Former Kumuls centre ‘Ten Gun’ Boge passes on


The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) and the rugby league family around the country have been devastated by the news of the passing of Kumul great Dikana Boge, pictured.
Boge, aged 66, died after a short illness at his home in Hanuabada in the National Capital District on Wednesday, according to a PNGRFL statement.
“Dikana, popularly known as ‘Ten Gun’, was PNG Kumul No.20,” PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said in the statement yesterday.
“He was centre in PNG’s historic 37–6 win over France in Port Moresby on May 29, 1977.
Boge was a member of the flamboyant Hanuabada Hawks and the southern zone side in the 1970s.
Chairman Tsaka said Boge’s last appearance on the field was when he joined his teammates led by the first Kumul captain Paul Chue and other former Kumul greats before the Rugby League World Cup pool match against the United States in Port Moresby in October, 2017.
“During a meeting before they walked out onto the field, Boge shared the story of when he scored a try under the cross bar during that game against France,” Tsaka recalled.
“And converting winger Peter Pius’ try from the sideline were the memories he treasured.
“On behalf of the PNGRFL and the rugby league family, we extend our sincere condolences to his wife, children, grandchildren, his brother Philip (Kumul No.120) their families on the passing of their husband, dad, granddad and brother.”

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