May 26, 2020

Hunters forge partnership with Broncos

first_imgAs part of the agreement, the Hunters’ coach Michael Marum will spend a week being mentored by NRL premiership coach Wayne Bennett next month.Former PNG Kumuls coach, Bob Bennett, toldRadio Australia’s Pacific Beat that his brother was happy to host the PNG Hunters at Red Hill.”It will just be Wayne’s normal training week and Michael will just hang around with him and see how it’s done and the professionalism that Michael’s got in place (in PNG),” Bennett said.”He’s going to come down to the Broncos and see what they do, the facilities, giving him some ideas, and just see where they go from there.”Wayne’s got a bit of soft spot for PNG and I suppose that’s through my connection and also just PNG in general so therefore he always helps out when he can.”However, Bob Bennett has rule out the possibility of any permanent PNG role for his brother.”I think Wayne is too busy and I don’t think that would be possible,” he said.”Sometimes you’ve got to understand the PNG players as well and Michael does that very well. And Wayne will always be a contact for him to talk to – and that will be good – but no, I don’t think Wayne will go to PNG.”Under the agreement, the Hunters will also use the Broncos’ facilities as their training base when they travel to Queensland to play Intrust Super Cup matches next season.”It will be good that every time they come to Brisbane and they know that they want to do weights or they want to do something they can just do what they want,” Bennett said.”Most of the time I’d say the Broncos would be away too, so the Hunters will have the field and facilities without too many problems.”Marum the best choice for PNG coach: BennettLed by coach Marum, the PNG Hunters finished second on the Queensland Cup ladder and narrowly missed out on a place in the Grand Final.Bennett said Marum had the “right attitude, discipline and management” to the job and could be a natural successor to take over from Mal Meninga as coach of the national side, the Kumuls.”Michael will be a success story for PNG,” Bennett said.”When you look at the Samoans and the Tongoans and the Fijians, they are twice the size of the PNG boys, and PNG just get out and muscle.”But Michael will bring the discipline, he will bring the proper training, he’ll bring the good ideas as far as coaching goes to them.”Whether they are good enough to win games with that, I’m not sure, but I don’t think there is any other choice but Michael.”Marum led Papua New Guinea to victory in the rugby league nines at the 2015 Pacific Games.The 42-year-old represented PNG in the 2000 World Cup and has also been involved in coaching the national team at the 2008 World Cup and 2010 Four Nations.last_img

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