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SP PNG Hunters player Jokadi Bire is recovering in a Gold Coast Hospital after undergoing a serious surgical procedure overnight.

Jokadi was unwell at training at the Hunters’ Runaway Bay base. Medical assistance was sought immediately and Jokadi was taken to hospital for assessment and treatment.

Jokadi is receiving the best care possible in one of Queensland’s best hospitals. The Hunters are awaiting further news of his condition.

His family has been notified of his condition and the Hunters management are in constant contact with them.

When doctors advise later today, members of the Hunters squad and management will be there to support Jokadi on the beginning of his recovery.

We are not currently in a position to advise the general public of specific medical details as we are also awaiting a briefing from Jokadi’s doctors later today.

SP PNG Hunters Chairman Mr Stan Joyce CSM after meeting with the players and management at the Gold Coast this morning requested that the 10 million supporters of Rugby League back home in PNG and across the world keep Jokadi in their thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

The Hunters would ask for privacy at this time. We will provide further updates as they come to hand.

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