Rugby League BY SIMON KESLEP Young recruits who are vying for a spot in the SP PNG Hunters team for the 2019 Queensland Intrust Super Cup season must don the jersey with pride. This was the advice from Bland Abavu who was a member of the 2017 SP PNG Hunters premiership winning squad now left in the team. Abavu said structure football, following the coaching staff directions and learning as much as possible including the mounting responsibilities should give the team a boost than last year’s performance. “My advice to them (new players) is when you wear that jersey you have to wear it with pride, respect and every responsibility that you deserve must be put on the jersey,” he said. “You are not playing for your province, not for anyone else but for Papua New Guinea even though you come from different places.” Abavu said when players don the jersey they bring everyone together and new players who will be making their debut must be mindful to play with responsibility. “The people of PNG trusted you, that is how far you came into the team and you have to carry every burden you have to take.” Abavu added in good or bad times players should be mindful of the jersey they wear and he is confident Hunters will this year make it into the finals. “Yeah, I am confident Hunters will make it into the finals because everybody plays rugby, there is no different thing as a senior or junior player,” said Abavu. “Everybody contributes to winning and I believe in the boys.” Abavu is part of the Hunters pre-season squad, especially in the backs department and was vocal during training to cheer on fellow youngsters joining the team.