08 Apr 2020


The Papua New Guinea Rigby Football League (PNGRFL) and the rugby league family especially from Hanuabada village in the Nations Capital is mourning the death of former PNG Kumul centre Garia Kora.

Kora aged 66 of Hanuabada and Porebada in Central Province parentage, died at his Hohodae home in Hanuabada early yesterday morning (Wednesday August 26, 2020) after a short illness.

PNG RFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka said late Garia Kora was Kumul No. 22 and played his only Test in the historic 37-6 win over France on May 29, 1977 in Port Moresby.

“Garia Kora debuted in that game captained by John Wagambie alongside fellow Hanuabadan great (late) Dikana Boge and the likes of Peter Pius, Paul Tore, Joe Tomerop, Linus Geni, (late) Jack Metta, Kaiva Kako,” Tsaka said. “He was also a member of the flamboyant Hanubada Hawks side in the Port Moresby Rugby League competition and Southern Zone in the 1970s.”

““On behalf of the PNGRFL and the rugby league family throughout the country, we extend our sincere condolences to his children Maraga, Kabua, Keruma, Rohi, Kaia and their families and14 grand- children, on the passing of their dad and bubu,” Tsaka said.

Saturday August 29, 2020 at 4.00pm at the Lakani Toi Memorial Church at Hanuabada