U15 set to contest Condor Sevens in New Zealand

Thursday November 23, 2017 Written by Published in Rugby Union

Later this month, the under-15 Cook Islands sevens team will travel to New Zealand to again take part in one of the top age grade competitions in New Zealand, the U-15 Condor Sevens tournament.

 

The Cook Islands Rugby Union (CIRU) is delighted to be invited back to the tournament, which has produced champion players including Jonah Lomu and Liam Messam.

The tournament will take place on November 30 and December 1 and will be hosted by secondary school powerhouse Sacred Heart College in Auckland. It will feature 32 teams.

The U15 Cook Islands Sevens team is placed in Pool B alongside Rangitoto College, Rosmini College and Hamilton Boys High.

Head coach Robbie Atatoa is pleased the hard work preparing for the tournament is behind him, and is looking forward to taking on the top young New Zealand talent.

“It has been a challenging couple of months organising and preparing our Cook Islands U15 Sevens team to compete at the tournament this year,” he said.

“With limited time together, funds and resources, we are going to do our very best to compete against New Zealand school teams and make the most of what we have.”

Atatoa assembled the team with players from Rarotonga, Aitutaki, New Zealand and Australia, thanks to social media.

He also thanked Cook Islands parents, caregivers and the community for their support.

“As our coach I believe in our players and as a team we will try our best to perform and learn fast at this level.”

     

Squad

Head coach: Robbie Atatoa, manager: Opura Samuel, Physio: Gareth O’Loughlin. 1. Kani Ford Manu, 2. Jozyius Kemp Tunupopo, 3. Ratu Thomas Ratu, 4. Shiloh Fruean, 5. Martin Hunt, 6. Matania TeWhare, 7. Aris Tumu Makara, 8. Maddison Tekeu, 9. Maru Tuaputa, 10. Josiah Lewis, 11. Habasaloma Tamarua, 12. Calem Katu.

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