James Segeyaro of the Panthers passes the ball during their round 24 NRL match between the St. George Illawarra Dragons and the Penrith Panthers at WIN Stadium in Sydney, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

The Advertiser ran a story about possible NRL stars that could turn out for the minnows in next year’s World Cup Rugby League Tournament.  Players like Robbie Farrar for Lebanon, Anthony Milford for Samoa and a whole host of other “islanders” for their respective Pacific Island nations.

In the Papua New Guinea section, there were no surprises bar one – James Segeyaro.

While naming the likes of David Mead, Kato Ottio and Nene McDonald to be in the Kumul squad, The Advertiser suggested the following:


The real prize for the Kumuls would be Leeds hooker James Segeyaro, who turned his back on Papua New Guinea in 2014 after accusing officials of disrespecting his late father”.

The article went further:

It seems unlikely that the wounds can be mended, but Segeyaro would give the Kumuls a real touch of class

Now here’s the question: Do you think Segeyaro should be considered for Kumuls selection? If he was available for selection and was in great form, should he don the Kumuls jumper?

Should we forget the past and pick players on form?

Segeyaro is indeed a world class player and he certainly could contribute enormously to the Kumuls.

The truth is Segeyaro opted for the Green and Gold because of the opportunities it presented. The chances of the former Penrith Panther donning the Australian jersey isn’t that great. Actually, he’s got no chance at all and that’s a fact. But he still has a lot in him as a quality player and the Kumuls could benefit a lot as a team with his inclusion.

The Kumuls must perform in this coming World Cup. A below par performance will most likely affect individual players pursuing and realising their dream of signing NRL contracts.

We need as many PNG players playing in the top level competition and a positive team performance will obviously get the attention of scouts to consider individual players.  Justin Olam is a classic example.  PNG’s match against Fiji earlier this year proved a turning point for Olam.  Olam performed exceptionally well and the team’s overall performance further boosted his chances.

Having said that, Papua New Guinea must put in their best possible team and that means putting aside differences and petty politics.

Surely, Segeyaro will welcome the opportunity to play for PNG and if he does he’ll give it his all.

PNG rugby league fans will no doubt be looking forward to watching the Kumuls play on home soil.  And it will be much better to watch the best PNG players running out on the paddock and giving it their all for the country.

Do you think Segeyaro should be considered for the Kumuls?  Give us your views by commenting below.