Cook Islands National Rugby League Team
They might be one of the more recent additions to the world of international rugby, but the Cook Islands national team has become a force to be reckoned with in the past couple of decades. After a string of wins in the 1990s, the team secured their place on the world stage and have steadily climbed higher in the RLIF World Rankings. A regular contender in Asia-Pacific tournaments, the team was awarded entry into the Rugby League World Cup in 2013. Planning on watching this inspiring team in action? Pick up some Cook Islands Rugby League tickets online at StubHub today.
Cook Islands rugby league team history
Until 1995, the Cook Islands national team was limited to participation in regional tournaments including the Pacific Cup, while maintaining international links with British Amateur Rugby League Association and Great Britain Amateur teams when they passed through their part of the world.
1995 proved to be a landmark year for the Cook Islands, with the team landing first place in the Emerging Nations tournament. This impressive win saw the Cook Islands beat off stiff competition from other up-and-coming teams, including Russia, the United States and Ireland. Capitalising on their success, the team then competed in the 1996 and 1997 Super League World Nines, cementing their prowess on the international field.
International recognition arrives
After seeing out the twentieth century with a string of successes, the Cook Islands team headed into the new millennium with plenty of fire in the belly. A consistent performer in regional tournaments, the team took on Fiji in the 2009 Pacific Cup final. In 2013, true international recognition arrived when the team was awarded entry into the Rugby League World Cup, placing alongside the likes of the United States and Wales. Although the team lost out to the competition, the 2013 tournament saw their best Rugby League World Cup result to date and escalated the team to a respectable 25th in the RLIF World Rankings.
The Cook Islands national team roster is an impressive line-up of recognisable talent. Many New Zealand teams have Cook Islanders on their books, ensuring the team is never short of a premier pick of players with rugby league experience. As more impressive players come up and the team goes from strength to strength, it’s never been a better time to follow the Cook Islands team.
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