English quintet get Gene nod

Mark, Parker, Yere, Aizue and Wabo to face Australia

Last Updated: 22/10/10 4:07pm

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Papua New Guinea coach Stanley Gene has picked five English-based players in his team to face Australia in their Four Nations opener in Sydney on Sunday.

Michael Mark (Hunslet), Jessie Joe Parker (Featherstone) and Menzie Yere (Sheffield) all feature in the Kumuls' three-quarter line, while Halifax's Makali Aizue will win his 21st cap in the front row.

Hunslet hooker Charlie Wabo, who made his international debut against England in the 2008 World Cup, will be on the bench.

Papua New Guinea: Ryan Tongia, Michael Mark, Jessy Joe Parker, Emmanuel Yere, Elijah Riyong. Glen Nami, Dion Aiye, Makali Aizue, Benjamin John, George Moni, Rodney Griffin, David Loko, Paul Aiton (captain)
Replacements: Charlie Wabo, Nickson Kolo, Johnson Kuike, Larsen Marabe, Pidi Tongap, Alex Haija, Richard Kambo (three to be omitted)

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