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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.
Enuamanu School and Araura College have been given rugby balls donated by BSP, ahead of the under-16 tournament that will be held in Rarotonga this December.
A tough start in the inaugural 2018 Oceania Rugby U18s Sevens Championship which ended on a high for the Cook Islands, as they ran the Solomon Islands off the park to the tune of 41-5.
Former All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry has expanded further on his idea of a weight-restricted Rugby World Cup, saying that it would have the chance to increase interest and participation in the sport.
Legendary All Blacks coach Sir Graham Henry pointed to a Cook Islander as being one of the people most responsible for the All Blacks record-breaking success over the past 14 years.
Cook Islander Teddy Stanaway has been elevated to the travelling reserve role with the All Blacks Sevens team for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia.
The Cook Islands Rugby Union (CIRU) will have their work cut out for them if they are to compete at the top level in sevens, as it will require an influx of money.
The Cook Islands went winless in the Hong Kong Sevens qualifiers, suffering heavy loses to both Ireland and Uruguay on the first day before narrowly losing to Jamaica yesterday afternoon.