The N8IVE team will be playing in support of the refreshed event, helping to convey the virtues of active lifestyles and a good diet, together with a positive attitude
Messam is bringing his brand’s team to the tournament to help with development of the event and to engage with the local sporting community.
“He and his team mates will be a force to be reckoned with on the field,” said Glenda Tuaine of Events Rarotonga, the new event managers for the tournament.
“As part of the Raro Rugby 7’s programme for players, the N8IVE team will also provide rugby clinics for players participating in the tournament and have agreed to take four young players into their squad as part of the Raro Rugby 7’s development programme.
“We have been working with Liam’s representation company, On Point Athlete management and Deon Smith to bring a team of brilliant players to Rarotonga for the tournament.
“It is exciting and such an honour to host these players who want to support the health message and for us to be able to see these players live on the field will be a massive treat for all of us.”
Other team members will include Steven Donald (Chiefs), Mike Delaney (Newcastle Falcons), Pita Gus (Taranaki), Nili Latu (Newcastle Falcons).
Tuaine said more star players were also awaiting clearance to join the team.
“Our goal is to send a high profile competitive squad so that your tournament and its kaupapa (men’s health) benefits,” said Deon Smith of On Point Athlete Management.
“We aim to ensure the tournament gets good exposure and publicity throughout the rugby community both local and abroad. We will be doing something we all enjoy in common - playing rugby and having fun with the brothers.
“We are honoured to have the opportunity to support Cook Islands Rugby and its partners in what will be an action-packed week, while also raising awareness around the very important cause of men’s health.”
Tuaine says the tournament will work with the Ministry of Health and men’s health groups in the Cook Islands to promote core messages relating to men and the local community.
“November is Men’s Health Month and the ‘Movember’ Campaign will be integrated into the 7’s Tournament too.”