Prime Minister's XIII

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Prime Minister's XIII
Team information
Governing body Australian Rugby League
Head coach Mal Meninga
Captain Aaron Woods
Most caps Robbie Farah (6)
Top try-scorer Jarryd Hayne (6)
Top point-scorer Jarryd Hayne (24)
Uniforms
First colours
Team results
First international
President's XIII Australian colours.svg 24–16 Great Britain colours.svg Great Britain
(Seiffert Oval, Canberra; 5 July 1988)
Biggest win
PM's XIII Australian colours.svg 58–0 Papua New Guinea colours.svg Papua New Guinea
(National Football Stadium, Port Moresby; 24 September 2016)

Prime Minister's XIII, or sometimes informally referred to as the PM's XIII, is the name of a representative rugby league team, comprising Australian players from National Rugby League clubs that did not qualify for the NRL Finals, or whose teams were knocked out during the first two weeks of the finals. The team is selected to play an annual fixture against PNG Prime Minister's XIII in Papua New Guinea in the final weeks of the rugby league season.

History

The PM's XIII had its origins in 1988 when a select team called the Presidents XIII (coached by then Australian test coach Don Furner) played the Great Britain Lions during their 1988 Australasian tour. In front of a crowd of 6,037 at a wet and muddy Seiffert Oval in Canberra, the Presidents side ran out winners 24-16. The captain of the Australian's that day was South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Mario Fenech.[1]

The Prime Minister's XIII first played against Papua New Guinea in 2005 at Lloyd Robson Oval in the Papua New Guinean capital, Port Moresby. The team was coached in that match by former Queensland State of Origin coach Mal Meninga, who coached the side until 2012. New South Wales State of Origin coach Laurie Daley then took over from 2013-2014 with Ivan Cleary coaching the team in 2015. Meninga, appointed Australian test coach in 2016 also re-took the reins that year.

Originally played in Port Moresby, in recent years the games have been held in various locations around Papua New Guinea, including Lae and Kokopo. Unlike regular international matches, each team is allowed a five-man bench and given unlimited interchanges throughout the match.

Because the selected Australian players are not participating in the NRL finals (and are part of the Australian Test 'train-on' squad), the match is primarily used to keep potential international players match fit ahead of any end-of-season international fixtures. As the match has been played later in September, players who play for a team that has been knocked out in the first two weeks of the finals have been able to be selected for the side.

The match is also used to promote rugby league, as well as humanitarian causes such as HIV and AIDS awareness,[2] among the Papua New Guinean community.

The PM's XIII has never lost a match against Papua New Guinea since the annual fixture commenced, but was held to a 24–24 draw in 2007, after leading 20–0 at half time.

1988

5 July 1988
Presidents XIII Australian colours.svg 24 – 18 Great Britain colours.svg Great Britain
Tries
Steve O'Brien 1
Glenn Lazarus 1
Greg Alexander 1
Mal Meninga 1
Graeme Bradley 1
Goals
Mal Meninga 2/6
[1] Tries
2 Phil Ford
1 Mike Gregory



Goals
2/3 Paul Loughlin
Seiffert Oval, Canberra
Attendance: 6,037
Referee/s: Eddie Ward Australia
Presidents XIII
1988 squad Coaching staff
Manager

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2005

18 September 2005
Australian PM's XIII Australian colours.svg 34 – 0 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Tries
Ryan Cross 2
Kurt Gidley 1
Luke Priddis 1
Braith Anasta 1
Brett Finch 1
Goals
Clinton Schifcofske 4
Luke Ricketson 1
Report Tries





Goals
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 9,000
Referee/s: Shayne Hayne Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2005 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2006

30 September 2006
Australian PM's XIII Australian colours.svg 28 – 8 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Tries
Jarryd Hayne 2
Steve Price 1
Brett Stewart 1
Trent Waterhouse 1
Nathan Merritt 1
Goals
Matt Orford 2
Report[permanent dead link] Tries





Goals
2 Tom O'Reilly
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Referee/s: Ben Cummins Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2006 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2007

23 September 2007
Australian PM's XIII Australian colours.svg 24 – 24 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Tries
Chris Lawrence 2
Joel Monaghan 2
Luke Douglas 1

Goals
Kurt Gidley 2
Report Tries
2 Menzie Yere
1 Nigel Hukula
1 Paul Aiton
1 Jessie Joe Parker
Goals
2 Gimapau Keimelo
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 16,000
Referee/s: Gavin Badger Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2007 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2008

27 September 2008
Australian PM's XIII Australian colours.svg 54 – 30 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Tries
Chris Lawrence 2
Jarryd Hayne 2
Nathan Hindmarsh 1
Robbie Farah 1
Michael Jennings 1
Joe Picker 1
Carl Webb 1
Josh Morris 1
Goals
Scott Prince 6
Terry Campese 1
Report Tries
2 Stanley Gene
2 Menzie Yere
1 Nixon Kolo
1 Rodney Ropra




Goals
3 Tuu Maori
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 10,000
Referee/s: Bernard Sutton Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2008 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2009

27 September 2009
Australian PM's XIII Australian colours.svg 42 – 18 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Tries
Michael Jennings 3
David Schillington 1
George Rose 1
Glenn Stewart 1
Matt Scott 1
Goals
Johnathan Thurston 7
Report Tries
1 Sigfred Gande
1 Tommy Butterfield
1 Jessie Joe Parker


Goals
3 Glen Nami
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 10,000
Referee/s: Bernard Sutton Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2009 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2010

