23 Sep 2011

Sport: Cook Islands name NRL group in team to play Kiwis

10:22 am on 23 September 2011

The Cook Islands have included a handful of players with NRL experience in their squad to take on the Kiwis in Rarotonga next month.

Among the 18-man lineup is Sydney Roosters quartet Tinirau Arona and Sam Brunton, Jonathan Ford and Brad Takairangi.

Raiders winger Drury Low and Knights forward Zane Tetevano are among the other names, while New Zealand Warriors five eighth Issac John is likely to make his debut.

The full squad is:

Tinirau Arona (Sydney Roosters)

Neccrom Areaiti (North Sydney)

Sam Brunton (Sydney Roosters)

Jonathan Ford (Sydney Roosters)

Byron Ford (Newtown)

Anthony Gelling (Auckland Vulcans)

Isaac John (Vodafone Warriors)

Drury Low (Canberra)

Lulia Lulia (Shellharbour)

Sam Mataora (Canberra)

Dylan Napa (Sydney Roosters)

Leon Panapa (Easts, Brisbane)

Dominique Peryoux (Tweed Heads)

Nathaniel Peteru (Vodafone Warriors)

Tupou Sopoaga (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

Brad Takairangi (Sydney Roosters)

Karl Temata (Harlequins, London)

Zane Tetevano (Newcastle)

Coach: David Fairleigh (Vodafone Warriors)