From the Tupapa clubrooms:

Friday November 01, 2019 Written by Published in Rugby Union
Players from Tupapa Panthers Matie Centre and Tauae Bulls tussle for possession in last year’s semifinal. 18110512 Players from Tupapa Panthers Matie Centre and Tauae Bulls tussle for possession in last year’s semifinal. 18110512

After being absent from the International 7s arena for some time, Tupapa Maraerenga Panthers has re-established ourselves in the past five years. We took the cup and plate/bowl in 2017 and again in 2018.

 

The pressure will be on us to perform this year to retain our title – people will be expecting this of us.

But I think from our point of view, we need to keep our heads low, work on our players and our sets, do the best we can do and most of all, just enjoy the game – which is something people forget to do.

We have entered two teams into the comp, under the care of our coach Darren Piri.We foster members who love rugby and try our best to create pathways and opportunities for our players to grow regardless of ethnic origin.

As a result we’ve had three or more players in the Cook Islands National 7’s squad these last few years. They serve as an inspiration to our upcoming players and become role models to our young men and they bring quality workmanship to Tupapa. 

-       Franky Toa

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