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Former PNG Kumuls player Dikana Boge dies

The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League and the rugby league family around the country has been devastated by the news of the passing of former PNG Kumul great Dikana Boge.

Boge aged 66 died at his Hanuabada home in the Nation’s Capital yesterday (Wednesday) after a short illness.

“Dikana popularly known as ‘Ten Gun’ was PNG Kumul No. 20. He was the centre in PNG's historic 37 – 6 win over France on May 29, 1977 in Port Moresby,” Chairman Sandis Tsaka said.

Boge was a member of the flamboyant Hanuabada Hawks side in the 70s and Southern Zone. Chairman Tsaka said Boge’s last appearance on a rugby league field was when he joined his team mates led by the first Kumul captain Paul Chue and other former Kumul greats before the RL World Cup pool match against USA in Port Moresby in October, 2017.

“At a meeting before they walked out on the field, Boge shared the story when he scored a try under the cross bar during that game against France, and converting winger Peter Pius try from the sideline were the memories he treasured,” Tsaka recalled.

“On behalf of the PNGRFL and the rugby league family, we extend our sincere condolences to his wife, children, grand- children, his brother Philip (Kumul No. 120)  their families on the passing of her husband, their dad, grand dad and brother ,” Tsaka said. 

May he Rest in Peace.

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