With only a couple of minutes remaining and the scores locked at 10 all, his Raiders teammate Ricky Stuart raced through a gap in the tired Lions defence and sprinted 70 metres upfield. Boost traffic by filling gaps. Canberra finished third after the minor round, and were premiership favourites until their fateful Round 21 match with the hapless Parramatta Eels at Bruce Stadium. I'm buggered, I'm sorry, I have to resign. Most points scored in Test matches for Australia (272 – 21 tries, 96 goals) – since surpassed by, Most goals kicked in Test matches for Australia (96) – since surpassed by Johnathan Thurston, Most goals kicked in a State of Origin match for Queensland (7 in Game 1 1980) – since surpassed by Johnathan Thurston, Most State of Origins won as coach in a row. NRL Help [38] In an episode, which aired on 28 November 2007, Meninga satirized himself when he was brought in to present the award but "gave up" mid-speech. [citation needed] In late 2005, he was announced as the new Queensland State of Origin coach, to replace Michael Hagan. Apart from replanting of a standard grass variety on the playing pitch, boundary being securely fenced off by mesh and barbed wires firmly supported by steel posts, the grandstand seatings have also been given a make-over. 6.59%. The Canberra Raiders' player of the year receives the Mal Meninga Medal in his honour since 2008 and a statue of him has been placed behind the Mal Meninga grandstand next to the one of Laurie Daley. Meninga played against NZ in 1983 (a rare loss), Great Britain in 1984, and held his place on the troubled tour of NZ in 1985 before spending a highly successful season with St Helens. He was also the year's top try-scorer (crossing for five in the Round 5 match against Eastern Suburbs at the Raiders new home ground, Bruce Stadium[21]) and top-point scorer, and was named as Rugby League Week's player of the year. Meninga, of South Sea Island heritage, was born in Bundaberg, Queensland. Top Stories. Mal's size, strength, and at that stage of his career his speed (in the early 1980s he was once reportedly timed at 11.9 seconds over 100 metres[citation needed]) saw him wreak havoc with the weaker English club side defences, as well as the Lions test side. Meninga made a successful début as the Maroons coach in the 2006 State of Origin series, guiding Queensland to a 2–1 series victory, its first outright series victory since 2001 (this despite the fact Queensland lost the first match). He was bought by BBC commentator and former Saints forward Ray French while he was in Australia covering the 1984 Great Britain Lions tour. Traffic to Competitors . while rugby league is more popular in places like the U.S., Russia, Lebanon, Serbia, etc. Mal then went on to score another try in the third and deciding test as Australia won 14–0 and retained The Ashes they had held since 1974. [7][8] His father, Norman Meninga, also played rugby league. He soon recovered and played in the centres for Souths in their 17–3 loss to the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in the BRL Grand Final at Lang Park. As a coach, he began with the Canberra Raiders, before coaching Queensland to nine State of Origin titles between 2006 and 2015. 25 Avg. It's the only town in Papua New Guinea that everyone loves Rugby League, everybody plays Rugby League, everybody supports Rugby League of all the ages, they come here. Mal has continually shown them all.”, Meninga humbled, praises decision on historic night, Messenger, Brown, Burge, Provan, Meninga announced as Immortals, Modern players to dominate next Immortals vote, Meninga hits out at critics of Slater winning series award, You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content, Rugby League Week Player of the Year: 1990, Australian Rugby League Team of the Century: 2008, Rated No. Meninga's form continued though, captaining Queensland in the 1992 State of Origin series (NSW won 2–1) as well as Australia's successful Ashes defence against the touring Great Britain Lions. After retiring, Meninga has enjoyed success as a coach, and is currently the head coach of Australia.[6]. 1993 wasn't all bad though. In the post season Meninga travelled with the Raiders to England and captained the team in their 30–18 loss to a Martin Offiah inspired Widnes in the 1989 World Club Challenge at Old Trafford. With the scores locked at 4–4 after two penalty goals each, Meninga intercepted a Bobbie Goulding pass only 20 metres from his own line and raced 70 metres downfield, with flying Lions winger Martin Offiah bearing down on him. At the end of the 1992 season, Meninga captained Australia to their 10–6 win over Great Britain in the World Cup Final in front of a record international test crowd of 73,631 at Wembley Stadium in London. In 2013, Meninga achieved his eighth consecutive series win with the Queensland State of Origin team. He was succeeded as coach of the PM's XIII by New South Wales coach Laurie Daley. The former Papua New Guinea and Queensland halfback, who is expected to stay on next season, won more votes from the other Super League head coaches than anyone else. Negiso - Tropicals of Goroka by Gori Omene. The Papua New Guinea national