14 Apr 2014

Sport: PNG's Mark Mexico impresses on Cronulla debut

11:29 am on 14 April 2014

PNG Kumuls prop Mark Mexico made a winning start to life in Australia, after an impressive debut for Cronulla in the New South Wales Cup.

The 24 year old last week signed a one year deal with the Sharks NRL side after impressing for the PNG Hunters in the Queensland Cup.

He managed 14 hit ups and 16 tackles as he played 37 minutes in Cronulla's 38-10 victory over Manly.

Kumuls coach Adrian Lam says programs that have been put in place in PNG should mean than more young players can follow in Mark Mexico's footsteps.

"The way that the high performance programme covers right down to high school and we've also got AusAid stepping in there with the PNG Rugby League now doing primary schools, educating rugby league and development. It's certainly kicking off and we're in a great position - we're at the base though and we've got a lot of work to do and these players going away certainly gives us a lot to push at the lower level to have them aspire to be".