1977 Kumuls Team Names

Just a quick post to let the followers of the great game of rugby league in Papua New Guinea know that the captain of the 1977 Kumuls, John Wagambie, has provided the correct names to go with the team photo.

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1977 KUMULS

1. SUKOPE IKO-FULLBACK
2. PAUL KOMBINARE-RIGHT WING (DECEASED)
3. GARIA KORA-OUTSIDE CENTRE
4. JOE TOMEROP-INSIDE CENTRE
5. PETER PAIS-LEFT WING
6. DIKANA BOGE-5/8
7. DAVID PUKUNTAP-HALF BACK
8. JOHN WAGAMBIE-LOCK CAPTAIN
9. JACK META-SECOND ROW (DECEASED)
10. TARA GAU-SECOND ROW
11. PAUL TORE-PROP
12. LINUS GENI-HOOKER
13. BOB GREATHEAD-PROP
14. JOE GANDI
15. STEVEN MALUM
16. OPENI GENO (DECEASED)
17. KAIVA KAKO (DECEASED)
18. ALLAN RERO
19. VAI KARAVA
20. STAINER SAPU
21. ASI WINNIE
22. DAVID TONGE

My thanks go to John for setting the record straight, and also to Chris Thompson for chasing up the information for me. Any Australian expats followed rugby league during their time in Papua New Guinea will find http://kumuls.pngfacts.com a great page for current and historical info about the PNG Kumuls. The news that some of the players were now deceased was sad and came as a bit of a shock.

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