Kukis squad include NRL stars

Saturday June 15, 2019 Written by Published in Rugby Union

Canberra Raiders player Charnze Nicol-Klokstad is a part of the Cook Islands national rugby league squad for the game against South Africa.

The team also include Kayal Iro and Sam Mataora, both of who featured in the domestic rugby league competition last year.

Cook Islands head coach, Tony Iro has named his squad for the World Cup qualification game against South Africa which will take place at Wentworthville’s Ringrose Park on June 21.

The squad includes Wentworthville’s own Josh Minhinnick, alongside players with from five different NRL clubs.

Coach Iro commented: “This Cook Island team is a good look to the future with up to nine players set to make their international debuts in the Cook Island jersey.

“There is a good mix of players with NRL club experience and players who are performing well in the Queensland and NSW Cup competitions.

“We know that South Africa will present a tough challenge and we are looking forward to the match.”

The winners of the Kukis versus the Rhinos game will play USA in the final qualifier to take the last berth at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, a game which will take place in October.

The Cook Islands last qualified for the Rugby League World Cup in 2013, while South Africa last competed at a World Cup back in 2000.

Cook Islands squad

Sam Mataora (Belconnen), Eric Newbigging (Blacktown), Troy Dargan (Brisbane Bronco, Charnze Nicol-Klokstad, Reuben Porter (Canberra Raiders), Eli Noovao, AaronT eroi (CQ Capras), John Puna, (Easts Tigers) Reuben Rennie, Vincent Rennie (Mounties), Moses Noovao-Mcgreal, Pride Petterson-Robati,Paul Ulberg (Norths Devils) Kayal Iro, Brodie Tamarua (NZ Warriors) Tepa Moeroai, Marata Niukore, Brad Takairangi (Parramatta Eels), Steven Marsters (St George Dragons), Josh Minhinnick (Wentworthville)

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