first_imgThe outside back caught the attention of National coach Michael Marum during his side’s grand final win to claim the Enga U18 schoolboys’ title in Wabag last month.Jiwaka U18 promising forward John Bit joins fellow schoolboy Benson Loma while Western Highlands schoolboy trio, Edwin Epape, Isaiah Tali and Mathew Jessy, and lone Simbu schoolboy, Illix Ali, have also been named in the squad.Marum said this is where the future of our game lies.“The academy is set up to groom these young players in the ethics of skills training and attitudes of discipline and commitment to be good rugby league players,” Marum said.The 22-man academy squad is:1. Paul Magua – Highlands Confederate 2. Frendao Rai – Highlands Confederate 3. Tracy Lawrence – Highlands Confederate 4. Delmaj Iveke – Northern Confederate 5. Patrick Tarutia – Northern Confederate 6. Jack Mocke – Northern Confederate 7. Garry Tobe – Madang Knights 8. Max Paul – Madang Knights 9. Dickson Gibson – Madang Knights 10. Pidi Paul – Madang Knights 11. Reggie Singura – Madang Royals 12. Joseph Moke – Madang Royals 13. John Ongul – Jiwaka 14. Peter Michael – Jiwaka 15. Hebert Daniel – Southern Highlands (Imbonggu) 16. Thompson Yakimbu – Enga Schoolboys 17. Benson Loma – Jiwaka Schoolboys 18. John Bit – Jiwaka Schoolboys 19. Edwin Epape – Western Highlands Schoolboys 20. Isaiah Tali – Western Highlands Schoolboys 21. Mathew Jessy – Western Highlands Schoolboys 22. Ilix Ali – Simbu Schoolboys.The academy squad training in Goroka starts on Monday, December 19, and ends on December 23, 2016.(Loop file picture)last_img

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