The Australian Rugby League has today announced the Prime Minister’s XIII side to play Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Sunday, 27 September, 2009.

The match at Lloyd Robson Oval will be preceded by the team conducting community work with AusAID and the Papua New Guinea Rugby League aimed at promoting critical health messages.

Team of the Century member Mal Meninga will coach the Prime Minister’s XIII side for the fifth consecutive year. Also joining the coaching staff is former Test and Origin great Brad Fittler.

Queensland and Test front rower Petero Civoniceva has been named captain of the side.

“Mal has done a terrific job with this side over the past four years and he and the team will again be great representatives for Australia on and off the field this year,” Prime Minister Mr Kevin Rudd said today.

“I look forward to the team continuing the legacy they have built through their important community work off the field in the lead up to the match.

“It is always a tough game against the Papua New Guinean side so I wish ‘my team’ all the best.”

2009 ARL Prime Minister’s XIII  

Position

Player

Club

Fullback

Josh Dugan

Canberra Raiders

Wing

Nathan Merritt

South Sydney

Centre

Michael Jennings

Penrith Panthers

Centre

Joel Monaghan

Canberra Raiders

Wing

David Williams

Manly Sea Eagles

Five-eighth

Terry Campese

Canberra Raiders

Halfback

Johnathan Thurston

North Queensland Cowboys

Front Row

Petero Civoniceva (c)

Penrith Panthers

Hooker

Robbie Farah

Wests Tigers

Front Row

Keith Galloway

Wests Tigers

Second Row

Trent Waterhouse

Penrith Panthers

Second Row

Luke O’Donnell

North Queensland

Lock

Paul Gallen

Cronulla Sharks

Interchange

Luke Lewis

Penrith Panthers

Interchange

Dave Shillington

Canberra Raiders

Interchange

Nate Myles

Sydney Roosters

Interchange

Tom Learoyd-Lahrs

Canberra Raiders

Interchange

Adam MacDougall

Newcastle Knights

Please note that the above players are eligible for selection in the VB Kangaroos squad to contest the Gillette Four Nations tournament.

Several players named in the VB Kangaroos train-on squad were not considered for selection in the Prime Minister’s XIII team due to workload concerns.

The team will gather at the Sydney Football Stadium at 11.30am on Wednesday for medicals and a team briefing.  The team will then assemble and travel to Cairns on Thursday, 24 September, and depart for Port Moresby on Friday, 25 September.