By Richard Cowley, Updated: 5/11/13
Teams: Tonga v Cook Islands
Venue: Leigh Sports Village, England. Capacity 11,000
Date: Tuesday 5th November 2013
Kick-off time: 8pm (Local Time)
Sydney (Australia – New South Wales) Wednesday, 6 November 2013 at 7:00:00 AM
Brisbane (Australia – Queensland) Wednesday, 6 November 2013 at 6:00:00 AM
Auckland (New Zealand)Wednesday, 6 November 2013 at 9:00:00 AM
Rarotonga (Cook Islands) Tuesday, 5 November 2013 at 10:00:00 AM
Nukualofa (Tonga) Wednesday, 6 November 2013 at 9:00:00 AM
2013 RLWC Ticket information: http://www.rlwc2013.com/tickets
2013 RLWC TV viewing information: Channel Seven will broadcast all RLWC2013 matches live in Australia on the 7mate channel. In the UK the BBC will show all England games along with the RLWC Final while Premier Sports will broadcast all other RLWC games.
Overview: On back of their win against Samoa in the 2013 Pacific international, Tonga were red hot favourites to go far in the 2013 RLWC. Tonga were expected to top their Pool and advanced through to the quarter finals.
But then Tonga ran into a Brave Scotland team. It is do you die for Tonga against the Cook Islands. They must win this match by a big score to stay in the hunt for a quarter final spot.
Cook Islands might be a bunch of tiny Islands in the Pacific but the National side is Known to punch above its weight. In the last Pacific Cup the Cook islands put Tonga and Samoa to the sword and fell short in the final against PNG.
The Cooks Islands were caught off guard last week by a fired up USA team. This time round they run into a Tongan team desperate for a big win. It could be a long night for the Cooks in Leigh.
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2013 RLWC Tonga v Cook Islands teams
Tonga 2013 RLWC Team to take on Cook Islands:
Brent Kite (Captain)
Head coach: Charlie Tonga
Cook Islands 2013 RLWC Squad:
1. Drury Low
2. Chris Taripo
3. Brad Takairangi
4. Keith Lulia
5. Jordan Rapana
6. Jonathan Ford
7. Isaac John
8. Zane Tetevano
9. Daniel Fepuluai
10. Dylan Napa
11. Domnique Peyroux
12. Zeb Taia
13. Tinirau Arona
14. Hikule’o Malu
15. Joey Matapuku
16. Adam Tangata
17. Sam Mataora
Head coach: David Fairleigh