rugby union team, nicknamed the Pukpuks, (Tok Pisin for 'crocodiles'), played its first international in 1966, defeating Vanuatu 47-3. Meninga played in all 6 Tests against Papua New Guinea, Great Britain and France, and was a mainstay of both the Queensland and Australian teams for the next decade. On 4 December 1994, at the Stade de la Méditerranée in Béziers, France, Mal Meninga captained Australia to a record 74–0 victory over a very weak French team, scoring the final try of the game, and of his career. Both rugby union and rugby league are played at the amateur as well as professional levels. Meninga was appointed coach of the Raiders in 1997, succeeding three-time winner Tim Sheens, but achieved only moderate success. Papua New Guinea. He is also the only player to captain two Kangaroo Tours, in 1990 and 1994. Papua New Guinea have not so far qualified for a Rugby World Cup.They participated in the Oceania World Cup qualifying tournaments for the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups, but did not qualify. After his displays on the 1982 Kangaroo tour, Meninga was in high demand with English club sides. For the 1984–85 Rugby Football League season he signed to play for St. Helens, who had paid around £30,000 for his services to play in the Australian off-season[16] and he helped the club to victory in the Premiership. 11:42 Oct 15 22449. [45][46], In June 2008, he was chosen in the Queensland Rugby League's Team of the Century at centre. Unfortunately for Meninga, in his last State of Origin series for Queensland as both captain and as a player, New South Wales, led by Raiders teammate Laurie Daley, won the series 2–1. Meninga still maintains what he has written. St Helens' rivals Wigan were also after him and had papers ready for him to sign. [citation needed] His third also saw him miss a place in Australia's 25–12 win over New Zealand in the World Cup Final at Eden Park in Auckland at the end of the 1988 season. Although Queensland lost their second straight State of Origin series under Menginga's captaincy, he did lead Australia to a Trans-Tasman Test series win over New Zealand in mid-season. Mal Meninga played left-centre, i.e. "[37], Subsequently, this incident led to the satirical Chaser team instituting the 'Mal Award' for their election television shows, presented to politicians "for the greatest act of political suicide during an election campaign". According to BBC commentators Ray French and former Great Britain halfback Alex Murphy, the Lions players simply could not handle the 'Manu Mountain' Meninga. goroka honeys rugby. Rugby Player, Coach. The State of Origin series is the only trophy Mal Meninga would not win as a team captain. He also coached them to their first "clean sweep" since 2000. OSBORNE: A lot is going to be done to rugby league, rugby league is on a very big high in Papua New Guinea and as you know Mal Meninga is the coach of the team, the Kumuls that represents PNG in the World Cup, nominee himself has done marvelous things in such a short time for the game up here. It's the only town in Papua New Guinea that everyone loves Rugby League, everybody plays Rugby League, everybody supports Rugby League of all the ages, they come here. Meninga's good form continued in 1991, helping Queensland to win the Origin series (Wally Lewis retained the Qld captaincy) before leading Australia to a 2–1 series win over New Zealand in the mid-season tests. After the Australians got away with a lucky 14-All draw in the first test, Meninga returned to the team (which was captained by New South Wales captain Laurie Daley in Auckland) for the second test win at Palmerston North on an extremely wet and cold night, as well the third test win at Lang Park. The Australian Rugby League Commission has today named a Prime Minister's XIII train-on squad featuring young stars Mitchell Moses, James Roberts and Reagan Campbell-Gillard ahead of the match against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Saturday, September 26. Infobox sports league logo= pixels=200x244px sport= Rugby League founded= 2005 teams= 9 country= PNG champion= Mendi Muruks Runners-up= Goroka Lahanis| The Papua New Guinea National Rugby League Competition or PNGNRL is a semi-professional rugby league competition held annually in Papua New Guinea.Formerly known as the SP Inter-City Cup it changed its name after new sponsorship and new … [citation needed], Meninga is regarded as an official spokesperson for the South Sea Islander community. PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka praised the 50-year-old for creating history by becoming the first national to win the award. Former Papua New Guinea rugby sevens representative A brilliant athlete oozing pace and evasive running, Kuk is the type of player who turns half chances into four-pointers and constantly puts opposing defensive lines under duress. 2006–2013 (8 series), This page was last edited on 29 November 2020, at 05:39. Halfback Ricky Stuart badly broke and dislocated his right ankle in the second half and despite a club record 68–0 win, without their halfback and chief play maker, the Raiders fell apart. 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