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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.
As many of you may well know, there is a big Test match taking place this Friday between World Champions Australia and Great Britain at Aussie Stadium but for Papua New Guinea's young hopefuls there is an even bigger match for them.
A PNG Presidents 13 squad will be selected to face the Junior Kangaroos' on Friday 12th July. The match will be played as a curtain raiser and will be a tough ask for a PNG select squad made out of domestic local regional players.
The Junior Kangaroos' have never been beaten before and are on red hot form after their performance's of 2001. They thrashed their New Zealand counterparts 50-12 before last year's Trans-Tasman Test in Wellington while they beat a very strong England Academy 2-0 in a Test series. They scraped through the first match 18-12 but easily won the second at Sydney Football Stadium (now Aussie Stadium) 44-22 before a strong crowd of around 7,000.
This Friday's international Test match between Australia's Kangaroos' and the best Britain has to offer maybe mouthwatering for many Rugby League fans but for those in Papua New Guinea, the curtain raiser involving the PNG Presidents 13 is equally attractive and important as they attempt to gain more credibility at all levels of international Rugby League.
So, for you expat Papua New Guineans living in Australia, make sure you get to the Australia versus Great Britain Test match. You can pre book tickets or buy them at Aussie Stadium. The Test match kick-off is at 7:30pm Sydney/NSW time but make sure you get there a couple of hours early to catch the Presidents select 13 in action. Remember, it is scheduled to take place on Friday July 12th in Sydney, Australia