Rugby League World Cup preview: United States v Cook Islands
Last Updated: 29/10/13 4:38pm
The United States will make their Rugby League World Cup debut on Wednesday when they take on the Cook Islands at Bristol's Memorial Stadium.
The winners of the contest will go straight to the top of Group D with Wales having lost their opener to Italy on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium.
Former Hull KR second-rower Clint Newton, who was born in Florida while his golfing father Jack was taking part in the US Open, and Wigan's new signing Eddy Pettybourne will make their Tomahawks debuts.
United States coach Terry Matterson, the former Castleford boss, is also able to give a first cap to Wests Tigers hooker Joel Luani.
Wigan Warriors centre Anthony Gelling and Catalan Dragons forward Zeb Taia will line up for the Cook Islands.
USA: Freed, Faraimo, Garvey, Tagaloa, Petersen, Joseph Paulo (c), Priestly, Junior Paulo, Luani, Pettybourne, Newton, Shipway, Howard, Samoa, Offerdahl, Howard, Soloai, Marando, Lavulo
Cook Islands: Arona, Brunton, Fepuleai, Ford, Gelling, John, Low, Keith Lulia, Lulia Lulia, Mataora, Matapuku, Napa, Peyroux, Rapana, Sopoaga, Taia, Takairangi, Tangata, Tetavano
2013 Rugby League World Cup
This years' Rugby League World Cup has been hailed as the greatest of all time by the organisers. Australia claimed their 10th title by beating New Zealand in the final in front of a record attendance.
RFL chief executive Nigel Wood is confident the sport will capitalise on the success of hosting the World Cup.
We take a look back at the highs and occasional low from probably the best World Cup to date.
- Hetherington wants more cups
- Wallace commits to Scotland
- Widdop left gutted by defeat
- Tomkins devastated by defeat
- Burgess defends brother George
- Johnson expresses relief
- Kangaroos leap into final
- Sheens tribute to Civoniceva
- Australia v Fiji: Teams
- Burgess out to deny Williams
- Aussies wary of physical Fiji
- Foran highlights main threats
- Two video refs for World Cup
- Civoniceva gets Wembley buzz
- Fiji too strong for Samoa
- England disappoint McNamara
- England stroll into semis
- Sheens retains Slater hope
- Australia put USA to the sword
- Samoa v Fiji: Teams
- Williams injury played down
- Kiwis stroll into semis
- Sheens: Slater has learned
- Brough set for toughest test
- Scots ready for biggest task
- Kiwis wary of Henderson
- Farah dropped for US clash