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Hindmarsh to lead PM's XIII

Parramatta's Nathan Hindmarsh will lead the 2008 ARL Prime Minister's XIII in their annual clash against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby to be played on Sunday 28th September.
Hindmarsh to lead PM's XIII
by NRL

Parramatta's Nathan Hindmarsh will lead the 2008 ARL Prime Minister's XIII in their annual clash against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby to be played on Sunday 28th September.

The squad is made up of players not in the six remaining sides of the NRL finals series.

Hindmarsh was again consistent for the Eels this season despite being completely overlooked for Australian and NSW representative honours.

Canberra's fine season was rewarded with Joel Monaghan, Terry Campese, Alan Tongue and Joe Picker all gaining selection. Tongue's selection in a representative side has been long overdue after consistently being ignored by Country selectors for the last three seasons.

Veteran winger Wendell Sailor has won a representative recall in his first season back in the NRL. Sailor's presence will be massive for the game in Port Moresby, which has traditionally been packed to the rafters well before kick off.

Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan was the most notable omission from the squad and his form this season didn't warrant selection.

North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston was unavailable for the clash, but will be right for the World Cup with Australia's first clash being against England on Sunday 26th October at the Sydney Football Stadium.

The clash is a great opportunity for players to impress for Australian World Cup selection. Papua New Guinea will also be looking to build for the World Cup as they have been placed in the same pool as Australia, England and New Zealand.

Mal Meninga will coach the PM's XIII for the 4th successive season.

Not only is the clash a way of building for further representative honours, it's also Australia's chance to help develop the game in the most passionate Rugby League country in the world. No country supports and follows a sport as keenly as Papua New Guinea follows Rugby League.

2008 ARL Prime Minister's XIII

Jarryd Hayne (Parramatta), Wendell Sailor (St George Illawarra), Michael Jennings (Penrith), Joel Monaghan (Canberra), Josh Morris (St George Illawarra), Terry Campese (Canberra), Scott Prince (Gold Coast), Carl Webb (North Queensland), Robbie Farah (Wests Tigers), Ben Cross (Newcastle), Nathan Hindmarsh, captain (Parramatta), Luke O'Donnell (North Queensland), Alan Tongue (Canberra).

Interchange: Craig Wing (South Sydney), Chris Heighington (Wests Tigers), Cory Paterson (Newcastle), Joe Picker (Canberra).

18th man: Chris Lawrence (Wests Tigers).


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