The Cook Islands Rugby League has announced the following preliminary train-on squad ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Tonga on October 17 at 7.30pm at Campbelltown Stadium with Dyldam Parramatta Eels forward Eric Newbigging and NSW Cup Wentworthville Magpies Fred Pakatoa named in the squad.

Cook Islands coach Alex Chan said: “I certainly believe that our qualifying match against Tonga will unveil some exciting and entertaining players.

“I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what this squad is capable of.”

Please note additional players will be added to the train-on squad following finals matches this weekend and next weekend and confirmation of eligibility.

The preliminary train-on squad is as follows:

Name

Club

Francis Molo

Brisbane Broncos

Makahesi Makatoa

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

Jordan Rapana

Canberra Raiders

Ezra Howe Junior

Canberra Raiders

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

Melbourne Storm

Aaron Teroi

Melbourne Storm

Eric Newbigging

Parramatta Eels

Tupou Sopoaga

Penrith Panthers

Tinirau Arona

Cronulla Sharks

Wallace Tangiiti

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Reuben Porter

Sydney Roosters

Chance Peni

Wests Tigers

Esan Marsters

Wests Tigers

Anthony Gelling

Wigan

Adam Tangata

Halifax

Fred Pakutoa

Wentworthville Magpies

Drury Low

Narellan

John Papalii

West Belconnen

The Rugby League World Cup 2017 will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand and will see the world’s best players from 14 nations battle to be crowned World Champions.