The teams are in for tonight’s blockbuster World Cup clash at Warrington Wolves’ Halliwell Jones Stadium as Papua New Guinea take on the Cook Islands in a game that will likely determine which side will make the quarter-finals and meet England at Wigan Warriors’ DW Stadium.
It is a game that could also be home to a world record with the Kumuls’ Leeds Rhinos star Rhyse Martin one goal away from breaking the world record for the most goals without missing which he equalled last week in St Helens with his 41st goal without missing.
Martin again starts at second-row whilst Leigh Leopards trio Nene MacDonald, Lachlan Lam and Edwin Ipape will be hoping to backup the top quality performance they produced last week as they came up just short against Tonga in the game of the tournament so far which could be topped by tonight’s game.
Former Leeds Rhinos man Wellington Albert starts at prop and there’s a change on the wing as try scorer last week Dan Russell misses out.
Speaking of missing out, Featherstone Rovers halfback Johnathon Ford misses out for the Cook Islands with Brad Takairangi of Hull KR coming off the bench to start alongside Huddersfield Giants bound Esan Marsters in the halves.
His cousin Steven starts on the wing with former Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves man Anthony Gelling at centre.
Leeds Rhinos star Zane Tetevano starts at loose-forward and former Super League Champion with St Helens Dominique Peyroux starts at second-row.
Kayal Iro, son of a Super League Champion Kevin Iro formerly of Wigan, Leeds and St Helens, starts at fullback with his uncle Tony in charge of the side.