James Segeyaro

Segeyaro to lead PNG Kumuls

He will lead the team for Saturday’s Oceania Cup Pacific Test against Toa Samoa at Leichhardt, west of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia.

The 28-year-old, originally from the Eastern Highlands, will captain the national side for the second time.

He was captain in the Pacific Test match against Fiji Batis last year.

“James led the PNG LNG Kumuls to a 26-14 win against Fiji and I had no hesitation in appointing him again to captain the national team this Saturday against Samoa,” Marum said from the team hotel in Sydney on Wednesday.

Broncos recruit caught drink driving

Fox Sports has reported that the hooker, who signed for the Broncos earlier this month, was caught on his way to buy a morning coffee.

Segeyaro was on his P-plates and as a consequence should have had a zero reading.

“The Brisbane Broncos can confirm that James Segeyaro has been issued with a notice to appear for driving under the influence of alcohol,” the Broncos said in a statement.

Broncos pick up Segeyaro

Fox Sports reported that currently contracted to the Sharks’ feeder-club the Newtown Jets, the 28-year-old has been released from his one-year contract to join Brisbane for the remainder of the season.

Segeyaro’s signing comes at a crucial time with Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough out with a knee injury.

McCullough will miss six to eight weeks, after suffering an MCL injury at Broncos training.

Segeyaro’s move to Queensland gives him the opportunity to play behind a much hyped young Broncos’ forward pack.

Segeyaro signs Sharks training contract

The former Dally M hooker of the year was cut from Cronulla’s 30-man playing roster to ensure the Sharks were cap compliant before this week’s season opener against Newcastle.

After he also signed a $1 deal to play with Newtown in the NSW Cup, Segeyaro hopes the Sharks can offload another player to allow him to resume his NRL career in the Shire.

The training deal allows Segeyaro to bide his time at the Sharks without being paid and remain match fit playing for Newtown while Cronulla attempt to resolve their salary-cap issues.

Segeyaro back in NRL

The hooker was let go by the Sharks at the end of last season after a two-year spell at the club.

There was interest in Segeyaro over the summer, with the Newcastle Knights said to be looking at the 28-year-old.

But nothing came of it, which forced the Papua New Guinea international to take work as a barista to make ends meet.

But now after agreeing to a one-year deal, the former Cowboys, Penrith and Leeds rake will join the Brailey brothers — Jayden and Blayke — in competing for the Sharks’ No 9 jersey.

Segeyaro's future in doubt

But the former Dally M hooker is facing a doubtful future in the 2019 NRL season.

Commonly referred to as The Jack In The Box, 28-year-old James Segeyaro is regarded by sporting pundits as one of the most dangerous hookers out of dummy-half in the current NRL competition.

But his past off-field carelessness is looking to cost him his career in the NRL. Segeyaro remains unsigned for the 2019 season after being released by Cronulla and is fast running out of time to get a new club.

Segeyaro named Captain

Coach Michael Marum made the announcement on Tuesday.

The 27 year old Eastern Highlander made his debut as Kumul No. 282 in the 2017 World Cup against Wales in Port Moresby and went on to play the next three games including their quarter final loss against England in Melbourne.

In a statement Marum said it is James' second year representing PNG and he has really settled into being a Kumul.

“He has been outstanding for Cronulla Sharks in their recent games, and has become one of the leaders at his club.

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Segeyaro: I’m here to do the best I can

“I was very proud to be a second generation Kumul and do it on the World Cup stage in front of a home crowd and get our first win over Wales.

The son of late former Kumul, Iffisoe Segeyaro made another thing clear, saying he is not here looking for popularity.

“If I do my country proud, then I do my country proud. At the end of the day, it’s about what I can do for the team and that’s what I’m focused on.

“I’m here to do my part for the team and do the best I can. There was a glimpse of that on the weekend but there are still a lot of things to improve on.”

Segeyaro: My football will do the talking

“Seeing we’ve got plenty options in the hooking role from how the Hunters went this season, I’m just really pleased and excited to be back and part of this team.

“No disrespect to the previous teams, but I think this one of the best PNG teams selected,” said Segeyaro.

Segeyaro added he has settled well into camp and the team is raring to go.

In response to the backlash from many Papua New Guineans over his decision to never play for the Kumuls again, the 27 year old from Eastern Highlands and East New Britain said everyone has a right to an opinion.