Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare was present during Tuesday’s training and met the team and staff of the SP PNG Hunters.
He presented skipper Meninga his 50th Cup game award.
Meninga told media that being given the award by Sir Michael just pays off all the hard work he has put into his rugby career over the past three years.
“I made a lot of sacrifices and getting this award from the father of the nation is something I will always remember. After my footy career, I will have a story to tell.”
Menginga also thanked coach Michael Marum for giving him more game time despite the setbacks of injury in 2017 and 2018; he was quite happy for his perseverance.
The also gave credit to the team for backing him up in his captaincy role, despite the season not being so good for the team.
“This year is not a good year for us, but we did try our best. I got the ‘old’ boys supporting my leadership. We are still looking forward to finish strong and set a good start for next year.”
Meninga played his 50th ISC game and 51st Hunters game against the Sunshine Coast Falcons in Australia, earlier in the month.