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Four Wests Tigers players will feature in Tonga’s international clash against the Cook Islands this Saturday night at Campbelltown Sports Stadium as both sides look to become the final Pacific entrant to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Chance Peni and Esan Marsters will both make their international debuts for Cook Islands, while Delouise Hoeter (also making his debut) and Joel Luani will feature for Tonga.

At 19 years and two months, Marsters will become one of the youngest Wests Tigers players to make his international debut, having scored 14 tries in 21 Holden Cup games this year.

The match, which kicks off at 7:30pm, will be streamed live via www.nrl.com.

Tonga and Cook Islands have met twice in history — most recently at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup — with Tonga winning that fixture 22-16 in Leigh.

Mata Ma’a’s last international fixture was earlier this year against Samoa where they went down 18-16 on the Gold Coast, while Cook Islands’ last fixture was in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup against Wales, where they won 28-24 in Neath.

Prior to Saturday's international fixture, Wests Tigers Brydens Lawyers Academy side (comprised of U/16 & U/17 players) will take on St. Helens Academy side.

 

Match Details

Date — Saturday, October 17

Time — 7:30pm AEST (Gates open 3:45pm)

Venue — Campbelltown Sports Stadium

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Confirmed Squads

Tonga

 

Cook Islands

Solomone Kata

1

Jordan Rapana

Jorge Taufua

2

Drury Low

Mahe Fonua

3

Anthony Gelling

Moses Pangai

4

Chance Peni

Delouise Hoeter

5

Charne Nicoll-Klokstad

Pat Politoni

6

Jono Ford

Daniel Foster

7

Wallace Tangitti

Albert Vete

8

Uiti Baker

Joel Luani

9

Aaron Teroi

Peni Terepo

10

Sam Mataora

Sika Manu

11

Esan Marsters

Manu Ma’u

12

Makahesi Makatoa

Joe Ofahengaue

13

Francis Molo

Nafe Seluine

14

Carne Doyle-Manga

Ukuma Taai

15

Vincent Rennie

Ben Murdoch-Masila

16

Vinny Ngaro

Leilani Latu

17

Fred Pakatoa

David Fifita

18

Rueben Rennie

Kristian Woolf

Coach

Alex Chan

 

Recent Results

Tonga

2015 Pacific Test — Samoa 18 def. Tonga 16

2013 World Cup — Tonga 16 def. Italy 0

2013 World Cup — Tonga 22 def. Cook Islands 16

2013 World Cup — Scotland 26 def. Tonga 24

 

Cook Islands

2013 World Cup — Cook Islands 28 def. Wales 24

2013 World Cup — Tonga 22 def. Cook Islands 16

2013 World Cup — USA 32 def. Cook Islands 20