Poor turnout at XVs training

Wednesday June 07, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union

Cook Islands national XVs team management is concerned with the poor turnout of players at the training.

 

The Walter Tangata-coached side is preparing for the one-off Test match against Tahiti in August to be played at the BCI Stadium.

Team manager Massey Mateariki admitted the turnout had been “quite poor” after a good start a fortnight ago.

He said they have established a number of ways to communicate to the players about training times in a hope to improve the turnout.

“We are therefore asking the clubs, parents and the wider community to encourage our players to turn up to the trainings. We even have players and coaches here on holidays from New Zealand and Australia turning up to training to join the campaign,” Mateariki said.

“We are encouraging supporters to turn up to training and not just players but coaches, trainers, club executives, ex-national players, ex-coaches and anyone involved with rugby at any level to come too.”

Mateariki said the match on August 4 is an important one for the Cook Islands as it would serve as the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifier.

The winner will progress to play in a home-and-away series of matches against the Asia II winner in June/July, 2018.

“We are training within the clubs each Wednesday to give the guys the opportunity to rally support around their own clubs and community,” he said.

“This is a special event for us to rally as much support here at home as we possibly can since we have been given the opportunity to field a lot of players locally.” Meanwhile national team trainer Teariki Sword will be in Aitutaki tomorrow to conduct a training session with the players there from 4pm to 6pm at the Arutanga Field.

“All the Aitutaki-based players who are available are asked to be part of this session.”

The Rarotonga-based players will have another session this afternoon at the Avatiu Field, starting at 5pm.

For more information, contact Mateariki on 55707 or on Facebook/Messenger.       -RK

National squad: Arorangi – Francis Smith, Sean Smith, Brendan Smith, Stephen Willis, Turori Matutu, Tiano Arona; Avatiu – Walter Tangata, Toru Katuke, Stanley Tobia, Li Ponini, Tepaki Ngaoire, Sirla Pera, Tokerau Raru, Bernard Tararo, Tamanui Nicholas, Aaron Enoka; Ngatangiia – Christian Hosking,  James Kora, Peter Marsters, Kora Christian  Kora, Mark Tuaati, Daniel Toa, Cheyden Mani, Maeva-Nui Teina; Takuvaine – Travel Tou, Edward Nicholas, Patrick Nganu, Vaike Potoru, Mana Havi, Matamanea Andrew; Titikaveka – Sailosi Nagi, Clerk Ngaau, Longo Leuta, Jeff Magele, Timo Tangirere, Vatu Sika; Tupapa – Ngatamaine Rongo, Tupou Faireka, Rangi Piri, Oki Naea, Jamain Iroa, Teina Savage, Davey Mato, KC Kora, Tyrone Marurai, Othneil Joseph; Aitutaki – Teu Paerau, Mano Tekopua, Mau George, Teremoana Paerau, Hugh Henry.

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