Sharks hooker James Segeyaro has been selected in a Papua New Guinea Kumuls squad that includes 10 players from the PNG Hunters, for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.
David Mead from the Broncos will Captain the team, Ase Boas from the Hunters the Vice Captain, with Segeyaro returning to the Kumuls side for the first time since 2011.
He has previously played just one match for PNG.
PNGRFL Chairman Sandis Tsaka announced the PNG LNG Kumuls squad in the presence of ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director Andrew Barry and National Gaming Control Board CEO Imelda Agon.
Tsaka congratulated the selected players and with their pool matches to be played on home soil, urged them to play their best in front of what will be a fanatical crowd.
“Riding on the back of the successful SP PNG Hunters season in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup, the support of our nation’s 8 million plus people will turn to the PNG LNG Kumuls in the 2017 World Cup campaign," Tsaka said.
"With three home games, the expectations of our people is there for you to perform well. All we ask of you is to play every game with pride and passion. We will be right behind you."
The team leaves for Fiji next Wednesday October 11 for aTri Nations series against Australia and Fiji at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, beginning on October 14. The PNG LNG Kumuls then return on October 16, before playing their first gamer on October 28 against Wales.
The second match is on November 5 against Ireland and the final home pool game is against USA on November 12.
All games will be played at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.
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The Papua New Guinea Kumuls Squad
Ase Boas - SP PNG Hunters
David Mead - Brisbane Broncos
Enock Maki - SP PNG Hunters
Garry Lo - Sheffield Eagles
James Segeyaro - Cronulla Sharks
Justin Olam - Melbourne Storm
Kato Ottio - Canberra Raiders
Kurt Baptiste - Canberra Raiders
Lachlan Lam - Sydney Roosters
Luke Page - Burleigh Bears
Moses Meninga - SP PNG Hunters
Nene MacDonald - St. George Illawarra Dragons
Nixon Put - SP PNG Hunters
Paul Aiton – Catalan Dragons
Rhys Martin – Canterbury Bulldogs
Rod Griffin – Canterbury Bulldogs
Stanton Albert - SP PNG Hunters
Stargroth Amean - SP PNG Hunters
Thompson Teteh - Redcliffe Dolphins
Wartovo Puara Jnr - SP PNG Hunters
Wellington Albert – SP PNG Hunters
Watson Boas – SP PNG Hunters
Willie Minoga – SP PNG Hunters