Rabbitohs forward and Australian Prime Minister’s XIII squad member, Dave Tyrrell, is expecting a physical encounter when his team travels to Port Moresby to take on the Papua New Guinea Kumuls on Saturday September 26.
A total of four Rabbitohs were selected in the Ivan Cleary coached squad of 18 to face the Kumuls in what has become one of the true spectacles of international Rugby League in years gone by.
Alex Johnston, Adam Reynolds and Chris McQueen will all take their place in the side alongside Tyrrell – with both McQueen and Tyrrell already having had a taste of PNG Rugby League in 2013 when the Rabbitohs played the PNG Residents XIII at Return to Redfern.
“Definitely proud of having four guys in the squad,” said Tyrrell.
“We worked really hard at training throughout pre-season and during the season, so to get that kind of opportunity to represent together is pretty special – it doesn’t happen very often, so we’ll certainly make the most of it.
“But we’ve got a game to focus on now. PNG were certainly a very physical at Redfern, so we kind of know what to expect in terms of intensity.”
For Tyrrell, his participation in the match will prove to be his first representative game since representing the Queensland Under 19s.
“It’s just a huge honour for myself to be selected, It’s always a nice little reward any time you’re selected in a rep team, and to have a spot in this one is definitely a great opportunity to play in that rep environment and play somewhere different.
“Rugby League is Papua New Guinea’s national sport – they take it very seriously over there – and there’s always plenty of hype around this game, so in that sense, it’s really exciting.
“We’ve all seen how into it the fans get over in PNG, so I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”
The 2015 Prime Minister’s XIII includes exciting players such as Jarrod Croker, Dane Gagai, James Segeyaro and David Nofoaluma among others.
“There’s plenty of talent in that team from a number of different clubs, so It’ll be a pretty exciting side,” said Tyrrell.
“There’s a lot we can learn from being in this environment, so I’ll be looking to learn as much as I can from them personally – it’s not often that you get to play with different players.”
Stay tuned to Rabbitohs.com.au for more from the 2015 Prime Minister's XIII tour to PNG.