Glenn to lead Kukis in Pacific Test

Tuesday May 02, 2017 Written by Published in League
Teokotai Kapi, left, with his wife and their grandson Alex Glenn who played his 200th NRL match for the Broncos last week. Glenn will skipper the Cook Islands team in the Pacifi c Test this Friday. 17050130 Teokotai Kapi, left, with his wife and their grandson Alex Glenn who played his 200th NRL match for the Broncos last week. Glenn will skipper the Cook Islands team in the Pacifi c Test this Friday. 17050130

Brisbane Broncos forward Alex Glenn will make his return in the Kukis jumper when he leads the national rugby league side in the Pacific Test match against Papua New Guinea (PNG) Kumuls this week.

 

Glenn, who last played for the Cook Islands in 2010 before representing the Kiwis, is one of the high profile players in the side.

Charnze Nicol-Klokstad, who made his debut for the Warriors last week, and Newcastle Knights player Sam Mataora are the other NRL players named in the side to play PNG on Friday at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

Glenn’s maternal grandfather Teokotai Kapi said they were proud of Glenn’s achievement.

Kapi and his wife travelled to Brisbane last week to witness their grandson’s 200th NRL career match against the Penrith Panthers.

He said their family in the Cook Islands and abroad were excited with Glenn’s appointment as the national skipper.

The 28-year-old Glenn earned two caps with the Kukis before switching to New Zealand national team, playing 12 matches for the Kiwis.

In an interview with the CI News in 2015, the second-row, centre, said if given a chance, he would return for the Cook Islands team in the international circuit.

Cook Islands coach Tony Iro will be relying on Glenn to use his experience to guide the young team, which has a number of debutantes.

With the national team not part of this year’s World Cup, Iro will be hoping to use this one-off match as an opportunity to take a first step towards qualifying for the next tournament in 2021.

“We’ve selected a few young guys who have shown a real passion and desire to represent so we’re confident they’re going to deliver on the day,” Iro told Radio New Zealand.

“We’ve surrounded them with a few old heads, who have been there and done that, but we’re just looking forward to the week.

“Test matches and official test matches have been few and far between for the Cook Island team so to have this one part of what’s going to be a really exciting weekend is great for our game and hopefully it will encourage some guys of Cook Islands heritage to put their hand up.”

The Pacific Rugby League Test triple-header will also see Fiji taking on Tonga and Samoa battling against England.            - RK

Cook Islands Kukis squad: Charnze Nicol-Klokstad –Warriors, Geoff Daniela – Illawarra, Esan Masters - West’s Tigers, Marata Niukore – Parramatta, Reuben Rennie – Mounties, Johnathan Ford – Toulouse, Isaac John – Mounties, Makahesi Makatoa – Canberra, Aaron Teroi - Newcastle (UK), Uiti Baker - West Newcastle, Carne Doyle-Manga - Tweed Heads, Alex Glenn – Brisbane, Esra Howe Junior - Tweed Heads, Moses McGreal - Sunshine Coast, Sam Mataora – Newcastle, David Munro – Townsville, Reuben Porter - Sydney City, Kobe Tararo - Gold Coast

 

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