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Rugby league great Harragon walks Kokoda

PORT MORESBY, Oct 28 AAP 28/10/2008 01:38:16 PM Comments (0)

Rugby league legend Paul "Chief" Harragon has completed a nine-day trek along the famous Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.

Harragon and his wife Pamela finished their walk this week then visited the Bomana war cemetery, outside Port Moresby, where more than 3,000 Australian soldiers are buried.

The Kokoda Track was where 600 Australians soldiers died during World War II when fighting invading Japanese soldiers along the rugged and mountainous 96km track.

PNG's The National newspaper reported Harragon is now the third NRL star to walk Kokoda like Mal Meninga and Parramatta forward Daniel Wagon.

"I would like to see a lot of NRL players come up and walk the track," Harragon said.

"It was very emotional for me. I met a lot of friends along the track and yeah it was very surprising that people even in the remote areas along the track knew me.

"It was also surprising for them to know a lot about NRL," he said.

Harragon said the trek was tough but enjoyable.

"I really enjoyed the people's hospitality and the environment along the track and yeah PNG has a lot of good areas for tourists to visit."

Harragon said he had visited PNG twice before for football purposes.

"I also walked the track to celebrate my 40th birthday. I turned 40 on Oct 12 and I walked the track on the 18th Oct."

Harragon said he did not have any family connections to the Kokoda Track but Pamela's grandfather was stationed at Port Moresby during the war.

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