Toss-up: Mead or Segeyaro for captain
4 October, 2018, 5:40 am
PORT MORESBY,03 OCTOBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – THE captaincy for the PNG Prime Minister’s XIII will be announced today including the first 13 to take on the visiting Australians.
Taking the role of captain in any national team is a great honour, privilege and challenge and such will arise for any player named.
However, the dice in this instance will be thrown between two potential candidates – Catalans Dragons David Mead and James Segeyaro from Cronulla Sharks.
Both players have on various occasions in the past proved that they both can lead and have put head coach Michael Marum under the scope trying to find who the best candidate would be.
Other players include Melbourne Storm back Justin Olam and Bulldogs Rhyse Martin so as few others while Luke Page’s omission in the team due to work reasons just leaves the four experienced candidates available for Marum to choose from.
Marum also admitted in his speech during the announcement of this year’s PM’s XIII team at the Oil Search National Football Stadium that both Mead and Segeyaro are good leaders. This certainly knocks off Olam and Martin for the captaincy role.
He said Segeyaro was outstanding in terms of his leadership starting from the first day when he arrived in camp during the Pacific Test match in Sydney.
“James Segeyaro, after his 2017 World Cup games appearance with the Kumuls, was really outstanding in terms of his leadership during the Pacific Test match in Sydney. He stood out all through and showed that leadership in the game,” Marum said.
The coach said same thing applies to Mead who played three World Cup games for the Kumuls so he is a leader there so as Olam.
However, much is now at stake for Marum to appoint the team leader who will lead the PNG Prime Minister’s XIII in this weekend’s annual PM’s XIII clash against the Australians.
Naming both as co-captains of the team is one option as the country awaits the announcement which will be made known today at the NFS.
Segeyaro arrived quietly in the country Tuesday to team up with the rest of the squad in Port Moresby.
The captain of the team will be announced today with the rest of the team to take on the Australian PM’s XIII on Saturday at the NFS.