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THERE is an important match on this Friday for some of Papua New Guinea's hopefuls as a Presidents 13 will be selected from regional domestic competitions to face the might of the Australian Schoolboys' Junior Kangaroos' at Aussie Stadium (formerly Sydney Football Stadium) before the Australia versus Great Britain and Ireland Test match.
GREAT Britain Rugby League star Keiron Cunningham believes he can cope with the intense pressure he is under playing for the Lions' on Australian soil. The St Helens player is ranked the best hooker in the world and is widely regarded as the only player from the Northern Hemisphere good enough to get in an Australian side. It's not very often an Englishman is rated as high as he is 'down under' but after missing last year's Ashes Series against the Kangaroos' he knows he has to prove his worthy of his number one ranking.
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RFL Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Challenge Cup Final 2002:Wigan Warriors 21-12 St HelensAt Murrayfield, Edinburgh, ScotlandAtt: 62,140 (near capacity)
IT was announced yesterday by the PNGRFL that the Kumuls' will play three Test matches this year.
LAST year's shock State of Origin 3 selected Allan Langer has been left out of the Queensland squad for the series this year against New South Wales.The Brisbane Broncos veteran was the first overseas based Australasian to be selected for an origin side as he was playing over in England with Warrington Wolves in Super League.QLD Maroons' coach Wayne Bennett left the Brisbane legend out of his 22-man squad. This was a bit of a shock since Alfie' Langer has been playing very well for the Broncos this season and not only that but Bennett is the coach ofBrisbane.Queensland State of Origin 2002 match one squad is as follows:Shaun Berrigan (Brisbane Broncos, QLD), John Buttigieg (North Queensland Cowboys, QLD), Paul Bowman (North Queensland Cowboys, QLD), Kevin Campion (New Zealand Warriors, NZL), Dane Carlaw (Brisbane Broncos, QLD), Petero Civoniceva(Brisbane Broncos, QLD), John Doyle (North Queensland Cowboys, QLD), Jamie Goddard (Northern Eagles, NSW), Justin Hodges (Sydney Roosters. NSW), Darren Lockyer (Brisbane Broncos, QLD), PJ Marsh (New Zealand Warriors, NZL), ChrisMcKenna (Cronulla Sharks, NSW), Travis Norton (Canterbury Bulldogs, NSW), Steven Price (Canterbury Bulldogs, NSW), Clinton Schifcofske (Canberra Raiders, ACT), Darren Smith (Canterbury Bulldogs, NSW ), Gorden Tallis (Brisbane Broncos, QLD), Lote Tuqiri (Brisbane Broncos, NSW), Daniel Wagon (Parramatta Eels, NSW), Carl Webb (Brisbane Broncos, QLD), Shane Webcke (Brisbane Broncos, QLD).Queensland are the current Australian Origin champions after winning last years third and deciding match at Brisbane's ANZ Stadium 40-14 before a capacity 49,000 crowd, the Maroons' were on devastating form inspired by Allan Langer,the former Australian Kangaroo' half-back.