Cook Islands will face South Africa at Wentworthville’s Ringrose Park in Sydney on Friday June 21st, kick off is 7:00. The winners of this game will play the USA Hawks in the final qualifier to take the last berth at RLWC2021, a game which will take place in October.
The Cook Islands last qualified for RLWC2013 in England and they are very excited to have this chance. President of Cook Islands Rugby League, Charles Carlson commented
“This is every nation’s dream to play in the World Cup and no doubt both teams will want to qualify for this event given the success of the last World Cup. We are looking forward to this game as we have had limited opportunities to bring our players together for international test matches.”
South Africa last competed at a world cup in 2000 where they were in a group with Tonga, Papua New Guinea and France.
SARL Director, Jacey Strauss welcomes the opportunity to play in the qualifiers saying;
“We are proud and excited to face the Cook Islands in June in Sydney in a world cup qualifier for RLWC2021. The Rhinos will field a competitive team made up of heritage players and players from our domestic competition. This mix of talent and experience should make us worthy opponents and the team are proud to be flying the South African flag.”
The world cup qualifier will be a part of a huge weekend of international rugby league. The RLIF Oceania Cup will kick off when Tonga play New Zealand and PNG Kumuls will meet Samoa and Fiji will play Lebanon in an international challenge match.