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Fresh new start for Edwin Ipape


One may take a Papua New Guinean out of a Rugby League club or even in a competition but you can’t take Rugby League out of him. As for PNG International Rugby League player and PNG Kumuls utility Edwin Ipape, had been dismissed by the SP PNG Hunters Management while being part of the 2022 train-on squad but his passion for Rugby League had never ceased.

He is a professional Rugby League player and he will still remain on the top spot regardless of what people may think and say about him as he will always remain the role model to those young aspiring Rugby League players who look up to him. When Ipape was dismissed from Hunters, his considered the disappointment as a challenge and improved from his mistakes and set his standard high as he is someone his fellow friends regard him as man of dignity.

His fallback team was Lae Snax Tigers as Tigers under coach under Stanley Tepend shaped him to be who is now but according to our Christian belief, “if one humble himself, God is on the verge to uphold him and for Ipape he was never let down. He saw light at the end of the tunnel.


Picture credit; Hunters Media

The 25 year old of Hela Heritage have signed by Leigh Centurions for the 2022 rugby league challenge in England. He will soon joint his colleagues at Centurions after sorting out his travelling documents and other necessity paper works that he need to sort out.  Ipape becomes former PNG Kumuls and Centurions coach Adrian Lam’s latest inclusion to the squad preparing for the start of the Betfred Championship in the Super League challenge.

The former Snax Tigers hooker Ipape joints his Kumuls team mate Nene MacDonald and other big name NRL players in Centurions. Ipape was once part of Manley Sea Eagles train-on squad back in 2020. Head Coach Adrian Lam was delighted with the signing and said “Edwin is a great signing for us in that he can play in a variety of positions.

“We hope to get him over here within a fortnight then he can get ready to make his debut.”

Playing in that famous win over Great Britain really showcased his abilities and that try he scored, just before half-time is well worth watching time and time again. Edwin will add so much versatility and depth to our squad and he’s made up to be coached by Adrian who remains a major sporting hero in PNG. We think he’ll take the championship by storm and our fans will love him.

Ipape says “he was really excited about the opportunity that Centurions have given him.”

“I am looking forward to meeting my new team mates and ripping in. I can’t wait to play in England and test myself against the best players in the competition”.

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