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Mass gatherings planned in PNG to watch Justin Olam in NRL grand final

This weekend's NRL Grand Final will see the Penrith Panthers take on the Melbourne Storm but the game has been described as the "Penrith Panthers versus PNG" because of the support PNG international Justin Olam will be getting from home, in what is the 26-year-old's Grand Final debut.

Via the ABC/Tahlea Aualiitia on Pacific Beat.

"It's definitely unreal but for me personally I just try not to think about it and I'm just trying to treat it like a normal game," Olam said this week in the lead up to Sunday's game.

It was Olam's hard tackles and dedication to the game that first caught the eye of the coach of the national PNG team, the Kumuls, Michael Marum.

"He wasn't scared at all of anyone and, he always put his body on the line even in training," Mr Marum said.

Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy has also praised Olam's physical presence on the field, saying that as a player, Olam would run though a brick wall if asked.

But noone sings the praises of the PNG international more than fans at home.

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