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Warriors named in Cook Islands squad

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Two current Vodafone Warriors and two former players have been named in an 18-man Cook Islands squad to play against the Kiwis in Rarotonga on October 6.

Isaac John, who has made nine first-grade appearances since 2009, has been selected along with 2011 Vodafone Junior Warriors prop Nathaniel Peteru.

Also included is front rower Karl Temata, who played 52 times for the Vodafone Warriors from 2002-2005 before joining the London Broncos (now the Harlequins) in the English Super League.

The other player with Vodafone Warriors links is Neccrom Areaiti. Now playing for North Sydney, his 25 appearances for the Vodafone Junior Warriors last year included their NYC grand final win against South Sydney.

The Cook Islands side is coached by former Kangaroo David Fairleigh, an assistant coach with the Vodafone Warriors.

The squad named includes a number of other players with NRL experience including Tinirau Arona, Sam Brunton, Jonathan Ford, Drury Low, Sam Mataora, Brad Takairangi and Zane Tetevano.

Another named is Leon Panapa, son of former Kiwi international Sam Panapa.

The full squad is:

Tinirau Arona (Sydney Roosters)

Neccrom Areaiti (North Sydney)

Sam Brunton (Sydney Roosters)

Jonathan Ford (Sydney Roosters)

Byron Ford (Newtown)

Anthony Gelling (Auckland Vulcans)

Isaac John (Vodafone Warriors)

Drury Low (Canberra)

Lulia Lulia (Shellharbour)

Sam Mataora (Canberra)

Dylan Napa (Sydney Roosters)

Leon Panapa (Easts, Brisbane)

Dominique Peryoux (Tweed Heads)

Nathaniel Peteru (Vodafone Warriors)

Tupou Sopoaga (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)

Brad Takairangi (Sydney Roosters)

Karl Temata (Harlequins, London)

Zane Tetevano (Newcastle)

Coach: David Fairleigh (Vodafone Warriors)

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