Two days of games came to a colourful close on Tuesday night with nearly 300 international and local oldies rugby players and supporters gathering in Nikao for a night fun, friendship and fraternity.
On the field, oldies relived their glory days with some tough matches played.
Off the field, new lifelong friendships were forged.
This year’s event, hosted bi-annually by Turama Pacific Travel Group, was declared the best event to date by those who were on their 4th and 5th trip to the islands for the oldies rugby festival.
For international players and supporters – the Cook Islands Oldies Rugby Mini Festival not only allows them to play rugby in paradise, but also explore the islands with many visiting teams choosing to add a trip to the outer islands where they also make donations of sports equipment to local schools.
The event is also a highlight for local players, especially for the Mangaia Wild Boars and Aitutaki Happy Feet who train all year to rumble with rugby loving counterparts who joined them this year from New Zealand, Australia, Norfolk Island and of course their Raro cousins from the Avatiu-Nikao Mongoose, Papa Panthers, Takitumu Sons of Legends and the Golden Stiffs from Arorangi.
At the wrap up, players swapped their playing boots and jersey’s for island shirts and beer coolers and making promises to return for the 2021 festival.
Turama Pacific Travel Group and DMCK would like to thank everyone who helped make the festival a memorable for both our visiting and local oldies rugby players and supporters.
Today we share photos from the colourful carnival wrap up of the Cook Islands Oldies Rugby Mini Festival.