Papua New Guinea Kumul forward Wellington Albert has been named as a player to watch in the recent news released by Rugby League World Cup news.

The list include Leilani Latu from Tonga, Jilarroo Isabelle Kelly and Fiji’s Daniel Saifiti.

On Albert, the RLWC writes:


There will be plenty of flamboyant footy played at Port Moresby’s National Football Stadium across that venue’s three preliminary games at the upcoming 2017 Rugby League World Cup, but it will be a prop who could really be bringing the locals to their feet.

Standing at 194cm and 113kg, Wellington Albert is one rugby league beast who is bloody hard to stop. The 22-year-old was a standout for the Papua New Guinea Kumuls in his nation’s recent 32-22 victory over the Cook Islands at Campbelltown. And by the time the World Cup arrives at the end of the year, he would only have built on his nous in the engine room even more.

Having spent three seasons with Penrith in the Holden and NSW Cups, Albert left the Panthers to join the super-successful PNG Hunters in the Queensland competition. The aggressive forward has since played three Tests for the Kumuls and is currently on the lookout for a new deal with an NRL club.

Already a history-maker as the first Papua New Guinean to score an NRL contract directly from PNG, he’ll be out to create more history – and body aches – against PNG’s pool rivals Wales, Ireland and the USA when the Cup rolls around in late October.