Papua New Guinea international heads to London Broncos

James Gordon
Emmanuel Waine

London Broncos have signed Papua New Guinea international Emmanuel Waine from PNG Hunters.

Waine, 26, played for the Kumuls at the recent World Cup and will link up with international team-mate Wellington Albert, subject to visa approval.

He said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for me, and I’m pleased to be part of the Broncos squad.

“I enjoyed my first World Cup in the UK during the autumn which was a great experience and hopefully I can develop my own game in the coming months.

“It will be good to link up with Welly again and meet my other new teammates. I’ve kept myself fit by training with The Dolphins and will be ready to go straight into battle when I arrive.”

Explosive signing

Back-rower Emmanuel Waine has been training with new NRL side the Dolphins and made his international debut last summer against Fiji.

He is another international representative joining the Broncos squad, following the signings of Italy forward Ethan Natoli and Fiji half-back Henry Raiwalui.

Their squad also includes Scotland full-back Alex Walker, Wales back Dalton Grant and Italy hooker Dean Parata.

Coach Mike Eccles added: “Emmanuel is a very explosive and dynamic player who will be hard to handle when carrying the ball.

“He’ll compliment our current squad really well and joins from a fantastic background.

“We’re delighted to have him onboard and look forward to his arrival in the UK. His World Cup performances for Papua New Guinea really caught our attention where he partnered well with Welly (Wellington Albert).

“We won’t be rushed into making signings for the sake of it. It’s a priority to ensure every player we recruit adds real quality to the team and Emmanuel ticks this box and can help push the Broncos forward.”

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