PNG LNG Kumuls coach Michael Marum has named James Segeyaro as captain of the PNG LNG Kumuls in Saturday’s Pacific Test against Fiji Batis at Campbelltown, west of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia.
The 27 year old originally from the Eastern Highlands made his Kumul debut as Kumul No. 282 in the World Cup against Wales in Port Moresby last year. He went on to play the next three games including their quarter final loss against England in Melbourne.
"It's James' second year representing his country and he has really settled into being a Kumul,” Marum said from their Campbelltown hotel this morning.
“He has been outstanding for Cronulla Sharks in their recent games, and has become one of the leaders at his club.
“I'm sure he'll go out there and lead his country well and, with his father (late) Ifisoe Segeyaro being a former Kumul (No.70), this will mean a lot to him, Marum said".
James Segeyaro said: “It’s a massive honour to be named captain, especially being a second generation Kumul. It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve achieved so far in my career. "Representing my country and my people is an honour. It’s a privilege to put on the Kumul jersey for any game, so to be captain is overwhelming,” Segeyaro said.
"I would like to thank Coach Michael Marum, the other coaching staff and my family for their support over the years that has helped me reach such a milestone. “I’d also like to thank the people of PNG, especially the ones who stuck by me and always supported me whether I made the right decisions or not," he said.
The PNG LNG Kumuls play Fiji Batis in the 1st of the Pacific Test double headers at 4pm this Saturday (June23, 2018) at Campbelltown Stadium.