Cook Islands Moana at the Women’s Rugby League World Cup in UK. CIRL/22103112
Cook Islands Moana are bracing for a tough Women’s Rugby League World Cup opener against reigning champions Australia tomorrow at 9.30am.
The Jillaroos defeated the Moana 58-4 in their opening game in
Pool A five years ago. The two teams will meet again in the second Group B
clash tomorrow at York Community Stadium.
For the Moana, 21-year-old Mackenzie Wiki will feature and
looking on proudly will be her father Ruben who many will know as the New
Zealand men’s legend.
Also included is half-back Chantay Kiria-Ratu who, even at the
tender age of 18, is looking to make a big impact on the biggest stage.
Tarryn Aiken, captain Ali Brigginshaw and Isabelle Kelly are all
named in Australia’s squad, with 10 potential debutants including Aiken,
Shannon Mato and Lauren Brown.
There’s a lot of buzz around Aiken who is an up-and-coming
star in the NRLW with Brisbane Broncos, while half-back partner Brigginshaw and
flying centre Kelly both scored tries against Cook Islands in 2017.