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Daly Cherry-Evans gets a chance to push his World Cup claims when he leads the Australian Prime Minister's XIII on Sunday in a clash with the passionate PNG outfit who always put on a show.

The fourth match on a massive Sunday at Suncorp Stadium represents the first time the PM's XIII game has been played on Australian soil and gives a number of Kangaroos aspirants a chance to shine while also showcasing the talents of rising stars like Jojo Fifita from the Titans.

For the PNG PM's XIII the match serves as ideal preparation for the World Cup and the chance to pit their skills against seasoned stars like Cherry-Evans, Josh Addo-Carr, Ben Hunt and Angus Crichton.

The last time the pride of PNG was in show was in June's Pacific Test at Campbelltown Stadium when they defeated Fiji and a number of players who stood tall that night will be on show again and ready to take the game right up to the Aussies.

The first ever Prime Minister's XIII clash was staged in Port Moresby in 2005 as an exhibition to celebrate PNG’s 30th anniversary of independence and was staged every year until 2018, with Australia winning 13 of the 14 clashes and one draw in 2007 when PNG fought back from 20-0 down at the break to draw 24-24.

Match: AUS PM XIII v Papua New Guinea

Round 2 -

AUS PM XIII

home Team

AUS PM XIII

Papua New Guinea

away Team

Papua New Guinea

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Match broadcasters:

  • Gem
  • Kayo
  • Foxtel

The Rundown

Team news

Australian PM's XII: The Mal Meninga-coached PM's XIII boasts a backline packed with speed and skill, led by Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans who combines with Matt Burton in the halves. Burton's Bulldogs team-mate Josh Addo-Carr gets a chance to remind national selectors of his blistering pace and tryscoring ability after being overlooked for this year's Origin series. In the forwards, the Storm's Josh King, Bulldog Max King and Titan Beau Fermor have been rewarded for breakout seasons. 

PNG PM's XIII: The rousing 24-14 win over Fiji in June signalled the end of the international career of winger David Mead, who bowed out in style as the Kumuls made it eight wins in their past 11 matches. Also making a big impression that night was five-eighth Kyle Laybutt, who shifts to halfback this weekend with Lachlan Lam playing for Leigh Centurions in the Championship semi-finals in England. Back-rower Nixon Putt and prop McKenzie Lei were also impressive in June and will be a handful for the Australian PM's XIII while centre Brandon Nima and five-eighth Judah Rimbu enjoyed strong seasons for the Hunters in Queensland Cup. No changes in Saturday's 24-hour update.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for AUS PM XIII is number 1 Daine Laurie
    Fullback for Papua New Guinea is number 1 Edene Gebbie
  • Winger for AUS PM XIII is number 2 Josh Addo-Carr
    Winger for Papua New Guinea is number 2 Jimmy Ngutlik
  • Centre for AUS PM XIII is number 3 Selwyn Cobbo
    Centre for Papua New Guinea is number 3 Brandon Nima
  • Centre for AUS PM XIII is number 4 Zac Lomax
    Centre for Papua New Guinea is number 4 Rodrick Tai
  • Winger for AUS PM XIII is number 5 Jojo Fifita
    Winger for Papua New Guinea is number 5 Leon Undupia
  • Five-Eighth for AUS PM XIII is number 6 Matt Burton
    Five-Eighth for Papua New Guinea is number 6 Judah Rimbu
  • Halfback for AUS PM XIII is number 7 Daly Cherry-Evans
    Halfback for Papua New Guinea is number 7 Kyle Laybutt

Forwards

  • Prop for AUS PM XIII is number 8 Tino Fa'asuamaleaui
    Prop for Papua New Guinea is number 8 McKenzie Yei
  • Hooker for AUS PM XIII is number 9 Ben Hunt
    Hooker for Papua New Guinea is number 9 Wartovo Puara
  • Prop for AUS PM XIII is number 10 Thomas Flegler
    Prop for Papua New Guinea is number 10 Sylvester Namo
  • 2nd Row for AUS PM XIII is number 11 Nat Butcher
    2nd Row for Papua New Guinea is number 11 Nixon Putt
  • 2nd Row for AUS PM XIII is number 12 Angus Crichton
    2nd Row for Papua New Guinea is number 12 Dan Russell
  • Lock for AUS PM XIII is number 13 Josh King
    Lock for Papua New Guinea is number 13 Keven Appo

Interchange

  • Interchange for AUS PM XIII is number 14 Max King
    Interchange for Papua New Guinea is number 14 Wesser Tenza
  • Interchange for AUS PM XIII is number 15 Beau Fermor
    Interchange for Papua New Guinea is number 15 Emmanuel Waine
  • Interchange for AUS PM XIII is number 16 Jake Simpkin
    Interchange for Papua New Guinea is number 16 Zev John
  • Interchange for AUS PM XIII is number 17 Luke Garner
    Interchange for Papua New Guinea is number 17 Francis Kembis

Reserves

  • Reserve for AUS PM XIII is number 18 Josh Curran
    Reserve for Papua New Guinea is number 18 Cruise Ten
  • Reserve for AUS PM XIII is number 19 Jake Averillo
    Reserve for Papua New Guinea is number 19 Sherwin Tanabi
  • Reserve for AUS PM XIII is number 20 Sam Walker
    Reserve for Papua New Guinea is number 20 Epel Kapinias

AUS PM XIII Ins

Papua New Guinea Ins

  • Brandon Nima
  • Cruise Ten
  • Edene Gebbie
  • Francis Kembis
  • Jimmy Ngutlik
  • Judah Rimbu
  • Keven Appo
  • Leon Undupia
  • Rodrick Tai
  • Sherwin Tanabi
  • Wesser Tenza
  • Zev John

AUS PM XIII Outs

Papua New Guinea Ins

  • Alex Johnston
  • David Mead
  • Dilbert Issac
  • Jacob Alick
  • Junior Rop
  • Justin Olam
  • Lachlan Lam
  • Liam Horne
  • Robert Derby
  • Solo Wane

Match Officials

  • Referee: Todd Smith
  • Touch Judge: Liam Kennedy
  • Touch Judge: Wyatt Raymond
  • Senior Review Official: Chris Butler

Last updated:

Key Match-up

Tino Fa'asuamaleaui v McKenzie Lei

The forward exchanges will be worth the price of admission alone at Suncorp and when the tearaway Titan locks horns with the hard-charging Capra, the sparks are sure to fly. Fa'asuamaleaui has had three weeks off since his last match and will look to carry on the form that saw him average 160 metres per game and bust 61 tackles for the Titans in 2022. Lei was a standout in the Pacific Test for the Kumuls, scoring a try and clocking up 118 metres and eight tackle breaks off the bench. He also came off the bench in 17 appearances for the CQ Capras this season but gets a chance in the starting side on Sunday and will be primed for a big one against Fa'asuamaleaui and Thomas Flegler.

Stat Attack

The record for most tries in a Prime Minister's XIII match by an Australian player is three, held jointly by Michael Jennings (2009), Mitch Moses (2016), Tom Trbojevic (2017), James Tedesco (2017) and Clint Gutherson (2019). Robbie Farah, Jake Trbojevic and Aaron Woods hold the record for most appearances for the PM's XIII with five.

Match: AUS PM XIII v Papua New Guinea

Round 2 -

AUS PM XIII

home Team

AUS PM XIII

Papua New Guinea

away Team

Papua New Guinea

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Match broadcasters:

  • Gem
  • Kayo
  • Foxtel
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