Former NRL star Karmichael Hunt has taken over the head coaching reins at the Cook Islands from Tony Iro ahead of the Pacific Championships.
The 36-year-old was born in New Zealand to a Samoan father and Cook Islander mother, moving to Australia as an 11-year-old.
Hunt enjoyed a distinguished career in rugby league and rugby union, representing Australia in both codes.
The Cook Islands will take part in the inaugural World Series in 2025, which is a qualifying process for the next World Cup in 2026.
Huddersfield Giants centre Esan Marsters has been called up again following an impressive World Cup with the Kukis last year, alongside his cousin Steven.
Former Featherstone Rovers prop Makahesi Makatoa, who has made seven appearances in the NRL for Parramatta Eels this season, has been selected.
Cronulla Sharks winger Kayal Iro, who was linked with a move to Super League earlier this year, has been named in Hunt’s side after being a standout player at last year’s World Cup in England.
And promising prop Davvy Moaele, who has already made more than 30 NRL appearances for South Sydney Rabbitohs, is likely to lead the Kukis pack alongside Tetevano.
The Kukis face Papua New Guinea at the Santos National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on October 15 before facing Fiji the following week at the same ground.
Cook Islands squad for Pacific Championships