The Cook Islands Rugby Union would like to thank the team at Events Rarotonga for taking up the challenge of managing the country’s premier sporting event.
Our appreciation goes out to Lara Sadaraka and Karla Eggelton for reviving the annual tournament in 2008 and then successfully managing the event up to 2016.
CIRU is excited about the innovations that Events Rarotonga have in mind to help grow the event. Today the public should get a taste of what to expect in the future.
And it is appropriate that our new international sevens tournament should be the first cab off the rank in terms of a busy sevens calendar.
Next weekend our men’s and women’s teams will do battle at the Oceania Sevens tournament in Suva and then in December, our Under 15s Boys (Condor) and Under 18 Boys (World Schools) teams are in action at tournaments in Auckland.
An Under 18s Oceania qualifier is scheduled to be staged in April for the Youth Olympic Games which will be held in Buenos Aires in 2018.
The participation of our open and age-grade teams this year has absorbed a lot of time and resources, and it is our hope that we will soon start reaping the results of this investment.
On behalf of CIRU, I would like to welcome all the teams, the officials and the fans to this weekend’s event.
We hope that you will have a positive experience and when you get back to your respective homes that you will be able to share a bit of the Raro Rugby Sevens with others.
Remember, don’t drink and drive, and eat healthy.