Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

PNG League Players Tackle Local Wildlife

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

PNG League Players Tackle Local Wildlife

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Byline: CHRIS GARRY chris.garry@qt.com.au

THEY boast plenty of muscle, come from a warrior culture, yet are afraid of the native bilby.

The Papua New Guinea rugby league team's Ipswich experience has been eye-opening for the 30-strong group of players who are using the city as a training base for the week.

The Kumuls are preparing for the Four Nations tournament against the best league talent from Australia, New Zealand and England.

The team is staying at the Metro Hotel Ipswich International, eating lunch and dinner at the Ipswich Jets Leagues Club, and training out of the North Ipswich Reserve.

Yesterday they toured Queens Park and mingled with the zoo's Australian wildlife, although strangely some of the players were afraid of patting the harmless marsupials.

PNG coach and national icon Stanley Gene said Ipswich was not what he expected when he arrived in the town on Sunday.

"It was like a ghost town, there was no one anywhere which was strange," he said. …

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