in England.
Captain David Mead, was disappointed he could not finish off their quarter final match against England last weekend, having being taken off the field 90 seconds into the match.
Former Kumuls and members of the coaching staff, John Wilshere and Marcus Bai, thanked Marum for giving them the opportunity to be part of the team.