The national rugby league body is wary of teams’ lack of experience in the sport, at the upcoming Cook Islands Games.
Cook Islands Rugby League Association will be running a Nines tournament at next month’s Games which will have all the islands competing.
In a bid to get the teams ready for the rugby league competition, a special workshop will be held tonight at the Cook Islands Sports and National Olympic Committee (CISNOC) Office in Nikao.
Taua Benioni, the Asia-Pacific Rugby League International Federation Provider Referees/Coaches representative, will facilitate this workshop.
Cook Islands Rugby League Referees Association is organising this workshop in collaboration with the national body.
“We are sending a reminder to all Pa Enua Rugby League Nines team management especially coaches along with referee officials and any persons interested to help out as an official to be present (tonight) at 5.30pm at the CISNOC complex,” Benioni said.
“I’d been to a Pa Enua’s team training session and discovered from nearly 30 players present, only three have played competitive rugby league here in the Cook Islands with no overseas experience. This is an area we all need to be wary of and it will be addressed on the night along with match rules updates, etc.”
The workshop will update participates on the field of play laws, laws of the game, referees and officials’ responsibilities and jurisdiction, team managers responsibilities and jurisdiction during a match and other basic rules.
“Cook island Games is a tournament that should be taken very competitively with the highest standards and attitude in the sport you compete in. After all we are all competing to be the best in our country,” Benioni said.
The Cook Islands Games represents a restart of sport and a celebration of the inclusive society, that bridges community participation and sporting excellence and offers Cook Islanders from all ages, and islands the opportunity to be part of an exciting sporting fiesta.
The rugby league Nines tournament at the Cook Islands Games is scheduled for October 8-10.