26 September 2010
Australian PM's XIII Australian colours.svg 30 – 18 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Tries
Ben Smith 1
Akuila Uate 1
Chris Sandow 1
Willie Tonga 1
Kade Snowden 1
Luke Douglas 1
Goals
Corey Parker 2
James Maloney 1
Report Tries
2 Nickson Kolo
1 Glen Nami




Goals
3 Ryan Tongia
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 10,865
Referee/s: Tony De Las Heras Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2010 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2011

25 September 2011
Australian PM's XIII Australian colours.svg 36 – 22 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Tries
Josh Morris 2
Blake Ferguson 2
Luke Burt 1
Nathan Merritt 1
Goals
Luke Burt 3
Nathan Merritt 1
Nathan Hindmarsh 1
Michael Crocker 1
Report Tries
1 Dion Aiye
1 Joshaia Abavu
2 Tyson Boston

Goals
3 Tyson Boston
Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium,
Lae
Attendance: 16,528
Referee/s: Adam Devcich Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2011 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2012

23 September 2012
Australian PM's XIII Australian colours.svg 24 – 18 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Tries
Feleti Mateo 1
Michael Jennings 1
Beau Ryan 1
Akuila Uate 1
Goals
Scott Prince 4
Report Tries
1 Matthew Puke
1 Albert Patak
1 David Loko
1 Richard Kambo
Goals
1 Israel Eliab
Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby
Attendance: 16,000
Referee/s: Phil Haines Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2012 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2013

29 September 2013
Australian PM's XIII Australian colours.svg 50 – 10 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Tries
Jarryd Hayne 2
James Tamou 1
Brent Tate 1
Kevin Gordon 1
David Shillington 1
Josh Morris 1
Aidan Sezer 1
Josh Papalii 1
Goals
Aidan Sezer 6
Corey Parker 1
Report Tries
1 Israel Eliab
1 Joshaia Abavu






Goals
1 Sebastian Pandia
Kalabond Stadium, Kokopo
Attendance: 7,000
Referee/s: Gavin Morris Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2013 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2014

12 October 2014
Australian PM's XIII Australian colours.svg 34 – 16 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Tries
Aaron Woods 2
Will Chambers 1
Josh Mansour 1
Anthony Milford 1
Beau Scott 1
Goals
Ben Hunt 3
Matt Moylan 2
Report Tries
2 Thompson Teteh
1 Israel Eliab



Goals
2 Noel Zemming
Kalabond Stadium, Kokopo
Attendance: 7,000
Referee/s: Grant Atkins Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2014 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2015

26 September 2015
Australian PM's XIII Australian colours.svg 40 – 12 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Tries
David Nofoaluma 2
Jarrod Croker 1
Alex Johnston 1
Euan Aitken 1
Chris McQueen 1
Jeremy Latimore 1
Jack Wighton 1
Goals
Jarrod Croker 2
Adam Reynolds 2
Report Tries
1 Justin Olam
1 Watson Boas





Goals
2 David Missian
Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby
Attendance: 18,113
Referee/s: Gavin Reynolds Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2015 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2016

24 September 2016
Australian PM's XIII Australian colours.svg 58 – 0 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Tries:
Mitchell Moses 3
Greg Inglis 2
Josh Dugan 2
Blake Ferguson 2
Semi Radradra 1
Tyson Frizell 1
Goals:
Mitchell Moses 4/6
Matt Moylan 3/5
Report
National Football Stadium, Port Moresby
Attendance: 15,011
Referee/s: David Munro Australia
Prime Minister's XIII
2016 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


2017

23 September 2017
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea 8 - 48 Australian colours.svg Australian PMs XIII
Tries:
Stanford Talita 1
Goals:
Jason Missian 2/2
1st: 8 - 24
2nd: 0 - 24
Tries:
Tom Trbojevic 3
James Tedesco 3
Tyson Frizell 1
James Maloney 1
Goals:
James Maloney 6/6
Valentine Holmes 1/1
Andrew Fifita 1/1
Prime Minister's XIII
2017 squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain(s)
  • (vc) Vice captain(s)


Players

Captains

Coaches

Mal Meninga, current coach of the Prime Minister's XIII.

Records

Team

  • Largest winning margins
  1. 58 points vs Papua New Guinea (58-0) at National Football Stadium, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 24 September 2016
  2. 40 points vs Papua New Guinea (50-10) at Kalabond Stadium, Kakopo, Papua New Guinea on 29 September 2013
  3. 40 points vs Papua New Guinea (48-8) at National Football Stadium, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 23 September 2017
  4. 34 points vs Papua New Guinea (34-0) at Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 18 September 2005
  5. 28 points vs Papua New Guinea (40-12) at Sir John Guise Stadium, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 26 September 2015
  6. 24 points vs Papua New Guinea (42-18) at Lloyd Robson Oval, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 27 September 2009

Individual

  • Most games
  1. Robbie Farah (5)
  2. Greg Bird (4)
  3. Michael Jennings (4)
  4. David Shillington (4)
  • Most tries
  1. Jarryd Hayne (6)
  2. Michael Jennings (6)
  3. Chris Lawrence (5)
  4. Blake Ferguson (4)
  5. Josh Morris (4)
  • Most points
  1. Jarryd Hayne (24)
  2. Michael Jennings (24)
  3. Chris Lawrence (20)
  4. Mitchell Moses (20)
  5. Scott Prince (20)

Bold indicates the match was recently played

See also

References

  1. ^ Presidents XIII vs Great Britain 1988
  2. ^ "League players spread HIV message in PNG". The Sydney Morning Herald, AAP. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 

External links

  • PNG side surprises Aussies in shock draw
  • Carroll, Wing join PM's XIII
  • Official Australian Rugby League page
  • Prime Ministers XIII 2006 Squad announcement
  • PM XIII 53- PNG 30
  • [2]
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