Six Debutants named in Kumuls starting side

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PNG LNG Kumuls Coach Michael Marum has named six debutants in a new-look backline starting side for Saturday’s Oceania Cup Pacific Test opener against Toa Samoa in Sydney.

PNG Hunters regular fullback Terry Wapi will start on the wing, making way for Edene Gabbie at fullback. Brandon Nima and Xavier Coates are the centres while the new halves combination sees Edwin Ipape at five eighth and Kyle Laybutt at half.

The other two debutants, Zev John and Bernard Lewis have been named on the extended bench.

The PNG LNG Kumuls team is:

1. Edene GABBIE

2. Junior RAU

3. Brandon NIMA

4. Xavier COATES

5. Terry WAPI

6. Edwin IPAPE

7. Kyle LAYBUTT

8. Enock MAKI

9. James SEGEYARO – Captain

10. Luke PAGE

11. Rhyse MARTIN

12. Nixon PUTT

13. Moses MENINGA

14. Kurt BAPTISTE

15. Zev JOHN

16. Rhadley BRAWA

17. Stanton ALBERT

18. Bernard LEWIS

Coach Michael Marum will confirm the final 17 an hour before kick off at 7.55pm on Saturday June 22, 2019 at Leichhardt oval in Sydney.

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