The NRL’s official website brings word that five Canberra Raiders players have been selected to play in the Prime Minister’s XIII meeting Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on September 27. For the uninitiated, this is a traditional end-of-season friendly game which is organised in conjunction with AusAID and preceded by football and health clinics run by the NRL players within the Papua New Guinean community. Players are selected from the nine Australian NRL teams no longer in the finals race.
Joel Monaghan and Terry Campese will reprise their Origin positions at centre and five eighth respectively, while David Shillington and Tom Leroyd-Lahrs will be on the interchange bench. Josh Dugan will make his international debut at fullback – a tremendous achievement given that he hasn’t yet played a full season at NRL level. It’s also pleasing to note that Monaghan, Campese and Dugan are former local juniors, and that Raiders legend Mal Meninga will be coaching the PM’s XIII team.