User:Adam UOW86/Australian rugby league team sign Papua New Guinea player

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Papua New Guinea rugby league play Mark Mexico has this week signed an National Rugby League contract to play for the Australian Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks rugby league club for the remainder of the 2014 season.

The 25-year old prop weighs in at 106kg and stands at 183cm and is not the only PNG player to receive an NRL contract after 20-year old prop Wellington Albert signed a deal with the Penrith Panthers earlier this year.

Albert is currently playing in the Panthers' under 20's Holden Cup team, while Mexico will play his first match for the Sharks in their NSW Cup match against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles on Saturday.

Rugby league is the national sport in Papua New Guinea and it has continued to grow in recent times following their appearance in the 2013 rugby league world cup and the inclusion of a PNG team, the PNG Hunters, in the Queensland Cup.

Other players in the National Rugby League with PNG heritage include Panthers hooker James Segeyaro, Newcastle Knights second rower Neville Costigan, and Gold Coast Titans winger David Mead.


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