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Cook Islands Rugby League name World Cup squad

Cook Islands Rugby League have confirmed their squad for the Rugby League World Cup which kicks off in the United Kingdom next month.

Head coach David Fairleigh has opted for just 22 players, despite being able to name up to 24.

There are 12 from the NRL, including Penrith standoff Issac John, Warriors wing Dominque Peyroux and Newcastle lock Zane Tetevano, with a further six playing in lower divisions across New South Wales.

Wigan’s Anthony Gelling, Bradford’s Keith Lulia and Zeb Taia from the Catalans Dragons are all playing in the UK Super League, while Jono Ford is playing in the French competition for Toulouse.

The Cook Islands will take on the Kiwis in a warm-up match next month in Doncaster before beginning their World Cup campaign against the USA.

The full squad is:

1 Tinirau Arona - Sydney Roosters.

2 Sam Brunton - Mounties.

3 Geoff Daniela - Penrith Panthers.

4 Daniel Fepuleai - Bears.

5 Jonathon Ford - Toulouse.

6 Anthony Gelling - Wigan.

7 Isaac John - Penrith Panthers.

8 Drury Low - Canterbury Bulldogs

9 Keith Lulia - Bradford

10 Joey Matapuku - North Sydney Bears

11 Hikule’o Malu - NZ Warriors

12 Sam Mataora - Canberra Radiers

13 Dylan Napa - Sydney Roosters

14 Dominique Peyroux - NZ Warriors

15 Jordan Rapana - Canberra Raiders

16 Tupou Sopoaga - Cronulla Sharks

17 John Taia - Catalans

18 Brad Takairangi - Gold Coast Titans

19 Adam Tangata - Canberra Raiders

20 Chris Taripo - Newtown

21 ZaneTetavano - New Castle Knights

22 Tyrone Viiga - Parramatta Eels

23 Lulia Lulia - Shell Harbour

And officials are:

24 Fairleigh David, Coach (Penrith Panthers)

25 Turua Henry, Assistant Coach (NZ Cooks)

26 Iro Kevin, Manager, (Cooks)

27 HoffCharlie, Assistant (Aus Cooks)

28 Ford Nathan, Trainer (Aus Cooks)

29 GlassieTere, Trainer (Aus Cooks)

30 Bosley Antony, Liaison (Warriors)

31 Portese Luke, Strengthen & Condition (West Tigers)

32Tudehope Michael, Physiotherapist (West Tigers)

33Tapurau Ina, Culture (Cooks)

34 Carlson Charles, CIRL Official (Cooks)

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