U13 10s tourney to be held today

Wednesday June 21, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union

Cook Islands Rugby Union will be hosting the second edition of the Bluesky Under-13 Rarotonga Primary Schools Rugby 10s competition at Arorangi Field today.


The tournament starting at 3pm will target Year 7 and 8 students only.

CIRU chief executive officer Ben Koteka, who is also in charge of development, has been running clinics around schools in Rarotonga to ensure the players are well equipped with the rules and the basic skills of the game.

Five U13 teams have been confirmed (two from Avarua School and one each from Titikaveka College, Nukutere College and Arorangi School) with a sixth team (Barbarians) to be formed from players of the smaller schools.

“The 2016 Rugby 10s champions Avarua School will be out to defend their trophy this year and they will be well prepared with many of their players having experienced this tournament last year,” Koteka said.

“A dark-horse for this year could be Nukutere and Titikaveka Colleges Year 8 students.”

With Rugby Sevens now an Olympic sport and opportunities available to attend U15 Condor Sevens and U18 World Schools in New Zealand, Koteka said they needed to create more local competitions to develop the local talent. 



Pool A: Avarua School A, Nukutere College, Titikaveka College.  

Pool B: Arorangi School, Avarua School B, Barbarians (Combined Schools).


2.55pm Opening prayer in front of the Admin Tent (Arorangi and Avarua A are to please line up in-front of the Admin Tent), 3pm Arorangi-Avarua B, 3.25pm Avarua A-Nukutere, 3.50pm Arorangi-Barbarians, 4.15pm Avarua A-Titikaveka, 4.40pm Avarua B-Barbarians, 5.05pm Nukutere-Titikaveka. 

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