Marum confirmed as Kumuls coach for World Cup

Incumbent PNG LNG Kumuls coach, Michael Marum, has been confirmed to coach the national rugby league team into the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) chairman, Sandis Tsaka, said the appointment of Marum was made during the PNGRFL meeting.

He said Marum got the nod after the Kumul’s win over Fiji in the Pacific Test in Sydney in May.

“The win has taken PNG to 11th spot in world rankings from 14th spot and proves he is the right person to start preparing the national team for the World Cup next year,” said Tsaka.

“He is a well-credentialed rugby league coach, is respected by his peers and players, and we have every confidence in him to deliver the result we expect and improve our world standing.”

He went on to explain that Marum’s appointment becomes effective immediately and will run up until October 31, 2018.

“I am happy the Board have confirmed my appointment and I will start preparations for this important event,” said Marum.

“I thank the PNGRFL Board for their continued confidence in me to guide the PNG LNG Kumuls into the World Cup next year.

“With three games to be played in the country, it will be a big challenge but we will prepare as best as possible, starting now, to perform well at home.”

Marum finished by urging players currently playing in the NRL, English Super League, NSW and Queensland Cup competitions to continue to play as they will be closely monitored for selection.

Marum’s first engagement was a fortnight ago when he attended the announcement of the World Cup draws in Brisbane with PNG LNG Kumul captain David Mead, alongside Australia’s coach Mal Meninga and captain Cameron Smith, and New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney and skipper Jesse Bromwich.

Troy Taule