The National, Tuesday October 15th, 2013
KUMULS enforcer Neville Costigan has been given the reponsibility of leading his country in his second World Cup.
The 2008 Kumuls team survivor said he was honoured to be given the captaincy.
“I’m really honoured, proud and privileged. Everything came together for me when Lammy (Coach Adrian Lam) and Mal (Meninga) pulled me aside before the mteam meeting yesterday afternoon (Sunday). When they told me I going to be captain goose bumps ran up my back,” a surprised but gracious Costigan said yesterday.
“I never thought I’d be captain but it’s areal honour.”
The 28-yearold, who has represented Queensland (2007-2010) under Mal Meninga, is known for his hard-nosed player known for his strong running and tackling.
Somewhat of a journeyman, Costigan has played for several National Rugby League clubs including Brisbane Broncos, Canberra Raiders, St George Illawara Dragons – winning a premiership in 2010 – and the Newcastle Knights.
He will join the Hull Kingston Rovers next season where he will most likley end his career in the Super League.
Costigan, staying true to his hardman persona, says he would choose more often than not to run the ball over kicking for touch or goal.
“If we’re close to the line an get a penalty, I’d probably take the take the quick run and smash through the defensive line.”
Former NRL bad boy said it was easy to get psyched up for the Kumuls.
“I’ve still got the killer instinct, especially when you put on the red, black and gold jersey you get that pride and energy to go out and smash things up.”
Costigan appealed to the fans to continue to have faith in the side and to back the players up all the way.
“I know you all are backing us 100 per cent and just stick by us and we’ll do you proud.”