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Thursday 6 October 2022 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in League, Sports

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Cook Islands Moana named for Rugby League World Cup
Cook Islands women's rugby league team players celebrate after upsetting England in the 2017 World Cup. 20071615

Titikaveka Bulldogs’ Tehinnah Tatuava has been named in the Cook Islands squad for the Women’s Rugby League World Cup 2021 to be played next month.

National coach Anthony Matua released the 24-member squad that will represent the country at the World Cup to be held in England from November 1 to 19.

The young Tatuava is the lone Rarotonga-based player named in the final squad. She was one of the four locally based players who attended the national team trials in Australia.

Daimzel Rongokea and Charlize Tumu-Makara are the other Rarotonga players named in the squad. The two are now based in New Zealand.

Matua has retained experienced former Black Fern Toka Natua from the 2017 World Cup team along with Karol-Ann Tanevesi, Kiana Takairangi and Beniamina Koiatu.

The national side shocked England in the last World Cup beating the giants 22-16 in its first match before going down to New Zealand and eventual winner Australia.

In the upcoming World Cup, 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 World Cup.

Cook Islands women’s rugby league – Kimiora Breayley-Nati, Erikana Dean, Mireka Dean, Tetuanui Agnes Dean, Kennedy Harison-Vahua, Maleyna Hunapo, Chantay Kiria-Ratu, Lavinia Kitai, Beniamina Koiatu, Kerehitina Matua, Terehia Matua, Moniqca Mo’ale, Toka Natua, April Ngatupuna, Daimzel Rongokea, Anekka Stephens, Kiana Takairangi, Karol-Ann Tanevesi, Tehinnah-Leal Tatuava, Alekermay Tuaana, Charlize Tumu-Makara, Jazmon Tupou-Witchman, Elianna Walton, Mackenzie Wiki. Coach – Anthony Matua.