LEADING THE CHARGE: David Mead in action for the Broncos. The former Lismore junior has been named captain of Papua New Guinea's team in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.
LEADING THE CHARGE: David Mead in action for the Broncos. The former Lismore junior has been named captain of Papua New Guinea's team in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup. DARREN ENGLAND

Mead to lead world cup side in PNG

LISMORE junior David Mead will captain Papua New Guinea at the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.

Mead, 28, was born in PNG before moving to Lismore where he played for Marist Brothers and went to high school at Kadina and Trinity Catholic College.

He went on to play 147 games at the Gold Coast Titans between 2009-2016 before linking up with the Brisbane Broncos this season.

Leading the PNG Kumuls is a chance for Mead to finish the year on a positive note after coming in and out of the Broncos team this season with other wingers ahead of him in the starting side.

Most of the World Cup team is made of the PNG Hunters side who won the Queensland Cup for the first time last month.

It will be a massive tournament to be part of for the Kumuls as they host three games in PNG while the rest of World Cup is in Australia and New Zealand.

"Riding on the back of the successful PNG Hunters season, the support of our nation's eight million-plus people will turn to the Kumuls in the 2017 World Cup campaign,” chairman Sandis Tsaka said.

"With three home games, the expectations of our people is there (for them) to perform well.

"All we ask of you is to play every game with pride and passion. We will be right behind you.”

Mead made his test debut for PNG in 2008 and went on to play in the World Cup that year.

He has been a regular in the side but has also represented NSW Country in hopes of playing State of Origin against Queensland.

The PNG side assembled in Port Moresby yesterday and starts training today before leaving for Fiji on Wednesday for a Tri Nations series against Australia and Fiji.

NRL players James Segeyaro, Kurt Baptiste and Nene McDonald are also in the team.

Meanwhile Scotland will announce it's team on Tuesday and will play a trial game against the NSW Country Under-23s at Kingsford Smith, Ballina on October 20.

Yamba product Luke Douglas and North Queensland Cowboys duo Lachlan Coote and Kane Linnett are expected to be part of the squad.



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