Being PNG captain is no simple task, says Martin – The National
RHYSE Martin says being captain of the Papua New Guinea Kumuls is not an easy task however the former Canterbury Bulldog insists he is relishing the challenge.
In an interview on Fulltime Reserve with Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) chairman Tsandis Tsaka on Friday, the 27-year-old said being named as captain in October came as a surprise.
” It took me a week to really understand the duty, the gratitude and the amount of respect it maintains in Papua New Guinea,” stated the back-rower, who took up a two-and-a-half-year handle English Super League club Leeds Rhino in a 2019 mid-season transfer from Cantebury. “All the gamers pertain to you with their experiences or problems when you remain in camp.
” You make sure the gamers enjoy, comfy and are doing everything right off the pitch.
” You don’t desire to be informing them what they can and can’t do.
” However you need to make certain that they are making the right choices for themselves.”
Martin, who debuted for Canterbury against the Brisbane Broncos in 2018, made 25 looks for the Bulldogs before he declined an agreement extension to use up a longer deal overseas.
Born in Cairns, the 180cm, 103kg Hula local said he delighted in leading the nationwide team at the inaugural Rugby League World Cup Nines in Sydney (October) and the Oceania Cup test versus Fiji in New Zealand (November).
Martin likewise led the Kumuls to their historic 28-10 test win over the exploring Fantastic Britain Lions at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby in November.
” I’m still trying to understand how to do it (captain the Kumuls),” he said.
” I just attempt to lead the gamers by my actions and not inform them what to do.
” I attempt to let them be themselves and let them offer their best.
” Everyone is different.
” I like this job (Kumuls captain). It’s extremely appreciated.”