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FORMER Redcliffe Dolphins Carbine Club Colt of the Year winner Wayne Bond will spearhead a PNG Kundus side against the XXXX Queensland Under 19 Maroons at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday.
The Kundus - the pidgin name for 'drum' - are to be co-coached by Bob Bennett and Chris Anara, with former PNG captain Adrian Lam as the head trainer.
The PNG Development side also contains Ipswich's Nigel Naawi, Brisbane Norths' Nathan Daly and Jonno Coombs of the Gold Coast.
Lae-based Jeffrey Pati has a remarkable story, making the team despite the loss of one eye.
Kick-off in the match is 4.30pm, Wednesday, June 14 as a curtain-raiser to State of Origin II.
The XXXX Queensland Under 19 Maroons is chosen from players participating in selection carnivals who did not represent the Queensland under 19 'first-string' side.
This provides an opportunity for many players who are yet to experience Queensland Wizard Cup to represent on a bigger stage.
XXXX QUEENSLAND UNDER 19 MAROONS 1. Martin PAULSON Southern 2. David TYRRELL South East 3. Shane NEUMANN South East 4. Daniel ISAAC South East 5. Alex TALLON South East 6. David GEORGIOU South East 7. Matt SMITH South East 8. Pat McPHERSON South East 9. Brent KUSKEY South East 10. Greg BYRNES Northern 11. Rohan AHERN South East 12. Liam CAPEWELL South West 13. Aiden GUERRA South East Interchange 14. Lachlan SIPPEL Southern 15. Bruce KOLIO South East 16. Brendan HOARE Southern 17 Josh PHELPS South West
Coach: Shane McNALLY
PAPUA NEW GUINEA KUNDUS 1. Jonno COOMBS 2. Dion AIYE 3. Max ROMANONG 4. Nigel NAAWI 5. Jason TALI 6. Keith PETERS 7. Wayne BOND 8. Noel WASO 9. Vernon KALYO 10. James NIGHTINGALE 11. Nathan DALY 12. Nos Gabriel JIM 13. Api WARIGESO Interchange 14. J TUMAHINA 15. Willy SAMSON 16 Jeffrey PATI 17. Joe BOND Coaches:- Chris ANARA and Bob BENNETT Trainer:- Adrian LAM Physio:- Matthew NATUSCH Team Managers: Sir Bob SINCLAIR and Bob CUTMORE Team Doctor: Dr. Peter HENDERSON