Local players in Papua New Guinea get another chance to press their claims for a place in the Kumuls Rugby League World Cup squad tomorrow in a trial game in Port Moresby.
The Kumul Red and Gold teams are made up entirely of locally-based players, from which the national selectors will pick the bulk of their squad for next weekend's clash with the Australian Prime Minister's 13.
The Interim CEO of the Papua New Guinea Rugby League Federation, Brad Tassell, says there is plenty of talent on the domestic scene and tomorrow's match is a big opportunity.
"There's a lot of spots still open right across the paddock and there's a lot of players that are pushing for those spots so the depth I would say in Papua New Guinea Rugby League right now is probably the best that it's been for the last ten or fifteen years. Some of the players that are up here - because they're young, they've got the right attitude, they've been taught the right things - we believe that they wouldn't look out of place in a Queensland Cup or an NRL programme overseas. I think a lot of people will be surprised by the talent and just how well prepared the Team Kumul players will be and the squad for the World Cup."
Brad Tassell says as many as 12-14 local players could be selected in the final 24-man World Cup squad.