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The women's Prime Minister's XIII fixture returns to the rugby league calendar for the first time since 2019 with Australia set to host Papua New Guinea at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday. 

The Australian PM's XIII side last played a match against the Fiji Bulikula PM's XIII, running out 22-14 winners in Suva three years ago. 

Many NRLW stars played for Australia in that clash and have since kicked on in the competition with Quincy Dodd, Kirra Dibb, Caitlan Johnston and Bobbi Law among those who were in the side.

Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has halted any further international games with the match set to be a historic occasion being played in Australia for the first time.

Meanwhile, the Orchids last played a Test match in 2019 also and will be looking to get back together as a group under new coach Ben Jeffries ahead of the World Cup in November.

With Jillaroos World Cup spots also up for grabs in the clash, it shapes as another chance for several Australian players to boost their chances in one final hit-out before the tournament. 

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

Australia PM's XIII: The make-up of the side will see eight Broncos and eight Titans who were knocked out of NRLW finals contention last week, along with four members of the Indigenous Women's Academy program that took part in a five-week camp at the AIS recently in Canberra. Titans veteran Steph Hancock will captain the side while the likes of Jaime Chapman, Shenae Ciesiolka, Lauren Brown and Tiana Raftstrand-Smith have all been included.

PNG PM's XIII: Coach Ben Jeffries has named nine fresh faces in the squad who will play their first international match in PNG colours on Sunday. Shirley Joe and Lilah Malabag will form the halves combination while Gloria Kaupa will captain the side. PNG star Elsie Albert won't be available due to her NRLW commitments with the Dragons on Sunday.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for AUS PM XIII is number 1 Karina Brown
    Fullback for Papua New Guinea is number 1 Joanne Lagona
  • Winger for AUS PM XIII is number 2 Emily Bass
    Winger for Papua New Guinea is number 2 Anika Butler
  • Centre for AUS PM XIII is number 3 Jaime Chapman
    Centre for Papua New Guinea is number 3 Belinda Gwasamun
  • Centre for AUS PM XIII is number 4 Shenae Ciesiolka
    Centre for Papua New Guinea is number 4 Sera Koroi
  • Winger for AUS PM XIII is number 5 Baylee Davies
    Winger for Papua New Guinea is number 5 Shae Yvonne De La Cruz
  • Five-Eighth for AUS PM XIII is number 6 Jada Ferguson
    Five-Eighth for Papua New Guinea is number 6 Shirley Joe
  • Halfback for AUS PM XIII is number 7 Shakiah Tungai
    Halfback for Papua New Guinea is number 7 Lilah Malabag

Forwards

  • Prop for AUS PM XIII is number 8 Ahlivia Ingram
    Prop for Papua New Guinea is number 8 Gloria Kaupa
  • Hooker for AUS PM XIII is number 9 Lauren Brown
    Hooker for Papua New Guinea is number 9 Roswita Kapo
  • Prop for AUS PM XIII is number 10 Stephanie Hancock
    Prop for Papua New Guinea is number 10 Talitha Kunjil
  • 2nd Row for AUS PM XIII is number 11 Zara Canfield
    2nd Row for Papua New Guinea is number 11 Carol Humeu
  • 2nd Row for AUS PM XIII is number 12 Tallisha Harden
    2nd Row for Papua New Guinea is number 12 Veronica Waula
  • Lock for AUS PM XIII is number 13 Sareka Mooka
    Lock for Papua New Guinea is number 13 Essay Banu

Interchange

  • Interchange for AUS PM XIII is number 14 Sophie Holyman
    Interchange for Papua New Guinea is number 14 Martha Molowia
  • Interchange for AUS PM XIII is number 15 Jessika Elliston
    Interchange for Papua New Guinea is number 15 Jessikah Reeves
  • Interchange for AUS PM XIII is number 16 Laikha Clarke
    Interchange for Papua New Guinea is number 16 Michelle John
  • Interchange for AUS PM XIII is number 17 Tiana Raftstrand-Smith
    Interchange for Papua New Guinea is number 17 Shellie Long

Reserves

  • Reserve for AUS PM XIII is number 18 Dannii Perese
    Reserve for Papua New Guinea is number 18 Therese Aiton
  • Reserve for AUS PM XIII is number 19 Libby Surha
    Reserve for Papua New Guinea is number 19 Bertshiba Awoi
  • Reserve for AUS PM XIII is number 20 Tawana Togo
    Reserve for Papua New Guinea is number 20 Emily Veivers

Match Officials

  • Touch Judge: Ziggy Przeklasa-Adamski
  • Senior Review Official: Dave Munro

Last updated:

Key match-up

Jaime Chapman v Sera Koroi: Broncos centre Chapman will line up opposite emerging PNG star Koroi on the edge after the pair played against each other in the BMD Premiership in Queensland earlier this year. Koroi was born in the Northern Territory and scored two tries in seven games for Souths Logan earlier this year. Chapman will be hard to handle after finishing the NRLW regular season with a competition-high eight line breaks and 36 tackle busts. With a potential World Cup spot for the Jillaroos up for grabs, look for her to make a big impression.

Stat attack

In their only previous match played in 2018, both sides struggled in the Port Moresby heat with low completions but still managed 44 points overall. With limited interchange and an 80-minute match scheduled, expect plenty of frantic footy and tries scored.

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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