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during the round 23 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the New Zealand Warriors at Pepper Stadium on August 15, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

The Cook Islands Rugby League has announced the following preliminary train-on squad ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Tonga on October 17 at 7.30pm at Campbelltown Stadium.

Cook Islands coach Alex Chan said: "I certainly believe that our qualifying match against Tonga will unveil some exciting and entertaining players.

"I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what this squad is capable of."

Please note additional players will be added to the train-on squad following finals matches this weekend and next weekend and confirmation of eligibility.

The preliminary train-on squad is as follows:



Francis Molo

Brisbane Broncos

Makahesi Makatoa


Jordan Rapana

Canberra Raiders

Ezra Howe Junior

Canberra Raiders

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

Melbourne Storm

Aaron Teroi

Melbourne Storm

Eric Newbigging

Parramatta Eels

Tupou Sopoaga

Penrith Panthers

Tinirau Arona


Wallace Tangiiti

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Reuben Porter

Sydney Roosters

Chance Peni

Wests Tigers

Esan Marsters

Wests Tigers

Anthony Gelling


Adam Tangata


Fred Pakutoa

Wentworthville Magpies

Drury Low


John Papalii

West Belconnen

The Rugby League World Cup 2017 will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand and will see the world’s best players from 14 nations battle to be crowned World Champions.

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Penrith Panthers players and staff respect and honour the traditional custodians of the land and pay our respects to their elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.