Yorkshire news Valentine Holmes set for change of international allegiance ahead of World Cup PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Australia international has revealed he is considering a shock switch of nations for the tournament in England.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! NRL star Valentine Holmes is considering representing the Cook Islands at the World Cup. The North Queensland Cowboys and Queensland ace, a current Australia international, has revealed that he has held talks with Tony Iro regarding a possible change of allegiance ahead of the tournament in England later this year. Holmes has played 13 times for the Kangaroos, the defending champions after defeating England in the 2017 final. The 27-year-old is a near certainty to be selected for Mal Meninga's side but he has cast doubt over his selection after failing to commit to Australia or the Cook Islands. “My mum is Cook Islands so I can play for the Cook Islands,” Holmes told AAP. “I have spoken with Tony Iro last year, when the World Cup was meant to be, and it obviously got cancelled.
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. “I think this will probably be the toughest World Cup campaign, especially over there. We have seen New Zealand and Tonga play each other a few weeks ago and that was an awesome match. “New Zealand are looking pretty good, Australia always have a strong side but this World Cup, from 2017, I feel this one is going to be a bit stronger. Hopefully there is a good Cook Islands side there as well.” His revelation comes a day after Josh Papalii confirmed he would represent England's opening-day opponents, Samoa, in the World Cup later this year. Read next Castleford Tigers set to swoop for Leeds Rhinos forward Leeds Rhinos hold talks with Championship star as recruitment plans continue Victor Radley suffers horrific head injury as blood pours after head clash Mike Cooper discusses shock Warrington exit as he prepares for reunion with new club Wigan Warriors The former Super League player now making headlines at the Commonwealth Games with Jamaica's rugby team
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