Cook Islands’ Kayal Iro at the 2019 World Cup Nines. He's been named in the World Cup squad. Credit: AAP/PA Images/21121314
Cook Islands rugby league coach Tony Iro has named an “experienced” side for the Rugby League World Cup to be held in England from October 15 to November 19, 2022.
has named a number of Super League and NRL players with the likes of senior reps
Tinirau Arona, Makahesi Makatoa, Esan Marsters, Tepai Moeroa, Dylan Napa, Anthony
Gelling, Dominique Peyroux, Johnathon Ford, Paul Ulberg and Zane Tetevano
leading the side.
Kayal Iro, who capped off a breakthrough 2022 season with the Knock-On Effect
NSW Cup Player of the Year award last month, Davvy Moale, Ruatapu Ngatikaura,
Pride Pettersen-Robati and Brendan Piakura have also made the squad.
Iro named Adam Tangata (Halifax) and Malachi Morgan (Southport Tigers) as
standby players and players not considered due to injury and unavailability
were Xavier Willison, Teui Robati, Troy Dargan and William Samuels.
have named an experienced group with a number of senior professionals. Many
have good knowledge of the English conditions and we have added nine new faces
to the squad that played Samoa in June during the Pacific Test Series,” Iro
told Cook Islands News.
have had a number of players involved in finals campaigns in both Australia and
the UK which will help in our preparation.”
national team will depart for London from Sydney, this Friday.
Islands is grouped in Pool D alongside Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Wales.
national side will take on Wales in its opening match on October 19 followed by
PNG on October 25 and Tonga on October 30.
Arona (Auckland), Tinirau Arona (Wakefield Trinity), Geoffrey Daniela (St Marys
Saints), Johnathon Ford (Featherstone Rovers), Anthony Gelling (Auckland),
Kayal Iro (Cronulla Sharks), Makahesi Makatoa (Parramatta Eels), Steven
Marsters (Thirroul Butchers), Esan Marsters-Siavale (Huddersfield Giants),
Davvy Moale (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Tepai Moeroa (Melbourne Storm), Dylan
Napa (Catalan Dragons), Ruatapu Ngatikaura (Wests Tigers), Moses Noovao-McGreal
(Norths Devils), Pride Pettersen-Robati (NZ Warriors), Dominique Peyroux
(Toulouse Olympique), Brendan Piakura (Brisbane Broncos), Reuben Porter (Tweed
Heads Seagulls), Vincent Rennie (Newtown Jets), Reubenn Rennie (Newtown Jets),
Brad Takairangi (Hull Kingston Rovers), Aaron Teroi (CQ Capras), Zane Tetevano
(Leeds Rhinos), Paul Ulberg (London Broncos). Stand-by players are Adam Tangata
(Halifax) and Malachi Morgan (Southport Tigers).