Rugby League World Cup: United States looking to make a difference in 2013
USA insist they are competing in the Rugby League World Cup to make a difference and not simply to make up the numbers.
Last Updated: 30/10/13 8:05pm
The Tomahawks beat Jamaica to qualify for the tournament for the first time and lifted expectations with a shock victory over France in a warm-up match.
The action starts for real at the Memorial Stadium and captain Joseph Paulo says that win in Toulouse has bolstered their self belief.
"People are now looking at us a bit differently," said Paulo. "We are not just here to make up the numbers, we are here to compete.
"For sure we can do something at this tournament. We really want to and our motto is 'shock the world'. We are just ready to do our thing when we can.
"I just hope that from this tournament we can hopefully progress and do something special that will convince 1,000 kids in America to pick up a rugby ball and play Rugby League."
The Cook Islands have lofty ambitions themselves and Catalan Dragons forward Zeb Taia sees no reason why they cannot finish top of Group D
"We definitely want to win all of our games," said Cook captain Taia, whose side also meet Wales and Tonga in the pool stages.