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Cup players in the mix at Pacific Championships

Twenty-eight players who ran out for Hostplus Cup sides this year - and one coach - will ply their trade on the international stage during the Pacific Championships.

The players will represent across the Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Toa Samoa sides between October 14 and November 4.


Cup players in the Pacific Championships men's squads

Cook Islands

  • Esom Ioka (Western Clydesdales)
  • Justin Estall-Makirere (Norths Devils)
  • Takai Mokohar (Western Clydesdales)
  • Malachi Morgan (Tweed Seagulls)
  • Pride Petterson-Robati (Burleigh Bears)
  • Lucky Pokipoki (Ipswich Jets)
  • William Samuel (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)
  • Isaiah Cooper-Tetevano (Mackay Cutters)

Hostplus Cup coach of the year, Souths Logan Magpies coach Karmichael Hunt, is coaching the Cook Islands team.


  • Kurt Donoghoe (Central Queensland Capras)
  • Gordon Whippy (Ipswich Jets)

New Zealand

  • Keano Kini (Burleigh Bears)

Papua New Guinea

  • Benji Kot (PNG Hunters)
  • Epel Kapinias (PNG Hunters)
  • Jacob Alick (Burleigh Bears)
  • Judah Rimbu (PNG Hunters)
  • Junior Rop (PNG Hunters)
  • Justin Olam (Sunshine Coast Falcons)
  • Kyle Laybutt (Sunshine Coast Falcons/Townsville A grade)
  • Liam Horne (Norths Devils)
  • Nixon Putt (Central Queensland Capras)
  • Robert Derby (Townsville Blackhawks)
  • Rodrick Tai (PNG Hunters)
  • Valentine Richard (Central Queensland Capras)
  • Zac Laybutt (Townsville Blackhawks)

Toa Samoa

  • Jesse Arthars (Souths Logan Magpies)
  • Sualauvi Faalogo (Sunshine Coast Falcons)
  • Keenan Palasia (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)
  • Young Tonumaipea (Sunshine Coast Falcons)

The first men's game will see Australia take on Toa Samoa tomorrow -
Saturday, October 14 - at 7.10pm (Queensland time) at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville. 


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