The Daily Telegraph
David Mead will make his return for Papua New Guinea after being named at fullback for the Kumuls Test against Fiji next Saturday.
The Titans flyer opted to play for Country Origin over the Kumuls last year but now forms part of one of the strongest PNG teams assembled for some time.
Mead is one of four players with NRL experience named in the squad with Titans centre Nene McDonald, Raiders hooker Kurt Baptiste and former Dragons prop Luke Page also earning a start.
Mead had previously played eight Tests for the Kumuls between 2008 and 2013 and provides PMG with some much needed experience from the back.
The Kumuls will also boast the inclusion of Raiders centre Kato Ottio, the leading tryscorer in the NSW Cup this season, and the powerful Tigers forward Rod Griffin, who was one of the best for the Ipswich Jets in their State Championship win this season.
Ottio is reportedly close to claiming his first grade debut after a strong start to the season. The PNG Hunters Queensland Cup side contributes 10 players, including halves Ase and Watson Boas and winger Stargroth Amean.
The team will be coached by Hunters mentor Michael Marum.
Full team: 1. David Mead 2. Justin Olam 3. Kato Ottio 4. Nene McDonald 5. Stargroth Amean 6. Ase Boas 7. Watson Boas 8. Luke Page 9. Wartorvo Puara 10. Henry Noki 11. Rhyse Martin 12. Rod Griffin 13. Adam Korave Interchange 14. Adex Wara 15. Brandy Peter 16. Willie Minoga 17. Kurt Baptiste 18. Timothy Lomai. Coach: Michael Marum
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Downer Rugby League 9s World Cup
- PNG Kumuls 0 Australia 26
- PNG Kumuls 18 New Zealand Kiwis 18
- PNG Kumuls 23 USA Tomahawks 10
Pacific Test Results
201 9 - PNG Kumuls 28 Great Britain Lions 10
2019 - Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 20
2019 - PNG Kumls 6 Samoa 24
2018 - PNG Kumuls 26 Fiji Bati 14
2017 - PNG Kumuls 32 Cook Islands 22
2016 - PNG Kumuls 24 Fiji Bati 22
2015- Fiji Bati 22 PNG Kumuls 22
World Cup Results
Round 1 : PNG Kumuls 50 Wales 6
Round 2: PNG Kumuls 14 Ireland 6
Round 3 PNG Kumuls 64 USA 0
Quarter Finals : PNG Kumuls 6 England 36