Lo returns after Aust contract cancelled


PAPUA New Guinea Kumuls flyer Garry Lo has returned to the country following the cancellation of his contract with Australian third-tier club, Beerwah Bulldogs.
The 29-year old told The National on Tuesday that the cancellation was due to the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the Sunshine Coast competition this year.
“Covid-19 has affected the competition in which I was supposed to play,” the former SP Hunter and Castleford Tiger said.
“There were some delays in my arrangement with the club and I waited but they said that my contract had been cancelled, so I had to return home last month.
“I am at home in Mt Hagen, spending some time with my family while awaiting opportunities.
“I am still doing my own training to keep fit.
“I’m open and hoping for any calls from Queensland Intrust Super Cup or Digicel Cup teams.”
Lo, who played five tests for PNG and scored four tries so far, said he remained upbeat despite going through some rough times throughout his rugby league career.
Despite his current situation, Lo said he was eyeing a Kumuls spot for this year’s Rugby League World Cup in England.
“Definitely, I want to retain my spot in the Kumuls,” he said.
“The World Cup is always exciting and I want to be there.
“I know selectors have their criteria.
“But regardless of whatever competition I may be playing in this year, I will perform to the best of my abilities as I want to be in (Kumuls) coach Michael Marum’s squad.”


  • Can’t deny that Gary Lo was a formidable winger for the Hunters and Kumul’s, but what transpired in England will not be an easy way around that. My assumption is, until you clear yourself from this accusations or allegations, only then you would be considered for Kumul selection. Remember that the world cup will be staged in England and the Kumul’s team can’t risk it if you are banned from entering England again. Another issue is, your arrangement to get to third tier club in Australia, was PNGNRL aware of that arrangement, if not then there’s another hiccup there again. I would suggest that you lay low and let your games do your talking, as it may open avenues to sorting the above issues, otherwise all the best to Gary Lo in pursuing his dream. I would still consider him for Kumul selection.

  • Garry Lo should be treated fairly on par with other players who contributed to PNG RL.

  • Great guy to watch ,with his ability to torment his opposition.You would want people like him in your side.
    However,the the code has stringent rules to abide by.We just hope he can be cleared so he can concentrate his efforts in retaining a spot in the Kumuls for the upcoming world cup.

  • A very good player on field and still the prospect for the wings at Hunters and PNG Kumuls but
    some effort needed to change public perception, good PR for him and right off field attitude
    should do that and get him there.

  • The conduct of players on and off the field is of paramount importance so credibility of the Kumuls team is maintained. It must also observe this process very prudently in that way players do not repeat the same mistakes. In PNG there is a huge and massive potential out there.

  • A great ball carrier with the never say die attitude, but sportsmanship is an whole round issue. Off field conduct or behavior creates and indicates the type of person or player regardless.

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