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Marum in support

Maciu Malo
Friday, October 13, 2017

PAPUA New Guinea rugby league head coach Michael Marum supports the move to have Fiji Bati team in the New South Wales rugby league competition.

He said the exposure would help develop the local players at the same time improved Fiji's standards.

Marum said the Papua New Guinea Hunters have set the platform after winning the Queensland competition grand final few weeks ago.

"I think there a lot of talks happening about Fiji's participation at the NSW Cup and it will be good to see Fiji in that competition," he said.

"Otherwise it will be good to have Fiji or other Pacific teams in the Queensland Cup. I have been talking to Petero Civoniceva about Fiji's quest to participate in the NSW cup and I really supported the move."

Marum said the upcoming tri nation test amongst Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Australia would help promote the game at the same time benefit Fiji and PNG.

He said it would be good to have Australia and New Zealand having frequent games against Pacific teams.

Meanwhile, the Kumuls have set their rugby league world cup target and would use the games against Fiji and the Kangaroos to best test their combination.

"We want to finish by winning all the pool games and to secure a quarter-final spot but our aim for this year's world cup is to reach the semi-final," he added.

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