“ He is one of the most senior players in the side now and with his NRL experience having played for the Gold Coast Titans since 2009 at the highest level, I have every confidence he will lead the Kumuls well during our preparations this week and the game against Fiji on Saturday,” said Marum.
“David has been a PNG Kumul since 2008. Marum added there will be no vice-captain for this game.
Mead represented PNG at the 2008 World Cup in Australia and the 2013 World Cup in England.
“To play for Papua New Guinea is an achievement but to lead the Kumuls is an honour. I thank coach Michael Marum for this appointment and will give it the best I can for every Papua New Guinean,” said Mead.
Meanwhile, the Kumuls and management gathered in Penrith on Monday night and underwent fitness tests.
“All the players are fit and healthy. We had a team dinner last night and all the players are in high spirits. We had our first training run today,” said Marum.
A Fan Day will be held at the Pirtek Stadium at Paramatta on Thursday from 3.30pm to 5.30pm where Papua New Guineans living in and around Sydney can go and meet the players and get photographs and autographs.
The Kumuls and Fiji Bati game will kick off at 5:30pm . Somoa will take on the Tongans after the Kumuls vs Bati game.
Australia will take on New Zealand on Friday 7:30 pm.
The official PNG Kumuls team photo for the Pacific Test : Souce: NRL.COM.
Back L-R: Solomon Kulinasi (Trainer), Marcus Bai (Team Manager), Edward Goma, Watson Boas, Stargroth Amean, Timothy Lomai, Stanley Tepend (Official)
Middle L-R: Leonard Tarum (Official), Henry Noki, Luke Page, Nene McDonald, Kato Ottio, John Wilshere (Ass. Trainer), David Westley (Ass. Trainer), Arnold Kerewanty (Team Manager).
Front L-R: Wartovo Puara Jr, Kurt Baptiste, Brandy Peter, Justin Olam, Willie Minoga, Michael Marum (Coach), David Mead, Adam Korave, Ase Boas, Adex Wera, Rodney Griffin.