Tue 19 March
Papua New Guinea's preparations for Rugby League World Cup 2013 have received a boost with the appointment of Australian Rugby League legend Mal Meninga to their coaching staff.
Meninga will take on the role of Performance Director for the Kumuls, who have been drawn alongside Samoa, France and defending champions New Zealand in Group B.
Papua New Guinea are coached by former Wigan and Sydney Roosters star Adrian Lam, and made their first appearance at a Rugby League World Cup in 1986, when they celebrated their elevation to the top tier of international Rugby League with victory over New Zealand on home soil.
Meninga will be on board with the Kumuls for the next five years and divide his time between his new role and his coaching responsibilities with the Queensland State of Origin side.
A goal-kicking centre in his playing days, Meninga enchanted crowds on both sides of the world through spells with the Souths Magpies and Canberra Raiders in Australia, and St Helens in the UK.
The Kumuls open their RLWC2013 campaign with a clash against France at MS3 Craven Park on October 27, followed by a match against Samoa at the same venue on November 4, and a showdown with the heavily fancied Kiwis at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium on November 8.
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