22 Dec 2014

Sport: Cook Islands could be added to Pacific rugby league programme

1:01 pm on 22 December 2014

The Cook Islands could yet be added to a busy international rugby league programme in the middle of next year.

The annual Pacific Test has been expanded to two matches from 2015.

A Melanesian and Polynesian Cup double-header has been pencilled in for the Gold Coast in May, with Fiji and Papua New Guinea going head to head, as well as Samoa and Tonga.

The winning teams will then play off at the end of the year.

The President of Rugby League Samoa, Tagaloa Faafouina Su'a, who is also a director of the Asia Pacific Rugby League Federation, says it's an important step forward for the region.

"It's really good to reflect sustainability and consistency and regularity of games for the Pacific Island nations' teams because that's the only way that we can get competitive in the future is to get those regular fixtures to play against each other. With the performance of the Samoan team in the Four Nations and having the opportunity to extend it to our Pacific brothers so [we are] working on a fixture for the Cook Islands because we can not leave the other one behind".

Tagaloa Faafouina Su'a says they're hopeful of making an announcement on the Cook Islands involvement before the new year.