New Zealand have named their team to play against the Cook Islands in a Rugby League World Cup warm up game.

This gives both coaches a chance to experiment with tactics leading into the World Cup, with New Zealand not having played since April and the Cook Islands having not played since October last year.

Both teams have decided to rest players who participated in the NRL Grand Final, which played out just weeks ago.

This means that Sonny Bill Williams, Sam Moa, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Frank-Paul Nu'uausala, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (all Roosters) and Kieran Foran (Sea Eagles) are all being rested for the Kiwis, while the Cook Islands have the fortune of having all of their squad at their dispense.

The game is set to be an entertaining contest, with new combinations and tactics set to be used in the first encounter between these two nations since New Zealand's 84-10 drubbing of the Cook Islands at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup.

That tie, played at the Madejski Stadium in Reading is the only previous match-up between the two Pacific nations.

This will be the last game for both sides before the World Cup starts, with the Kiwis facing off against South Pacific counterparts Samoa at Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington just one week later.

The Cook Islanders, on the other hand, will be favourites against World Cup debutants USA at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on October 30.

New Zealand's team is as follows: 

Josh Hoffman, Jason Nightingale, Krisnan Inu, Dean Whare, Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai, Shaun Johnson, Jesse Bromwich, Issac Luke, Sam Kasiano, Frank Pritchard, Simon Mannering (captain), Elijah Taylor, Greg Eastwood, Ben Matulino, Alex Glenn, Kevin Locke, Bryson Goodwin.

Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here:

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: