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Great Britain Lions second-rower Elliott Whitehead admits he’s been blown away by the reception that the Lions have received since touching down in Port Moresby.

“It’s been really good so far, the locals have made us feel very welcome and it’s going to be a great experience,” Whitehead said.

“We’ve got a good squad, the people of PNG deserve to have some good rugby league games here and hopefully we can put in a good performance for them here.”

“Rugby League is the national game here and we want to put a good performance in for the fans who came out and greeted us at the airport, we got a massive buzz out of it and there’s a lot of energy within the camp heading into this game.”

Whitehead admits that he’s asked his teammates Joe Philbin and Jack Hughes on what to expect from the fans on game day, with the duo having played here for England Knights last year.

“I’ve asked them about the atmosphere and they said it was great, we’ve got training tomorrow so I’m expecting a lot of fans to come out and watch us which will be great to see.”

Whitehead also admitted that the side is disappointed that they haven’t registered a win yet and that they will be determined to finish the tour on a high note.

“We’re disappointed and we feel that we’ve let ourselves down, we’ve got one more game to play and hopefully we can get that win. We have a lot to fix up but we’re sure we’re more than capable of it.”

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