Tonga vs Cook Islands: Kick-off Time, Venue, TV Channel and Team News

Tonga can wrap up top spot in their group today with a win over Cook Islands setting themselves up for a quarter-final clash with the winner of France vs Samoa next weekend.

However, the Cook Islands hopes of the last eight aren’t over yet and if they can shock Tonga today they could still make the knockout stages.

Here’s everything you need to know about the game.

Kick-off time and venue

The game kicks off at 14:30 in Middlesborough at the Riverside Stadium.

TV channel

The game is available on the red button or BBC iPlayer

Team News

Will Hopoate is still not fit to play and misses out for Tonga but St Helens teammate Konrad Hurrell and his former Leeds Rhinos teammate and Huddersfield Giants star Tui Lolohea features. Skipper Jason Taumalolo returns. As for the Cook Islands, Featherstone Rovers’ Johnathan Ford is back in the mix after missing last week through illness. Catalans Dragons prop Dylan Napa who is on the look out for a new club is also set to play as is Wakefield Trinity’s Tinirau Arona. Ex-Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves centre Anthony Gelling has returned home for personal reasons as Leeds Rhinos’ Zane Tetevano will start at 13.

Tonga
Daniel TUPOU
Will PENISINI
Sione KATOA
Talatau AMONE
Tuimoala LOLOHEA
Addin FONUA-BLAKE
Siosiua TAUKEIAHO
Felise KAUFUSI
Keaon KOLOAMATANGI
Jason TAUMALOLO
Soni LUKE
Tevita TATOLA
Moeaki FOTUAIKA
David FIFITA
Mosese SULI
Ben MURDOCH-MASILA
Tesi NIU
Konrad HURRELL
Isaiva KATOA

Cook Islands
Kayal IRO
Paul ULBERG
Esan-MARSTERS
Steve MARSTERS
Brad TAKAIRANGI
Johnathon FORD
Makahesi MAKATOA
Aaron TEROI
Tepai MOEROA
Dominique PEYROUX
Brendan PIAKURA
Zane TETEVANO
Tevin ARONA
Tinirau ARONA
Moses NOOVAO-MCGREAL
Pride PETTERSON-ROBATI
Davvy MOALE
Geoff DANIELA
Dylan NAPA

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