Papua New Guinea and Cook Islands hit with suspensions

Mckenzie Yei Papua New Guinea Credit: Alamy
Mckenzie Yei Papua New Guinea Credit: Alamy

Papua New Guinea and Cook Islands have been hit with suspensions following their World Cup clash at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Tuesday.

PNG forward Mckenzie Yei has received a one-match ban for a Grade A high tackle. The 25-year-old was sent to the sin-bin during his side’s 32-16 victory in the first-half for the tackle.

Meanwhile, Cook Islands centre Reubenn Rennie has also been handed a one-match suspension for a Grade A dangerous throw. The 27-year-old was also sent for 10 in the bin by the official during the second-half during the fiery clash. 

The pair will miss the final game of the group stages, with both sides fighting for a spot in the quarter-finals with one win so far in the tournament.

Cook Islands go head-to-head with Tonga on Sunday at Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, while Papua New Guinea face Wales on Monday in Doncaster.

Elsewhere in the World Cup

Ireland will be without starting front-rower Jaimin Jolliffe for Friday night’s must-win clash against New Zealand at Headingley.

The Gold Coast Titans powerhouse will serve a one-match ban following an unsuccessful appeal last night. The Wolfhounds will also be without prop Liam Byrne due to a two-match ban.

Ireland must beat the Kiwis if they are to reach the quarter-finals.

St Helens prop Dan Norman and West Tigers back-rower Henry O’Kane are set to make their Ireland debuts in the Group C clash at Headingley Stadium.

Robbie Mulhern will also miss the clash due to injury. Ireland coach Ged Corcoran has recalled back-rower James McDonnell after he missed the 32-14 defeat to Lebanon through illness.

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