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International newcomers, The Cook Islands, have secured their spot in next year’s Women’s Rugby League World Cup.
The Cooks secured their position by default as Fiji, Samoa and Tonga withdrew from the Pacific qualifying tournament due to lack of playing numbers.
The Cook Islands have been drawn in Pool A, alongside defending champions Australia and England, who finished third at the 2013 tournament.
“That’s the way the cookies fall so we just have to go with it,” said President of Cook Islands Rugby League, Charles Carlson.
“The first game up of course is Australia and then followed by New Zealand and so hopefully by the time we play England we should have learnt a few tips by playing the two teams and take England on for that last spot (in the semi finals).”
In this historic event the Women’s World Cup in Sydney will be played alongside the men’s tournament.