The National, Wednesday 19th September, 2012
Port Moresby Vipers coach and PNG NRL Bid development manager Shane Morris says this Sunday’s Prime Minister’s XIII challenge is only the first step of a journey to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.
“The Aussies will be strong all over the park.
“Most of them have played at the highest level but this is the kind of test PNG needs.
“Theoretically, the preparations should start right now, 12 months away from the World Cup.
Morris said the selectors had done well in picking the best possible side mainly because it comprised local players.
“I want to congratulate the selectors for picking a team made up entirely of resident players because this will expose them to the next level of football which they do need.
But he added that preparation and time was crucial in having success.
“However in saying all this, we cannot expect to play the Australian PM’s XIII on equal footing if the preparation isn’t there.
“You can’t expect a group of players to be ready after three weeks of training camp.
The planning and educating starts now. Our players need to bring up their standards and this will only happen with a plan.”