by Mitchell Craig
LISMORE junior David Mead is on a collision course with his Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett in the Rugby League World Cup quarter-finals this weekend.
He is the captain of Papua New Guinea with the Kumuls set to play the Bennett-coached England side in Melbourne on Sunday.
He has played only one season under Bennett at the Broncos and was overlooked for most of the year only playing 12 NRL games.
His World Cup form would suggest he should have filled in for Darius Boyd at fullback when he carried a hamstring injury into the NRL finals.
Mead was born in PNG but played most of his junior rugby league with Marist Brothers in Lismore while attending Kadina High School and Trinity Catholic College.
He made a home on the Gold Coast where played for eight seasons before the arrival of Jarryd Hayne eventually squeezed him out of the Titans at the end of 2016.
He didn't get a start under Bennett until the sixth round of the NRL competition against the Sydney Roosters this year.
The season finished with the 29-year-old not selected for the preliminary final clash against the Melbourne Storm who went on to win the premiership.
Mead soon picked himself off the canvas after being named captain of PNG and has excelled in the fullback position for the Kumuls.
He scored a hat-trick in their first game against Wales where they won 50-6 and backed it up with an impressive try in a 64-0 mauling of the United States on Sunday.
A win over England will be no easy task with the likes of NRL players James Graham and Gareth Widdop leading the charge.
If the Kumuls could pull of an upset they would move on to the semi-finals to play either Lebanon or Tonga.
Meanwhile, Lower Clarence junior Luke Douglas finished his World Cup campaign by captaining Scotland for the first time in a 14-all draw against Samoa on Saturday.
Scotland went into the tournament without injured NRL trio Lachlan Coote, Kane Linnett and Peter Wallace while three other players were sent home for misconduct after the second game.
Elsewhere, former Marist Brothers and South Lismore lock Gavin Hiscox missed out on the chance to play with Italy after he was named on an extended bench for all three games.
Hiscox went to high school at St John's College Woodlawn and has captained the Central Queensland Capras in the Queensland Cup.