Prime Minister Anthony Albanese MP and the ARLC have announced the Prime Minister's XIII squad that will take on the PNG PM's XIII at Santos National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Saturday, September 23.
“Being Prime Minister is a great honour. I enjoy every part of the job, but a fun part is getting to pick the PM's XIII sides,” Prime Minister Albanese said in an NRL statement.
“These contests represent far more than just a couple of games of footy. Papua New Guinea and Australia are the closest of neighbours and we are the best of friends. We are working together to build a more prosperous, stable and peaceful region. Rugby League is an opportunity to celebrate our friendship and strengthen our partnership.
Albanese's words were followed by Peter V'landys, the ARLC chairman, who congratulated all the players on their selection into the team.
“These players have performed exceptionally well throughout the season and have earned the chance to wear the green and gold for Australia,” Mr V'landys said.
“I congratulate the players selected for both teams as to represent your country is the ultimate achievement. It's also an inspiration for fans in Australia and of course the fans in PNG, where rugby league means so much."
Australian Men's Prime Minister's XIII squad
- Josh Addo-Carr (Bulldogs)
- Daly Cherry-Evans (Sea Eagles)- Vice Captain
- Reuben Cotter (Cowboys)
- Tom Dearden (Cowboys)
- Tino Fa'asuamaleaui (Titans)
- Emre Guler (Raiders)
- Ben Hunt (Dragons)
- Nicho Hynes (Sharks)
- Alofiana Khan-Pereira (Titans)
- Zac Lomax (Dragons)
- Cameron McInnes (Sharks)
- Cameron Murray (Rabbitohs)- Captain
- Reece Robson (Cowboys)
- Tyrell Sloan (Dragons)
- Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (Dolphins)
- Murray Taulagi (Cowboys)
- Jake Trbojevic (Sea Eagles)
- Cody Walker (Rabbitohs)
- Hudson Young (Raiders)