Rugby League World Cup: Cook Islands name 24-man squad

Last Updated: 16/10/13 6:09am

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Anthony Gelling: Named in Cook Islands' 24-man squad for the World Cup

Anthony Gelling: Named in Cook Islands' 24-man squad for the World Cup

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The Cook Islands have named their 24-man squad for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup and a number of Super League stars have made the cut.

Wigan Warriors centre Anthony Gelling will be one of the more familiar faces in head coach David Fairleigh's squad along with Keith Lulia, who has spent the last two seasons with the Bradford Bulls.

Fairleigh can call upon a wealth of talent in the NRL while another man who plies his trade in Super League is Catalan Dragons' Zeb Taia.

However, the Cook Islands have missed out on Brisbane Broncos' Alex Glenn after he was included in New Zealand's 24-man squad for this month's tournament.

The Cook Islands will draw inspiration from their 2009 performance when they knocked over Samoa to qualify for the Pacific Cup. Then the Cooks went on to defeat 2008 RLWC semi-finals Fiji to qualify for the Pacific Cup final.

Cook Islands are in Group D, where only one team can advance, of the World Cup along with hosts Wales and newcomers The United States. They will also play a cross Group match against Tonga.

Cook Islands: Tinirau Arona (Syndey Roosters), Sam Brunton (Mounties Bundy), Daniel Fepuleai (North Sydney Bears), Jonathon Ford (Toulouse Olympique XIII), Anthony Gelling (Wigan Warriors), Isaac John (Penrith Panthers), Drury Low (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Keith Lulia (Bradford Bulls), Lulia Lulia (Shell Harbour), Hikule'o Malu (New Zealand Warriors), Sam Mataora (Canberra Raiders), Joseph Matapuku (North Sydney Bears), Dylan Napa (Sydney Roosters), Dominique Peyroux (New Zealand Warriors), Rea Pittman (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Jordan Rapana (Canberra Raiders), Tupou Sopoaga (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks), Zeb Taia (Catalan Dragons), Brad Takairangi (Gold Coast Titans), Adam Tangata (Mounties Bundy), Chris Taripo (Sydney Roosters), Zane Tetavano (Newcastle Knights), Tyrone Viiga (Parramatta Eels)

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