Sport: NRL pair named in PNG PM's 13

11:39 am on 13 September 2016

National Rugby League stars David Mead and Nene McDonald have been named in a 25-man Papua New Guinea squad to take on the Australian Prime Minister's 13 in Port Moresby.

The Gold Coast duo, who are switching clubs in 2017 to the Brisbane Broncos and St George Illawarra Dragons respectively, are available after the Titans were knocked out in the opening round of the NRL playoffs.

Seven PNG Hunters players: Bland Abavu, Ase Boas, Butler Morris, Justin Olam, Brandy Peter, Wartovo Puara Jnr and Esau Siune have also been included, following their elimination from the Queensland Cup.

PNG Hunters hooker Wartovo Puara.

PNG Hunters hooker Wartovo Puara. Photo: SP PNG Hunters

Rhyse Martin, Willie Minoga and Ray Thompson are also in the extended PNG Prime Ministers 13 squad after the Townsville Blackhawks were beaten by the Sunshine Coast Falcons on Sunday.

The remaining 12 players were selected from the Digicel Cup and other local PNG competitions.

PNG Hunters and Kumuls coach Michael Marum.

Michael Marum Photo: PNG Rugby League

PNG Kumuls and Hunters coach Michael Marum will take charge of the team at the National Football Stadium, with coach of the Digicel Cup champion Lae Snax Tigers, Stanley Tepend, assisting him.

The PNG Under 16 vs Australia Under 16 and the PMRFL women's grand final will serve as curtain-raisers to the main event.

The squad go into camp in Port Moresby this weekend.

Full Squad:

Bland Abavu SP Hunters

Ila Alu Rabaul Agmark Gurias

Pasu Awane Lae Snax Tigers

Yoks Bagave Southern Confederation Seniors

Anderson Benford Lae Snax Tigers

Konnie Bernard Rabaul Agmark Gurias

Ase Boas SP Hunters

Bradley Beawa TNA Simbu Lions

Bernard Goma Gulf Isapea

Noel Joel Lae Snax Tigers

Mafu Kalas Lae Snax Tigers

Muka Peter Kulu Southern Confederation U20

David Loko Lae Snax Tigers

Rhyse Martin Townsville Blackhawks

Nene McDonald Gold Coast Titans

David Mead Gold Coast Titans

Willie Minoga Townsville Blackhawks

Butler Morris SP Hunters

Justin Olam SP Hunters

Kingston Paul Enga Mioks

Brandy Peter SP Hunters

Wartovo Puara Jnr SP Hunters

Junior Rop Lae Snax Tigers

Esau Siune SP Hunters

Ray Thompson Townsville Blackhawks