It was a concept that was abandoned a while back, but former Papua New Guinea player now Kumuls coach, Adrian Lam, believes that a PNG Origin game should be reintroduced, in order to give country a bigger variety of players to choose from, for next years 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
With Lam wanting the best side possible to be picked based on their performances, Lam says that the match can be made up of two teams – one being a PNG based side known as the Residents with top elite players from the competition, the second to be overseas based players known as the Internationals, before a final team is picked to head to the World Cup.
â€œThe Origin match is the best concept introduced back in 2009 and should be reintroduced this year to help prepare our Kumuls team for the World Cup next year,â€ the former Queenslandâ€™s Maroons halfback who turned his back on Australia to play for his country of birth, said Lam.
Lam is also of the belief that in time, PNG can defeat the likes of Australia, England and New Zealand, if the right attention is given to the game – including continued developmental programs, and more international exposure for the national side.
â€œThe way the league is going is truly on its knees and at the moment no one is making the right decisions to move
forward and as a coach, we do not want to put ourselves in that position again like the previous years,â€ Lam said.
â€œAs the saying goes, if you are always doing what youâ€™ve always done, you will always get what youâ€™ve done.â€
Lam did have one warning, though – that any player not affiliated to the PNGRFL, will not be selected, regardless of their talent.
â€œWithout Brad Tassell and his hard working team, I donâ€™t think such a high standard of profile rugby league players and competition would enter the country,â€ he said.
â€œAnd they have also done well for rugby league in general with their strong junior development program in the country, and I applaud them for a job well done.â€