May 12, 2022 0 Media Release

The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League today confirmed the appointment of Mr Stanley Tepend as the PNG LNG Kumuls Coach replacing long-time coach Michael Marum, who resigned last month.

Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League Chief Executive Officer Mr Stanley Hondina made the announcement today and said that PNGRFL wanted to build on the success of the Kumuls over the last few years, and Coach Stanley Tepend who has served as assistant coach to Michael Marum over the last six years has the experience and qualifications to provide that continued growth and stability for the team.

“We congratulate Stanley Tepend, he’s worked hard and built an impressive coaching career making him a well-respected coach in Papua New Guinea. We are confident that he will build on the success of the national team,” Mr Hondina said.

Mr Tepend is a premiership winning coach in the PNG National Competition, the Digicel Cup, having won 6 premierships with the Lae Snax Tigers and is currently the Assistant Coach of the PNG Hunters in the Hostplus Cup.

The PNGRFL also confirmed the appointment of NRL premiership winning Coach, Mr Shane Flanagan as the Kumuls’ Coaching Consultant to assist Coach Stanley and the PNG LNG Kumuls in their preparations and participation at the 2021 Rugby league World Cup in England later this year. Shane Flanagan is currently the Assistant Coach at the St George Illawarra Dragons.

“We are honoured to welcome an experienced and high quality coach like Flanagan who can provide guidance and support to the PNG Kumuls in their campaign to the world cup this year,” Mr Hondina said.

He further added Flanagan brings with him that elite level NRL experience and expertise, to assist Coach Stanley and the team and this gives confidence to the PNGRFL and supporters of the game in PNG that the team will be well prepared.

“There’s been a bit of delay since Michael left to today, as there were lot of moving parts and we have had to work proactively in line with our plans and requirements to identify the right candidate that ticked all the necessary boxes before the decision and announcement, and that included wider stakeholder consultations that has taken a bit of time.”

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