The National,Friday 09th December 2011
TWO players from the PNG NRL Bid’s U15 development squad left for Brisbane yesterday to attend the Brisbane Broncos junior academy camp with all expenses paid for by the Bid’s national all schools programme.
The players selected by the Bid development team from the U15 national camp are Jeff Giegere and Newman Waikilin.
The Bid is providing trainer Solomon Kulianasi an opportunity to further his education in rugby league.
The players and official will also attend the NRL clubs T20 and senior team training sessions at the invitation of the Brisbane Broncos.
PNG NRL Bid development manager Shane Morris, who will be attending, said it was an honour for Giegere, Waikilin and Kulianasi.
“The Broncos camp is for the elite and best young players, coaches and officials in Queensland. The boys will have an opportunity to mix with the best young Australian children in a high performance environment.”
He said giving them exposure at this level was going to greatly enhance their attitude towards rugby league and improve their skill level.
“It will give them an insight into what is required to be at an elite level in rugby league and I suspect they will return to PNG as vastly improved players from the experience.
“It is a big thing for the boys. It is not a holiday. They are there for a reason and we expect them to represent PNG proudly at the camp.
“This is what the Bid is all about, providing opportunities and a pathway to PNG youth and officials in rugby league. This is happening through our junior development programme and we are already starting to see fantastic results,” Morris said.