5 Sep 2002

Cook Islands rugby coach says team ready for World Cup qualifier against PNG

4:14 pm on 5 September 2002

Three Pacific teams, the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Tonga, will begin their qualifying matches for the next year's rugby union world cup over the next few months.

The teams will play two games each with the Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea starting their quest next month.

The Cook Islands will play PNG in Port Moresby on the 19th of October, and play the return match in the Cooks on the 26th.

And the Cook Islands Coach John McKittrick, says this game is very important for them.

"Obviously it's sudden death for us, although there are the two tests, because the loser drops out of the world cup qualifying process. It's essential that we first and foremost win the obviously win them well, and just then regroup and focus on the next leg which will be against Tonga."

Cook Islands Rugby Union coach John McKittrick.