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PNG INTERNATIONAL DUO JOIN ROVERS

FEATHERSTONE Rovers have confirmed the signings of Papua New Guinea international duo Ase Boas and Watson Boas, for the 2019 season.

The brothers both represented the Kumuls in the 2017 World Cup and were integral to the success of PNG Hunters’ Intrust Super Cup winning team in the same year.

Ase Boas captained the Hunters to Minor Premiership and Grand Final victories, claiming the Duncan Hall Medal for a player of the match performance in the final and Courier Mail Medal for being the best and fairest in the competition, over the entire season.

Previous winners of the Courier Mail Medal (now Civoniceva Medal) include Australian international duo Greg Inglis and Daly Cherry-Evans.

Featherstone Rovers general manager Davide Longo said: “We are very excited to announce the signings of the Boas brothers.

“They are two hugely talented players who have experience of winning and playing at an elite level.

“It was frustrating for myself and Mark (Campbell), that we couldn’t reveal their exact identities at the club’s last Fans’ Forum.

“We knew supporters were excited by the news that players from the World Cup had joined the club, but knew the quality of these players would take that to another level.

“This is only the start of our recruitment for the 2019 season and there will be more reasons for supporters to be excited.”

The brothers are set to arrive in the UK in January, but for 29-year-old Ase, it will not be the first time playing in the country.

He represented PNG in the 2013 World Cup, while younger brother Watson truly established himself on the international stage in the 2017 tournament, with the winning try against Ireland.

Both players were also part of PNG’s gold medal winning rugby league nines team at the 2015 Pacific Games.