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Hammer time for PM's XIII

The Australian Rugby League Commission and the Prime Minister the Hon Anthony Albanese MP have announced the Australian Men’s and Women’s Prime Minister’s XIII squads to take on PNG PM’s XIII teams at Santos National Football Stadium in Port Moresby, on Saturday, September 23.

The Men’s Prime Minister’s XIII will include eight representatives from the 2022 World Cup winning Kangaroos squad, for the first Prime Minister’s XIII encounter in PNG since 2018.

The Women’s Prime Minister’s XIII has been selected with a view to giving some of the best up and coming players in the NRLW an opportunity alongside a number of established representative players including Kennedy Cherrington, Botille Vette-Welsh and Tallisha Harden.

“Being Prime Minister is a great honour. I enjoy every part of the job, but a fun part is getting to pick the PM’s XIII sides,” Prime Minister Albanese said.

“These contests represent far more than just a couple of games of footy. Papua New Guinea and Australia are the closest of neighbours and we are the best of friends. We are working together to build a more prosperous, stable and peaceful region. Rugby League is an opportunity to celebrate our friendship and strengthen our partnership.

“I am really looking forward to Cam and Tallisha leading out their teams in Port Morseby, and know the contest will be great for the game, a thrill for all the players selected and another important step forward for our region.”

ARLC Chairman Peter V’landys AM congratulated all players on their selection in a special team.

“These players have performed exceptionally well throughout the season and have earned the chance to wear the Green and Gold for Australia,” Mr V’landys said.

“I congratulate the players selected for both teams as to represent your country is the ultimate achievement. It’s also an inspiration for fans in Australia and of course the fans in PNG, where Rugby League means so much.”

Australian Men’s PM’s XIII Coach Mal Meninga said the match would provide a selection guide ahead of the first ever Pacific Championships, across October and November.

“This squad is a blend of experience from the World Cup last year, additional State of Origin players from this year, as well as younger players who we would like to see at this level,” Meninga said.

There was fairly unanimous agreement across the selections and I can’t wait to see this group test themselves in the green and gold.

Mal Meninga

Australian Women’s PM’s XIII Coach Brad Donald said the PM’s XIII would provide opportunities for the players to both further their representative aspirations as well as experience something quite unique.

“It’s a really well-balanced team featuring some of our First Nations Gems players, emerging talent in the NRLW competition and a handful of Jillaroos representatives who will be the key leaders,” Donald said.

The PM’s XIII concept is aimed at using rugby league to drive social awareness messages. This year’s event will also see the introduction of the Australian school boys and girls taking on our Junior Kumuls and Orchids respectively, with support from the Australian Government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the NRL.

2023 Australian Men’s Prime Minister’s XIII

Josh Addo-Carr - Bulldogs

Daly Cherry-Evans (VC) - Sea Eagles

Reuben Cotter - Cowboys

Tom Dearden - Cowboys

Tino Fa’asuamaleaui - Titans

Emre Guler - Raiders

Ben Hunt - Dragons

Nicho Hynes - Sharks

Alofiana Khan-Pereira - Titans

Zac Lomax - Dragons

Cameron McInnes - Sharks

Cameron Murray (c) - Rabbitohs

Reece Robson - Cowboys

Tyrell Sloan - Dragons

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow - Dolphins

Murray Taulagi - Cowboys

Jake Trbojevic - Sea Eagles

Cody Walker - Rabbitohs

Hudson Young - Raiders

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