Kiwis forced to call off Cook Islands test

Auckland, New Zealand, September 29, 2011

New Zealand Rugby League chief executive Jim Doyle today announced the national body had reluctantly decided to call off next week's Test against the Cooks Islands in Rarotonga.

The Kiwis were due to fly to the Cook Islands next Tuesday to play their first-ever Test there on October 6.  But Doyle said the unavailability of 29 frontline contenders had left the NZRL with no option but to cancel the Test.