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Talent scouts hunt for Kumuls players

From Richard Jones in London

The outstanding efforts of the Papua New Guinea team in rugby league's 2008 World Cup 'group of death' have not gone unnoticed by the code's talent scouts.

Writing in yesterday's The Independent, sports writer Dave Hadfield noted that Sheffield Eagles had signed a second member of the Kumuls' “much admired squad”.

The National League One club has recruited Menzie Yere, a 20-year-old who scored a try from centre against Australia during the group stage of the tournament, Hadfield writes.

“Yere who plays for the Kokopo Island Gurias in the PNG domestic competition and is the country's current Sportsman of the Year has also played at full-back and five-eighth,” he added.

“Menzie is a significant catch for us and has been one of the better players in the PNG competition for a number of years,” said Eagles coach Mark Aston.

Yere will join another Kumul at the Don Valley Stadium, with Sheffield having already signed forward Trevor Exton from Ipswich in the Queensland Cup competition.

The Kumuls played outstanding rugby league in their World Cup opener against England and were beaten, but not disgraced, in their two other matches against eventual finalists New Zealand and host nation Australia.


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