Papua New Guinea are set to meet the Cook Islands tonight in a game that, barring any shock results next week, will determine which side will meet England at Wigan’s DW Stadium in the quarter-finals.
There is also the small matter of a World Record which Rhyse Martin could break should he kick his next shot at goal which see him kick 42 conversions without missing toppling the record he currently shares with Liam Finn and Jamie Ellis.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Kick-off time and venue
The game kicks off at 19:30 at Warrington Wolves’ Halliwell Jones Stadium.
TV coverage starts at 19:05 on BBC Three.
With Xavier Coates leaving the camp through injury, PNG will again have Dan Russell and Rodrick Tai on the wings. Rhyse Martin will play chasing down that World Record and will be joined by Leigh Leopards stars Nene MacDonald, Lachlan Lam and Edwin Ipape. Ex-Leeds Rhinos man Wellington Albert will feature as will NRL stars Alex Johnston and Justin Olam.
Cook Islands will have Huddersfield Giants bound centre Esan Marsters and his cousin Steven – who is open to a Super League move himself – in the side alongside ex-Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves man Anthony Gelling. Hull KR’s departing Brad Takairangi may start in the halves after a sublime stint off the bench. He’ll be joined by Featherstone Rovers’ Johnathon Ford. Leeds Rhinos’ Zane Tetevano will be at 13 against teammate Martin. Meanwhile, ex-St Helens man Dom Peyroux will feature as will the son of former Saints star Kevin Iro, Kayal. His uncle Tony coaches the side.