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Mal Meninga takes position with Papua New Guinea, hopes to make them competitive at World Cup

Mal Meninga has been a big factor in Queensland's dominance of State of Origin over the past seven years and now he's turning his attention further north.

Papua New Guinea has always been a hotbed of exceptional rugby league talent but without the right infrastructure they've never quite unlocked the formula to harnessing their potential.

But that might all be about to change after the Maroons' supercoach was hired by the PNG government to turn the country's national sport into a genuine contender at international level.

As High Performance Director for Team Kumul, Meninga is looking to turn the national side, coached by another Queensland great, Adrian Lam, into a smokey to fear in future World Cups.

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http://www.foxsports.com.au/league/mal-meninga-takes-position-with-papua-new-guinea-hopes-to-make-them-competitive-at-world-cup/story-e6frf3ou-1226612601856#.UWaBVJMmdws

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I was reading about this in RLW last night. It looks like the internal schism that badly weakened them at their last 4 Nations has been dealt with.

Now, hopefully, the national team can move forward. Mal and the coaching team are trying to instill professionalism amongst the squad players from the domestic competition, to match the guys who play in the UK and Australia.

As with most international developments in RL, it's long overdue.

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As with most international developments in RL, it's long overdue.

 

 

I agree it's long overdue but IMO it's too little too late as far as the 2013 WC is concerned. It's all well and good having a high profile coach working with the domestic PNG players but until PNG have a chance to get some of their better, younger players into the Australian system things won't progress as they should. 

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I agree it's long overdue but IMO it's too little too late as far as the 2013 WC is concerned. It's all well and good having a high profile coach working with the domestic PNG players but until PNG have a chance to get some of their better, younger players into the Australian system things won't progress as they should.

There are Aussies Scouts in PNG though Pom and lots of local Clubs have PNG players in their teams.

FNQ is full of PNG immigrants.

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There are Aussies Scouts in PNG though Pom and lots of local Clubs have PNG players in their teams.

FNQ is full of PNG immigrants.

Picking up a 24 year old to play in the Qld Cup is good, but we'd be much better off if clubs went to the PNG schoolboys championships and picked up the best kids. We need to get them into the development programmes at a much younger age if they're going to fulfil their potential.

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