Former Tauae Bulls player Jordan Taufua is one of three new players named in the 33-man All Blacks squad for the three-test series to be played against France in New Zealand next month.
Former national player Stan Wright has been reinstated as the national head coach of the Cook Islands rugby team ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifying series, which starts at the end of next month.
A new game – Quick Rip 7s, was launched in the Cook Islands this week in a joint Pacific Sporting Partnership (PSP) involving the Cook Islands Rugby Union (CIRU) and the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU), sponsored by NZ Aid.
Black Ferns and Cook Islands representatives Te Kura Ngata Aerengamate and Toka Natua took students of Nukutere College through a session of Quick Rip 7s yesterday morning.
A New Zealand Rugby Union-led delegation of coaches and ambassadors will arrive in Rarotonga this week to launch the Quick Rip Sevens programme as part of the NZRU and Cook Islands Rugby Union healthy living initiative.