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The SP PNG Hunters board and management would like to congratulate Hunters’ Assistant Coach Stanley Tepend on his appointment as PNG Kumuls Head Coach ahead of the upcoming Pacific Test and end-of-season Rugby League World Cup. 

Tepend is thoroughly deserving of the opportunity having enjoyed great success in the Digicel Cup competition and proving an invaluable member of the Hunters’ coaching staff this year as an assistant. 

Tepend has the SP PNG Hunters’ full support in accepting this new role while also fulfilling his duties as assistant coach in the Hunters’ 2022 QRL Hostplus Cup campaign. 

SP PNG Hunters Chairman Mr Stan Joyce CSM was delighted with the announcement. 

“On behalf of the Hunters I would like to extend congratulations to Stanley on his appointment as the Kumuls Head Coach,” said Joyce. 

“Stanley is doing a wonderful job as assistant coach for the Hunters and I am pleased to see him get the opportunity to further his development with the PNG National side.”

Tepend was excited to know it was actually happening following an official announcement this week. 

“I’m just very humbled and very grateful for the opportunity,” Tepend said. 

“The last few months have been interesting. There’s a lot of work to be done with the Pacific Test fast approaching and I need to make sure I balance both roles because first and foremost I know I’ve got a job to do here with the Hunters.”

“I’m very thankful for the support around me.”

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