Dugan: Hustle & Bustle Of PNG
St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Josh Dugan is keen to be involved in a ‘stacked’ Australia Prime Minister’s XIII team who faces the Papua New Guinea Kumuls in Port Moresby on Saturday, September 24.
The Australia international, alongside teammate Tyson Frizell, is part of a 17-man travelling squad named by Head Coach Mal Meninga for the annual fixture.
The upcoming encounter will be the second time the custodian has visited the island nation, having previously been selected in 2009, and he admits the entire experience is humbling and fulfilling.
“This is a good opportunity for me to put my name forward for selection into the Four Nations so I am really looking forward to next week,” said Dugan.
“I was selected into this team during my first season of first-grade in 2009 and lucky to experience what the hustle and bustle of Papua New Guinea is all about.
“They really enjoy their rugby league so it’ll be a great week.
“I had only played twelve first-grade games that season before playing over there but I still had supporters calling out my name from the hill which was humbling.
“Playing in the centres is nothing new to me and it will be good to train there ahead of the game.
“The team selected is pretty stacked side with a lot of ‘possibles’ and ‘probables’ who will be selected for the Four Nations.”