Australian rugby league great Mal Meninga has signed a five-year contract to become high performance director for Papua New Guinea's national team.
Meninga will work with PNG's head coach and former National Rugby League player Adrian Lam. Meninga has guided Queensland to a record seven consecutive State of Origin wins over New South Wales since 2006, and will continue as Maroons coach.
The 52-year-old Meninga, who played 46 tests for Australia from 1982-1994 and was captain for 23 of those, is Australian-born of South Sea Islander descent.
Meninga told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio on Wednesday that he hopes the PNG team will "improve out of sight" and he'll make his first priority the country's appearance at the World Cup in England in October.