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Laybutt happy to represent his mum’s heritage

Updated: Apr 29

Papua New Guinea International and Blackhawks chief playmaker, Kyle Laybutt, has been named by the Indigenous team to make his debut, when they take on the Maoris team in the National Rugby League’s (NRL) All-Star clash on Friday, February 16th, at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, North Queensland, Australia.


Kyle Laybutt, Brian Kelly and Zac Fulton were the latest addition to the Indigenous’ side, following the withdrawal of Cody Walker, Jacob Alick and Isaiah Tass.


Laybutt said he couldn’t believe when he received the call to play for the Indigenous team. He was surprised and excited to represent his mum’s side.


“Still pinching myself. I actually bought tickets to this game to watch with my partner, so to be actually able to play is crazy,” Laybutt told Sports Tok Magazine on Monday, February 12th, 2024.


“It is obviously massive and means a lot. Being able to represent my mother’s heritage now is something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m extremely proud of."


The 28-year-old said he was stoked and looked forward to wearing the Indigenous jumper and represent his mum’s heritage on Friday night.


“I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’ve been enjoying the week, embracing myself in my culture and looking forward to playing some footy on Friday night,” Laybutt excitedly expressed.


“Being able to represent my other parent (mother’s) side of the family is a dream come true and kind of ticks off that box.


“To play for the Kumuls and this one, both are equally important to me and I’m just honoured to be in the position to do both."

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