David Mead

Mead's emotional PNG homecoming

A passionate Papua New Guinean who at one time in his career was disillusioned with the state of the game in PNG, Mead will have the honour of leading the Kumuls out for the first World Cup game ever played in PNG in front of a crowd that may be just as big outside the ground as the 25,000 who will create a deafening atmosphere from within.

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Mead ready to lead

“The majority of the boys are from the Hunters. They had a huge year, a very successful year. They’re a lot more professional now. They know how to look after their bodies really well. They’re also mentally a lot tougher.

“In my opinion, this is one of the best squads we’ve ever had.

“It’s just a matter of preparing well at training, taking that over to Fiji and building from there to get ready for the World Cup

Mead: I have a rib cartilage injury

Mead, who is currently in Port Moresby told Loop PNG said he was obviously disappointed to be missing out on playing this weekend.

“I have a rib cartilage injury and I’ve been playing with it since the Roosters game. I’ve been getting a needle every game and it’s pretty painful the next morning when I wake up and during the week at training. It’s affecting my training.

“I spoke to Wayne and he told me to make sure to get my body right, have the weekend off to rest up well and come ready to train next week.

Mead spends time with fans

The PNG Kumuls and Brisbane Broncos star took photos, signed posters and took part in some fun and games with the public.

“It’s a pretty good feeling. It’s always good for me to get out in public and meet Papua New Guineans.

“I know they all love their rugby league and they’re very passionate. I can see it on their faces when they meet rugby league players. It’s good to be here,” Mead said.

General Manager of Fone Haus, Damian Ames said Mead has been the Digicom Ambassador for five months now.

VIDEO: Mead confident on Kumuls prospects

Professional PNG rugby league footballer David Mead is confident that Kumuls will be a force to be reckoned with. 

Mead new BSP brand Ambassador

Mead is a Papua New Guinean professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Brisbane Broncos of the National Rugby League (NRL).

Robin Fleming, BSP CEO said the athlete was chosen based on the bank's values for integrity, professionalism and qualities among others and his simplicity and career with rugby.

The bank also admires how Mead recognises his Papua New Guinean roots and everybody who have contributed to his career.

"We are PNG, so we have chosen an elite athlete for an elite bank.

Mead re-signs with Broncos

Not only will Mead start the match against the Rabbitohs tonight after Jordan Kahu was withdrawn with a groin issue, he has some big news off the field.

Mead last night re-signed with the Broncos for another season, meaning he will be at the club until at least the end of 2018.

Mead joined the Broncos from the Gold Coast Titans at the end of last year.

On the day of the big game against the Rabbitohs, Mead said he is excited about staying with Broncos for another season.

Mead said he is excited about the challenge of making the team.

Injured Broncos recruit cleared to play

The winger's scans came back clear after he was forced off the field on Monday following a knee clash with a teammate, the club announced on Thursday.

"He may have to be kept out of a session or two, but we expect he will be right to play in the trials," high performance manager Jeremy Hickmans said.

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PNG positioned to make World Cup statement

Mead will represent PNG and the Broncos when he makes his first appearance for the World All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars in Newcastle on February 10 where he will be joined by fellow Kumul and former Titan Nene MacDonald.

The pair were both part of PNG's stirring 24-22 win over Fiji in the Pacific Test earlier this year and will be key figures in the country's bid to progress beyond the group stages of a Rugby League World Cup for the first time since 2000.

Mead arrives home

The 28-year-old arrived with his one-year-old son Paxton and wife Taneal, and were greeted at the airport by family members.

“I’ll be here for one week; I’ve got to build my dad’s headstone. I’m looking forward to seeing all the family and celebrate the last part of my dad’s life,” said Mead.

The Brisbane Broncos recruit said he is excited about his one year contract with the Wayne Bennett coached side next year.

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