Welcome to Raro 7s!

Friday November 01, 2019 Written by Published in Rugby Union
19103102 “It’s going to be fast and furious and great.” – Jessie Sword 19103102 “It’s going to be fast and furious and great.” – Jessie Sword

Aere mai and welcome to Raro Rugby 7s 2019.

The tournament is 30 years old this year and makes this event one of the longest running Sevens events in the South Pacific. What a feat and congratulations!

 

The sport of rugby sevens has become a rising star on the global stage. No doubt it is becoming increasing popular among the younger generation and will continue to do so because of its many benefits.

Raro Rugby 7s promotes healthy lifestyles and community spirit; the 7s is all about showcasing our great international and local talent, enjoying great games and getting into the spirit of having a great time!

We continue our giveaways, costume dress-up and great food … It’s going to be fast and furious and great. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Eric Rush is joining us with one of his sons who will be playing for the Avatiu Eels team. He will be celebrating the event’s anniversary and essentially meeting up with other fellow players from his Sheraton and other playing teams from the earlier years.

We hear too that other players have turned up to celebrate this milestone with us all, including Semisi Foliaki, our own General George, Ben Koteka, Henry Iripa and the like.

We also have the New Zealand refs returning for a record 10th year, giving their expertise, knowledge and time. We continue to reap the benefits of their commitment to this tournament, Meitaki maata to the refs.  

And Tanya Browne our New Zealand-certified physio returns to provide information, workshops and services to our teams and community.

Once again, to all our generous sponsors, partners, and supporters, it is a privilege to work with you all on this 30th year.

Thank you once again for coming on board and making the Raro Rugby 7s tournament a leading event in the South Pacific.

Cook Islands Rugby Union in partnership with the Ministry of Culture are pleased to bring you this event and remain passionate about growing and developing this sport, and we thank the government for its continued support it has provided through the various ministries, Cook Islands Investment Corporation, Health and Culture.

This event empowers people and it has been interesting to see the new talent in administrators and players from New Zealand and abroad who have come through this year for the two days of fun, friendship and fraternity.

Meitaki maata to our volunteers who do a wonderful job in keeping things running to schedule and are a vital part of this event, keeping it safe, and all the match officials keeping it real and professional.

With the ball boys, local refs, lines people, scorers, managers, security, caterers, food vendors, retailers, MCs and the girls at the scoreboard, our design team GRD, and our awesome ANZ gate people …

We all combine to make it happen and we make a great team. Thank you for being a part of this with Cook Islands Rugby Union and the Ministry of Culture. Meitaki maata.

Please come and join us at the Raro Rugby 7’s 2019.

Come dressed up and win some great prizes, support your teams and your mates teams, scream, shout and have fun, don’t forget at the end of the event to be safe and drive carefully.

Kia manuia e meitaki maata!

See you at the Sevens!

Jessie Sword
Raro 7s coordinator

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