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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!
Cook Islands rugby sevens is hot, hot, hot, in every sense of the world – and Rarotonga’s soaring temperature nearly changed the course of world rugby history.
The legends are innumerable. The Sheraton’s glory days before the hotel’s dream came tumbling down. The All Black great sent out with the rubbish. The week the island ran out of corned beef. Rashneel Kumar reports on 30 glorious years of Raro International 7s.
Defending club rugby champions the Tupapa Panthers managed to claw out a 14-9 win in the evenly contested semi-final match against the Arorangi Cowboys that went right down to the wire.
The Tupapa Panthers booked their Senior A rugby finals sspot against the Avatiu Eels, beating Arorangi Cowboys 14-8 in a tightly-contested semi-final this weekend.