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Cooks here to fight for WC berth

Maciu Malo
Friday, June 27, 2014

RANKING and reputation will not deter the morale of the Cook Islands rugby players in their quest to feature for their first ever Rugby World Cup tournament.

The 46th ranked side will have the daunting task of tackling the 11th ranked Flying Fijians in the world cup qualifying encounter at Lautoka's Churchill Park tomorrow.

Team skipper Stanley Wright said the side expected physical and running rugby against the Fijians.

He said his troops knew the important of this match to their country as a whole knowing it's just a step away from playing at a world cup.

Wright said playing for a world cup spot was a lifetime opportunity for the players.

"Playing in the Rugby World Cup qualifying game is an honour for the boys knowing this is the closest opportunity we have reached in our attempt to qualify for the world cup.

"We are lucky to be in this situation and it all comes down to Saturday.

"The boys are just step away from playing in their first world cup team and we will make sure to use this opportunity well."

Wright said the side was not worried about the threat posed by the star-studded Fijian side.

"We just worried about how we gonna play against the Fijians because we know they will be physical and fast," he said.

"It's going to take a very hard work to come out on top and we will give our very best to win the game.

"We are here not to make up the numbers but to stamp our mark in the rugby world map," he added.








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