Kennedy Primed for Papua New Guinea Tour

Updated: June 14, 2018

Kyle Kennedy played in the Men’s Under-23’s Country Championships Final last month and believes the hard-fought win gave him the experience he needs to play Papua New Guinea with the Country Under-23’s Representative side in October.

Kennedy, who plays for Northern Rivers in representative Rugby League and Lismore Marists in his local league, says he achieved his personal goal by making the Country Under-23’s Representative side.

“It’s a massive opportunity,” Kennedy said.

“I set myself a goal at the start of the year to make Country; I’ve done that.

“There’s been so many good players to come from the Country and I think it’s an honour to represent the jersey.”

Kennedy says he is looking forward to travelling to Papua New Guinea and being part of the Country Representative side for the first time.

“I’ve heard a few stories of what is it like to play over there and they’re obviously very passionate about Rugby League, being their National sport, so it should be good.”

Kennedy admitted his selection was made even more special because four of his Country Championship-winning Northern Rivers team mates will be playing alongside him.

“It’s awesome that there’s five of us in the team and they’re all really good blokes so it’s exciting to get the opportunity to play with them again.

“That final was probably one of the toughest games I’ve been a part of and I think a sign of what’s to come and what to expect against PNG; I think it primed us well.”