x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Gene bows out on a high

Stanley Gene was in tears after bringing his international career to a close with Papua New Guinea's brave performance against Australia.

Stanley Gene was in tears after bringing his international career to a close with Papua New Guinea's brave performance against Australia. The Kumuls bowed out of the World Cup after a 46-6 defeat in their final match in the "super pool" and that meant the end of the road for Gene, who is the only man to play in each of the last three tournaments. The cult hero, 34, who joined Hull KR after the 1995 World Cup in England, was overcome with emotion after the game.

"Wearing the Kumuls jumper changed my life," Gene said. "I'm still in a dream world even today. "And what a nice way to finish my last World Cup, playing the best team in the world. I want to thank everyone back home and everyone who has played a part in my career - especially all our supporters back in PNG." After failing to win a match, PNG finish fifth in the official ranking list, which will be completed after the November 22 final.

France are guaranteed the wooden spoon following a dismal campaign culminating in a 42-10 ranking-match defeat by Tonga. * PA Sport