Prime Minister's XIII

Prime Minister's XIII or the PM's XIII is the name of a representative rugby league team selected on an annual basis by the Prime Minister of Australia that consists of mainly young Australian players drawn from the National Rugby League competition to take on the Papua New Guinea national rugby league team. The match is almost exclusively played in Papua New Guinea at the resolution of the rugby league season and is seen as an Australian second team.

In recent years the team has been coached by current Queensland State of Origin coach Mal Meninga, whom again coached the side in 2006 gaining a victory of 28-8 at Lloyd Robson Oval in Port Moresby.

In 2007, The PM's XIII drew 24-24 with Papua New Guinea after leading 20-0 at half time.

In 2008, The PM's XIII beat Papua New Guinea in a high scoring affair 53-30.

2008 Selected team

Position Player Club
Fullback Jarryd Hayne Parramatta Eels
Wing Wendell Sailor* St George Illawarra Dragons
Centre Michael Jennings Penrith Panthers
Centre Joel Monaghan Canberra Raiders
Wing Josh Morris St George Illawarra Dragons
Five Eighth Terry Campese Canberra Raiders
Half Back Scott Prince Gold Coast Titans
Prop Forward Carl Webb North Queensland Cowboys
Hooker Robbie Farah Wests Tigers
Prop Forward Ben Cross Newcastle Knights
Second Row Nathan Hindmarsh (C) Parramatta Eels
Second Row Luke O'Donnell North Queensland Cowboys
Lock Forward Alan Tongue Canberra Raiders
Bench Craig Wing South Sydney Rabbitohs
Bench Chris Heighington Wests Tigers
Bench Cory Paterson Newcastle Knights
Bench Joe Picker Canberra Raiders
18th Man Chris Lawrence Wests Tigers

  • Sailor withdrew citing personal reasons and Chris Lawrence was drafted into the starting side.

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