Three debutants for PNG league team

first_imgDeparting North Queensland Cowboys playmaker Kyle Laybutt, who made his NRL debut last year, is set to compete with Watson Boas for chance to partner Lachlan Lam in the halves.South Logan Magpies centre Daniel Russell gets his chance in the senior PNG squad, having previously turned out for a Queensland PNG representative side, while fullback Edene Gebbie is one of eight PNG Hunters players in the 18-man squad.PNG Hunters captain Ase Boas, who was a late call-up for the Pacific Test in June, has missed selection after an indifferent season with the Port Moresby club while Burleigh Bears prop Luke Page is another notable absentee.Hunters winger Junior Rau remains suspended after a dangerous throw in the team’s season-ending loss to the Central Queensland Capras.PNG squad:Daniel Russell – South Logan Magpies, David Mead – Catalans Dragons, Edene Gebbie – PNG Hunters, Enock Maki – PNG Hunters, James Segeyaro – Cronulla Sharks, Justin Olam – Melbourne Storm, Kyle Laybutt – North Queensland Cowboys, Lachlan Lam – Sydney Roosters, Moses Meninga – PNG Hunters,Nene McDonald – St. George Illawarra Dragons, Nixon Putt – PNG Hunters, Rhadley Brawa – PNG Hunters, Rhys Martin – Canterbury Bulldogs, Stanton Albert – PNG Hunters, Tom Butterfield – East Tigers, Watson Boas – PNG Hunters, Wellington Albert – Widnes Vikings, Willie Minoga – PNG Hunterslast_img read more

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Jose Mourinho has a ‘big problem’ after losing faith of Chelsea players, claims ex-Blues midfielder

first_imgJose Mourinho faces a ‘big problem’ because he has lost the faith of his Chelsea players, claims former Blues midfielder Andy Townsend.Chelsea have endured a torrid start to the season, losing half of their 12 games in all competitions and languishing in 16th place in the infant Premier League table.The 52-year-old was charged with misconduct by the FA after comments regarding referees in the wake of their defeat to Southampton at the weekend, just hours after he was given the dreaded ‘vote of confidence’ by the Blues’ board.Mourinho has publicly blasted a group of his senior squad members, threatening to introduce youth players at the expense of some of his more established stars, and Townsend believes the disharmony at Stamford Bridge is unprecedented compared to their previous years of success.“Clearly Jose is rattled. There doesn’t seem to be a tremendous amount of harmony at the moment in the squad,” Townsend told the Sports Bar.“One of the greatest strengths he’s always had – I remember speaking to players who weren’t playing under him and they always said he was top class, even those who weren’t getting the game time, they always conceded he was the best.“Now, I’m looking at this group and their relationship with the manager and I don’t see that.“Jose has a problem and the Chelsea players don’t believe in him as much as they used to. That is showing in both the results and the performances.”Despite Chelsea’s abject form, Townsend has backed his former side to turn their campaign around and secure a top four finish.He added: “I still think they can finish top four because I believe he [Mourinho] can still rein them in, but he has to start doing that pretty quickly.”last_img read more

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