The side, which played under the name Landholdings in last year’s tournament, managed to secure their first sponsor last week.
New Zealand-based businessman Mike Pero has stepped in to financially support the team in their bid to retain the title.
Thanking Pero for his support, Raro All Stars manager Moari Allsworth said the sponsorship would help them prepare well for the tournament, to be held from November 2 to 4.
She said the team had plans to bring some overseas players to bolster their tournament campaign.
“This year we aim to defend our title. To achieve this, we have put together a team comprising again of professional New Zealand players (four) and local players (seven),” Allsworth said.
“The reason for including overseas players in the team is to provide the local players an opportunity to play with experienced players and expose them to top level competition which we hope will eventually help in the development of women’s rugby in the country.
“This event has helped keep women’s rugby alive by encouraging participation. This also helps promote health and fitness in the country.
“We thank Mike Pero for his kind sponsorship. We hope to draw more support from local businesses leading up to the tournament.”
Pero, the son of the late Tukaka Pero from Matavera and a regular visitor to the island, said there were several factors that appealed to him to sponsor the team.
“I like what they stand for. Sport is always a winner but as well as that, the women have shown their commitment which is not just on the field but also off the field,” he said.
“To become champions they have set goals, used their mind-power and they have focused on fitness and skills. There’s plenty of great players in the team.
“I like also the example they have set as part of the community. There are a lot of health issues on the island that relate directly to diet.
“These girls know that their energy and fitness levels are directly influenced by the food they eat and they have been very proactive in sharing their knowledge in this area.
“Any sport or sponsorship that positively influences the community is of interest to me.”
Pero said his business liked to align with good community projects, adding the Cook Islands was always very close to his heart.