The organisers, Events Rarotonga, has announced a massive increase in the prizemoney of the tournament which was formerly known as the Cook Islands International Sevens – Sevens in Heaven.
In a statement, the organisers said they have made some changes that will keep the sevens rugby code growing in the Cook Islands.
The prizemoney has been increased to make the tournament a competitive option for overseas and local teams to participate and to acknowledge the teams’ commitment to the code.
The new prize pool of the Raro Rugby Sevens sees the men’s cup winner receiving $8000, men’s plate $4000, men’s bowl $2500, men’s shield $1500 and women’s cup $3000.
“We are raising the prize pool to a level that is worthy of the teams playing in the tournament and give incentive to the teams overseas and in our Pa Enua to make the trip to Rarotonga and join us in the best Sevens competition in the South Pacific” said Jessie Sword of Events Rarotonga.
The Raro Rugby Sevens will also promote the important message of men’s health and will use high profile local and international rugby stars to deliver the message.
“This also honours the memory of Cook Islands rugby players and supporters since passed such as Fraser Nooroa and Navy Epati,” the organisers said.
“The tournament will work with the Ministry of Health and men’s health groups to promote the core messages relating to men and our community.
“November is men’s health month with the Movember campaign being integrated into the sevens tournament as well.”
For more updates on the tournament and its progress, ‘like’ the Raro Rugby Sevens page on Facebook.
For registration to participate in the Raro Rugby Sevens, contact Jessie Sword on
Tough tussle in women’s football
Excitement is in the air for the senior women’s clash between Tupapa Maraerenga and Titikaveka FC today at the CIFA Complex in Matavera.
The match will be a good chance for Titikaveka FC to test themselves against Tupapa Maraerenga’s squad, as both teams are playing well and have enjoyed solid wins in their opening matches of the pre-season football competition.
With a stunning win over Puaikura last week, Tupapa Maraerenga will go into this final pool play with their heads held high, but they will be facing off against the top team in the competition.
The senior women’s clash between Tupapa Maraerenga and Titikaveka FC will kick off at 5pm after the under-14 boys game which starts at 4pm.
- CIFA Media
Thursday at the CIFA complex, Matavera – Under 14 Boys - 4.00pm Titikaveka vs Tupapa Maraerenga (Ref: Noel Mani, Assist: Edmund Tupuna, Mata Iroa) Senior Women - 5.00pm Titikaveka vs Tupapa Maraerenga (Ref: Robert Savage, Assist: Edmund Tupuna, Mata Iroa)
Friday at the CIFA complex, Matavera – Under 14 Girls - 4.00pm Titikaveka vs Tupapa Maraerenga (Ref: Noel Mani, Assist: Lai Gukisuva, Terry Piri.) Premier Men - 5.00pm Titikaveka vs Tupapa Maraerenga (Ref: John Pareanga, Assist: Noel Mani, Terry Piri).