Leading up to his centennial match with Doncaster (the Dons), Jason sat down with fellow countryman and team mate Watson Boas:
Jason Tali made his first appearance in England as a Kumul in the 2013 World Cup. After returning from the campaign he was called up by Lae Snax Tigers Head Coach Stanley Tepend to be part of their 2014 Digicel Cup team. It was also the year that saw the SP PNG Hunters enter the Queensland Rugby League’s top tier comp, the Intrust Super Cup.
Midway through the season Tali was called into the Hunters camp where he had the opportunity to play around 10 games and going to the end of the season he was approached by then Newcastle Thunder coach, Stanley Gene to play one season with the club in 2015 in the English Betfred League One.
The Papua New Guinean joined Doncaster (the Dons) at the start of 2016 after an impressive season at fellow Betfred League One side Newcastle Thunder scoring 14 tries in 12 games during his time in the North East, persuading the Dons to bring Tali to South Yorkshire.
In four full seasons with the club prior to the 2020 campaign getting underway, the powerful centre had made 93 appearances in a Dons shirt, scoring an impressive 68 tries in the process.
Tali signed a new three-year deal with the club midway through the 2018 campaign.
The Dons will take on the London Skolas at Keepmoat Stadium, 3pm Sunday June 6, 2021 England (around midnight or 12am Monday June 7 PNG Time).
Stay tuned to PNGBUZZ for an extended interview of Jason’s career, where he also talks about his 2021 World Cup aspirations.
Video Interview courtesy of Watson Boas. Feature Photo Credit: Doncaster Free Press.