St Helens star left out of Kristian Woolf’s Tonga line-up as Featherstone Rovers man returns for Cook Islands

As Tonga look to wrap up top spot in the group today whilst opponents Cook Islands look to pull off a miracle and squeeze into the quarter-final line-up, both Kristian Woolf and Tony Iron have named their teams for the clash this afternoon.

There’s still no Will Hopoate for Tonga through injury whilst his St Helens teammate Konrad Hurrell is left out after being named in the initial 19-man squad.

Daniel Tupou will be wanting to add to the tries he scored last week against Wales on the wing whilst Huddersfield Giants star Tui Lolohea starts at seven.

Skipper Jason Taumalolo returns to the side at loose-froward whilst former Warrington Wolves and Salford Red Devils man Ben Murdoch-Masila starts on the bench.

As for the Cook Islands, former St Helens and Leeds Rhinos star Kevin Iro’s son Kayal Iro starts at fullback.

Huddersfield Giants Esan Marsters moves to centre his best position and is joined out wide by cousin Steven Marsters.

Hull KR star Brad Takairangi, who is looking for a new club, is at six alongside the returning Featherstone Rovers halfback Johnathan Ford.

Former St Helens Grand Final winner Dominique Peyroux is at second row with Leeds Rhinos’ Zane Tetevano at 13.

Dylan Napa, who has been told to find a new club by Catalans Dragons, is on the bench alongside Wakefield Trinity’s Tinirau Arona.

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