David Mea..National Rugby League, West Tigers Vs Gold Coast Titans, Leichhardt Oval 27 April 2014. PIc Dave Tease

Mead talks about his Country call-up

Select Titans utility back David Mead has been called into the NSW Country Origin team to play City Origin in Dubbo, replacing Josh Dugan, who has been ruled out with injury, as starting fullback.

Mead will join fellow Titan and good mate Kevin Gordon as replacements in the Country side (Gordon was called in for Michael Gordon yesterday) and will play against fellow Titans player Beau Falloon.

The 25-year-old Mead was born in Port Moresby and has proudly represented the Papua New Guinea side but moved to Lismore in NSW with his family as 12-year-old and played rugby union before changing to league and playing for the Tweed Heads Seagulls from where he was signed by the Titans.

Had Albert Kelly not injured his leg in Sunday's match against Wests Tigers, the Titans would have had three players in the Country side, as well as the two chosen for City - Falloon and Aidan Sezer who was ruled out with an ankle injury.

Add Greg Bird and Nate Myles in the Australian squad, and the Titans good early season form has been considered with seven players recognised by the representative selectors although only five will play this weekend.

Click the play button to see Meady's reaction to his selection and his unusual background.