Rhyse Martin named in Kumuls Nines squad

Leeds Rhinos star Rhyse Martin has been named in the Papua New Guinea Nines squad for the forthcoming World Cup Nines at Bankwest Stadium on October 18-19.

Papua New Guinea is the first of the 12 nations competing in the tournament to announce their 16-strong men’s and women’s squads ahead of a training camp next week.

Former Featherstone player Watson Boas is also included along with his Barrow Raiders team mate Stargroth Amean, with the majority of the Michael Marum-coached squad being drawn from Queensland’s Intrust Super Cup.

The PNG squad initially announced yesterday also included former Leeds Rhinos hooker James Segeyaro however the NRL announced on Wednesday that they have provisionally suspended the Brisbane Broncos player under the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy.  
Segeyaro is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant sport, including rugby league, while the provisional suspension is in place.  

The Kumuls have been drawn in Pool A of the tournament, alongside Australia, New Zealand and USA.

England, France, Lebanon and Wales make up Pool B while Pool C comprises Tonga, Cook Islands, Fiji and Samoa.

Only four nations – Australia, New Zealand, England and PNG – are taking part in the World Cup Nines women’s tournament.

Most of the PNG Orchids squad were members of the team which won the silver medal at the Pacific Games in Samoa in July.

The PNG Kumuls 9s (in alphabetical order) is:
1. Stargroth Amean – Barrow Raiders
2. Watson Boas – Barrow Raiders
3. Edwin Epape – Wynnum Manly
4. Edene Gabbie – Wynnum Manly
5. Lachlan Lam – Sydney Roosters
6. Kyle Laybutt – Townsville Blackhawks
7. Bernard Lewis – Sydney Roosters
8. Garry Lo – PNG Hunters
9. Rhyse Martin – Leeds Rhinos
10. Justin Olam – Melbourne Storm
11. Nixon Putt – North Devils
12. Daniel Russell – Nth Qld Cowboys
13. James Segeyaro – Brisbane Broncos
14. Jedudiah Simbiken – Redcliffe Dolphins
15. Stanford Talita – Hela Wigmen
16. Terry Wapi – PNG Hunters

Coach: Michael Marum