PNG win Cabramatta 9s - RTR Match Important for World Cup Preparations and the Country: Lam

Papua New Guinea Head Coach Adrian Lam says this week's Return to Redfern clash is very important to his side's preparations for the 2013 World Cup, and is even more important to the people of Papua New Guinea, speaking from a training camp with his players in PNG, prior to this weekend's victory in the NSWRL's Cabramatta 9's tournament.


Lam; the former NRL, Papua New Guinea and Queensland State of Origin player; who has been training his residents squad in PNG, will look to capitalise on their 9's tournament victory with a win in the clash with the Rabbitohs at the Australian Technology Park Performance Centre at Redfern Oval this Saturday 9 February at 6pm.


Lam spoke to Radio Australia Geraldine Coutts last week, saying it was a very important game for the players, coaching staff, and the people of PNG.


"This is important for the country," Lam said.


"We don't get an opportunity to travel too often, overseas to play matches like on the 9th against an NRL side, so everybody's excited about it, the whole country has been informed about it and everyone's talking about it up here.


"A lot of people are traveling and it will be a great event."


Coach Lam says his troops will be giving their all to knock over the Rabbitohs who finished in third place in last year's Telstra Premiership.


"We've set ourselves some basic goals," Lam said.


"We want to go down there and give our absolute best of course.


"This is a step along the way for this World Cup that's coming up in October in the UK, so we've got a big season ahead of us.


"We've got a high performance unit that's being put in place here to assist us to get to where we want to be.


"This is one of the steps along the way and it's certainly a great experience.


"The PNG Residents side don't travel enough and to get down to Redfern and play against them will be an opportunity not only for the country but for these players as well to cement a spot in the World Cup.


"This gives the players an opportunity to get a feel of what it's like to travel.


"Going down to Sydney, a lot of the players, well I think there's 14 players that haven't left the shores of Papua New Guinea, ever, so this will be an eye-opener for them as well."
Want to check out the Papua New Guinea side ahead of the Return to Redfern Clash?


You can come to PNG's open training session on Tuesday 5 February at 2:30pm at the Australian Technology Park Performance Centre at Redfern Oval!




Lam says he believes his side will give South Sydney a shake in the Return to Redfern clash.


"I think we're a chance," Lam told Radio Australia.


"It's the same squad that played against Australia in the Prime Minister's XIII in September and we were about three minutes away from winning the game.


"We led with three minutes to go.


"There's a good harmony between the players.


"We've shown them the confidence to select them again and give them another opportunity.


"They understand that again this a step towards the World Cup selection and they also understand that we've given them the confidence, and backed them, to have another go at this, and they've trained pretty good all week.


"We've been very happy and looking at their professionalism.


"They haven't put a foot wrong at the moment, so we've just go to stay with the process and keep working hard."


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