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Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 28/10/2022 - Rugby League - Rugby League World Cup 2021 Women's Tournament Launch - The Hospitium, York, England - The Rugby League World Cup 2021 Women's Tournament Launch - (Left to Right) - Australia's Samantha Bremner, New Zealand's Krystal Rota, Papua New Guinea's Elsie Albert, England's Emily Rudge, Brazil's Maria Graf, Canada's Gabrielle Hindley, France's Alice Varela & Cook Island's Kimiora Breayley-Nati.
Cook Islands’ women warmed up for their Rugby League World Cup with a behind-closed-doors fixture against England Knights women.
The Rusty Matua-coached side defeated the Knights
The hosts trailed at the break with Tamzin Renouf’s
try being the only score for England, sandwiched between Cook Islands
touchdowns for Mackenzie Wiki and Erikana Dean.
The Moana stretched their lead after the break with
quick-fire tries from full back Wiki again and Chantay Kiria-Ratu, before
Chantelle Crowl clawed one back for England, with Becky Grady kicking the sole
Kerehitina Matua’s try on debut pushed the visitors
further ahead, before Erin Stott added a consolation for the visitors. The last
word went to Monica Mo’ale who beat the referee’s whistle to confirm victory.
Cook Islands Moana is placed in Group B alongside
Australia, New Zealand and France.
The national side will take on Australia in its
opening match on November 2 before playing New Zealand on November 6 and France
on November 10.
Cook Islands also competed in the 2003 Rugby League